Monday, July 31, 2017

July Reflections

Favorite picture book published in 2017:  Counting with Tiny Cat. Viviane Schwarz. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Favorite picture book biography:  I am Jim Henson. Brad Meltzer. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite graphic novel:  Real Friends. Shannon Hale. 2017. 214 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite short story collection:  The Doorman's Repose. Chris Raschka. 2017. 184 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite classic:  Camille. Alexandre Dumas, fils. 1848. Translated by Edmund Gosse. 254 pages. [Source: Library]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Trains Don't Sleep. Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum. Illustrated by Deidre Gill. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Counting with Tiny Cat. Viviane Schwarz. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Bird, Balloon, Bear. Il Sung Na. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. I am Jim Henson. Brad Meltzer. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien. Caroline McAlister. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Prickly Jenny. Sibylle Delacroix. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Tea with Grandpa. Barney Saltzberg. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. How to Babysit a Grandpa. Jean Reagan. Illustrated by Lee Wildish. 2012. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. How to Track a Truck. Jason Carter Eaton. Illustrated by John Rocco. 2016. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. Mouse Paint. Ellen Stoll Walsh. 1989. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery. David Gordon. 2016. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Amazing Grace. Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Caroline Binch. 1991. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  13. Dogzilla. Dav Pilkey. 1993. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  14. Kat Kong. Dav Pilkey. 1993. 29 pages. [Source: Bought]
  15. Each Peach Pear Plum. Janet and Allan Ahlberg. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  16. Dog Days of School. Kelly DiPucchio and Brian Biggs. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. Board book:Peppa's First Pet (Peppa Pig) 2015. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  18. Maisy Goes Swimming. Lucy Cousins. 2017. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  19. Board book: Pug in a Truck. Nancy Coffelt. 2006/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  20. Board book: Hush, Little Horsie. Jane Yolen. Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson. 2010. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  21. Board book: Good Night, Peppa. (Peppa Pig) 2015. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Board book]
  22. Board book: The Goodnight Train. June Sobel. Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. 2006/2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 30 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  23. Board book: Time for Bed. Petr Horacek. 2014. Candlewick Press. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. Miffy at the Library. Maggie Testa. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Skunked. (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #1) Jacqueline Kelly. 2016. 106 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. If You Lived In Colonial Times. Ann McGovern. 1964. 80 pages. [Source: Bought]
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Real Friends. Shannon Hale. 2017. 214 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd). Julie Bowe. 2017. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Doorman's Repose. Chris Raschka. 2017. 184 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. 44 Scotland Street. Alexander McCall Smith. 2005. 325 pages. [Source: Library]
Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. How To Train Your Dragon. Cressida Cowell. 2003. 214 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Doorman's Repose. Chris Raschka. 2017. 184 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Skunked. (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #1) Jacqueline Kelly. 2016. 106 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Funeral in Blue. (William Monk #12) Anne Perry. 2001. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. Deborah Heiligman. 2017. 464 pages. [Source: Library]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. Funeral in Blue. (William Monk #12) Anne Perry. 2001. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
Classics, all ages:
  1. Camille: A Play in Five Acts. Alexandre Dumas, fils. Translated by Matilda Heron. 1852. 72 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Camille. Alexandre Dumas, fils. 1848. Translated by Edmund Gosse. 254 pages. [Source: Library]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien. Caroline McAlister. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. I am Jim Henson. Brad Meltzer. Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Anne of Green Gables Treasury. Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson. 1991. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Novel of the Century. David Bellos. 2017. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. When Your Child Has Food Allergies. Mireille Schwartz. 2017. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. Deborah Heiligman. 2017. 464 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. If You Lived In Colonial Times. Ann McGovern. 1964. 80 pages. [Source: Bought]
Christian fiction: 0
Christian nonfiction:   

  1. Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering. Kelly M. Kapic. 2017. IVP. 197 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. How Does Sanctification Work. David Powlison. 2017. Crossway. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Matthew: All Authority in Heaven and On Earth. Douglas Sean O'Donnell. 2013. Crossway. 1090 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Wisdom of God: Letting His Truth and Goodness Direct Your Steps. A.W. Tozer. Edited by James L. Snyder. 2017. Bethany House. 190 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. The Legacy of Luther. R.C. Sproul, editor. 2016. Reformation Trust. 308 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. A Description of Christ. Richard Sibbes. (1577-1635, Sibbes lifespan). 29 pages. [Source:Bought]
  7. Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life. Sam Alberry. 2010/2012. P&R. 142 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
  8. RSV Bible. 1977. Oxford University Press. 1904 pages. [Source: Gift]
  9. A Survey of Church History, Part One: A.D. 100-600.  W. Robert Godfrey. Twelve 23-Minute Messages. [Source: Gift]
  10. A Survey of Church History, Part Two: A.D. 500-1500.  W. Robert Godfrey. Thirteen 23-Minute Messages. [Source: Gift]
  11. A Survey of Church History, Part Three: A.D. 1500-1620.  W. Robert Godfrey. Twelve 23-Minute Messages. [Source: Gift]
  12. A Survey of Church History, Part Four: A.D. 1600-1800.  W. Robert Godfrey. Twelve 23-Minute Messages. [Source: Gift] 
  13. A Survey of Church History, Part Five: A.D. 1800-1900.  W. Robert Godfrey. Twelve 23-Minute Messages. [Source: Gift]
  14. A Survey of Church History, Part Six: A.D. 1900-2000.  W. Robert Godfrey. Twelve 23-Minute Messages. [Source: Gift]
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