Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? September 29, 2014

What I Purchased
Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Thirteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Blessing The Boats by Lucille Clifton
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
El Deafo by CeCe Bell
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (was so mad I never bought this one - even though I read it!)

What I Read
Ninja! by Arree Chung
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Ninja Boy Goes to School by ND Wilson
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Iggie's House by Judy Blume
Like No Other by Una LaMarche
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
El Deafo by CeCe Bell
This One Summer by Mariko Tamiki
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
Winger by Andrew Smith
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Herbie Jones Sails Into Second Grade by Suzy Kline
Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli
Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
Hooray for Hat by Brian Won
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides

These pictures lead to nowhere. Just here to help those of us who like a visual reference.

The Great Re-Read.  5th Graders are reading Chasing Vermeer so I went back to read it and found it more boring than I remember. Way too contrived.  The 4th graders are apparently competitive readers and are trying to all get through the Heroes of Olympus before the final book is released October 7th.  I remember racing through these and decided to listen/read to them so I not only have something to discuss - though they are already on House of Hades and I'm still finishing Mark of Athena - but I can refresh my memory too!

Adult Book Clubs. As part of my almost an empty nester phase, I decided to fully participated in both book clubs I'm attached to. One is a group of school teachers and the other a group of librarians. Win-Win. The librarians read Harold Fry and I we had a lot to discuss! The teachers read the Tropper book in anticipation of the movie. It was fun deciding whether the book and movie characters matched.

In Other News. We LOVED Hooray For Hat and I can't thank my twitter friends enough for pointing it out to me. Don't miss Half a King if you like epic middle grades fantasy, it reminded me of Heroes of the Valley. I listened to The Marriage Plot solely because the narrator does the 39 Clues Series and I love his voice.

Looking Ahead. I'll try to hit as many of the CYBILS spec fic nominated books as I can, albeit in an abbreviated manner! Nominations open October 1, 2014! Here's a description of the Young Adult Speculative Fiction Category.  I am also very interested in The Geisel Awards so look for a few of those to pop up.

Head over to Teach Mentor Texts for more Monday reading fun!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I Volunteer! - CYBILS Round 1 Judge

Hooray! I was named a CYBILS (Children and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) Young Adult Speculative Fiction Round 1 Judge!

That means that I will be on a team that will be reading and judging HUNDREDS of  nominated Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy titles that were published between October 16, 2013 and October 15, 2014.  Nominations open October 1, 2014!

So excited to serve with:
Sheila Ruth
Wands and Worlds@sheilaruth
Karen Jensen
Teen Librarian’s Toolbox@tlt16
Kim Baccellia
Kim Baccellia@ixtumea
Allie Jones
In Bed With Books@wearedevilcow
Maureen Kearney
Confessions of a Bibliovore@mosylu
Kimberly Francisco
Stacked Books@kimberlymarief


Monday, August 18, 2014

Back To School Readaloud Suggestions

I'm starting a new job this fall at a preK-8 independent school. I'll still be the librarian but I have some new duties. The K-4 students will come to the library weekly and I get to do readalouds! I asked twitter for help!

Back to School ReadAloud suggestions for K-4 (via Twitter @MrSchuReads @MyTweendom @CPPotter @Utalaniz @MTechman @ClassicSixBooks @MeganGraff @Librarian_Tiff @StrohReads)  :

  • Incredible Book Eating Boy by 
  • Story of Fish and Snail
  • Little Elliot, Big City
  • My Teacher is a Monster (No, I am Not)
  • Louise Loves Art
  • Pete the Cat and his School Shoes
  • Library Lion
  • I'm Going on a Book Hunt
  • Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
  • Bailey (Bliss) 
  • Library Dragon
  • Librarian From the Black Lagoon
  • Froggy Goes to School
  • Library Lil
  • Tomas and the Library Lady
  • Biblioburro
  • Miss Brooks Loves Books But I Don't
  • Shelf Elf
  • Shelf Elf Helps
  • Number One Sam
  • What Happened to Marian's Book? 
  • Curious George Visits The Library
The suggestions were coming fast and I tried to favorite them all! Thank you, twitter friends, for your generous help!

I'm going to review the curriculum guide to pick some longer readalouds for Grades 3 and 4.  I'm hoping I can do something with genres for either 3rd or 4th and get into a Mock Newbery Club with 4th - 8th. What are your suggestions? How can the library support the classroom with readalouds and other lessons?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? August 11, 2014

Books I Bought
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders
The Naked Roommate for Parents by Harlen Cohen
The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research by Stephen Krashen

Books I've Read
Chasing The Milky Way by Erin E Moulton
Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbran
Alanna by Tamora Pierce
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
The Hear and Now by Ann Brashares
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
She Loved Baseball by Audrey Vernick
The Adventures of Beekle by  Dan Santat
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Tap, Tap, Boom, Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
The Glass Sentence by SE Grove
The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
In Bed With a Highlander by Maya Banks
Congratulations, By the Way by George Saunders
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Comic Squad: Recess! by various awesome graphic novelists
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J Krosoczka
Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black
Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Camp Rex by Molly Idle
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
How To Train a Train by Jason Eaton
Naked! by Michael Ian Black
The Runaway King (Ascendance Trilogy, 2) by Jennifer Nielsen
The Qwikpick Papers by Tom Angleberger
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
Chu's First Day by Neil Gaiman
Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka
Going Places by Peter Reynolds
I'm Here by Peter Reynolds
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Curious George visits the Library by HA Rey
H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden
Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
The Shadow Throne (Ascendance Trilogy, 3) by Jennifer Nielsen
The Vanishing Coin (The Magic Shop, 1) by Kate Egan
Ashfall by Mike Mullins
Mission Unstoppable (Genius Files, 1) by Dan Gutman
Unmade (Lynburn Legacy, 3) by Sarah Rees Brennan

Haven't blogged in awhile. Lots of stuff happening.  These are the books I've read in the past month and half! A fair amount but nothing like the good old days.

Some don't miss books were Secret Hum of a Daisy, Sisters, Absolutely Almost, and Naked! I was happy to finish the Ascendance Trilogy and can't wait to talk it up at the new place.

I need to re-read Chasing the Milky Way by Erin Moulton so I can do a proper review.

Will be moving to a new job so will talk about that in upcoming issues. Happy Reading!


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