Must Read in 2014 – Final Update

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for me to do my final wrap up on my 2014 reading challenge, known as the Must Read in 2014 (#mustreadin2014), over on Twitter. Many thanks to Carrie who got us all organized with this challenge and is graciously hosting our updates, so be sure to head over to her blog for the official link up. Below is the list of books I initially posted about in January that I wanted to read during 2014. It is mix of older titles, 2013 titles, and new 2014 titles. I’ve crossed out the books I have read to date. 

So, how did I do? Of my 38 titles listed, I finished 29 titles and sadly abandoned one additional title. Books I’ve finished since the last update in mid-October are marked in red; previously completed titles are noted in blue. Ones that I especially adored and recommend are marked with double asterisks, **.

Newbery Challenge goals–I wanted to read 12 books. I read 9 titles.

Caldecott Challenge g0als–I pretty much went nowhere with that one.

Did I bite off more than I can chew for my 2014 goals? Probably. I find I’m to easily distracted by all the shiny new books that everyone is talking about, but I’m glad I had this as a rough guide to encourage me not to forget these other titles. 

If you’ve done an update for this challenge, please share the link in the comments. I’d love to come check out what you’ve enjoyed, too! Happy Reading!

 

Must Read Books in 2014

Read 29/38

Abandoned to date 1/38

Not Read 8/38

Books for Adults

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri Read October 2014**
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson Read April 2014
Delancey by Molly Wizenberg Read in June 2014**
 

Middle Grade Novels

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Runaway King (Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Nielsen (2013)
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (2013) 
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand (2013)

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The Apprentices (The Apothecary #2) by Maile Meloy (2013) ABANDONED November 2014 (I found it very disorganized and jumpy)
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton (2013) Read October 2014
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff (2013) | Read January 2014 **
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz (2013) Read January 2014

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May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (2012) Read in May 2014**
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson (2012)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011) Read in May 2014**
 
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A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (2012) Read in August 2014**
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010) Read in November 2014**
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (2011) Read January 2014
 
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Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (2009) Read in August 2014**
Al Capone Does My Homework  by Gennifer Choldenko (2013) Read in September 2014**
Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (2012)
 

Young Adult Titles

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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (2013)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Living by Matt de la Pena (2013) Read January 2014 **
 
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The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner (2011)  Read in August 2014**
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007) Read in May 2014**
Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)

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Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Read in July 2014**
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles Read in August 2014**

Graphic Novels

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier (2012) Read in May 2014**
The Great American Dust Bowl by Dan Brown (2013) Read January 2014 **

2014 Titles I’m most looking forward to reading:

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Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger Read in May 2014**
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore Read in June 2014**
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee Read in February 2014 **
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle Read in February 2014 **
The 26-Story Tree House by Andy Griffiths Read in April 2014 **
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!by Kate Messner Read in March 2014 **
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm Read in October 2014**

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Newbery Challenge Goal

Read to date: 9/12

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, Newbery Medal 1949 Read in February 2014

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, Newbery Medal 1950 Read in March 2014

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, Newbery Medal 1951 Read in May 2014

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, Newbery Medal 1952 Read in May 2014

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark, Newbery Medal 1953 Read in June 2014

And Now Miguel . . . by Joseph Crumhold, Newbery Medal 1954 Read in August 2014

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, Newbery Medal 1984 Read in August 2014**

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Newbery Medal 1995 Read in August 2014**

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Newbery Medal Read in October 2014

My goal was 12 books, or an average of one per month. I’m grateful to have fellow blogger, Elisabeth, from The Dirigible Plum along for the ride as we slowly plug through the challenging middle years of the Newbery Challenge.

 

 

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Caldecott Challenge Goal

Progress to date : Meh

I’m aiming to get through all Caldecott Medal and Honor winners through 1979. I found I really got weighed down in the 1950s, but I’m hoping to get back some steam for the Caldecott Challenge.

No real progress made here . . .

 

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Cheers and may your 2014 be filled with many wonderful reading memories!

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Must Read in 2014 – Update #3

It is mid-way through October and we are now more than three-fourths the way through 2014. How am I doing on my reading goals for the year? This is part of my 2014 reading challenge, known fondly on Twitter as the #MustReadIn2014 Challenge. Carrie got us all organized to do this, so be sure to head over to her blog for the official link up. My pace of reading titles from this list have slowed a bit, but I’m steadily chipping away at it. Below is the list of books I initially posted about in January that I wanted to read during 2014. It is mix of older titles, 2013 titles, and new 2014 titles. I’ve crossed out the books I have read to date. I’m still reading plenty of other books too, but this is a sort of check list to books I am hoping to get to by year’s end. Books I’ve finished in the last three months or am currently reading are marked in red; previously completed titles are denoted in blue. Ones that I especially adored and recommend are marked with double asterisks, **. That Caldecott Challenge? Hmm . . . not so good on that one. Maybe next year? And as for the thirteen remaining titles on my list, plus my goal of four more Newbery titles by December 31 means only one thing. Must. Read. Faster.

