In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
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 recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!
Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled by Catherine Thimmesh, multiple illustrators – Non-fiction – 3rd grade and up – I loved this book because it demonstrated the value of research, flexibility, determination, and how frustrating new discoveries and changes can be. It was a fascinating look at the development of how people looked at the dinosaur and imagined what they looked like. Fantastic book! Goodreads Summary: “No human being has ever seen a triceratops or velociraptor or even the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. They left behind only their impressive bones. So how can scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Or if their flesh was scaly or feathered? Could that fierce T.rex have been born with spots? In a first for young readers, the Sibert medalist Catherine Thimmesh introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail. Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.”
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson – Fantasy – High School/Adult – Audiobook – What a fantastic sequel. I’m so frustrated to wait another year (or more) for the next book! Love the idea of epics who go “bad” from their super powers and especially fond of the main character… there’s nothing like a Brandon Sanderson demolition of characters when you’re close to the end of the book. He’s one tough author who is fearless about staying true to the story. Highly recommended, especially partnered with the first book (it will be confusing if you haven’t read the first to be honest.)
My favorite thing is when I read lines like this: “I’ll be quiet as a buttered snail sneaking through a Frenchman’s kitchen.” – brilliant and hilarious simultaneously, right?
Goodreads Summary: “They told David it was impossible–that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart–invincible, immortal, unconquerable–is dead. And he died by David’s hand.
Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.
Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic–Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.”
Chi’s Sweet Home #11 by Konami Kanata – Graphic Novel, all ages- HOORAY. I love this little kitten and his adventures. Nice to have a new volume! This series isn’t over by a long shot… very cute story line with Chi finding out she has a real cat mom and not just humans for family. Goodreads Summary: “Nothing is more heartbreaking to a mother than losing a child. There is nothing that can replace family, and when one is lost at such a tender age it is even more distressing as uncertainty over the child’s survival weighs heavily. So if fate offers an opportunity to be reunited with that lost child, it is a mother’s duty to seize the moment and hope for a happy family reunion.”
The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds– Picture book – Finally… I get the chance to read this book that has popped up over and over as a book I must get for my Year 2 and other year groups for a focus on Journeys… happy day. Gorgeous book with such a beautiful message about how everyone has their own journey to go on… quite touching. Really enjoyed the interactions the boy had with others along his journey- included him showing caring and empathy… Goodreads Summary: “After following paths and signs determined by others, a young boy finally realizes that he must find his own individual way in life.”
Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli – Preschool and up – Aww. I love Greg Pizzoli’s work. This book is perfect for those kids who need to experience a little failure in their lives to see that they can move ahead and still be successful… Love that the crocodile from The Watermelon Seed is back! Goodreads Summary: “They’re off! Sam is the best race-car driver in history-he is number one at every race! But when his best friend, Maggie, shows that she has racing talent of her own, Sam doesn’t know how to handle coming in second place. Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?”
Brilliant! Shining a light on Sustainable Energy by Michelle Mulder – Non-fiction – 3rd grade and up – Wow. This is one packed with information book. Fascinating bits of information on sustainable power. Amazing how innovative people are! Loved the flow of this book, could even be a read aloud in different portions. Goodreads Summary: “Did you know that cars can run on french-fry grease or that human poop can be used to provide power to classrooms? Kids in Mexico help light up their houses by playing soccer, and in the Philippines, pop-bottle skylights are improving the quality of life for thousands of families. “Brilliant!” is about what happens when you harness the power of imagination and innovation: the world changes for the better! Full of examples of unusual (and often peculiar) power sources, “Brilliant!” encourages kids to look around for new and sustainable ways to light up the world.”
Vanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham – Picture book – Journey and human rights- what a simple story that can communicate powerful ideas… loved this book. A little bird decides to eat some rice but accidentally travels across the ocean and finds a new place to live and new people to meet. Possible to connect to refugee situations – Beautiful book. Goodreads Summary: “Following some food, a curious young sparrow stows away in the back of a truck and takes an unusual voyage south — through the lush rice paddies of India, across the rough sea, and all the way into a bright new day. As the sun rises high over the city, he finds little Edie at a café with her grandma and granddad, and for a fleeting instant, his world meets up with hers and changes her life in the most delightful way.”
The Promise by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin – Picture book – Gorgeous words: “A gritty, yellow wind blew constantly, scratchinground the buildings like a hungry dog.” I loved how this story celebrated our relationship with nature and how much value and positive energy it gives to our lives. Beautiful. 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.”
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