Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Reflections

Favorite picture book published in 2017:
No More Bows. Samantha Cotterill. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite new-to-me picture book published whenever:
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Denise Fleming. 1998. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite reread (picture book): Leo the Late Bloomer. Robert Kraus. Illustrated by Jose Aruego. 1971/1994. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite reread (not picture book):  Beauty. Robin McKinley. 1978/1993. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite to read aloud (picture book):
A Friend for Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1997. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite early chapter book:
8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos. Vivian Vande Velde. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. 2011. Holiday House. 68 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite nonfiction: Elephants Can Paint Too. Katya Arnold. 2005. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Denise Fleming. 1998. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Stack the Cats. Susie Ghahremani. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. I Don't Know What To Call My Cat. Simon Philip. Illustrated by Ella Bailey. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. The Cat Book. Silvia Borando. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. We're All Wonders. R.J. Palacio. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. The Queen's Handbag. Steve Antony. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. Harry by the Sea. Gene Zion. Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. 1976. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. Say Hello to Zorro! Carter Goodrich. 2011. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Pig the Pug. Aaron Blabey. 2014. Scholastic. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. No More Bows. Samantha Cotterill. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. Dog Book. Lorenzo Clerici. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  12. Little Miss, Big Sis. Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 2015. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  13. Big Sister, Little Sister. LeUyen Pham. 2005. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  14. Leo the Late Bloomer. Robert Kraus. Illustrated by Jose Aruego. 1971/1994. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  15. Corduroy. Don Freeman. 1948/1968. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  16. Pocket for Corduroy. Don Freeman. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1988. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  18. A Hat for Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1994. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  19. Minerva Louise at School. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1996. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  20. A Friend for Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1997. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  21. Minerva Louise at the Fair. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2000. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  22. Minerva Louise and the Red Truck. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2002. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  23. Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2006. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  24. Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2007. 24 pages. [Source: Library] 
  25. Rolling Thunder. Kate Messner. Illustrated by Greg Ruth. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos. Vivian Vande Velde. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. 2011. Holiday House. 68 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Squirrel in the House. Vivian Vande Velde. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. 2016. Holiday House. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. My Pet Human. Yasmine Surovec. 2015. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. My Pet Human Takes Center Stage. Yasmine Surovec. 2017. Roaring Brook Press. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages: 0

Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc) all ages: 
  1. Beauty. Robin McKinley. 1978/1993. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Horse and His Boy. (Chronicles of Narnia #5) C.S. Lewis. 1954. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Last Battle. C.S. Lewis. 1956. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos. Vivian Vande Velde. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. 2011. Holiday House. 68 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Squirrel in the House. Vivian Vande Velde. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. 2016. Holiday House. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. My Pet Human. Yasmine Surovec. 2015. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. My Pet Human Takes Center Stage. Yasmine Surovec. 2017. Roaring Brook Press. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction, all ages: 0
  1. Trusting Grace. Maggie Brendan. 2017. Revell. 326 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Mysteries, all ages: 0
Classics, all ages:
  1. Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens. 1838/1839. 608 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Doctor Thorne. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 639 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. The Horse and His Boy. (Chronicles of Narnia #5) C.S. Lewis. 1954. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Last Battle. C.S. Lewis. 1956. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School. Suzanne Slade. 2014. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Elephant Twins. Richard Sobol. 2014. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Elephants Can Paint Too. Katya Arnold. 2005. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

Christian fiction:
  1. Trusting Grace. Maggie Brendan. 2017. Revell. 326 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The Horse and His Boy. (Chronicles of Narnia #5) C.S. Lewis. 1954. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Last Battle. C.S. Lewis. 1956. 224 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. And It Was Good. Madeleine L'Engle. 1983/2017. Convergent Books. 213 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Stone for a Pillow. Madeleine L'Engle. 1986/2017. Convergent Books. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Sold Into Egypt: Journeys Into Human Being. Madeleine L'Engle. 1989/2017. Convergent Books. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian nonfiction: 
  1. The Story of Reality. Gregory Koukl. 2017. Zondervan. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Give Them Truth: Teaching Eternal Truths to Young Minds. Starr Meade. 2015. P&R Publishing. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Hope: The Best of Things. Joni Eareckson Tada. 2008. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Imperfect Disciple. Jared C. Wilson. 2017. Baker Books. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Chasing Contentment. Erik Raymond. 2017. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God. Mark Jones. 2017. Crossway. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Taking My Life Back. Rebekah Gregory and Anthony Flacco. 2017. Revell. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. The Reformation: What You Need to Know and Why. Michael Reeves and John Stott. 2017. Hendrickson. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible's Biggest Ideas. Deron Spoo. 2017. David Cook. 397 pages.
  10. God's Story in 66 Verses. Stan Guthrie. 2015. Thomas Nelson. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]
  11. The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words. Chris Bruno. 2017. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]

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2 comments:

fredamans 11:01 AM  

Another smash month! So many titles to check out! Happy June!

Kailana 5:26 PM  

Great looking reading month!

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