If you’ve done an update for this challenge, please share the link in the comments. I’d love to come check out what you’ve enjoyed, too! Happy Reading and happy summer reading!

 

Must Read Books in 2014

Read to date 25/38

Books for Adults

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri Currently Reading
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson Read April 2014
Delancey by Molly Wizenberg Read in June 2014**
 

Middle Grade Novels

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Runaway King (Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Nielsen (2013)
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (2013) 
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand (2013)

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The Apprentices (The Apothecary #2) by Maile Meloy (2013)
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton (2013) Currently “reading with my ears”
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff (2013) | Read January 2014 **
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz (2013) Read January 2014

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May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (2012) Read in May 2014**
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson (2012)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011) Read in May 2014**
 
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A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (2012) Read in August 2014**
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010)
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (2011) Read January 2014
 
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Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (2009) Read in August 2014**
Al Capone Does My Homework  by Gennifer Choldenko (2013) Read in September 2014**
Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (2012)
 

Young Adult Titles

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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (2013)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Living by Matt de la Pena (2013) Read January 2014 **
 
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The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner (2011)  Read in August 2014**
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007) Read in May 2014**
Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)

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Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Read in July 2014**
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles Read in August 2014**

Graphic Novels

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier (2012) Read in May 2014**
The Great American Dust Bowl by Dan Brown (2013) Read January 2014 **

2014 Titles I’m most looking forward to reading:

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Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger Read in May 2014**
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore Read in June 2014**
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee Read in February 2014 **
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle Read in February 2014 **
The 26-Story Tree House by Andy Griffiths Read in April 2014 **
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!by Kate Messner Read in March 2014 **
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

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Newbery Challenge Goal

Read to date: 8/12

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, Newbery Medal 1949 Read in February 2014

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, Newbery Medal 1950 Read in March 2014

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, Newbery Medal 1951 Read in May 2014

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, Newbery Medal 1952 Read in May 2014

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark, Newbery Medal 1953 Read in June 2014

And Now Miguel . . . by Joseph Crumhold, Newbery Medal 1954 Read in August 2014

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, Newbery Medal 1984 Read in August 2014**

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, Newbery Medal 1995 Read in August 2014**

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Newbery Medal Currently Reading

I’m shooting for 12 books, or an average of one per month. I’m grateful to have fellow blogger, Elisabeth, from The Dirigible Plum along for the ride as we slowly plug through the challenging middle years of the Newbery Challenge.

 

 

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Caldecott Challenge Goal

Progress to date : Meh

I’m aiming to get through all Caldecott Medal and Honor winners through 1979. I found I really got weighed down in the 1950s, but I’m hoping to get back some steam for the Caldecott Challenge.

 

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Cheers and may your 2014 be filled with many wonderful reading memories!

Must Read in 2014 – Update #2

With July upon us, we are now halfway through 2014 and it is the perfect opportunity to check in with where I am on my 2014 reading challenge, known fondly on Twitter as the #MustReadIn2014 Challenge. Carrie got us all organized to do this, so be sure to head over to her blog for the official link up. I’ve been on a pretty good pace with these books and am about half way through the list. Below is the list of books I initially posted about in January that I wanted to read during 2014. It is mix of older titles, 2013 titles, and new 2014 titles. I’ve crossed out the books I have read to date. I’m still reading plenty of other books too, but this is a sort of check list to books I really want to read. Books I’ve finished in the last three months are marked in red; previous titles are denoted in blue. Ones that I especially adored and recommend are marked with **. My Caldecott Challenge is still sorely lagging, but I’m hoping to remedy that a bit during July and August. 

If you’ve done an update for this challenge, please share the link in the comments. I’d love to come check out what you’ve enjoyed, too! Happy Reading and happy summer reading!

