Friday, July 31, 2009

July Accomplishments

July's Top Five:

The Importance of Wings. Robin Friedman.
Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis.
Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival by Clara Kramer.
Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt. David Catrow. 2009. Scholastic.


Number of Picture Books: 11

The Zoo I Drew by Todd H. Doodler. 2009. Random House.
God Found Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren. 2009. HarperCollins.
How To Make A Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman. 2008. Random House.
Norman Rockwell: You're A Grand Old Flag. 2008. Lyrics by George M. Cohan. Art by Norman Rockwell. Simon & Schuster.
My Parents Are Divorced, My Elbows Have Nicknames, And Other Facts About Me. Bill Cochran. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. 2009. HarperCollins.
The Grumpy Dump Truck by Brie Spangler. 2009. Random House.
It's A Secret by John Burningham. 2009. Candlewick Press.
How To Get Married by Me The Bride. Sally Lloyd-Jones. 2009. Random House.
Maybe A Bear Ate It by Robie H. Harris. 2008. Scholastic.
Me and You by Genevieve Cote. 2009. Kids Can Press.
The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman. 2009. Kids Can Press.


Number of Board Books:

Number of Children's Books: 11

Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School by Barbara Park. Random House. 2009.
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Mugged Pug. Darrel and Sally Odgers. 2007. Kane/Miller. 76 pages.
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Lying Postman. Darrel and Sally Odgers. 2007. Kane/Miller. 80 pages.
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Awful Pawful. Darrel and Sally Odgers. 2007. Kane/Miller. 80 pages.
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Sausage Situation. Darrel and Sally Odgers. 2007. Kane/Miller. 80 pages.
Pet Vet: The Mare's Tale. Darrel & Sally Odgers. 2009. Kane/Miller. 88 pages.
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Buried Biscuits. Darrel and Sally Odgers. 2008. Kane/Miller. 80 pages.
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Kitnapped Creature. Darrel and Sally Odgers. 2008. Kane/Miller. 80 pages.
Jack Russell: Dog Detective: The Blue Stealer. Darrel and Sally Odgers. 2009. Kane/Miller. 80 pages.
Family Reminders. Julie Danneberg. Illustrated by John Shelley. Charlesbridge. 2009. 105 pages.
Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt. David Catrow. 2009. Scholastic.

Number of YA Books: 11

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. 2007. HarperCollins. 328 pages.
Feed by M.T. Anderson. 2002. Candlewick. 300 pages.
Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr. 2009. HarperCollins. 389 pages.
Castle in the Air. Diana Wynne Jones. 1990. 383 pages.
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones. 2008. HarperCollins. 404 pages.
Cart and Cwidder. Diana Wynne Jones. 1975. 214 pages.
Suddenly Supernatural: Scaredy Cat by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. 2009. Little Brown. 250 pages.
Suddenly Supernatural: The Unhappy Medium. Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. 2009. Little Brown. 277 pages.
The Emerald Tablet. P.J. Hoover. 2008. CBay Books. 288 pages.
The Importance of Wings. Robin Friedman. 2009. Charlesbridge. 170 pages.
I, Lorelei. Yeardley Smith. 2009. HarperCollins. 339 pages.

Number of Christian Books: 2

The Enclave by Karen Hancock. Bethany House. 492 pages.
Offworld by Robin Parrish. Bethany House. 361 pages.

Number of Adult Books: 9

Old Man's War by John Scalzi. 2005. 314 pages.
The Local News by Miriam Gershow. 2009. Spiegel & Grau. 360 pages.
Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. 1889. 144 pages.
Three Men on the Bummel. Jerome K. Jerome. 1900. 168 pages.
The Grand Sophy. Georgette Heyer. 1950/2009. SourceBooks. 372 pages.
The Ghost Brigades. John Scalzi. 2006. 314 pages.
To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis. 1998. 493 pages.
The Last Colony. John Scalzi. 2007. 320 pages.
The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer. 1940/2009. Sourcebooks. 261 pages.

Number of Verse Novels:

Number of Graphic Novels: 3

Luch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. By Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2009. Knopf (Random House)
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians. By Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2009. Knopf (Random House)
Binky The Space Cat. Ashley Spires. 2009. Kids Can Press.

Number of Nonfiction: 5

To Be A Slave by Julius Lester. 1968. Penguin. 176 pages.
Go, Go America by Dan Yaccarino. 2008. Scholastic. 80 pages.
Greetings From the 50 States: How They Got Their Names. Sheila Keenan. 2008. 112 pages.
Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival by Clara Kramer. 2009. HarperCollins. 352 pages.
100% Pure Fake: Gross Out Your Friends and Family With 25 Special Effects. by Lyn Thomas. 2009. Kids Can Press.

Number of Short Story Collections, Anthologies, Poetry Books: 3

African Acrostics by Avis Harley. Photographs by Deborah Noyes. 2009. Candlewick Press.
The Art of Reading. Forty Illustrators Celebrate RIF's 40th Anniversary. With A Foreword by Leonard Marcus. 2005. Penguin.
A Mirror to Nature. Jane Yolen. 2009. Wordsong.


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3 comments:

samantha.1020 8:25 PM  

You had an amazing reading month!

Lady Lazarus 4:42 PM  

Amazing month, Becky. Well done :-D

kay - Infinite Shelf 4:51 PM  

Wow, what an amazing month you had! July was good for you! :)

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