Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Reflections

Favorite picture book published in 2017: Big Cat, Little Cat. Elisha Cooper. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite picture book for older readers: Books! Books! Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library. Mick Manning. Illustrated by Brita Granstrom. 2017. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Favorite board book: Where's The Giraffe. Ingela P. Arrhenius. 2017. Candlewick. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Favorite MG: Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess. Shari Green. 2017. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite YA: The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. 2017. 444 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite classic:  Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. 640 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite historical:  Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself. John Leonard Pielmeier. 2017. 288 pages. [Source: Library]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Big Cat, Little Cat. Elisha Cooper. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Be Quiet! Ryan T. Higgins. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Books! Books! Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library. Mick Manning. Illustrated by Brita Granstrom. 2017. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Bear's House of Books. Poppy Bishop. Illustrated by Alison Egson. 2017. 25 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Bulldozer Helps Out. Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  6.  Plankton is Pushy. Jonathan Fenske. 2017. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Too Big. Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. 1945/2008. NYR Children's Collection. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. Monkey: Not Ready for the Baby. Marc Brown. 2016. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  9. Fiona's Little Lie. Rosemary Wells. 2016. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. Make & Play Nativity. Illustrated by Joey Chou. 2017. Candlewick Press. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  11. Board book: Duck & Goose Colors. Tad Hills. 2015. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  12. Board book: Gossie & Friends Say Goodnight. Olivier Dunrea. 2017. HMH. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  13. Board book: The Three Little Pigs. Michael Robertson, illustrator. 2017. Scholastic. 7 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  14. Board book: Where's The Giraffe. Ingela P. Arrhenius. 2017. Candlewick. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  15. Board book: Where's the Ladybug? Ingela P. Arrhenius. 2017. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. Board book: First Words Baby Signing. 2017. Scholastic. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  17. Board book: I'm Scared (My First Comics #4) Jennifer L. Holm. Illustrated by Matthew Holm. 2017. Random House. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  18. Board book: Sleepy Toes. Kelli McNeil. Illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. 2017. Scholastic. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  19. Board book:   Happy Birthday (Sing Along with Me) Yu-Husan Huang. 2017. Candlewick. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  20. Board book: Hey Diddle Diddle (Sing Along With Me) Yu-Hsuan Huang. 2017. Candlewick Press. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  21. Board book: Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions. 2017. Abrams. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  22. Board book: Peppa's First Colors. 2017. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  23. Board book: Are You My Cuddle Bunny? Sandra Magsamen. 2017. Scholastic. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  24. Board book: Good Night, Sweetie. Joyce Wan. 2017. Scholastic. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  25. Board book: I Dare You Not to Yawn. Helene Boudreau. Illustrated by Serge Bloch. 2017. Candlewick Press. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  26. Board book: Maisy's Sailboat. Lucy Cousins. 2017. Candlewick. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  27. Board book: Maisy's Bus. Lucy Cousins. 2017. Candlewick. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  28. Board book:   Train. Chris Demarest. 1996/2017. HMH. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  29. Board book: Bus. Chris Demarest. 1996/2017. HMH. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  30. Board book: Tinyville Town: I'm a Firefighter. Brian Biggs. 2016. Abrams. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  31. Board book: Tinyville Town: I'm a Veterinarian. Brian Biggs. 2016. Abrams. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  32. Board book: Peppa and the Big Train. 2017. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  33. Goodnight, Numbers. Danica McKellar. Illustrated by Alicia Padron. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  34. Sam Sorts. Marthe Jocelyn. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  35. Triangle. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 2017. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  36. I Lost My Sock. P.J. Roberts. Illustrated by Chris Eliopolous. 2017. Abrams. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  37. Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes. Tim Wynne-Jones. Illustrated by Brian Won. 2016. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  38. Spy Guy: The Not So Secret Agent. Jessica Young. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. 2015. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  39. My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski's Class. Jeanne Birdsall. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  40. The Princess and the Pizza. Mary Jane Auch and Herm Auch. 2002. Holiday House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  41. Princess Super Kitty. Antoinette Portis. 2011. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]  
  42. School's First Day of School. Adam Rex. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  43. Mr. Moon. Michael Paraskevas. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  44. Trucks. Byron Barton. 1986. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  45. Trains. Byron Barton. 1986. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  46. And the Train Goes. William Bee. 2007. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 

Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. What Is Chasing Duck? Jan Thomas. 2017. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2. There's A Pest in the Garden. Jan Thomas. 2017. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Five Minute Pete the Cat Stories. James Dean. 2017. HarperCollins. 192 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Pumpkin the Hamster. (Dr. Kitty Cat #6) Jane Clarke. 2017. Scholastic. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Lulu and the Brontosaurus. Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Lane Smith. 2010. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Lulu Walks the Dogs. Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Lane Smith. 2012. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Lulu's Mysterious Mission. Judith Viorst. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. 2014. 185 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. Nate the Great Goes Undercover. (Nate the Great #2) Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1974. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Nate the Great and the Lost List. (Nate the Great #3) Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1975. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Nate the Great and the Phony Clue. (Nate the Great #4) Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1977. 80 pages. [Source: Library]  
  11. Nate the Great and the Sticky Case (Nate the Great #5). Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1978. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Louis Sachar. 1978. 144 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. Counting Sheep (Calpurnia Tate #2) Jacqueline Kelly. 2017. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess. Shari Green. 2017. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. The Hate U Give. Angie Thomas. 2017. 444 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old. Henrik Groen. Translated by Hester Velmans. 2017. 384 pages. [Source: Library]
Speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. Yours Sincerely, Giraffe. Megumi Iwasa. Illustrated by Jun Takabatake. 2017. 104 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. 1984. George Orwell. 1949. 268 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. It Can't Happen Here. Sinclair Lewis. 1935. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself. John Leonard Pielmeier. 2017. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Skitterbrain. Irene Bennett Brown. 1978. 112 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. Counting Sheep (Calpurnia Tate #2) Jacqueline Kelly. 2017. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. Nate the Great Goes Undercover. (Nate the Great #2) Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1974. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Nate the Great and the Lost List. (Nate the Great #3) Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1975. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Nate the Great and the Phony Clue. (Nate the Great #4) Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1977. 80 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Nate the Great and the Sticky Case (Nate the Great #5). Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1978. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
Classics, all ages:
  1. Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. 640 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. 1984. George Orwell. 1949. 268 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. It Can't Happen Here. Sinclair Lewis. 1935. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Hide and Seek. Wilkie Collins. 1854. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Too Big. Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire. 1945/2008. NYR Children's Collection. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Louis Sachar. 1978. 144 pages. [Source: Library]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Go Down Together. Jeff Guinn. 2008. 468 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet. Ann Whitford Paul. 1991. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

Christian fiction:
  1. The Return. (Amish Beginnings #3) Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2017. Revell. 330 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Godless. (Fatherless #3) James Dobson and Kurt Bruner. 2014. 416 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Make & Play Nativity. Illustrated by Joey Chou. 2017. Candlewick Press. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  4. Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier #1) Tracie Peterson. 2017. Bethany House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. 640 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. 1984. George Orwell. 1949. 268 pages. [Source: Bought]

Christian nonfiction: 
  1.  Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible. Matthew S. Harmon. 2017. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. David Murray. Illustrated by Scotty Reifsnyder. 2017. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Reformation Sketches: Insights Into Luther, Calvin, and the Confessions. W. Robert Godfrey. 2003. 151 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Bruised Reed. Richard Sibbes. 1630. [Source: Bought]
  5. Missions: How the Local Church Goes Global. Andy Johnson. 2017. Crossway. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. The Gospel According to Peanuts. Robert L. Short. Introduced by Martin E. Marty. 1965/2000. 130 pages. [Source: Library]


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1 comments:

fredamans 8:53 AM  

The Hate You Give is one I'd like to read! Another smashing month for you though! Happy September!

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