 

Must Read Books in 2014

Read to date 19/38

Books for Adults

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson Read April 2014
Delancey by Molly Wizenberg Read in June 2014**
 

Middle Grade Novels

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Runaway King (Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Nielsen (2013)
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett (2013) 
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand (2013)

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The Apprentices (The Apothecary #2) by Maile Meloy (2013)
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton (2013)
Rump by Liesl Shurtliff (2013) | Read January 2014 **
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz (2013) Read January 2014

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May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (2012) Read in May 2014**
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson (2012)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (2011) Read in May 2014**
 
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A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (2012)
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010)
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (2011) Read January 2014
 
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Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (2009)
Al Capone Does My Homework  by Gennifer Choldenko (2013)
Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (2012)
 

Young Adult Titles

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Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (2013)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (2013) Read January 2014 **
The Living by Matt de la Pena (2013) Read January 2014 **
 
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The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner (2011)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007) Read in May 2014**
Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)

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Me Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles

Graphic Novels

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier (2012) Read in May 2014**
The Great American Dust Bowl by Dan Brown (2013) Read January 2014 **

2014 Titles I’m most looking forward to reading:

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Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger Read in May 2014**
The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore Read in June 2014**
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee Read in February 2014 **
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle Read in February 2014 **
The 26-Story Tree House by Andy Griffiths Read in April 2014 **
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!by Kate Messner Read in March 2014 **
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
 

 

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Newbery Challenge Goal

Read to date: 5/12

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, Newbery Medal 1949 Read in February 2014

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, Newbery Medal 1950 Read in March 2014

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, Newbery Medal 1951 Read in May 2014

Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes, Newbery Medal 1952 Read in May 2014

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark, Newbery Medal 1953 Read in June 2014

I’m shooting for 12 books, or an average of one per month. I’m grateful to have fellow blogger, Elisabeth, from The Dirigible Plum along for the ride as we slowly plug through the challenging middle years of the Newbery Challenge.

 

 

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Caldecott Challenge Goal

Progress to date : Meh

I’m aiming to get through all Caldecott Medal and Honor winners through 1979. I found I really got weighed down in the 1950s, but I’m hoping to get back some steam for the Caldecott Challenge.

 

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Cheers and may your 2014 be filled with many wonderful reading memories!

2013 Favorites File

In 2013, I read about 350 books! That count includes many picture books but also middle grade chapter books and even a handful of books for adults and young adults. I attempt here to highlight around 20 of my favorites published in 2013 (or 2012!), though I feel I left many excellent books behind. Click any of the images to head over to Goodreads for plot summaries. I also throw in a few other favorite reading moments from the year, including my favorite Newbery and Caldecott books. 

What were some of your favorite reads in 2013? Do share!

Favorite Picture Books

A sweet tale for lovers of big cities, dream followers and romantics at heart.

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I loved this animal reference book so much I gifted it twice this holiday season.

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A touching tale of family and memories.

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Inventive and just silly good fun.

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A kid-friendly Einstein biography which beautifully captures his spirit.

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Magical and imaginative.

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A testament to never ceasing wonder and collaboration.

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Creepy and delightful.

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Favorites for Middle Grades

Holly Goldberg Sloan reminds me of humanity’s capacity for goodness + resilience.

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An exciting kid-centered medical thriller.

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A magical story of good fighting evil, but it is Oscar you’ll remember.

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Wacky but in a delightful way.

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Smart and sassy girl detectives provide for a page turning read.

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One to make you think about how your actions affect others, but doused with lots of humor, too.

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A slightly creepy adventure and coming of age story.

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A Judy Blume-style story for today’s tweens.

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I loved it so much that I read it and then did it as a read aloud with my kids.

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Favorite Nonfiction for Middle School and up

A stunning testament to the horrors of war, but also to those who survived it’s very darkest elements. 

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Non-fiction that reads like a spy novel.

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Favorite Young Adult

An 1980s love story for those who think they couldn’t possibly like love stories.

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Other Favorites

Best “How’d I Miss That?” Book

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Sequels That Delivered

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Favorite Newbery I Read in 2013. Hard to pick as I read a lot of dud Newbery books, but this was the closest to a favorite.

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Favorite Caldecott I Read in 2013 — a 2013 Caldecott Honor.

10.21.13 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Head to the It’s Monday post here to link up or see a list of the all the other readers participating in this great meme. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #IMWAYR!

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This post today is a summary of my reading activities over the last couple of weeks. Lots to enjoy!

 

Other recent posts:

2780786232_463aeb4fc2I also made my second visit as The Book Fairy to my daughter’s fourth grade class. Today I book talked and delivered a copy of Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s One for the Murphys. See my post to see how I shared it, and what other read-alikes I suggested. 

Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .

