Monday, June 30, 2014

June Reflections

In June I read 46 books.

Board books, picture books, early readers:

  1. Count on the Subway. Paul Dubois Jacobs and Jennifer Swender. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch. Anne Isaacs. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. 2014. Random House. 56 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  3. Miles to the Finish. Jamie Harper. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Baby's Got the Blues. Carol Diggory Shields. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. Miss You Like Crazy. Pamela Hall. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Tanglewood Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. The Farmer's Away! Baa! Neigh! Anne Vittur Kennedy. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2014. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. E-I-E-I-O How Old MacDonald Got His Farm. Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Matthew Myers. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]     
  9. Five Hungry Pandas. A Count and Crunch Book. Alexis Barad-Cutler. Illustrated by Kyle Poling. 2014. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! Petr Horacek. 2014. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. The Longest Night. Laurel Snyder. Illustrated by Catia Chien. 2013. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then. Harriet Ziefert. Illustrated by Karla Gudeon. 2010. Blue Apple Books. 40 pages. [Library]  
  13. The Story of Passover. David A. Adler. Illustrated by Jill Weber. 2014. Holiday House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction:
  1. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. Patricia Hruby Powell. 2014. Chronicle. 104 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood. James McMullan. 2014. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 113 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. World War I for Kids: A History with 21 Activities.  Kent Rasmussen. 2014. Chicago Review Press. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Doggirl. Robin Brande. 2011.  Ryer Publishing. 269 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Julia Gillian (And the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee. 2008. Scholastic. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. 11 Birthdays. Wendy Mass. 2009. Scholastic. 267 pages. [Source: Library book]
  7. Finally (Willow Falls #2) Wendy Mass. 2010. Scholastic. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. 13 Gifts. (Willow Falls #3) Wendy Mass. 2011. Scholastic. 341 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  9. The Last Present (Willow Falls #4) Wendy Mass. 2013. Scholastic. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. The Bell Bandit. Jacqueline Davies. (Lemonade War #3) 2012. HMH. 192 pages. [Source: Library]  
  11. The Candy Smash. Jacqueline Davies (Lemonade War #4) 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  12. The Magic Trap. (Lemonade War #5) Jacqueline Davies. 2014. HMH. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]   
  13. Between Two Worlds. Katherine Kirkpatrick. 2014. Random House. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  14. Behave Yourself, Bethany Brant. Patricia Beatty. 1986. HarperCollins. 160 pages. [Source: Bought.]  
  15. Wonders and Miracles: Eric Kimmel, editor. 2004. Scholastic. 144 pages. [Source: Library]
  16. You Wish. Mandy Hubbard. 2010. Penguin. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  17.  The Story of the Amulet. E. Nesbit. 1906/1996. Puffin. 292 pages. [Source: Bought]
  18. Harding's Luck. E. Nesbit. 1909. 164 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  19. The Lost Sun. (The United States of Asgard #1) Tess Gratton. 2013. Random House. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
Adult fiction and nonfiction:
  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith. 1943/2006. HarperCollins. 496 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Frozen in Time. Mitchell Zuckoff. 2013. Harper. 391 pages. [Source: Library]  
  3. Brat Farrar. Josephine Tey. 1949/1997. 288 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. The Law and the Lady. Wilkie Collins. 1875. 430 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
  5. History of England. Jane Austen. 1977. 64 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]  
  6. A Child's History of England. Charles Dickens. 1851-1853.  390 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
  7. Tendrils of Life: A Story of Love, Loss, and Survival in the Turmoil of the Korean War. Owen Choi. 2012. Princeton Falcon Press. 408 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian fiction and nonfiction:
  1. The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt. Scott O'Dell. 1975/1988. JourneyForth. 182 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  2. God's Amazing World! Eileen Spinelli. 2014. Ideals. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. A Place In His Heart. Rebecca DeMarino. 2014. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Deeper Places: Experiencing God in the Psalms. Matthew Jacoby. 2013. Baker Books. 183 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. Wounded Tiger. A Nonfiction Novel. T. Martin Bennett. 2014. Onstad Press. 472 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Women of the Word. Jen Wilkin. 2014. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  7. 30 Days To A More Beautiful You: A Devotional For Girls. Kylie Bisutti. Tyndale. 64 pages. [Source: Bought]
© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

fredamans 8:38 PM  

Another awesome month with some great titles. I see A Tree Grows in Brooklyn... that'a a classic I need to read. :-)
Happy July reading!

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