Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Reflections

Stand-Out Books in November 2016
  1. Because of Thursday. Patricia Polacco. 2016. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2. March Book Three. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. 2016. 246 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3.  If You Give A Mouse A Brownie. Laura Joffe Numeroff. Illustrated by Felicia Bond. 2016. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Seventh Wish. Kate Messner. 2016. Bloomsbury. 228 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  5. Won Ton. Lee Wardlaw. Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. 2011. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. Raymie Nightingale. Kate DiCamillo. 2016. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy] 

5 Places "Visited" in November 2016

1) England
2) Florida
3) Prince Edward Island
4) New York
5) Germany

Board books and picture books:
  1. Board Book: Bum, Bum. Taro Miura. 2016. Candlewick. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Board Book: There, There. Taro Miura. 2016. Candlewick. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. If You Give A Mouse A Brownie. Laura Joffe Numeroff. Illustrated by Felicia Bond. 2016. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Because of Thursday. Patricia Polacco. 2016. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Nanette's Baguette. Mo Willems. 2016. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. We Found A Hat. Jon Klassen. 2016. Candlewick. 56 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. They All Saw A Cat. Brendan Wenzel. 2016. Chronicle. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. The Christmas Story. Robert Sabuda. 2016. Candlewick. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  9. Bears and a Birthday. Shirley Parenteau. 2015. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. Won Ton. Lee Wardlaw. Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. 2011. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. Won Ton and Chopstick: A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku. Lee Wardlaw. Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. How To Be A Good Cat. Gail Page. 2011. Bloomsbury. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  13. Bedtime Book. Mabel Watts. Illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship. 1963. 28 pages. [Source: Bought]
  14. The Purple Pussycat. Margaret Hillert. 1950. 31 pages. [Source: Bought]
  15. The Very Best of Friends. Steffi Fletcher. 1963. 27 pages. [Source: Bought]
  16. The House My Grandpa Built. Geraldine Everett Gohn. Illustrated by Bonnie and Bill Rutherford. 1971. Whitman. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  17. Trumpet. Patricia Lynn. Illustrated by Bernice Myers. 1953. Whitman. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  18. Jiggers. Joy Muchmore Lacey. Illustrated by Marge Opitz. 1963. 28 pages. [Source: Bought]
  19. Two Stories About Kate and Kitty. Lee Priestley. Illustrated by Alice Schlesinger. 1968. Whitman. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
Early readers and early chapter books: 0
Contemporary (general, realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Raymie Nightingale. Kate DiCamillo. 2016. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Falling Over Sideways. Jordan Sonnenblick. 2016. Scholastic. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
Speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. The Seventh Wish. Kate Messner. 2016. Bloomsbury. 228 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Half Magic. Edward Eager. 1954/2016. HMH. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Five Children on the Western Front. Kate Saunders. 2014. 318 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Raymie Nightingale. Kate DiCamillo. 2016. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. A Breach of Promise. (William Monk #9) Anne Perry. 1999. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. The Royal Nanny. Karen Harper. 2016. 384 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Matchmaker. Thornton Wilder. 1954. 120 pages. [Source: Library]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. A Breach of Promise. (William Monk #9) Anne Perry. 1999. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Classics, all ages:
  1. The Matchmaker. Thornton Wilder. 1954. 120 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Anne of Ingleside. L.M. Montgomery. 1939. 274 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. Rainbow Valley. L.M. Montgomery. 1919. 256 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. Half Magic. Edward Eager. 1954/2016. HMH. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. A Child's Geography of the World. V.M. Hillyer. 1929/1951. 472 pages. [Source: Bought]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. The Plot to Kill Hitler. Patricia McCormick. 2016. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. March: Book One. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. 2013. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. March Book Two. John Lewis. Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. 2015. 189 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. March Book Three. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. 2016. 246 pages. [Source: Library]  
  5. Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide. Josh Katz. 2016. Hougton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. A Child's Geography of the World. V.M. Hillyer. 1929/1951. 472 pages. [Source: Bought]
Christian fiction:
  1.  The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. Julie Klassen. 2016. Bethany House. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian nonfiction:
  1. Hungry: Learning to Feed Your Soul with Christ. Rondi Lauterbach. 2016. P&R. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Rescuing the Gospel: The Story and Significance of the Reformation. Erwin W. Lutzer. 2016. Baker Books. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. John Bunyan and the Grace of Fearing God. Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley. 2016. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Jesus. A.W. Tozer. 2017. Moody. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. Culture. A.W. Tozer. 2016. Moody. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age. Bob Cutillo, M.D. 2016. Crossway. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Unlimited Grace. Bryan Chapell. 2016. Crossway. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Prophet, Priest, and King. Richard P. Belcher Jr. 2016. P&R Publishing. 236 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. Thru the Bible: Genesis 1-15. J. Vernon McGee. 1975. 204 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. Thru the Bible: Genesis 16-33. J. Vernon McGee. 1975. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]
  11. Thru the Bible: Genesis 34-50. J. Vernon McGee. 1975. 180 pages. [Source: Bought]
  12. The Book of Jesus. Calvin Miller, ed. B&H. 576 pages. [Source: Bought]
  13. Christmas is Coming! But Waiting is Hard! Karen Whiting. 2016. Abingdon Press. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  14. Hidden Christmas. Timothy Keller. 2016. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
  15. The Believer's Walk With Christ. John MacArthur. 2017. Moody. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]

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1 comments:

Stacey 12:55 PM  

Love Raymie Nightingale. It is a wonderful book.

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