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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now… experiencing more opportunities to read but a little backlogged by how many books I’ve read… Probably hit at least 40 picture books and numerous novels. Shall catch up in a few weeks… here are some special shares for the day…

Celebrated this past Saturday:

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

Precious picture books:

Gifts from the Enemy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Craig Orback – 3rd grade and up – I was so excited to open this book treasure when I returned to Oregon. It was a powerful beautiful story I’d been waiting over a year to read. I paid for it through a campaign and waited for it to come out… This is a powerful Holocaust story that teaches about how you judge others sometimes on who they are vs. what their actions are. Based on an autobiography… Good book that can be shared with younger students curious about WWII and some of the tough situations people went through at labor camps and more. Goodreads Summary: “Gifts from the Enemy is the powerful and moving story based on From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography by Alter Wiener, in which Alter recalls his loss of family at the hands of the Nazis and his internment in five prison camps during World War II. This picture book tells one moving episode during Alter’s imprisonment, when an unexpected person demonstrates moral courage in repeated acts of kindness to young Alter during his imprisonment. Written by acclaimed children’s writer Trudy Ludwig, author of Better Than You and Confessions of a Former Bully, and illustrated by award-winning children’s book illustrator Craig Orback, Gifts from the Enemy teaches children in age-appropriate language about the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and stereotyping and that there are good and bad in every group of people. The accompanying questions and activities for readers provide teachers and parents with helpful direction in presenting this history and the valuable story. Gifts from the Enemy highlights how acts of social justice and kindness can change lives.”

Return of the Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White– I totally missed when this book came out. Quite enjoyed reading a sequel with another great message… touching library celebration with a goal for children to have a balance of books and technology. Good for discussions with children about retirement as well. I did find the book a little weak in how it was wrapped up but was quite happy to return to the world of the Library Dragon. Goodreads Summary: “Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school’s library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.”

The Pilot and the Little Prince- The Life of Antoine De Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis – Biography – Fascinating to explore the life of a literature hero. Especially to see life through Peter Sis’s text and illustrations, just one beautiful book. Loved learning about how important flight was in addition to writing to Antoine. Quite a beautiful book, thrilled to add to the book collection. Goodreads Summary: “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was born in France in 1900, when airplanes were just being invented. Antoine dreamed of flying and grew up to be a pilot—and that was when his adventures began. He found a job delivering mail by plane, which had never been done before. He and his fellow pilots traveled to faraway places and discovered new ways of getting from one place to the next. Antoine flew over mountains and deserts. He battled winds and storms. He tried to break aviation records, and sometimes he even crashed. From his plane, Antoine looked down on the earth and was inspired to write about his life and his pilot-hero friends in memoirs and in fiction. Peter Sís’s remarkable biography celebrates the author of The Little Prince, one of the most beloved books in the world.”

Graphic Novel Fun with Babymouse!!

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm – Isn’t it wonderfully amazing that this is the 18th Babymouse book?! I love it… of course things don’t go so well for sweet Babymouse when she wants to plan the perfect birthday party… love how stories unfold in Babymouse’s world with reality taking center stage, parents not rescuing her, and things not going as well as she imagined. Goodreads Summary: “You are cordially invited to the birthday event of the year! Babymouse is having a birthday and she wants it to be BIG! Mount Everest BIG. Eiffel Tower BIG. Tyrannosaurus rex BIG. (Okay, maybe inviting a T. rex isn’t such a good idea). Will all of Babymouse’s birthday dreams come true? Will she have a five-hundred-tier cupcake? Find out in Happy Birthday, Babymouse—the eighteenth hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series by Matthew Holm and Jennifer L. Holm!”

I treasured rereading:

Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans – All ages- What a beautiful picture book this is… Loved reading this book again. Love all the expressions, the characters, and the little changes throughout. Precious little sloth, cute little stubborn girl, and wonderful, wonderful story. Once again, recommended! Goodreads Summary: “The ingenious author of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the Coraline movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Like the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, Sparky stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn’t good at tricks or hide-and-seek . . . or much of anything. Still, there’s something about Sparky that is irresistible.”

