Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Young Readers

I'm sure some of you are aware of my "Young Readers" blog, but for those that aren't...I just wanted to say that I do review books for readers of all ages. For books for the 0-10 crowd, visit my young readers blog.

I designed a new header earlier in the week. And I've been trying to do daily reviews over there as well. You can (if you so choose) subscribe to that blog through email as well now.

Here's what I've read this year:

Board Books

Beep Beep by Petr Horacek
Baby Baby byVicky Ceelen
Look At You! A Baby Body Book by Kathy Henderson
Knut: The Baby Polar Bear by Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff, and Gerald R. Uhlich
Lulu's Shoes by Camilla Reid
Baby Born by Anastasia Suen
Baby Shoes by Dashka Slater

Picture Books

What's Inside Your Tummy, Mommy by Abby Cocovini
Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino
Mommy Do You Love Me? by Jeanne Willis
Beatrice Doesn't Want To by Laura Numeroff
As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson
I Don't Want To Go by Addie Meyer Sanders
Little Red Cap by Brothers Grimm and Lisbeth Zwerger
Walt Disney's Cinderella by Cynthia Rylant
Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
The Fisherman and His Wife by Rachel Isadora
Pop by Wendy R. Lynch
A Child's Book of Prayers by Juli Kangas
Help Me, Mr. Mutt by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells
Felix and the Worrier by Rosemary Wells
Yoko by Rosemary Wells
Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
Footwork by Roxane Orgill
Yellow Umbrella by Jae Soo Liu
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Goodnight Me by Andrewe Daddo

Pop-up books

The Castaway Pirates by Ray Marshall

Early Readers
The Duckling and the Swan by Jan Ormerod
The Newest Dancer by Jan Ormerod

Chapter Books/Early-Middle Grade Fiction
Time Spies: Secret in the Tower by Candice Ransom
Time Spies: Bones in the Badlands by Candice Ransom
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: Dog Den Mystery by Darrel and Sally Odgers
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: Phantom Mudder by Darrel and Sally Odgers
Seeing Sky Blue Pink by Candice Ransom
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Elmer and the Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Dragons of Blueland by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Classics to read aloud:

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Just for parents
Come On, Mom! by Cynthia MacGregor

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Clare - The Super Mommy Club 1:28 PM  

Wow - what a great list - I'll have to check it out.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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