Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Reflections

Favorite picture book about reading: Bunny's Book Club. Annie Silvestro. Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
Favorite picture book about writing:  This is a Good Story. Adam Lehrhaupt. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Favorite picture book published in 2017:  Mouse and Hippo. Mike Twohy. 2017. Simon Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
Favorite picture book published in the 1980s:  Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Julie Vivas. 1984/1985. Kane/Miller. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite middle grade:  Wishtree. Katherine Applegate. 2017. 224 pages. [Source: Library]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Board Book: I'm Sunny. (My First Comics) Jennifer L. Holm. 2016. 22 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Board book: I'm Grumpy. (My First Comics) Jennifer L. Holm. 2016. 22 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Board book: I'm silly. Jennifer L. Holm. Illustrated by Matthew Holm. 2017. Random House. 22 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Bunny's Book Club. Annie Silvestro. Illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  5. This is a Good Story. Adam Lehrhaupt. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Hooray for Books. Brian Won. 2017. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. A Perfect Day. Lane Smith. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. Mouse and Hippo. Mike Twohy. 2017. Simon Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. Robinson. Peter Sis. 2017. Scholastic. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. Follow the Track All The Way Back. Timothy Knapman. Illustrated by Ben Mantle. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Chugga Chugga Choo Choo. Emma Garcia. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Choo Choo. Virginia Lee Burton. 1937/2017. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  13. Babies Can Sleep Anywhere. Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by Carolin Buzio. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  14. World Pizza. Cece Meng. Illustrated by Ellen Shi. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  15. Happy Dreamer. Peter H. Reynolds. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. Baby Goes to Market. Atinuke. Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  17. A Band of Babies. Carole Gerber. Illustrated by Jane Dyer. 2017. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  18. Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  19. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  20. This Beautiful Day. Richard Jackson. Illustrated by Suzy Lee. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  21. Found Dogs. Erica Sirotich. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  22. This & That. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Judy Horacek. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  23. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Julie Vivas. 1984/1985. Kane/Miller. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  24. Machines at Work. Byron Barton. 1987. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  25. The Quilt Story. Tony Johnston. Illustrated by Tomie dePaola. 1985. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  26. Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs. Eric Litwin. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2016. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  27. Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown. Eric Litwin. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2017. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  28. Hug This Book. Barney Saltzberg. Illustrated by Fred Benaglia. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  29. Tinyville Town: Gets to Work! Brian Biggs. 2016. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  30. The Hole Story. Paul Bright. Illustrated by Bruce Ingman. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  31. Life. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]  
  32. If You See A Kitten. John Butler. 2002. Peachtree. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  33. Big Cat. Ethan Long. 2016. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  34. I Won't Eat That. Christopher Silas Neal. 2017. [November] 
  35. Not Quite Narwhal. Jessie Sima. 2017. 36 pages. [Source: Library]
  36. His Royal Highness, King Baby: A Terrible True Story. Sally Lloyd-Jones. Illustrated by David Roberts. 2017. Candlewick Press. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  37. Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in What's That Smell? Lauren McLaughlin. Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. 2016. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  38. Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in the Secret Ingredient. Lauren McLaughlin. Illustrated by Debbie Ohi. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  39. Peppa Pig and the Library Visit. Candlewick. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  40. The Sneetches and Other Stories. Dr. Seuss. 1961. Random House. 65 pages. [Source: Library]  
  41. The Worst Goes South. James Stevenson. 1995. 26 pages. [Source: Library] 
  42. Pop-Up Shakespeare. The Reduced Shakespeare Co. Illustrated by Jennie Maizels. 2017. Candlewick. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat. Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. 2017. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages: 0

Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. Dollmaker of Krakow. R.M. Romero. 2017. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2.  Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics. (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #2) Chris Grabenstein. 2016. Random House. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Wishtree. Katherine Applegate. 2017. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Revealed. (The Missing #7) Margaret Pterson Haddix. 2014. Simon & Schuster. 448 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Among the Hidden. Margaret Peterson Haddix. 1998. 153 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Among the Impostors. Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2001. 172 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. Among the Betrayed. (Shadow Children #3) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2002. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. Among the Barons. (Shadow Children #4) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2003. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night. Barbara J. Taylor. 2014. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Caroline: Little House, Revisited. Sarah Miller. 2017. 368 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Adam Bede. George Eliot. 1859. 624 pages. [Source: Bought]
Mysteries, all ages: 0

Classics, all ages:
  1. Castle Richmond. Anthony Trollope. 1860. 500 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Adam Bede. George Eliot. 1859. 624 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. The Sneetches and Other Stories. Dr. Seuss. 1961. Random House. 65 pages. [Source: Library]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Preaching to the Chickens. Jabari Asim. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat. Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. 2017. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Pop-Up Shakespeare. The Reduced Shakespeare Co. Illustrated by Jennie Maizels. 2017. Candlewick. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage. Tilar J. Mazzeo. Adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell. 2016. 288 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. Eric Metals. 2017. Viking. 416 pages. [Source: Borrowed from friend] 
Christian fiction:
  1. Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night. Barbara J. Taylor. 2014. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  2.  Adam Bede. George Eliot. 1859. 624 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. Life. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Mem Fox. Illustrated by Julie Vivas. 1984/1985. Kane/Miller. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Christian nonfiction:  
  1. The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ With Confidence. Thabiti M. Anyabwile. 2018. [January 2018] Moody. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2.  Uncomfortable. Brett McCracken. 2017. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Sing a New Song: A Woman's Guide to the Psalms. Lydia Brownback. 2017. Crossway. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Come, Let Us Adore Him. Paul David Tripp. 2017. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  5. Irena's Children: A True Story of Courage. Tilar J. Mazzeo. Adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell. 2016. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Creation. Cynthia Rylant. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Nativity. Cynthia Rylant. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. Reading Between the Lines. Gene Edward Veith Jr. 1990. Crossway. 254 pages. [Source: Gift]
  9. Preaching to the Chickens. Jabari Asim. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. Eric Metals. 2017. Viking. 416 pages. [Source: Borrowed from friend] 
  11. Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands. Shona and David Murray. 2017. Crossway. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  12. Holy Bible: Revised English Bible. 1989/1996. Cambridge. 1264 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  13. The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New. Marty Machowski. Illustrated by Andy McGuire. 2015. New Growth Press. 269 pages. [Source: Library]  
  14. Sword of the Wicked. Richard Sibbes. 1577-1635. [Source: Bought]

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1 comments:

fredamans 12:56 PM  

The MLK book caught my fancy. Happy Howl'oween and happy November!

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