10.13.2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA


I'm pretty happy with the variety of books I read this past week; I think I covered a wide age range appropriate for a kidlit reader! 

After reading Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming last week, I picked up The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde and Woodson's own This is the Rope at the library. The Selfish Giant was referenced in BGD as a story Jacqueline memorized as a child when she was finding it particularly difficult that she wasn't a great reader. I found it was good to read these two books right after reading BGD because it made the reading experience a bit fuller.

I was excited about starting Dash by Kirby Larson, and I was hoping to share it with my daughter (4th grade) because it's about a Japanese-American girl and her dog during WWII. I thought it would be a good way to introduce historical fiction -- and family history -- but I have to rethink when to share this book with her. My step-father's family was interned in Arizona during the war, and although I'm far from that experience (blood-wise and time-wise), learning/reading about that experience has always been really heart-wrenching. Dash is no different. By the end of the first chapter, I was already having heart palpitations thinking about Mitsi (the main character) being called a Jap and having slanty eyes made at her. It's important to me that my children know their family's history but it would be unwise to jump into this book without teaching her some background history. Despite the heart-squeezing, I'm enjoying the book quite a bit.

[To rehash the concept :: post what you read last week, what you're reading now, and what you plan to read this week. If you have a review of the book(s), great! If you have a picture of the book(s), wonderful! If you have a book giveaway, fantastic! If you just list the title(s) of the book(s), not a problem! Make it as simple or as complex as you need it to be. At least, that's the message I got. This version of the meme is hosted by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Text, which, in turn, was inspired by Sheila over at Book Journey, who hosts the original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?]

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK:


Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Something from Everything by Ashley Bryan

Batgirl (The New 52), Issue 35 by Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart, illustrated by Babs Tarr

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Circle Square Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Druthers by Matt Phelan

Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk

If I Were a Book by José Jorge Letria, illustrated by André Letria

Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash / Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual by Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios

Maude: The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child, illustrated by Trisha Kraussu

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Ritva Voutila

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by James Ransome

The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham

Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


Dash by Kirby Larson

The Tropic of Serpents: A Memoir by Lady Trent (#2) by Marie Brennan

WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:


29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown

10.06.2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA



[To rehash the concept :: post what you read last week, what you're reading now, and what you plan to read this week. If you have a review of the book(s), great! If you have a picture of the book(s), wonderful! If you have a book giveaway, fantastic! If you just list the title(s) of the book(s), not a problem! Make it as simple or as complex as you need it to be. At least, that's the message I got. This version of the meme is hosted by Jen and Kellee of Teach Mentor Text, which, in turn, was inspired by Sheila over at Book Journey, who hosts the original It's Monday! What Are You Reading?]

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK:


As an Oak Tree Grows by G. Brian Karas

Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope and J.T. Petty, illustrated by David Rubín

Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter by Cari Best, illustrated by Giselle Potter 

Dinosaur Vs. School by Bob Shea

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif

Gotham Academy, Issue #1 by  Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, illustrated by Karl Kerschl

Me & Dog by Gene Weingarten, illustrated by Eric Shansby

Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!), Issue #8: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona

Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon

Thor (Avengers NOW!), Issue #1 by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Russell Dauterman

The Wicked + The Divine, Issue #4 by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Jamie McKelvie
*for mature readers only*

Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells

WHAT I'M READING NOW:

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:



Dash by Kirby Larson

9.30.2014

Reading goal accomplished three months early!


The 365th book? An Oak Tree Grows by G. Brian Karas. This is the point where my husband says to me, "Great! Now you can stop reading for the year!"

Scott Campbell @ Politics and Prose ::

I've been a fan of Scott Campbell's for a number of years, but now I can't remember how I originally came across his work. He has a distinctive watercolor cartoon-y style that appeals to me, and I was pleased as punch when I found out in 2011 that he would be illustrating his first children's book, Zombie in Love (written by Kelly DiPucchio). I had the chance to meet him that year at SPX when I was visiting DC, and I had my library's copy of the book signed for the students.

Fast forward a few years to this summer and Scott finally published his very own children's picture book, Hug Machine! It is an adorable book about the Hug Machine, a boy who is so very good at hugging that he goes around town hugging everyone and everything. I read the F&G (folded & gathered; kind of like a full-color picture book ARC) over the summer and loved it immediately. It's perfect for preschool, but as an adult it's a wonderful little reminder of the power of the hug. (And it's scientifically proven that hugs are good for you, your mood, and your brain.)

Scott wasn't at SPX this year so I was really excited that he was going to be at Politics and Prose. In anticipation of his visit, I thought it would be fun to create a Hug Machine ring from Shrinky-Dink paper. His long arms would be perfect wrapped around your finger, don't you think? Unfortunately, I'm not a pro at Shrinky-Dinks and his arms folded in on themselves during the heating process. I tweeted a picture of it to Scott and this is what he tweeted back:



Scott mixed up his presentation with a slideshow of his artwork (including some pictures of his childhood work), a reading of Hug Machine, some talk about how the book was made, and an art demonstration (which the kids always love).

[Scott loves to hug!]

[early sketches of Hug Machine]

[Hug Machine hugging a TV (the show is "Dogs in Boots Hugging")]

[I "gifted" Scott the noodly Hug Machine Shrinky Dink]

 [I had Scott draw in my illustrators' sketchbook again: the illustration on the left was done at SPX in 2011, and the one on the right was done at the P&P event.]

More pictures from Scott's visit to P&P can be found at my flickr account.

9.29.2014

Bob Shea @ Politics and Prose :: September 29, 2014

[Bob is so good with the preschool set: he actively engages them, uses humor, reads with voices & expression, and lets them "Roar!"]

[He claims he's a one trick pony because all of his animals/creatures are derivatives of the jelly bean shape!]

[Chick from New Socks DJs an animal dance party!]

[I asked Bob to draw a unicorn in my illustrators' book and I got to contribute by choosing the colors and drawing in a few sparkles.]