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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 recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!

Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop – Picture book –  Special peaceful book. Perfect book for showing how curiosity can be explored in many ways. Goodreads Summary: “Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream — to meet the Moon. Red Knit Cap Girl lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. There is so much to see and do, but more than anything Red Knit Cap Girl wishes she could talk to the Moon. Join Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends on a journey of curiosity, imagination, and joy as they search for a way to meet the Moon.”

Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2+1 by Kelly DiPucchio, pictures by Scott Campbell – Easy read – 3rd grade and up – I just love this series, I’m DYING to share it with kids… Happy to add to the collection, especially with the zombies the kids already deal with in all their computer games! Zombie in Love-Goodreads Summary: “Mortimer is looking for love. And he’s looking everywhere! He’s worked out at the gym (if only his arm wouldn’t keep falling off). He’s tried ballroom dancing lessons (but the ladies found him to be a bit stiff). He’s even been on How’s a guy supposed to find a ghoul? When it seems all hope has died, could the girl of Mortimer’s dreams be just one horrifying shriek away?” Zombie in Love 2+1 Goodreads Summary: “Happily married zombie couple Mortimer and Mildred are thrilled to be new parents. But having a baby isn’t what they expected. Sonny hardly ever cries. His teeth are coming in instead of falling out. And worst of all, he’s awake all day and sleeps through the night. Mortimer and Mildred are dead tired, and very worried. Will their precious baby boy ever behave like a good little monster?”

Bilby- Secrets of an Australian Marsupial by Edel Wignell, illustrated by Mark Jackson – non-fiction – 2nd grade and up – Really enjoyed reading this beautiful flowing story about a creature I barely ever heard of before… a tail with a barb, digging tunnels, baby care, and more, just fascinating. Also appreciate the organization of the book with extra tidbits of informationsnuck on some pages in italics and an index at the back… just a wonderful non-fiction animal addition to the collection. Goodreads Summary: “A beautiful narrative non-fiction book which follows the life of a bilby, an Australian marsupial. The story depicts a young bilby’s birth, habitat, behaviour and diet. When Baby Bilby is born, he’s as long as your little toe. He crawls into his mother’s warm pouch, where he feeds and grows. Baby Bilby is soon ready to leave the safety of the burrow. He follows his mother closely, sniffs the night air, and hops into the moonlight for his first desert adventure.”

As You Wish – Inconceivable Tales from The Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden – Audiobook – High School/Adult – I enjoyed every moment of this read. This was one of those audiobooks that I must listen to again soon… cannot wait to listen to this again sometime soon. Anyone who enjoyed watching The Princess Bride would enjoy this… I know it will be terrific for high school students as well… I laughed and teared up at different portions of this reflection on the making of this wonderful movie. Goodreads Summary: “From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.”

Stormswept – The Ingo Chronicles by Helen Dunmore – Fantasy – 5th grade and up – Really enjoyed this stand alone book, was missing Ingo and this fulfilled my needs for visiting Ingo again. Twins living on an island that hasinteresting background connected tothemer/Ingo… Loved the connection to violin playing and little brother. Great adventure. Recommended. Goodreads Summary: “Morveren lives with her parents and twin sister Jenna on an island off the coast of Cornwall – an island that in the long distant past was devastated by a tidal wave, its halls and people lost. Only some of those taken by the sea may not have been lost at all! Now, as Morveren and Jenna’s relationship shifts and changes, like driftwood on the tide, Morveren finds a beautiful teenage boy in a rock pool after a storm. Going to his rescue, she is shocked to see that he is not human but a Mer boy. With Jenna refusing to face the truth, Morveren finds herself alone at the worst possible time. Because when the worlds of Air and Mer meet, the consequences can be terrible!”

Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf – Historical Fiction – 4/5th grade – Fascinating book packed with emotional turmoil and upsetting situations that I would not wish on any human let alone a child. Tough book to have in the library but appropriate for discussionson conflict and war. Goodreads Summary: “Based on true stories of former child soldiers interviewed by the author in Liberia, Son of a Gun describes the journey of a brother and sister, ten-year-old Lucky and eight-year-old Nopi, who are kidnapped from school and forced to become child soldiers.
Lucky and Nopi manage to escape with the help of older children. They track down their parents, but then must flee again. In the end Lucky and Nopi are reunited with their parents, but they both know the pieces of their lives will never fit back together again like they used to. When will the war really be over, and when will they get to be the children they still dream about?”

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

  1. Red Knit and Zombies are both fun series. If Hollywood can have a Batman vs. Superman mash-up, why not children’s literature?

  2. msyingling
    April 27, 2015

    Zombie books for emergent readers. Sigh. Better than the middle grade books that give me nightmares, but this is one trend that I will not be sad to see end. (Vampire books go nowhere. That was short lived, too!)

  3. Jody
    April 27, 2015

    I think I can sell the zombies to my 2nd and 3rd graders. I’m going to look into this series. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Linda Baie
    April 27, 2015

    Will look for Bilby & As You Wish, Debbie. I like books that are experiences. I’m not sure about the Zombie books, but will share with our librarians. Those zombie books are popular with the younger students I know. Thanks!

  5. Emily Lim-Leh
    April 27, 2015

    Red Knit Cap Girl looks lovely! I will be checking it out 🙂

  6. Tara Smith
    April 28, 2015

    I had not heard of Son of a Gun, but I think it’s important to have books that speak of what is really happening in the world in our classroom libraries. I’ll have to check it out.

  7. cheriee weichel
    April 28, 2015

    Love both these Zombie books! I’ll try to find a copy of Son of a Gun to see if it is appropriate for our elementary school readers. It sounds like a powerful book!

    • The Styling Librarian
      April 29, 2015

      I found it appropriate for 5th grade and up, will be curious to know what you think….

  8. Lisa Robles
    April 28, 2015

    I’ll have to order those Zombie books. They look good.


  9. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)
    April 28, 2015

    Zombie in Love looks so great!!!!! I need to get them for my classroom. I think they are going to be loved by kids.
    I loved Son of a Gun. It is a very important book!

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

    • The Styling Librarian
      April 29, 2015

      Think older kids will love it… Maybe I heard about Son of a Gun initially through you then, if so, thank you! 🙂

  10. Ricki Ginsberg
    April 28, 2015

    I’ve added As You Wish to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing it. I hadn’t heard of it! You have a great, eclectic collection of books this week. 🙂 I hope next week is just as terrific!

  11. carriegelson
    April 28, 2015

    My class is in love with Red Knit Cap girl right now. Think it is the art that they are so interested in! Putting Son of a Gun on my TBR list. Looks like a powerful, challenging story.

  12. Myra GB
    April 28, 2015

    HAH. Son of a Gun sounds riveting. I shall have to look for that one. I enjoyed Red Knit Cap Girl – I know that it’s part of a series. 🙂

  13. David E.
    May 9, 2015

    Have you read the WAR BROTHERS graphic novel?

    David Etkin


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