In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
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Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the inspiration!
I just began reading The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami. This book is hitting me hard because of the family having to move to another country. Think I’m seriously putting myself in the character’s shoes. Love Bollywood films once in a while, my favorite is Lagaan, so enjoying reading about two girls who enjoy watching them.
Here are the treasures I’ve enjoyed this past week:
The Curse of Addy McMahon by Katie Davis
I was so excited to make time to read numerous Katie Davis books this week, still waiting on a few books coming through the public library… so this beautiful book was about a girl who found comfort journaling after her father passed away from cancer. She stumbles through one misstep after another and works through the story on her stubbornness, friendships, and family. I recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with change, admitting mistakes, and communicating with friends- wonderful lessons sprinkled throughout! Also, I’ll recommend to anyone who enjoyed reading Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine- even though they’re vastly different, similar theme. I loved reading this book. Tough topics covered from cancer to parent loss in a beautiful way- really appreciated this realistic book with the smooth transitions from illustrations/comics to the chapters. I found myself looking forward to all parts of the story. Also, enjoyed this repeating quote: One character says: “Get out!” The other one responds with: “Stay in.” That was a new one for me, special friendship. Haven’t seen a better Thanks/Acknowledgements page- wow, what a fun way to celebrate those who were involved in the book’s creation.
I loved reading Katie Davis’s picture books this week, many not for the first time, as well: Little Chicken’s Big Day, Who Hops?, Who Hoots?, Party Animals, I Hate To Go To Bed!, Kindergarten Rocks!, Mabel the Tooth Fairy and how she got her job…
Ollie the Purple Elephant by Jarrett Krosoczka: Love this picture book, cute story about a purple elephant bringing home a purple elephant and how the family’s family cat and a neighbor plots to get rid of the elephant… Connected me with numerous other favorite books such as Lyle the Crocodile by Bernard Waber and Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos.
Milly and the Macy’s Day Parade by Shana Corey: Enjoyed this book, perfect partner with Balloons Over Broadway. Also, I love that this book deals with moving, fitting in within a new community, finding your place, fabulous messages!
Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo: Cute story about a boy who realizes that the pet he selected isn’t happy in his new surroundings and would prefer being with friends at a pond. Beautiful word choice, wonderful read aloud.
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid: Think I’ll partner this book with Lulu and the Brontosaurus. Really enjoyed the book- beautiful simple pictures that make you enjoy the characters immediately… so cute- a girl is quite obsessed with having a skunk for a pet…
Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio: I really enjoyed reading this book with my son. It has been a long while since he told me he’s dreamed about a book, but with this one, he dreamed about it, wanted to go to the web-connected site, and reread- really connected with Chloe’s character… terrific story, love how creativity rules in Chloe’s world and she has the supplies she needs!
Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wight: Loved reading this with my kiddo. Probably will want to reread in a few years when/if he finds math to be intimidating… if that topic comes up. Will be terrific to share again. Still, love the formatting and style. Know students will eat this series up!
Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle: Loved this picture book, illustrated by Matt Phelan which caught my attention! Beautiful read aloud, perfect for a bedtime story. Enjoyed every moment reading this book…
I finished reading Chomp! by Carl Hiaasen – enjoyed it quite a bit. Recommended for anyone who enjoys reality tv shows, or hates them. Also for readers who enjoy adventure and survival stories, suspenseful situations, and are fans of other Carl Hiaasen books, he does not disappoint with this book!
I had a number of public library books come in recently that I knew I wanted to read before reading the other treasures waiting on my book shelf, so I haven’t had the chance to read Close to Famous by Joan Bauer… yet.
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