Sunday, January 15, 2017

Picture Book Parade

Option 1:
  • What picture books did you read this month?
  • Which squares did you fill?
  • Which squares are you having trouble with?
  • How many until you bingo?
  • Do you have suggestions for other participants?

Option 2:
  • What picture books did you read this month?
  • Which categories did you check off your list?
  • What is your goal? How close are you to meeting that goal?
  • Which categories are you having trouble with?
  • Do you have suggestions for other participants?

Option 3:
  • What picture books did you read this month?
  • Which letters have you read?
  • How many more to go until you've read the alphabet?
  • Which letters are you having trouble with? 
  • Do you have suggestions for other participants? 
First, I want to say how EXCITED I am that so many people have signed up for this challenge so far!!!
Alex, Jamie, Darlene, Gloria, Ronyell, Cassie, Sue, Liz, Katie, SueFitz, Emma, Gretchen, Joanne, Beverly, Rona, Julie, MamaWantsHerBooks, Cheryl, Christine, BookishRealm, Carrie, Fiction State of Mind, Alison (Laces), Tia Hillary, Rose D, Tobe.Buffenbarger, JLS Hall, Holly. 

You can answer as many or as few of these questions in the comments of this 'parade' post. You can leave links to reviews if you like.

My own update/answers:

What picture books did you read this month? I read 10 books.

Rain. Robert Kalan. Illustrated by Donald Crews. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
When Spring Comes. Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. 2016.  40 pages. [Source: Library]
Vincent and the Night. Adele Enersen. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Ideas Are All Around. Philip C. Stead. 2016. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
Freight Train. Donald Crews. 1978. 26 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
The Bossier Baby. Marla Frazee. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Olive and the Embarrassing Gift. Tor Freeman. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Mother Bruce. Ryan T. Higgins. 2015. Disney-Hyperion. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn't. Illustrated by Steph Laberis. 2016. Random House. 24 pages. [Source: Gift]
The Boss Baby. Marla Frazee. 2010. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite(s) so far: Marla Frazee's Boss Baby and Bossier Baby!

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Katie Fitzgerald 2:29 PM  

Here are my answers for Option 2:

- What picture books did you read this month?
- Which categories did you check off your list?

Here are the 13 books I read and the categories they fulfilled:

Melvin the Moose Child by Louis Slobodkin (#8 a book with animal characters)
Little Locomotive by Ib Spang Olsen (#19 a book translated into English)
Everything Under a Mushroom by Ruth Krauss (#26 out of print)
Hello Lamb by Jane Cabrera (#29 a board book)
Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and the New Dotted Dresses by Maj Lindman (#43 a book published before 1950)
Our Flag by Carl Memling (#45 a book published in the 1960s)
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel (#50 a book published 2010-2016)
Mama, Look! by Patricia Murphy, illustrated by David Diaz (#51 a book published in 2017)
Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer and Adam Schaefer, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon (#65 a nonfiction picture book)
Real Cowboys by Kate Hoefler, illustrated by Jonathan Bean (#76 hate the text, love the art)
Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant and Christian Robinson (#81 a book about weather)
Shawneen and the Gander by Richard Bennett (#95 a book about another country)
There Is a Dragon in My Bed and Other Useful Phrases in French and English by Sesyle Joslin (#98 a bilingual book)

(Reviews are scheduled to post in three installments over the next few weeks.)

- What is your goal? How close are you to meeting that goal?
I plan to finish the entire checklist. If I keep going at this pace, I will finish well before the end of the year.

Becky 3:32 PM  

You're doing great! I love seeing the older titles. I love to see what out-of-print books I can find at my local charity shop! I go almost every week.

Alex Baugh 9:47 AM  

I read a bunch of picture books, but only checked off one box on the bingo card. I thought I would stretch the bingo card out over the year. I did a snow themed picture book roundup but most of the books didn't really fit the categories.

The book I check off was Snow by Roy McKie and PD Eastman, first published in 1962.

Julie 7:58 PM  

I read three picture books this month. The last one was my favorite.

by Danny Snell
The illustrations for this book are beautiful! While I enjoyed the merit in this story - its theme warns about the harmful effects of pollution on wildlife - I found its pacing could have been improved.
Published August 2015 by Working Title Press

The Stripey Street Cat
by Peter Warrington, Rachel Williams
I was first attracted to this book because of its unusually small size for a picture book. There is much to appreciate about this indi book; from its illustrations consisting of photos of real streets featuring real street art of the main character, to its pioneering spirit (credits include thanks to a city council for funding). I thought the writing could have been further improved with just a bit more tightening. I'm sure locals will love identifying familiar landmarks.
Published 2012 by Luxford Print

Slug Needs a Hug
by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
What a great picture book for young kids, featuring tight rhyme and meter, a fun story and delightful twist at the end. Gorgeous illustrations too. This winning author/illustrator team strikes again.
Koala Books 2015
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