Monday, November 9, 2020

It's Monday What Are You Reading?! 11/09/20

 What I Read Last Week

This book about a Syrian mother and daughter who move to the United States is lyrical and moving.  There are so many impactful passages in this book that had me going back and rereading them.  

This companion to Holt's National Book Award Winner takes place post-9/11.  A new boy from New York City moves to Antler and inspires a hunt for a grown up Zachary Beaver.

What I'm Reading This Week

Friendship.  New acquaintances.  A character named Banjo.  I'm a few chapters in and I'm liking it so far.

What I Will Read

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Early Chapter Book Series: Fabled Stables

Mercy Watson. Princess in Black. Charlie and Mouse.  These books series are ones that excite me the most.  Just enough text to warrant chapter headings, yet still enough great illustrations to provide clues to the reader about what is going on.  When I am able to turn readers onto these types of early chapter book series I feel like they are on their way to being independent readers for pleasure.  I am so excited to add The Fabled Stables to that part of my readers advisory toolbox.

I have been familiar with Auxier's work through his selection on our state library associations Sequoyah Masterlist where both Sweep and The Night Gardener have been nominated.  When I first saw a tweet that these early chapter books were coming I had high hopes.  They have not been dashed.

After receiving advance copies via NetGalley I was drawn into the world of this island at the top of the world and all of the magical creatures caretaker, Auggie.  Auggie watches over a hodgepodge of creatures and when a new stall appears he know another creature is in need of care or rescuing.  Fast moving plots, with unpredictable endings make these both satisfying reads.  While artwork was incomplete in both ARCs, I was able to glimpse a more complete sample in Tattle Tails and I was so pleased with what I saw.  

I will be sharing these titles with my readers as soon as my book order comes in.  I've included book two in that order in hopes that I will be able to receive it before my order closes.  Do yourself a favor and add these books to your TBR stacks and library book orders.

Grades 1-3 

As I always like to say, "Keep Reading."


Monday, November 2, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/02/20

What I Read Last Week 

11 year old Marin moves to a new town, with a new baby brother, a mom with a new job as the dean of a nursing school and a dad who is looking for another teaching job.  One day she is exploring in the woods behind her house and sees a group of teenagers, as she approaches they disappear.  When she figures out that her neighbor Charley sees them and refers to them as Remarkables she is determined to figure out who they are.  She and Charley just might change the course of time as they uncover who and what the Remarkables are.

A collection of short stories that all take place during a large powwow festival at the University of Michigan. Each story is written by an #ownvoices author from multiple tribal nations. The stories have common threads of setting and characters that intermingle in the stories. A must include addition to library collections. Grades 4 and up. 
eArc provided by NetGalley

What I Am Reading

A companion to Holt's National Book Award winner, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town set in 2002.  Never have I ever wanted to visit the Texas panhandle more than when I'm reading this book.  There have been moments I couldn't put it down. 
E-arc provide by NetGalley

What I Will Read

This Newbery Honor has been on my TBR stack and in my LibroFM cart for too long.  This is one I will read this week.

Its Monday! What Are You Reading?!?!

 Books I Read Last Week This first nations fantasy has been one of the books I've been wanting to read since last week.  I enjoyed this ...