7.28.2014

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:



All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
"What was before / would be no more."

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Sweet

The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb

A Pond Full of Ink by Annie M. G. Schmidt
Illustrator, Sieb Posthuma, does a great job of illustrating in a very European 1970s style to match the time period the poems were originally written in the Netherlands. I always wonder about translations, and I wonder even more about translated poetry: are the names the same? Is there rhyming involved in the original poetry? It'd be interesting to learn about translator David Colmer's translating process.

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

WHAT I'M READING NOW:




WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:


7.21.2014

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:


Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever by Judith Viorst

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson

Blue on Blue by Dianne White

Boom Boom by Sarvinder Naberhaus

Draw! by Raul Colon

The First Snowfall by Anne Rockwell

Go, Shapes, Go! by Denise Fleming

A Home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Jonah Winter

Moses: The True Story of an Elephant Baby by Jenny Perepecsko

One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl

The Sleeper & and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Square Cat ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker

When Aunt Mattie Got Her Wings by Petra Mathers
"How come Aunt Mattie's sick, Lottie? She's a nurse."
"She isn't sick; she's ninety-nine years old."
"Wow," said Herbie.
"You mean it's like her motor is all worn out?"
"That's right, Herbie. I don't know when I'll be back."

"Why was Aunt Mattie smiling, Lottie?"
"I think she was happy, Herbie ... she said someone was waiting for her at the gate."
"The gate of heaven?"
"It sounded more like an airport, Herbie."

"Doesn't it feel like Aunt Mattie should be here?"
"She is, Herbie, in our hearts."
"Maybe our hearts ache because Aunt Mattie is moving in."

Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:

The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb


7.14.2014

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


I'm slowly making my way through the box of Simon & Schuster F&Gs I borrowed from the local independent bookstore here. I'm also taking advantage of the much larger county library system here that has so many more of the books I need to read for Capitol Choices.  

[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:

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

The Manhattan Projects (Volume 1): Science, Bad written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Nick Pitarra

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle

The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert 

This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman

WHAT I'M READING NOW:

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:

The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence by Holly Webb


7.07.2014

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


Ah, summer! How I love thee, especially when I'm in a beautiful climate conducive to reading outdoors. I am currently on summer vacation with my kids for a month back in my hometown along the Pacific Ocean. Between meeting up with friends and former colleagues/co-workers, I've been trying to get some reading in. I'm particularly enjoying anything that constitutes "fun summer read" while I lounge on the beach, listening to the waves crashing, and letting my mind wander occasionally.

I was lucky enough to borrow a box of Simon & Schuster F&Gs from the local independent bookseller. Lucky me, I know the owners and they've always treated me so well. It's really special that they continue to welcome me even after I've moved across the country. I feel like I have an added connection to them because I worked with some of their kids when I was a school library media specialist in town; in fact, one of the kids was in the first class I worked with as a classroom assistant 12 years ago, before I worked in the library! Hooray for independent bookstores!

[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:

East of West, Volume 1 written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrate by Nick Dragotta

Give and Take by Chris Raschka

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
"My hugs make the biggest feel small. / The smallest feel big."

Manifest Destiny (Volume 1): Flora and Fauna written by Chris Dingess and illustrated by Matthew Roberts

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:


 This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

6.30.2014

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:

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham

WHAT I'M READING NOW:

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:


6.23.2014

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


I'm trying to prioritize my reading as we head into summer: Capitol Choices must-reads, books to return to the library, NetGalley ARCs that will be archived soon, series-concluding books that I want to read ASAP etc. I feel like I'm being pulled in different directions and I just don't read quickly enough! How do you decide what to read first? And do you juggle multiple books at the same time?

[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:
Birdcatdog by Lee Nordling and Meritxell Bosch

Bunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Story by Elizabeth MacLeod

 Emily's Blue Period by Cathleen Daly

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis

Hippos Can't Swim and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot

If ... A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle

Miss Emily by Burleigh Mutén

WHAT I'M READING NOW:


Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

WHAT I PLAN TO READ THIS WEEK:

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

6.16.2014

Peter Sís @ Politics and Prose :: June 6, 2014


I Instagram-ed that it was like a dream to see Peter Sís in person, and it truly was a dream come true. Mr. Sís has been creating children's books for three decades, but I didn't become aware of his work until my son was born in 2000 and I bought Madlenka for our home library. His art is part of the reason why I was inextricably drawn into children's literature as an adult. His role in where my passions (children's literature and literacy) now lie is huge, and I will forever be grateful for that ... and for the opportunity I had to personally thank him.


Mr. Sís was at Politics and Prose to talk about his new book, The Pilot and the Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a beautiful picture book biography of the author of The Little Prince.

[Peter Sís and the Czech copy of The Little Prince his father gave him when he was a child.
It doesn't have any illustrations.]

When Mr. Sís was 12, his father gave him a copy of The Little Prince, and the story has stayed with him ever since. Re-reading it at different stages and milestones in his adult life (e.g. when he moved to New York, when he read it to his children) revealed different emotions and personal discoveries. The two authors also have a similar life circumstance of living in New York, away from their home country, and creating something artistically (Mr. Sís started his illustrating career in NYC in 1984 and Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince in 1942).

[A page from Peter Sís's idea/sketchbook for The Pilot and the Prince. He creates them in blank bound books. I didn't browse through it, but what I saw of it was quite beautiful and would make a fascinating  published book as-is! While drafting his books, he creates his illustrations as line drawings, which he wishes he could always do. Not surprisingly, his friend, Mo Willems, suggests he should do just that!]

[Showing the kids what a WWII pilot might look like!]


Although he looks fairly serious in this picture, he was incredibly kind, silly, self-deprecating, and enthralling to listen to. The student audience skewed rather young -- I'm guessing they were first graders -- but they were a polite and good audience. It was so very cute that Mr. Sís thanked them for being so patient and attentive. One interaction in particular was adorable: In true Little Kid fashion, one of them asked Mr. Sís what his favorite ice cream flavor is. Mr. Sís got excited because he's actually writing a book about ice cream, and he delighted in this coincidence (the other coincidence was that on his hotel room door there's a picture of Thomas Jefferson, the first person to bring an ice cream machine to America from France).

[He took the time to sign and doodle in the four books I brought with me. He was very generous with his time with each fan, to the point of being reminded by P&P staff that he still had a huge stack of books downstairs to sign for the school kids! This was the first children's book event I went to at P&P with so many adults in the audience. He clearly has wide appeal across age groups.]

There was one serious moment at the end of the talk. He mentioned that The Pilot and the Prince is dedicated to Frances Foster, his long-time editor. Ms. Foster was forced to retire after suffering a stroke (I believe), but she had worked with Mr. Sís to get The Pilot and the Prince started. When Mr. Sís went to visit her before his talk at P&P, he knew that she didn't recognize him, but he held up a page from the book, hoping the illustration of the blue sky would reflect in her own blue eyes, a little ode to her that Mr. Sís slipped into the book. Sadly, Ms. Foster passed away a few days later. Mr. Sís posted this illustration on his Facebook page: 

And one last story: The night before his P&P talk, Mr. Sís went to Jaleo for dinner, where they mistook him for a restaurant critic and plied him with food until he felt ill. He tried to tell them he wasn't a critic, but they insisted on bringing him food, saying, "No, no, we know who you are"!

Oh, and if you're wondering what Mr. Sís's favorite ice cream flavor is, it's mango (he thinks!).

Other articles about the book: