Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Reflections

Favorite picture book published in 2017:  Egg. Kevin Henkes. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite picture book with a cat:  Here Comes Teacher Cat. Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Claudia Rueda. 2017. 88 pages. [Source: Library] 
Favorite picture book with a cat and tea: Tea with Oliver. Mika Song. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite board book:  Board book: Baby Loves Quantum Physics! Ruth Spiro. Illustrated by Irene Chan. 2017. Charlesbridge. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Favorite early reader:  Charlie & Mouse. (Charlie & Mouse #1) Laurel Snyder. Illustrated by Emily Hughes. 2017. Chronicle Books. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite realistic fiction: Train I Ride. Paul Mosier. 2017. HarperCollins. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite speculative fiction: Orphan Island. Laurel Snyder. 2017. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite mystery:  The Wife Between Us. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. 2018. St. Martin's Press. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Egg. Kevin Henkes. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Here Comes Teacher Cat. Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Claudia Rueda. 2017. 88 pages. [Source: Library]  
  3. Sister Day! Lisa Mantchev. Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Blue Ethel. Jennifer Black Reinhardt. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5.  Noisy Night. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Brian Biggs. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Tea with Oliver. Mika Song. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. You Must Bring A Hat. Simon Philip. Illustrated by Kate Hindley. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. La La La: A Story of Hope. Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Jaime Kim. 2017. Candlewick. 72 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. The Catawampus Cat. Jason Carter Eaton. Illustrated by Gus Gordon. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Fruits in Suits. Jared Chapman. 2017. Abrams. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Muddle & Mo. Nikki Slade Robinson. 2017. HMH. 32 pages. [Source: Review]  
  12. Carrot & Pea. Morag Hood. 2017. HMH. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  13. Chicken in School. Adam Lehrhaupt. Illustrated by Shahar Kober. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  14. Chicken In Space. Adam Lehrhaupt. Illustrated by Sharhar Kober. 2016. HarperCollins. 36 pages. [Source: Library]
  15. Wordplay. Adam Lehrhaupt. 2017. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. Naptastrophe. Jarret J. Krosoczka. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. Board book: Buildablock. Christopher Franceschelli. Illustrated by Peskimo. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 90 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  18. Board book: All Aboard!: Let's Ride a Train. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  19. Board book: Baby Loves Quantum Physics! Ruth Spiro. Illustrated by Irene Chan. 2017. Charlesbridge. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  20. Board book: Baby Loves Thermodynamics. Ruth Spiro. Illustrated by Irene Chan. 2017. Charlesbridge. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  21. Board book: Charlie Builds. Bob Bianchini. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 20 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  22.  Board book: Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear. Nathan Thoms. Illustrated by Carles Ballesteros. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  23. Board book: Where's the Hen? Nosy Crow. Illustrated by Ingela P. Arrhenius. 2017. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  24. Board book: Where's the Owl? Nosy Crow. Ingela P Arrhenius. 2017. Candlewick. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  25. Board book: Better Together: A Book of Family. Barbara Joose and Anneke Lisberg. Illustrated by Jared Schorr. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  26. Board book: This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer. Joan Holub. Illustrated by Daniel Roode. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  27.  Three Little Kittens. Illustrated by Lilian Obligado. 1974. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  28. Nighty-Night, Cooper. Laura Numeroff. 2013. HMH. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  29. I Want My Hat Back. Jon Klassen. 2011. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  30. You Can Read. Helaine Becker. Illustrated by Mark Hoffmann. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  31. Imagine. John Lennon. Illustrated by Jean Jullien. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  32. Peck, Peck, Peck. Lucy Cousins. 2013. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  33. The Plot Chickens. Mary Jane Auch. Illustrated by Herm Auch. 2009. Holiday House. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  34. The Sock Thief. Ana Crespo. Illustrated by Nana Gonzales. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  35. Cat Dreams. Ursula K. Le Guin. Illustrated by S.D. Schindler. 2009. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  36. The Skunk. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  37. A Fairy Friend. Sue Fliess. Illustrated by Claire Keane. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  38. Make and Play: Christmas. Joey Chou, illustrator. 2017. Candlewick. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Early readers and early chapter books:
  1.  Charlie & Mouse. (Charlie & Mouse #1) Laurel Snyder. Illustrated by Emily Hughes. 2017. Chronicle Books. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. This Little Piggy. An Owner's Manual. Cyndi Marko. 2017. 64 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Wallace and Grace and the Cupcake Caper. Heather Alexander. Illustrated by Laura Zarrin. 2017. Bloomsbury. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Wallace and Grace Take the Case. Heather Alexander. Illustrated by Laura Zarrin. 2017. Bloomsbury. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Cookie Fiasco. Dan Santat (and Mo Willems). 2016. Disney-Hyperion. 64 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. We Are Growing. Laurie Keller (and Mo Willems). 2016. Disney-Hyperion. 64 pages. [Source: Library]  
  7. The Good for Nothing Button. (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading #3) Charise Mericle Harper. (Mo Willems). 2017. Disney-Hyperion. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Cats. Larry Dane Brimner. Illustrated by Tom Payne. 2001. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Peppa Pig Phonics Set. Adapted by Lorraine Gregory. 2017. Scholastic. [Source: Review copy] 
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Genuine Fraud. E. Lockhart. 2017. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. When My Sister Started Kissing. Helen Frost. 2017. FSG. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Goat. Anne Fleming. 2017. 120 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Forget Me Not. Ellie Terry. 2017. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Train I Ride. Paul Mosier. 2017. HarperCollins. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Seeking Mansfield. Kate Watson. 2017. 300 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Espresso Tales (44 Scotland Street #2) Alexander McCall Smith. 2005. 345 pages. [Source: Library]  
  8. The Wife Between Us. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. 2018. St. Martin's Press. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. Under Their Skin. (Under Their Skin #1) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2016. 320 pages. [Source: Library]  
  2. In Over Their Heads. (Under Their Skin #2) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Orphan Island. Laurel Snyder. 2017. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth. Frank Cottrell Boyce. 2017. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Word of Mouse. James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. 2016 [December] Little, Brown. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. The Wooden Prince. John Claude Bemis. 2016. Disney-Hyperion. 312 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Cherished Mercy. (Heart of the Frontier #3) Tracie Peterson. 2017. Bethany House. 310 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Beloved Hope. (Heart of the Frontier #2) Tracie Peterson. 2017. Bethany House. 338 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Heart on the Line. (Ladies of Harper's Station #2) Karen Witemeyer. 2017. Bethany House. 329 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. Verdict of Twelve. Raymond Postgate. 1940/2017. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The Circular Staircase. Mary Roberts Rinehart. 1908. 197 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. The Case of the Fiery Fingers. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1951. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Case of the Lucky Loser. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Death of a Cad. M.C. Beaton. 1987. 214 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. Heirloom Murders. (Chloe Ellefson Mystery #2) Kathleen Ernst. 2011. 349 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7.  Light Keeper's Legacy. (Chloe Ellefson Mystery #3) Kathleen Ernst. 2012. 360 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. The Case of the Gilded Lily. (Perry Mason #50) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1956. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]
  9. The Case of the Daring Decoy. (Perry Mason #54) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 198 pages. [Source: Bought]   
  10. The Wife Between Us. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. 2018. St. Martin's Press. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Classics, all ages:
  1. The Wretched. Victor Hugo. Translated by Christine Donougher. 1862/2013. 1456 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Verdict of Twelve. Raymond Postgate. 1940/2017. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Catch-22. Joseph Heller. 1961. 453 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Circular Staircase. Mary Roberts Rinehart. 1908. 197 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. The Case of the Fiery Fingers. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1951. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Case of the Lucky Loser. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. The Case of the Gilded Lily. (Perry Mason #50) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1956. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. The Case of the Daring Decoy. (Perry Mason #54) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 198 pages. [Source: Bought]  
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Impressionism. Florian Heine. 2015. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring. Gilbert Ford. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Simone Biles. Matt Scheff. 2016. [Dec. 2016] Sportzone. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang. Chloe Perkins. Illustrated by Scott Burroughs. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]  
  5. An English Year: Twelve Months in the Life of England's Kids. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. This Is How We Do It. Matt LaMothe. 2017. Chronicle. 52 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Blood, Bullets, and Bones. The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA. Bridget Heos. 2016. 263 pages. [Source: Library]


Christian fiction:
  1. Cherished Mercy. (Heart of the Frontier #3) Tracie Peterson. 2017. Bethany House. 310 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Beloved Hope. (Heart of the Frontier #2) Tracie Peterson. 2017. Bethany House. 338 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Heart on the Line. (Ladies of Harper's Station #2) Karen Witemeyer. 2017. Bethany House. 329 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Christian nonfiction:  
  1. Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church. Keith and Kristyn Getty. 2017. B&H Books. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us To Live in Light of the End. David Gibson. 2017. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Mark: The Gospel of Passion. Michael Card. 2012. IVP. 206 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Learning to Love the Psalms. W. Robert Godfrey. 2017. Reformation Trust. 318 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography. Herman Selderhuis. 2017. Crossway. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. The Messiah Comes to Middle Earth. Philip Ryken. 2017. Intervarsity Press. 150 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. Godspeed: Voices of the Reformation. David Teems. 2017. Abingdon Press. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. The Living Bible. 1974. Tyndale. 1090 pages. [Source: Bought]
  9. ESV Reformation Study Bible. 2015. Edited by R.C. Sproul. Reformation Trust. 2560 pages. [Source: Gift/Bought]  
  10. Saints of Zion. Jeff Lippencott & R.C. Sproul. 2017. Ligonier. 67 minutes. [Source: Gift]

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1 comments:

fredamans 9:52 AM  

Another amazing month done. I can't wait to see your list next month! Happy October!

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