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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!


Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman and Kevin Hawkes – Wordless Picture Book. WOW. Pretty darn incredible story, couldn’t stop staring at the illustrations and seeing what imaginative things the child saw… loved this one. Goodreads Summary: “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Step right up and witness an astounding assemblage of tightrope walkers, strong men, sword swallowers, and clowns. The Garibaldi Circus is coming soon, but for those with clear eyes, the performers may already be in the ring. So get ready to sharpen your vision and look very closely — a show like you’ve never seen is about to begin!”

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, pictures by Dan Hanna – Really cute story that connects to fixed-mindset discussion and also how scary a new school can be… Goodreads Summary: “Turn little pouts into big smiles! Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills, in this new Pout-Pout Fish book from Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna.”

Chu’s First Day of School  by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex – Oh so cute Chu is off to school and what is special about him? Read to find out! Goodreads Summary: “It is Chu’s first day of school. Chu is nervous.
He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him?
What will happen at school today?
Will Chu do what Chu does best?”

Curious Critters – Marine by David FitzSimmons – Fascinating sea creatures are explored throughout this book. They each have a different voice and fantastic facts packed throughout. Goodreads Summary: “Amazing animals – from a beautiful butterfly to a crabby crayfish – posed for portraits. Good thing photographer and writer David FitzSimmons jotted down what the pink katydid, jabbering jay, poetic opossum, and other Curious Critters had to say!”

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – LOVED this audiobook. I’ve read and reread this book over the year but somehow my family was able to all listen to this audiobook on numerous driving adventures over the past month. This is one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. Fantastic. Highly recommended for whole family listen. Goodreads Summary: “Many hundreds of years ago, the city of Ember was created by the Builders to contain everything needed for human survival. It worked…but now the storerooms are almost out of food, crops are blighted, corruption is spreading through the city and worst of all—the lights are failing. Soon Ember could be engulfed by darkness…
But when two children, Lina and Doon, discover fragments of an ancient parchment, they begin to wonder if there could be a way out of Ember. Can they decipher the words from long ago and find a new future for everyone? Will the people of Ember listen to them?”

Hunters of the Great Forest by Dennis Nolan – Wordless Picture book – Hilarious and cute- little people adventure around a mountain and tree in search of something to hunt and find a delicious treat! Goodreads Summary: “On a warm night, a band of hunters sets out on a journey. As they travel over hills, through thickets of trees, and around mountains, nothing will keep them from their ultimate goal. What that goal is may surprise you. Dennis Nolan’s remarkable, imaginative illustrations lead the way in this wordless picture book about an epic journey.”


Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley, illustrated by Adam Gustavson – Imagine. You’re just about to find out who your new teacher is and… you find out it is the teacher who you are certain hates you. You did something unforgiveable last year and she has hated you ever since, or so you think… This is a fantastic beginning of the school year read aloud and also humorous story for students to enjoy. Also I found this to be a helpful story as an educator because I tend to have a very sarcastic sense of humor and often you have students who just don’t get your jokes. This book really provides you with an example of what happens with those type of misunderstandings. Goodreads Summary: “Shortly before school starts, Charlie Bumpers learns that he will be in Mrs. Burke’s class. It doesn’t matter that she’s been named Teacher of the Year. He’s still afraid of her. Last year when he was horsing around in the hall, he accidentally hit her in the head with his sneaker. (Don’t ask.) How will he survive a year under a teacher who is just waiting for him to make another stupid mistake?”

The Graveyard Book Volume 1 – by Neil Gailman- Graphic Novel Adaptation by P. Craig Russell – This is the first graphic novel in a long while that I paced myself through. I found that it was tough to read due to enjoying the story and also the book was so packed with dialogue and fascinating storylines that I slowed down quite often. Quite a fantastic fantasy. Loved the fiction book as well. Goodreads Summary: “The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by an extraordinary team of renowned artists.
Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman’s luminous novel.”



Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin – Beautiful, inspiring story of someone who looked at an empty lot and saw a future filled with health- vegetables, fruit, community garden… and when he succeeded after research and study there, he began to pass his message all over the world! So inspiring. Glad this is part of the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award Program! Goodreads Summary: “Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage, or a basketball, in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. No space, no problem. Poor soil, there’s a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one.”


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

  1. Lisa Maucione (@DrLMaucione)
    November 16, 2015

    Hunters of the Great Forest is one I want to check out. I love wordless books – there is so many uses for teaching with them.

  2. I’ll have to read Sidewalk Circus if I haven’t already. Charlie Bumpers looks interesting. I love the detail in the illustration of the hole in the sock!

  3. Linda Baie
    November 16, 2015

    I love The Graveyard Book & will have to find the graphic novel, part 1, Debbie-looks awesome. I will look for those wordless books which also sound wonderful. Thank you!

  4. cheriee weichel
    November 16, 2015

    I also loved The City of Ember as an audiobook. This series has been around for a while, and while it might not gets lots of press, is consistently checked out of our library. It is a perfect introduction to futuristic fiction for readers in the early elementary grades. I’m now keep to read Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. Thanks for these.

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 21, 2015

      Yes… great introduction. Also thinking of The True Meaning of Smekday. Enjoy Farmer Will Allen…

  5. Ricki Ginsberg
    November 16, 2015

    I’ve become hooked on audiobooks. I will definitely plan to get The City of Ember! Thanks for sharing! I missed that book, so it is great to know I can catch up with audio. 🙂

  6. Myra GB
    November 16, 2015

    You have to HAVE TO read Volume 2 of the graphic novel adaptation of The Graveyard Book – while I enjoyed the first one, I fell in love with the second book and really found myself tearing up in the end – same experience that my 13 year old girl had, so let me know once you’ve read it! 🙂

  7. carriegelson
    November 16, 2015

    Sidewalk Circus sounds lovely! On the lookout!

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