Saturday, December 17, 2016

2017 Reading Challenges: Picture Book Reading Challenge



Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2017
Goal: To have adults read more picture books. To celebrate the fact that picture books are for everyone! Families are, of course, welcome to join in!
# of books: minimum of 6

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

_ 1. An alphabet book
✔ 2. A counting book
Stack the Cats. Susie Ghahremani. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 3. Concept book: shapes or numbers or opposites or colors
Freight Train. Donald Crews. 1978. 26 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
✔ 4. a book set on a farm or in the country
Minerva Louise at the Fair. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2000. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 5. a book set in the city or in an urban area
Before Morning. Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. 2016. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  6. a book set at the beach, in the ocean, or by a lake
Harry by the Sea. Gene Zion. Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. 1976. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 7. a book with human characters
The Bossier Baby. Marla Frazee. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 8. a book with animal characters
Mother Bruce. Ryan T. Higgins. 2015. Disney-Hyperion. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 9. a bedtime book
What This Story Needs Is a Hush and a Shush. Emma J. Virjan. 2016. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 10. a rhyming book
That's Me Loving You. Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Teagan White. 2016. [December] 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 11. a book celebrating art
Lily Brown's Paintings. Angela Johnson. 2007. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 12. a book celebrating dance
✔ 13. a book celebrating music
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb. Al Perkins. 1969. Random House. 36 pages. [Source: Bought]
_ 14. a book celebrating family (parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc.)
✔ 15. a book about feelings, expressing feelings
Finn Throws A Fit. David Elliott. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. 2009. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
_ 16. a book with a twist (unexpected) ending
✔ 17. a book about pets (cats, dogs, fish)
Matilda's Cat. Emily Gravett. 2012. 26 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 18. a book celebrating libraries or reading
Goin' Someplace Special. Patricia McKissack. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 2001. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
_ 19. a book translated into English (originally published in another language/country)
_ 20 Mother Goose related
✔ 21 a book about adoption
A Cat Named Swan. Holly Hobbie. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 22 a book by Gail Gibbons
The Quilting Bee. Gail Gibbons. 2004. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 23 a book by Jon Scieszka
✔ 24 a book featured on Reading Rainbow
Caps for Sale. Esphyr Slobodkina. 1938. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 25 free choice
_ 26 out of print
✔ 27 wordless picture book
Yellow Umbrella. Jae-Soo Liu. Music composed by Dong II Sheen. 2002. Kane/Miller. 36 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 28 a book by Margaret Wise Brown
Runaway Bunny. Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrated by Clement Hurd. 1942. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 29 a board book
Nighty-Night. Leslie Patricelli. 2017. Candlewick. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy; board book] 
_ 30. a book about trains or planes
_ 31. a book about cars or trucks
_ 32. a book about starting school
✔ 33. a book about friendship (sharing, caring, forgiving)
Olive and the Embarrassing Gift. Tor Freeman. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 34. a book about being ME, about being unique, special, loved, etc.
Thunder Boy Jr. Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. 2016. Little, Brown. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 35. a fairy tale
 Beauty and the Beast. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Meg Park. 2017. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 36. a twisted (adapted) fairy tale
Wolf's Story. Toby Forward. Illustrated by Izhar Cohen. 2005. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 37. a book about a holiday
Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2007. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 38. a new-to-you author
_ 39. a new-to-you illustrator
_ 40. a book about new experiences (dentist, doctor, sleepovers, movies, playing sports, learning to swim, etc.)
✔ 41. a series book
Strega Nona. Tomie dePaola. 1975. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 42. a book celebrating food (cooking, eating, trying new foods, eating healthy)
✔ 43. a book published before 1950
Blueberries for Sal. Robert McCloskey. 1948. 56 pages. [Source: Library] 
_ 44. a book published in the 1950s
✔ 45. a book published in the 1960s
 Corduroy. Don Freeman. 1968. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 46. a book published in the 1970s
 Leo the Late Bloomer. Robert Kraus. Illustrated by Jose Aruego. 1971/1994. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 47. a book published in the 1980s
Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1988. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 48. a book published in the 1990s
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Denise Fleming. 1998. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 49. a book published in the 2000s
Elephants Can Paint Too. Katya Arnold. 2005. 40 pages. [Source: Library]  
✔ 50. a book published 2010-2016
How This Book Was Made. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Adam Rex. 2016. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 51. a book published in 2017
We're All Wonders. R.J. Palacio. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 52. a book by Dr. Seuss
_ 53. a book by Mo Willems
✔ 54. a book by Jan Thomas
Rhyming Dust Bunnies. Jan Thomas. 2009. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 55. a book by Eric Carle
Pancakes, Pancakes! Eric Carle. 1970. 36 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 56. a book by Laura Numeroff
✔ 57. a book by Patricia Polacco
Thunder Cake. Patricia Polacco. 1997. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 58. a book by Jon Klassen
_ 59. a book by Beatrix Potter
✔ 60. a book by Kevin Henkes
When Spring Comes. Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. 2016.  40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 61. a book written or illustrated by LeUyen Pham
A Piece of Cake. LeUyen Pham. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 62. a Caldecott winner
The Rooster Crows. Maud and Miska Petersham. 1945. (Caldecott Medal) 64 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 63.  a Caldecott honor
Freedom in Congo Square. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2016. 34 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 64. a picture book biography
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 65. a nonfiction picture book
Language of Angels. Richard Michelson. 2017. Charlesbridge. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 66. a book from your childhood
Umbrella. Taro Yashima. 1958/1977. 40 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 67. a book you discovered as an adult
Quiet! There's A Canary in the Library. Don Freeman. 1969. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 68. a book celebrating writing, being an author or illustrator
Ideas Are All Around. Philip C. Stead. 2016. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 69. a library book
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life. Ashley Bryan. 2016. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 70. an audio book
✔ 71.  a book about dinosaurs OR dragons
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners. Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Tim Bowers. 2012. Random House. 40 pages [Source: Review copy]  
✔ 72. nonfiction book about animals (or animal)
Penguin Day. Nic Bishop. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
_ 73. a challenged book OR a controversial book
✔  74. a book that makes you laugh
Chicken Story Time. Sandy Asher. Illustrated by Mark Fearing. 2016. (Dec) 40 pages. [Source: Library]  
_ 75. a book that makes you cry
_ 76. hate the text, love the art
_ 77. love the text, hate the art
_ 78. a book with a great cover
_ 79. a book with an ugly cover
_ 80. a book about toys
✔ 81. a book about weather
Rain. Robert Kalan. Illustrated by Donald Crews. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 82. a picture book for older readers
When Jackie Saved Grand Central. Natasha Wing. 2017. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 83. a book of jokes, riddles, tongue-twisters
_ 84. a book about seasons
_ 85. a song
✔  86. a poetry book
Steppin' Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times. Lin Oliver. Illustrated by Tomie DePaola. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
_ 87. a book by a celebrity
_ 88.  a book published in Australia
✔ 89. a book published in the UK
I Don't Know What To Call My Cat. Simon Philip. Illustrated by Ella Bailey. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 90. a book about science or math
✔ 91. a book about history or historical event
With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School. Suzanne Slade. 2014. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
_ 92. a book about sports
_ 93. a book about celebrating birthdays
_ 94. a book about a President or world leader
✔ 95. a book about another country
 The Queen's Handbag. Steve Antony. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 96. a book celebrating faith
Purim Chicken. Margery Cuyler. Illustrated by Puy Pinillos. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
_ 97. a pop-up book, or, a book with cut-outs or flaps or fold-outs
✔ 98. a bilingual book
Quinoto's Neighborhood/El Vecindario de Quinito. Ina Cumpiano. Illustrated by Jose Ramirez. 2005/2009. 24 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 99.  a television series that has been adapted to a book
Peppa Pig and the Camping Trip. 2016. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ 100. a book that has been adapted to a television series
_ 101. an adaptation of a myth or legend
✔ 102. a book about babies
The Boss Baby. Marla Frazee. 2010. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
 


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