Snuck in a young non-fiction book – 

Swing, Sloth! Explore the Rain Forest by Susan B. Neuman – Picked out this book to accompany the Sparky wonderful picture book. Cute little book full of animals living in rain forests around the world. Goodreads Summary: “Come along on an adventure through the rain forest. Along the way, you’ll meet new friends big and small, see amazing sights, and learn all about the creatures that make their home in the rain forest. Told in simple yet lively text built with sight words and using picture icons to aid reading, National Geographic Pre-readers will enchant kids just beginning their journey with books.”

Enjoyed a novel-

The Qwikpick Papers- Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger– 4th grade and up – I think it is fascinating that this book is being rereleased and has a new life/readership with Tom Angleberger’s popularity growing. Great story to read with a funny situation- deciding what to do/what to get away with since three friends have free time on Christmas day. Their decision to visit a poop fountain? Fascinating. Loved the formatting, images, text, diary, and more- all fit together with witty, interesting flow that kept me reading. Publisher’s Summary: “Lyle Hertzog and his friends Marilla and Dave expect to spend another dull holiday passing time at the local Qwikpick convenience store. Then an article in their hometown paper catches their eye—the sludge fountain at the nearby sewage plant is being retired. With this news, the three friends decide they’re not just normal kids who don’t have Christmas plans: they’re the Qwikpick Adventure Society. Their first mission: to see the “poop fountain” before it fades from glory.
Told with the mix of journal entries, doodles, and handwritten notes that has made the Origami Yoda books so appealing, this is another great series from a master chronicler of middle school.”

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22 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. Great reads! I hadn’t realized Qwikpick was a reprint. And, that led me down a rabbit hole of things I didn’t know about him!

  2. Sara Brown
    July 21, 2014

    My wish list is getting longer and longer! Gifts is going on the top of the list.

  3. Great choices. I loved the Peter Sis book, too. I am very interested in Gifts from the Enemy. One of my blogs focused on WWII literature for children so I am always interested in new books about any aspect of it including the Holocaust. This book sounds particularly good. Thanks for sharing.

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 22, 2014

      Thanks for visiting. Glad you learned about Gifts from the Enemy, as Trudy told me, it is a labor of love…

  4. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)
    July 21, 2014

    I absolutely loved The Frank Show. Such a great book to read with kids to show them all family members have a valuable story to tell.

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 22, 2014

      Completely agree, would be wonderful on a day that kids get the chance to bring in their grandparents/parents too, read right before…

  5. Emily Lim-Leh
    July 21, 2014

    Gifts from the enemy and Sparky! sound like books I need to check out 🙂

  6. Andrea Payan (@payanar)
    July 21, 2014

    Gifts from the Enemy sounds like an amazing picture book. I will need to go find a copy for my classroom.

  7. carriegelson
    July 21, 2014

    Wow! Such great picture books. The Frank Show and Sparky are both favourites of mine! I really look forward to reading Gifts from the Enemy.

  8. Megan
    July 22, 2014

    Oh, Sparky! I think I should reread that one too. Have a great week ~Megan

  9. I need to read Sparky! and The Frank Show. They both look wonderful, and I know Sparky is loved by many.

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

  10. So many great suggestions! I put in a request for my library to purchase Gifts from the Enemy, as they didn’t appear to have it yet.

  11. Myra GB
    July 24, 2014

    So great to see all the picturebooks here. I searched (in vain) for Gifts from the Enemy from our library last week, but was unable to locate it in the shelves (although the online database says it should be there). Hopefully this week, I’d have more luck. 🙂 I have yet to meet Sparky! 🙂

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 25, 2014

      I’m wondering how many libraries have that book… enjoy meeting Sparky when you get the chance! 🙂

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