Monday, June 2, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA - June 2, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey.  Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers have adapted it to focus on Picture Books to Young Adult Books.

This week was an awesome reading week.  I started book-a-day a bit early and have read over 50 books this past week.

          16 - nonfiction or informational text
            1 - poetry
            6 - Early Readers
          30 - picture books
            2 - MG graphic novel
Total: 55 books 

Much of what I read this week has come from checking out the What are You Reading? and Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday posts from all of you.

Here is what jumped out of the stack...

New Releases...

Camp Rex by Molly Idle (Viking Juvenile, April 1, 2014) - I love Molly Idle and Tea Rex is back and this time camping.

Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli (Disney-Hyperion, May 13, 2014) - A great story about learning how to loose.

The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Escoffier; Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo (Enchanted Lion Books, April 1, 2014) - Every child thinks that they have superpowers and even parents have superpowers.

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris; Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, May 6, 2014) - How should a moose act? Or any animals for that matter? Love the twist at the end.

Upcoming books...

Hunters of the Great Forest by Dennis Nolan (Roaring Brook Press, October 28, 2014) - This wordless picture book has a great twist and some hidden details if you look carefully.

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea; Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press, October 7, 2014) - One pint-sized sheriff take on some big bad "toads".

Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip Christian Stead (Roaring Brook Press, October 7, 2014) - Stead has a new book coming out.  His storytelling is quiet but special.

You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang; Illustrated by Christopher Weyant (Two Lions, August 5, 2014) - A fun look at size and perspective.

Nonfiction books...

Best Foot Forward by Ingo Arndt (Holiday House, 2013) - A fun exploration of animals based on their feet, paws, flippers, and claws.

How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook Press, 2013) - Judge introduces the size of dinosaurs by comparing them to current day animals and objects/things.

Manfish: The Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne; Illustrated by Éric Puybaret (Chronicle Books, 2008) - A wonderful introductory biography to Jacques Cousteau.

What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy by Barbara Kerley; Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic, 2008) - Alice Roosevelt was a firecracker of a personality and this book captures her spirit.


The New Girl...and Me by Jacqui Robbins; Illustrated by Matt Phelan (Atheneum, 2006) - A wonderful story to have in a classroom when talking about introducing a new student.

My Father's Arms are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde, Illustrated by Oyvind Torseter, Translated by Kari Dickson (Enchanted Lion Books, 2013) - I wasn't sure what I was expecting from this one, but this wasn't it. However, this was a very special story of loss and comfort.

So, what are you reading?