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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! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading through the weeks which makes this not exactly what I read this week but what I’ve enjoyed recently…

My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder

IMG_5332Sharks Our Ocean Guardians by Gail Clarke – appreciate the SHARK Guardian organization and love that they asked Gail Clarke to write this book. It is a lovely rhyming non-fiction book sharing how sharks are an important part of our ecosystem and a fascinating connection to the history of the world and creatures as well. From the back of the book: “Two hundred million years before
IMG_5334The birth of the first dinosaur,
Prehistoric sharks like these
Lived in rivers, lakes and seas.
In these pages you will find
A story of a special kind:
How the sharks of long ago
Became the ones that we now know,

And the important part they play
In keeping our oceans healthy today.”

IMG_5331The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Change Colour by Gail Clarke – loved this cute rhyming book which included a lesson about how you should laugh at your friends and patience is important as you’re growing and changing. Quite the gorgeous illustrations. From the back of the book:
IMG_5333“Chameleon is green from the top of his scaly head to the tip of his scaly tail. Not red; not blue; just green.
He knows he should be able to change colour but no matter how hard he tries he can’t do it. To make matters worse, all the creatures he meets want to see his clever colour-changing trick. Let’s join Chameleon on his jungle walk and find out if he can learn the secret that every chameleon should know: how to change colour!”


Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles – A Loving Story of Adoption, Chinese Culture and a Special Birthday Treat by Shan-Shan Chen, illustrated by Heidi Goodman – Appreciate how you read through the process of making chow mein noodles for special food tradition/good luck noodles. Nice recipe at the back as well. Goodreads Summary: “Mei-Mei is Chinese; but not Mom and Dad! When she was a baby, Mom and Dad flew all the way to the other side of the world to adopt her and bring her home. Lucky for Mei-Mei, her parents want her to know all about her roots in China’s wonderful culture. That’s why, on her birthday, her mom always makes her a traditional Chinese treat -long noodles, for a long and happy life. And this year, Mei-Mei is big enough to help her mom make them!”

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock – non-fiction – This is new to me… I really enjoyed the writing style and information shared throughout this picture book about a scout honey bee. The adventure of a honey bee scouting for food can be quite interesting, especially when hail, attacking wasps, and blackbirds join in. Quite recommended- loved the illustrations too… I think that fuzzy eyes on a honey bee is just plain fascinating. Goodreads Summary: “A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her, avoids birds that might eat her, and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee.”

Best Foot Forward – Exploring feet, Flippers and Claws by Ingo Arndt – Fascinating non-fiction book with really cool photographs of creatures feet. I read this aloud to my Kindergarten class and we discussed the text features, information, and enjoyed guessing which creature belonged to a foot… My students had many favorite partsbut above all, they appreciated that Ingo Arndt put his own foot at the end of the book! Goodreads Summary: “Whose foot is this? An intriguing close-up of an animals foot piques curiosity that is satisfied on the following page with a stunning full-size photo of the animal itself and a brief description of how the foot is used. This book provides an entertaining and informative science lesson about how various animals feet are perfectly adapted to their particular use.”

Graceful by Wendy Mass – Fantasy – Released April 28th, 2015-  The Willow Falls series – What a happy day to discover this new part of one of my favorite series! Shall post my review closer to the release date… Loved jumping back into Willow Falls! Goodreads Summary: “Angelina D’Angelo has left town to see the world. It’s now Grace’s turn to use her magic to protect the people of Willow Falls, and she is up to the challenge. This is her destiny, after all. But destiny is a funny thing-it doesn’t always behave the way you’d expect it to.
Mysterious postcards from Angelina begin showing up in the mail, Grace’s parents are freaking out with worry, and something BIG is coming to town that will affect everybody who lives there. But all Grace is powerful enough to do is turn leftover meatloaf into pizza.
Fortunately, she’s not alone. She has Team Grace on her side! Amanda, Leo, Rory, Tara, David, and Connor know a thing or two about magic and how it works. But none of them are prepared for what’s coming, and none of them know how to stop it. Life in Willow Falls is about to change forever.”

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord – Realistic Fiction – Release date: May 26th, 2015 –
What a beautiful, touching story. I’ll share a special book review closer to the release date. Goodreads Summary: “This powerful middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES explores a friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers.
When Lily’s blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it’s Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.
After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily’s grandfather, and Salma’s friendship transforms Lily’s summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they’ll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win?”

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads: Also, please follow this blog through email updates – (do so to the right of this blog post), my Facebook page, comment, or meet up with me on Twitter. I appreciate all of the support, makes my day! Honored by all the wonderful followers.

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

  1. Cynthia Lord seems to be a prolific author. I remember reading another book of hers last year. And bees are such interesting creatures. I’ll have to check out this book.

  2. lauricoo
    March 16, 2015

    I cannot wait for Cynthia Lord’s Handful of Stars. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Linda Baie
    March 16, 2015

    Wow, Wendy Mass and Cynthia Lord all new books! They sound great, will look for them when they arrive. Thanks, Debbie.

  4. Cheriee Weichel
    March 17, 2015

    I’ve got some of these on my to read list. Like others, I’m looking forward to reading A Handful of Stars, but I’m also excited about Graceful by Wendy Mass. Her books are always a hit in our library.

  5. Ricki Ginsberg
    March 17, 2015

    Ah! I want to read A Handful of Stars! I promised myself that I would read Rules this year, so I better get moving. Thanks for sharing all of these books with us, Debbie!

    • The Styling Librarian
      March 17, 2015

      Oh Rules is so wonderful! Too many good books as usual… Happy reading week to you! 🙂

  6. Myra GB
    March 17, 2015

    Just the title ‘A Handful of Stars’ is already very special, I shall look forward to that. Lots of diverse titles here, Debbie. I enjoyed reading snippets of your thoughts about each of them.

    • The Styling Librarian
      March 17, 2015

      It is a special title, especially for what it refers to… just loved loved loved that book. 🙂 Happy reading week to you…

  7. carriegelson
    March 17, 2015

    I am so excited to read this new Cynthia Lord title. She can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. I just found out that she is going to be speaking at a Literacy conference I attend every year so next March I will get to meet her!

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