Monday, May 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?
Books reviewed since last time:
Stack the Cats. Susie Ghahremani. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Big Sister, Little Sister. LeUyen Pham. 2005. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Leo the Late Bloomer. Robert Kraus. Illustrated by Jose Aruego. 1971/1994. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School. Suzanne Slade. 2014. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Little Miss, Big Sis. Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 2015. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Corduroy. Don Freeman. 1968. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Pocket for Corduroy. Don Freeman. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2007. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2006. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
Minerva Louise and the Red Truck. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2002. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Minerva Louise at the Fair. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 2000. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
 A Friend for Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1997. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Minerva Louise at School. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1996. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
A Hat for Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1994. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
Minerva Louise. Janet Morgan Stoeke. 1988. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
Thunder Cake. Patricia Polacco. 1997. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
I Am Helen Keller. Brad Meltzer. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Steppin' Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times. Lin Oliver. Illustrated by Tomie DePaola. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Goin' Someplace Special. Patricia McKissack. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 2001. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Rhyming Dust Bunnies. Jan Thomas. 2009. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
What This Story Needs Is a Bang and a Clang. Emma J. Virjan. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Quinoto's Neighborhood/El Vecindario de Quinito. Ina Cumpiano. Illustrated by Jose Ramirez. 2005/2009. 24 pages. [Source: Library]  

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1 comments:

Katie Fitzgerald 1:01 PM  

I reviewed 11 picture books for categories on the checklist during the past month. They are rounded up in these 2 posts:
http://www.readathomemom.com/2017/05/paging-through-picture-books-lets-go-to.html
http://www.readathomemom.com/2017/05/paging-through-picture-books-i-cant.html

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