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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! Incredible to have time to read books I’ve been excited about… a mix of picture books. Only one early chapter book to share this week, read many fiction books too but shall share slowly in special posts…

This past week I celebrated so many wonderful books! Here’s a glimpse:

The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine (and author interview!)

Goodnight Ark by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by John O’Brien

A Home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Super Red Riding Hood by Claudia DaVila

Now on to other books to celebrate for the week!

Ukulele Hailey by Judy Cox – What a special little book! I enjoyed Judy Cox’s great premise about a little girl who works hard to discover and develop her talent of playing the ukulele. I especially loved how she was welcoming to other students after a talent show competition and created a ukulele club. The school board representative loomed in the background throughout the book. How he initially missed the importance of school music programs is unknown to me… Loved how the community spoke up and led a rally. Even small actions count- Great for teaching children that speaking up and taking a stand is possible, even for a kid. After all my experiences with school boards, I wouldn’t expect the instant gratification/great results that this book had after a rally but it was quite lovely. Goodreads Summary: “Hayley has finally found her talent playing the ukulele! But after she starts her ukulele band at school, word comes that the music program and teacher are going to be cut. Hayley devises a plan to help ensure that doesnt happen. Basics on learning to play the ukulele are included in the back of this lively chapter book.”

The big wet balloon by Liniers – Toon books – Lovely little graphic novel with a very patient older sister who brings her little sister out to play in the rain. Fun quick story with those funny moments where the little sister misunderstands directions and words, perfect dialogue and illustrations. Goodreads Summary: “When her little sister, Clemmie, refuses to go out in the rain, Matilda sets out to teach her all the delights of a wet Saturday. But after her enthusiasm leads her to make a big mistake, it’s Matilda who will end up learning an unforgettable lesson.”

The Promise by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin – beautiful book about a young thief who made a promise that changed her heart. How she fulfills the promise and changes her community is quite a touching message. Great book for talking about hope, change, small actions, and more. Goodreads Summary: “On a mean street in a mean, broken city, a young girl tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But the frail old woman, holding on with the strength of heroes, says the thief can’t have it without giving something in return: the promise. It is the beginning of a journey that will change the thieving girl’s life — and a chance to change the world, for good. Here is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old.”

Henry’s Map by David Elliot – This is the first book by this author/illustrator, yet I feel like I’ve read multiple books by him before, how odd. He lives in New Zealand, perhaps that’s how this book got on my Goodreads to-read bookshelf. Precious little story about a pig who is quite tidy, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” When the pig looks out into the farmyard he worries about how anyone can find anything there. So he decides to create a map. Love how he involved his friends and what happens when they all decide to look at the map from the top of a hill. Goodreads Summary: “Henry is a very particular sort of pig. “A place for everything and everything in its place,” he always says. But when he looks out his window he is troubled. The farm is a mess!  Henry is worried that nobody will be able to find anything in this mess. So he draws a map showing all the animals exactly where they belong.  And Henry embarks on a journey through the farm, his friends tagging along as he creates his map: sheep in the woolshed, chickens in the coop, the horse in the stable. After the map is complete, Henry uses it to bring himself back home, where he is relieved to know that he is exactly where he belongs. A place for everything and everything in its place, indeed.”

Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss, illustrations by Floyd Cooper – 2010 – Touching approach to segregation when you follow a family traveling across country, rejected at gas stations from using toilets and hotels from getting a room. How the community dealt with traveling was to create a Green Book that told of welcoming places that they wouldn’t be turned away at… what a reassuring book. Interesting to learn about The Negro Motorist Green book and the necessity of owning such a book. Lovely to read about how Jim Crow laws were removed, unfortunately it took a really long time to remove and only ended in 1964 when the Civil Rights Bill was signed into law. Goodreads Summary: “Ruth and the Green Book is the story of one black family’s trip from Chicago to Alabama by car in the late 1940s. Along the way they encounter prejudice, but they also discover The Green Book, a real guide to accommodations which was published for decades to aid African-American travelers as they faced prejudice on the roads across the country.”

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean – I was so honored a while ago to have the opportunity to interview Deborah, now I finally get to sit down with another one of her new books! This book is quite touching for those who are introducing the concept of moving to their children, or trying to heal after moving someplace new. Beautiful, rhythmical story following a family moving by car to a new place. Goodreads Summary: ““Bad truck, bad guy; bad wave, bad bye . . .” A boy and his family are packing up their old home, and the morning feels scary and sad. But when he arrives at his new home, an evening of good byes awaits: bye to new friends, bye to glowing fireflies, bye to climbing trees.”

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg – Just loved reading this book. The formatting surprised me with many special foldover and small sheets of paper as well. Some children (and many adults) have the hardest time falling asleep, myself included at times, and this was fantastic for displaying all the frustration over being one who is ready to sleep but just isn’t getting there no matter what he tries… Goodreads Summary: “High in his tree a young panda named Chengdu lies awake, even though everyone around him is quietly sleeping. He tosses and he turns. He scrunches and he squirms, until he finally finds the perfect spot.”

