Tuesday, August 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:
  1. Big Cat, Little Cat. Elisha Cooper. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Counting with Tiny Cat. Viviane Schwarz. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. How to Track a Truck. Jason Carter Eaton. Illustrated by John Rocco. 2016. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. How to Babysit a Grandpa. Jean Reagan. Illustrated by Lee Wildish. 2012. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Miffy at the Library. Maggie Testa. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Trains Don't Sleep. Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum. Illustrated by Deidre Gill. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  7. Amazing Grace. Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Caroline Binch. 1991. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. Bird, Balloon, Bear. Il Sung Na. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. Tea with Grandpa. Barney Saltzberg. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. School's First Day of School. Adam Rex. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Mr. Moon. Michael Paraskevas. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  12. Princess Super Kitty. Antoinette Portis. 2011. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  13. Trains. Byron Barton. 1986. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  14. And the Train Goes. William Bee. 2007. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  15. Monkey: Not Ready for the Baby. Marc Brown. 2016. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  16. Fiona's Little Lie. Rosemary Wells. 2016. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  17. Secret Agent Man Goes Shopping for Shoes. Tim Wynne-Jones. Illustrated by Brian Won. 2016. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  18. Spy Guy: The Not So Secret Agent. Jessica Young. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. 2015. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  19. My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski's Class. Jeanne Birdsall. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  20. Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions. 2017. Abrams. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  21. Peppa's First Colors. 2017. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  22. Are You My Cuddle Bunny? Sandra Magsamen. 2017. Scholastic. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  23. Good Night, Sweetie. Joyce Wan. 2017. Scholastic. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  24. I Dare You Not to Yawn. Helene Boudreau. Illustrated by Serge Bloch. 2017. Candlewick Press. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  25. Maisy's Sailboat. Lucy Cousins. 2017. Candlewick. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  26. Maisy's Bus. Lucy Cousins. 2017. Candlewick. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  27. Peppa and the Big Train. 2017. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  28. Train. Chris Demarest. 1996/2017. HMH. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  29. Bus. Chris Demarest. 1996/2017. HMH. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  30. Tinyville Town: I'm a Firefighter. Brian Biggs. 2016. Abrams. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  31. Tinyville Town: I'm a Veterinarian. Brian Biggs. 2016. Abrams. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]

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Katie Fitzgerald 8:11 PM  

Here's my update for this past month. I read 4 books toward the checklist. http://www.readathomemom.com/2017/08/paging-through-picture-books-beach.html

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