My picture books:

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My favorites from this pile:

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Kevin Cornell (2013): I dare you to not smile while you read this! The interactive nature is sure to engage readers in preschool to second grade as they turn each page and count along. Super fun and silly illustrations, too!

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (2008): A sweet story of problem solving between two new and unlikely friends. I adore Jeffers sweet, but quirky illustrations.

Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root and illustrated by Randy Cecil (2006): Great fun to read, and the playful rhythm and rhyming would make it great as a read aloud to preschool-grade 1. With lots of repeating and familiar words, this would also be great to give to beginning readers to try in their own. Charming oil painting illustrations will engage the readers.

Snippet the Early Riser by Bethanie Deeney Murguia (2013): Darling pen and watercolor illustrations almost make me like snails! Snippet, unlike the rest of his family, is an early riser. He persistently tries to rouse his family with help from friends in hopes of finding someone to play with. Charming, especially if you have your own early riser.

Ben Rides On by Matt Davies (2013): What will Ben do when the bully who stole his bike is in desperate need of a helping hand? A great book to have around the discussions of bullying and compassion and those times when we feel challenged to do the right thing. Davies, a political cartoonist, brings his loose sketchy style to the illustrations.

Yeti, Turn Out the Light! by Greg Long and Chris Edmundson and illustrated by Wednesday Kirwan (2013): Yeti might seem tough and mighty, but he is easily spooked by noises and shadows in the night. This has a great rhyming text that reminds me of a Karma Wilson’s Bear books (Bear Snores On) and it would make a great read aloud choice for preschool-first grade.

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Finished Middle Grade Chapter Books:

Drew is a super hero in training and is part of the secret sidekick training program in his middle school. But the hero he is paired with is nowhere to be found and his own super powers, heightened senses, seem less than glamorous when compared to his peers. Drew and his sidekick friends are put to the test when a gang of villains storm their way back on to the scene. This is a great story with lots of action, but also great things to ponder on good vs. evil, and what motivates us all. I’d recommend this for fifth grade and up. As a note, there are a few brief kisses between two of the characters, but all in all, very innocent. (2013/Walden Pond Press)

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I finished this 1947 Newbery medal winner for my Newbery Challenge. Miss Hickory is a twig and hickory nut doll that has been left behind when her human family goes to Boston for the winter. In my opinion it just doesn’t hold up for today’s readers in both the subject and interest level. I suspect it might be popular with Waldorf schools with their emphasis on nature-focused play. More thoughts on this when I get to my 1940s Newbery Roundup post.

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Finished non-fiction for adults

I took several months to read this, but not because it was difficult reading at all. I found it enlightening even though I am well aware of the fact that I have a lot of introvert tendencies. She discusses lots of great info to be mindful of as we work with other people in our capacity as parents, co-workers/managers, volunteers, and teachers. Cain did a great job of pairing interesting anecdotes and research in a readable way. (2012/Crown Publishers)

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Ongoing Read Alouds . . .

With Tall, my sixth grader

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With Small, my fourth grader

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Currently reading for me . . .

Next up . . .

I have a huge pile of pictures books that came in as holds from the library. Lucky me!

Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!

09.30.13 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Head to the It’s Monday post here to link up or see a list of the all the other readers participating in this great meme. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #IMWAYR!

Okay, September is clearly not my month of avid reading. I had great dreams, but they just didn’t materialize. Other things just got in the way. Little things, like new school routines and busy after-school activities schedules. Big things, like a large DIY deck sanding and staining that involved stressfully dodging a whole lot of unusual September rain in between phases of that project. So in other words, not a lot of reading time. Below is a recap of what (little!) I did get to this month! Please do share what you’ve enjoyed reading!

 

Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .

I read these picture books . . .

Imagine if Harold and the Purple Crayon collided with a David Wiesner book…you might just end up with Journey. The book is wordless but tells a magical story with stunning and fantastical illustrations. I think I clapped with happiness at the last few pages. I sure hope this is on the 2014 Caldecott committee’s radar. Recommend for preschool and up. (2013/Candlewick Press)

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Great for illustrating and identifying emotions. Fun, lively monster illustrations will appeal to the preschool and kindergarten crowd. (2013/Lemniscaat USA)

Finished these novels for middle grades . . .