Hook by Ed Young – 2009 – Some creatures are misplaced and need to find out where they belong, this book shows how an eagle is rescued but placed where he really didn’t belong. With a little help, he finds the sky and home again. Gorgeous illustrations throughout. Goodreads Summary: “With beautiful, sweeping artwork and spare, lyrical text, Ed Young tells the story of a boy who finds an egg and gives it to a flock of chickens. When the egg hatches not a chick but an eaglet, the hens, the roosters, and the boy all band together to help the young bird fly.”

Letter Lunch by Elisa Gutierrez – Beautiful wordless picture book which has children collecting letters to eat and then also using them at the end as an alphabet poster… gorgeous pacing. Goodreads Summary: “The cupboards are empty, as is the fridge. Thus begins the adventure of a hungry brother and sister as they try to figure out what’s for lunch. But there’s nothing ordinary about the feast the siblings of Letter Lunch are cooking up.”

Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton – Here’s one original book with such a perfect connection to anyone who feels like they don’t fit in. Love Henny who is a chicken born with arms instead of wings. Growing up she has a difficult time figuring out what to do with herself, until she starts seeing benefits here and there… You’re in for a lovely treat with this book! Goodreads Summary: “Henny is a chick who’s just a little different from everyone else in the barn; and who learns to embrace her special gift in this whimsical and charming picture book debut from Elizabeth Rose Stanton.
Henny doesn’t look like any other chicken she knows. Instead of wings, she has arms!
Sometimes Henny likes being different: she enjoys the way her arms flutter like ribbons when she runs; but other times, not so much. She just can’t do things the same way as the other chickens.
But doing things the same as everyone else is overrated, as Henny comes to realize in this warmhearted story, sweetly told and illustrated with fresh, expressive artwork that celebrates the individual in everyone.”

Jack and the Giant Barbecue by Eric A. Kimmel – My son and I were quite thrilled to read this story that is loosely based on Jack and the Beanstalk. Hilarious Texas version of Jack in Texas who decided to go up to the giants home to find his dad’s barbecue recipe book. Love that a juke box replaced the harp in this book, great voice, fun to read aloud. Goodreads Summary: “A hilarious southwestern twist on Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Hanukkah in Alaska by Barbara Brown, illustrated by Stacey Schuett – Great story about a young girl who is anxious that the moose who set up residence in her family’s backyard will rip her swing down from the tree back there. She is celebrating Hanukkah and introducing various special elements of living in Alaska at the same time. Cute story, appreciated it since I grew up in Alaska and knew most of the information… and being able to introduce them to my son is always fun. Goodreads Summary: “Hanukkah in Alaska is unlike anywhere else. Snow piles up over the windows. Daylight is only five hours long. And one girl finds a moose camped out in her backyard, right near her favorite blue swing. She tries everything to lure it away: apples, carrots, even cookies. But it just keeps eating more tree! It’s not until the last night of Hanukkah that a familiar holiday tradition provides the perfect—and surprising—solution.”

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

  1. Linda Baie
    September 1, 2014

    Quite a wonderful list, Debbie! It took me a long time to read your post because I kept putting the titles on my “find & read” list! I think the Ed Young book is especially enticing. There are two classrooms who will enjoy it, studying birds and habitats. Another one studying freedom will also love it. Thanks (like always) for sharing so many great books!

  2. Hook looks great! I need to see if we have The Big Wet Balloon and The Promise still.

  3. alybee930
    September 2, 2014

    Debbie – I have read a number of these books but there are a few new to me that I will need to go and look up. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Michele Knott
    September 2, 2014

    Great picture book reading week! Thanks for sharing all of them!

  5. Adrienne Gear
    September 2, 2014

    WOW Debbie! This is quite a list! Many are familiar to me – I LOVE The Promise – such a powerful book and promotes great classroom discussions. The Big Wet Balloon, Henny and Henry’s map are both ones I am going to check out! I had Super Red Riding Hood on my post this week too!

    • The Styling Librarian
      September 3, 2014

      Love when we have a matching book on our posts… hoping striking will end soon and you can simply enjoy time with students soon…

  6. Ricki Ginsberg
    September 2, 2014

    Ah! A book about a Henry. That is my son’s name, so I am always looking for books that feature his name. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this one. It looks like a good one! I hope you have a terrific week!

    • The Styling Librarian
      September 3, 2014

      🙂 Bet you’d go on a roll of Henry books once you start looking at the public library! 🙂

  7. carriegelson
    September 2, 2014

    What a list! I really liked The Big Wet Balloon and The Promise – both are titles that I added to my class collection this year.

  8. Myra GB
    September 5, 2014

    Hi there Debbie, what a lovely collection you have here of so many diverse titles. I’m glad that you enjoyed The Promise – it IS a powerful book. I would definitely look for Henny – sounds like a perfect book to share in my class discussion on inclusion. 🙂

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