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!
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Special Books Shared this week:
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume – Adult – Audiobook – Fascinating to read this book… I found myself getting more and more anxious as I read the book because I was so nervous that one character after another might die. Appreciated this story but I took too long listening to it. I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the reality of three airplanes crashing within the same vicinity within a small amount of time… Goodreads Summary: “In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.”
Each Breath a Smile based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Story by Sister Susan, illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop & Nguyen Dong – Mindfulness focus- terrific simple approach to meditation and awareness of breath. Goodreads Summary: “Each Breath a Smile introduces preschool-aged children to mindful breathing. Through beautiful color illustrations, children learn to connect with their breathing to help them experience calmness and enjoy a deeper relationship with their friends and family. Illustrations of trees, frogs, crickets, and birds remind them of the many simple joys available in the world around them.”
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett – Beautiful story about a little boy full of fear until Dark came and became his friend. Very creative and wonderful special pages filled with hugs as well. The illustrations really reminded me of Oliver Jeffers’ work. Goodreads Summary: “Orion is very scared of the dark — until Dark decides to pay him a visit!
Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. So one night the Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure.”
Hoot Owl Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien – I loved the gorgeous language in this book- similies abound! “I swoop through the bleak blackness like a wolf in the air.” “The shadowy night stretches away forever, as black as burnt toast.” Wonderful read aloud treasure. Appealing illustrations as well… Goodreads Summary: “Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! In the blackness of night, he’s preparing to swoop on his prey before it can realize his dastardly tricks. Look there—a tasty rabbit for him to eat! Hoot Owl readies his costume, disguising himself as . . . a carrot! Then he waits. The rabbit runs off. Never mind! Surely his next juicy target will cower against such a clever and dangerous creature as he!”
Buck’s Tooth by Diane Kredensor – Early chapter book, humor – Will Buck find a way to be original for the talent show? Will he ever accept his tooth and get over the difference between him and others? Read to find out. Ridiculously cute. Love the book trailer as well! Goodreads Summary: “All beavers have flat tails and furry coats. Most beavers have two front teeth. And then there’s Buck. Unlike the rest of his family, he has one gigantic front tooth—and he hates it! His tooth ruins everything for him, especially the Annual Talent Show.
Whatever Buck tries to do for the contest—whistle, walk on stilts, blow bubbles—his tooth gets in the way. Can Buck learn to embrace his inner tooth?”
Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Stephanie Yue – The gorgeous peaceful words in this book pulled me through this read aloud. Loved how the story felt to read aloud. Felt like I was reading a classic. Goodreads Summary: “”And way down deep in the hole lives a mouse.
Such a little mouse,
with his smart gray coat,
with his ears pink as petals,
with three twitchety whiskers
on each side of his nose.”
Monkey and Duck Quack Up! by Jennifer Hamburg, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham – Beautiful how introduction to rhyme is mixed with humor and friendship and finding a solution to a problem… wonderful new book, fun read aloud.
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Molly Idle – Chuckled my way through this book. Loved how the story celebrated individuality and ballet. Fun terms introduced with simultaneous rhyming. Goodreads Summary: “Zombelina loves to dance. She moonwalks with mummies and boogies with bats. She spins like a specter and glides like a ghost and loves to dance for her family the most. When Zombelina enrolls in a ballet class for real girls, her dancing gives everyone the chills! But when her first recital brings on a case of stage fright, her zombie moans and ghoulish groans scare her audience away. Only her devoted family’s cheers, in their special spooky way, help Zombelina dance the ballet debut of her dreams.”
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll – What a terrible problem Duncan has- he loves his books so much and gets so lost in the story, the burns them up. He begins looking outside of himself to try to finally read a complete story and hear the words “the end”. Great story, love this this book from first time picture book creator… Goodreads Summary: “Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately…so does his book.
Fire breath is great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s not so great for reading. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: The End. Will he ever find out how the story ends?”
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