This was a very satisfying action-packed sequel to the hero vs. villain thriller, The Cloak Society,  and the story is perfectly set up for the last book in the trilogy. My 12 year-old daughter snatched it out my hands as soon as I was done and declared it terrific, too! Release date October 1. Recommend for grade 4 and up.  (2013/HarperCollins)

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This one will tug at your heart-strings. With an absentee or distracted, at best, single mother, Addie is forced to fend for herself. A few adults in her life become the roses amongst the thorns for her. You will cheer loudly for Addie and marvel at her perseverance. Both in theme and writing style this reminded me a lot of Joan Bauer’s books, and I’d certainly recommend it to her fans. Life is pretty tough for Addie, so I’d recommend this for mature fourth or fifth graders and up. (2008/Katherine Tegen Books)

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This was a fun and fast paced read aloud with my fourth grader that prompted some good discussions about authority and disobedience at school. In my head the kids seemed far to precocious to be fifth graders, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. It would be a good one to recommend to students who enjoyed the latest Origami Yoda book, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett. Recommend for grades 3-6. (2007/Atheneum)

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A lovely, quiet book that will remind you that seemingly random encounters between people just might happen for a reason. It was a very quick read that is still lingering with me. Not everything is explained, which may frustrate some readers, but it will definitely have you thinking. I’d be curious to hear if anyone has done this as a read aloud, because I think it would result in some great “Why . . .?” and “What if . . . ?” discussions. Recommend for grades 3-6. (2013/HarperCollins)

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1946 Newbery Medal. I recall enjoying this when finding it at my grandmother’s house when I was young. Now, upon a re-read many years later, I found it okay. It’s certainly more readable than many others in these first few decades of the Newbery award, but I found the dialect very tiring by the end. Mr. Slater’s overnight conversion and retreat from alcoholism was extremely unrealistic for me as well. For farmsteading and pioneer stories represented by the Newbery, I prefer Thimble Summer and Caddie Woodlawn. Thanks to Elisabeth at The Dirigible Plum for spurring me to jump start my Newbery Challenge and for reading some of these early titles together!

And I continue . . .

This is a great one to just read a chapter at a time, hence it’s taking me a while to get through it. Fascinating.

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On Beth from Foodie Bibliophile‘s recommendation, I’m listening to this on audio. Great fun.

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Next up . . .

 

Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!

07.01.13 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Head to the It’s Monday post here to link up or see a list of the all the other readers participating in this great meme. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #IMWAYR!

 

My Book-A-Day Progress:

Goal: 75

Read to date: 20

Head to my 2013 Book-A-Day shelf to see all the titles I’ve read so far this summer!

Click the book covers to go to Goodreads for the full summaries . . .

My three favorite picture books:

This is a great story inspired by the real traveling librarians in rural Columbia. One young girl is so eager to learn and patiently waiting for the biblioburro is quite the challenge. What a gift this service is to these rural communities. It would of course be excellent paired with Jeannette Winters’ Biblioburro. Recommend for grades 1-4. (2011, Tricycle Press)

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One of those picture books that will have you shouting, “Hurrah for books! Hurrah for libraries!” I love Cleminson’s thick black line and water-color illustrations. Recommend for K-3. (2012, Disney-Hyperion)

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Adorable, wordless book, with lovely fold out flaps and spreads. Delicate and smile inducing illustrations of a young girl trying to be as graceful as the flamingo. Recommend for preschool and up . . . even my 4th and 6th graders thought it was very cute. (2013, Chronicle Books)

Finished these early/beginning chapter books . . .

Great beginning/early chapter series called The Franklin Friends, that is perfect for fans of Marty McGuire and Clementine books. Kelsey is a third grader and she is a strong reader obsessed with winning recognition in a school-wide reading competition. Her antics get a little crazy but she learns a lot along the way about trusting other classmates, both the strong readers and the struggling readers. Recommend for grades 1-3. (2013, Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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An early chapter book that’d be a great choice for animal lovers and families raising urban chickens. I pointed out this one to my urban chicken raising nephews who actually had to deal with finding a rooster amidst their chicks. I love the kids trouble-shooting process when things start to go awry. Recommend for grades 1-4. (2012, Holiday House)

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These novels . . .

1945 Newbery Medal. An odd, but enjoyable animal fantasy book set at a country estate. Think rabbits and other small animals like moles and mice, cooking and keeping house while they mind their new neighbors in the big house. Might make a sweet read aloud for younger animal loving kids.

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This was my third reading of this book which is my all-time favorite. I just marvel that this is Harper Lee’s only work. Things that make you go hmm…

Currently reading

I’m trying to get into this one but I’m getting distracted by others in the to-read pile that are flowing in very rapidly from the hold shelf at the library.

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I’m loving the voice in this one so far.

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And then . . . I’ll be choosing from:

              

Do share what you are reading! Have a great week!