Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Reflections

Favorite picture book: 
Goin' Someplace Special. Patricia McKissack. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 2001. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite early reader:  
What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch. Emma J. Virjan. 2016. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite early chapter book: 
Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring. Rebecca Bond. 2017. Charlesbridge. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite poetry:
 The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. Langston Hughes. 1996. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite classic:
The Three Clerks. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 648 pages. [Source: Bought]
Favorite graphic novel: 
 Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. Joseph Lambert. 2012. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite nonfiction:  
Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer. 2017. 347 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite biography: 
Joni: An Unforgettable Story. Joni Eareckson Tada. 1976. 205 pages. [Source: Bought]
Favorite christian nonfiction: 
 Surprised by Suffering. R.C. Sproul. 1994/2010. 214 pages. [Source: Bought]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Steppin' Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times. Lin Oliver. Illustrated by Tomie DePaola. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners. Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Tim Bowers. 2012. Random House. 40 pages [Source: Review copy]
  3. Goin' Someplace Special. Patricia McKissack. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 2001. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Quinoto's Neighborhood/El Vecindario de Quinito. Ina Cumpiano. Illustrated by Jose Ramirez. 2005/2009. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Rhyming Dust Bunnies. Jan Thomas. 2009. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Antoinette. Kelly DiPucchio. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Gaston. Kelly DiPucchio. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. Thunder Cake. Patricia Polacco. 1997. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. I Am Helen Keller. Brad Meltzer. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. What This Story Needs Is A Pig in a Wig. Emma J. Virjan. 2015. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. What This Story Needs Is a Hush and a Shush. Emma J. Virjan. 2016. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch. Emma J. Virjan. 2016. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. What This Story Needs Is a Bang and a Clang. Emma J. Virjan. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring. Rebecca Bond. 2017. Charlesbridge. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. A Mystery Comes Knocking (Hamster Holmes) Albin Sadar. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Combing for Clues. (Hamster Holmes) Albin Sadar. Illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. On the Right Track (Hamster Holmes) Albin Sadar. Illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Can You Guess My Name? Traditional Tales Around the World. Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. 2002. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God. Lise Lunge-Larsen. Illustrated by Jim Madsen. 2007. HMH. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. Up and Down the River (Fairchild Family #3). Rebecca Caudill. Illustrated by Deci Merwin. 1951/2009. 143 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Schoolroom in the Parlor (Fairchild Family #4) Rebecca Caudill. Illustrated by Decie Merwin. 1959. 145 pages. [Source: Library]
  13. Fly Guy Phonics. Tedd Arnold. 2017. Scholastic. [Source: Review copy]
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Wish. Barbara O'Connor. 2016. FSG. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc) all ages:
  1. The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #6) C.S. Lewis. 1955. 221 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Can You Guess My Name? Traditional Tales Around the World. Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. 2002. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God. Lise Lunge-Larsen. Illustrated by Jim Madsen. 2007. HMH. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Up and Down the River (Fairchild Family #3). Rebecca Caudill. Illustrated by Deci Merwin. 1951/2009. 143 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Schoolroom in the Parlor (Fairchild Family #4) Rebecca Caudill. Illustrated by Decie Merwin. 1959. 145 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Audacity Jones to the Rescue. Kirby Larson. 2016. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Anna and the Swallow Man. Gavriel Savit. 2016. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. Headed for Home. Mary Helen Brown. 2016. 178 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. A Mystery Comes Knocking (Hamster Holmes) Albin Sadar. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Combing for Clues. (Hamster Holmes) Albin Sadar. Illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. On the Right Track (Hamster Holmes) Albin Sadar. Illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Classics, all ages:
  1. The Three Clerks. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 648 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. Langston Hughes. 1996. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Washington Square. Henry James. 1880. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. Kolyma Tales. Varlam Shalamov. Translated by John Glad. 1978/1994. 508 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #6) C.S. Lewis. 1955. 221 pages. [Source: Bought]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller. Joseph Lambert. 2012. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer. 2017. 347 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. I Am Helen Keller. Brad Meltzer. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
     
Christian fiction:
  1. The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #6) C.S. Lewis. 1955. 221 pages. [Source: Bought]
Christian nonfiction:  
  1. Surprised by Suffering. R.C. Sproul. 1994/2010. 214 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything. Gloria Furman. 2017. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue. R.C. Sproul. 1990/2010. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. Joni: An Unforgettable Story. Joni Eareckson Tada. 1976. 205 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Here I Stand. A Life of Martin Luther. Roland H. Bainton. 1950. 336 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Pursuit of God Bible -- NIV. 2013. 1587 pages. [Source: Gift]
  7. The Work of Christ: What the Events of Jesus' Life Mean For You. R.C. Sproul. 2012. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. The Cross of Jesus: What His Words From Calvary Mean for Us. Warren Wiersbe. 1997. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]
  9. The God I Love. Joni Eareckson Tada. 2003. 368 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. Unveiled Hope: Eternal Encouragement from the Book of Revelation. 1997. 244 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
  11. Martin Luther In His Own Words. Jack D. Kilcrease and Erwin Lutzer, editors. 2017. Baker Books. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

fredamans 11:19 AM  

Another awesome month!! Happy May!

Paula Vince 6:33 PM  

Wow, there are some great picks there. This list would be an excellent resource for homeschoolers. I'm still doing it myself and know a few others too.

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