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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!
Snuck in a number of wordless picture book treasures this time…


Cat Says Meow and other animalopoeia by Michael Arndt– You can tell a creative graphic designer created this one… loved how it too a moment to find some of the letters making up the creature/sound on different pages. Couldn’t stop turning the pages and enjoying this book! Goodreads Summary: “Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal’s sound are key elements of that animal’s illustration.”

Chukfi Rabbit’s Big, Bad Bellyache – A Trickster Tale by Greg Rodgers, illustrated by Leslie Stall Widener – Good trickster tale with distinct dialect for Choctaw language…  It’s always fun to read a trickster story…. the rabbit in this book is doing everything he can to avoid work… Goodreads Summary: “Silly kids, tricks are for rabbits! Chukfi Rabbit, that is. The laziest—and hungriest—trickster rabbit there is!
Deep in Choctaw Country, Chukfi Rabbit is always figuring out some way to avoid work at all costs. When Bear, Turtle, Fox, and Beaver agree on an everybody-work-together day to build Ms. Possum a new house, Chukfi Rabbit says he’s too busy to help. Until he hears there will be a feast to eat after the work is done: cornbread biscuits, grape dumplings, tanchi labona (a delicious Choctaw corn stew), and best of all, fresh, homemade butter! So while everyone else helps build the house, Chukfi helps himself to all that yummy butter! The furry fiend! But this greedy trickster will soon learn that being this lazy is hard work! A classic trickster tale in the Choctaw tradition.”

Tommy Can’t Stop! by Tim Federle, pictures by Mark Fearing – You might find out that where you fit in is the most unexpected place… like a dance studio when you’re an overly active kid who just can’t stop moving… Loved this book. Know it celebrates individuality but it also celebrates accepting where you fit and celebrating it. Goodreads Summary: “Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can’t keep up! But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy?”

Draw! by Raul Colon – Wordless picture book – Powerfully beautiful book. Young boy sits on his bed and starts drawing… the drawing transports him to visit an elephant, rhino, and many more creatures. Love the interactions the boy has with the creatures. Fantastic illustrations. Quite wonderful book, highly recommended. Goodreads Summary: “A boy alone in his room.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari?
A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world afar — first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world throuhg his own eyes and making friends along the way.”

Look… Look Again by John O’Brien – cartoons- interesting and hilarious. I love looking at things from different perspectives. This book made my son and I laugh aloud with every turn of the page. Goodreads Summary: “A pizza, a moon, and a balloon will never look the same! For twentyfive years, John O’Brien has contributed quirky and one-of-a-kind cartoons to the pages of the New Yorker. Now readers are invited into O’Brien’s lopsided universe with a hilarious collection of cartoons created especially for this volume. A farmer, a knight, a clown, and other off-the- wall characters find themselves in an absurd world where the moon is a Frisbee and a hungry pizza may gobble them up. Visual gags will tickle readers’ funny bones and tease their brains, sometimes all at once. Humor fans can expect the unexpected in this wildly entertaining cartoon collection from a brilliant comic mind.”

Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam – Wordless Picture Book- what an interesting interaction between humans and foxes. Beautiful illustrations. Goodreads Summary: “One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the night becomes a garden of new life, nourished by compassion and kindness.”

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee – Wordless Picture Book – Loved this book, funny to see how an old farmer can have a soft spot for a little clown. Goodreads Summary: “Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee.
A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the two of them make some surprising discoveries about themselves—and about life!

Seeds of Freedom – The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass, illustrated by E.B. Lewis – I love the peaceful actions presented throughout this book, just beautiful and inspiring. Good to share with children and discuss what actions others have taken through the years. Goodreads Summary: “Mention the Civil Rights era in Alabama, and most people recall images of terrible violence. But something different was happening in Huntsville. For the citizens of that city, creativity, courage, and cooperation were the keys to working together to integrate their city and schools in peace. In an engaging celebration of this lesser-known chapter in American and African-American history, author Hester Bass and illustrator E. B. Lewis show children how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity.”

The Case for Loving – The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko – Beautiful story introducing how a couple fought for the right to live in the state they considered home… they were thrown out of the state after they got married since they were inter-racial. Very good book to share in connection with gay rights issues and Supreme Court recent decisions.
Goodreads Summary: “”I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.” — Mildred Loving, June 12, 2007
For most children these days it would come as a great shock to know that before 1967, they could not marry a person of a race different from their own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia.
This is the story of one brave family: Mildred Loving, Richard Perry Loving, and their three children. It is the story of how Mildred and Richard fell in love, and got married in Washington, D.C. But when they moved back to their hometown in Virginia, they were arrested (in dramatic fashion) for violating that state’s laws against interracial marriage. The Lovings refused to allow their children to get the message that their parents’ love was wrong and so they fought the unfair law, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court – and won!”

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

  1. Cheriee Weichel
    October 12, 2015

    I enjoyed The Case For Loving and The Farmer and the Clown, although I had to read the latter twice to really appreciate it. I’m really looking forward to Tommy Can’t Stop!. I love Tim Federle.

  2. Great books. Loved Draw, great to pair with Myer’s My Pen. And I think under the Timmy Can’t Stop dustjacket it has the dance steps. Or it could just be on the endpapers.

  3. You have two of our favorite books on your list – Seeds of Freedom and Tommy Can’t Stop! We are always looking for new traditional tales so thanks for telling us about Chukfi Rabbit’s Big Bad Bellyache.

  4. Ricki Ginsberg
    October 12, 2015

    I loved Seeds of Freedom, too. I read it the same week that I read X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon, so it was an interesting juxtaposition. I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

  5. Jane Whittingham
    October 13, 2015

    What a great list! I watched a documentary on the Loving family, I definitely need to pick up the picture book and share it with my kids. We have a lot of interracial and/or intercultural families in our community, and I think it’s important to share with children the stories of the trailblazers who fought so hard for the rights we sometimes take for granted. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Myra GB
    October 14, 2015

    Lots of wordless titles here. Wonderful! I am going to purchase The Case for Loving as part of my research project. I think it’s potentially a powerful read. Love Tim Federle’s jazz hands – glad that he’s venturing out into picturebooks!

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