Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2018 Reading Challenges: Picture Book

Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2018
Goal: To have adults read more picture books. To celebrate the fact that picture books are for everyone! Families are, of course, welcome to join in!
# of books: minimum of 6
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Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

✔ 1. Title beginning with A
Angus and the Cat. Marjorie Flack. 1931. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 2. Author beginning with A
Little Brothers & Little Sisters. Monica Arnaldo. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 3. Title beginning with B
Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. 2018. Bloomsbury. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  4. Author beginning with B
Monkey: Not Ready for Bedtime. Marc Brown. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 5. Title beginning with C
The Composer is Dead. Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by Carson Ellis. Music by Nathaniel Stookey. 2009. HarperCollins. 36 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 6. Author beginning with C
Let the Children March. Monica Clark-Robinson. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 7. Title beginning with D
Dear Girl. Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal. Illustrated by Holly Hatam. 2017. [December 2017] HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 8. Author beginning with D
The New LiBEARian. Alison Donald. Illustrated by Alex Willmore. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_9. Title beginning with E
✔ 10. Author beginning with E
Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote. Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Raul Colon. 2017. Peachtree. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
_11. Title beginning with F
✔ 12. Author beginning with F
I'm Fun, Too! (A Classic Lego Picture Book). Jonathan Fenske. 2018. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 13. Title beginning with G
The Gorilla Did It. Barbara Shook Hazen. Illustrated by Ray Cruz. 1974. 32 pages. [Source: Childhood copy]
✔ 14. Author beginning with G
The Watcher. Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2017. 42 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 15. Title beginning with H
How Sweet the Sound: the Story of Amazing Grace. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 16. Author beginning with H
Bobo and the New Baby. Rebecca Huang. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
✔17. Title beginning with I
Inspector Brunswick: Case of the Missing Eyebrow. Angela Keoghan. Illustrated by Chris Sam Lam. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
_18. Author beginning with I
✔19. Title beginning with J
John Philip Duck. Patricia Polacco. 2004. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 20. Author beginning with J
Russell Wrestles the Relatives. Cindy Chambers Johnson. Illustrated by Daniel Duncan. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 21. Title beginning with K
Kat Writes a Song. Greg Foley. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 22. Author beginning with K
Papillon Goes to the Vet. A.N. Kang. 2017. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 23. Title beginning with L
Lola Gets a Cat. Anna McQuinn. Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. 2017. Charlesbridge. 28 pages. [Source: Library] (2016 in UK)
✔ 24. Author beginning with L
Will Bear Share? Hilary Leung. 2018. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  25. Title beginning with M
The Magician's Hat. Malcolm Mitchell. Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. 2018. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 26. Author beginning with M
Night Out. Daniel Miyares. 2018. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_27. Title beginning with N
_28. Author beginning with N
✔ 29. Title beginning with O
Old Hat. Emily Gravett. 2017/2018. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
_30. Author beginning with O
✔ 31. Title beginning with P
Board book: Portly Pig. Axel Scheffler. 2018. Candlewick. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔32. Author beginning with P
 The Itchy Book (Elephant & Piggie Like Reading) LeUyen Pham and Mo Willems. 2018. Hyperion. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
✔33. Title or Author beginning with Q
Too Many Lollipops. Robert M. Quackenbush. 1975. 32 pages. [Source: Book from my childhood]
✔ 34. Title beginning with R
The Relatives Came. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell. 1985. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 35. Author beginning with R
When I Was Young in the Mountains. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Diane Goode. 1982. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 36. Title beginning with S
Shake the Tree. Chiara Vignocchi. Paolo Chiarinotti. Silvia Borando. 2018. Candlewick Press. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
✔ 37. Author beginning with S
 The Book of Gold. Bob Staake. 2017. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 38. Title beginning with T
The Two Mutch Sisters. Carol Brendler. Illustrated by Lisa Brown. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 39. Author beginning with T
Ocean Meets Sky. Terry and Eric Fan. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 40. Title or Author beginning with U
Monster and Mouse Go Camping. Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Jared Chapman. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  41. Title or Author beginning with V or W
The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon. A.N. Kang. 2016. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
_42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
_43. Title beginning with Y
_44. Author beginning with Y
✔ 45. Title or Author beginning with Z
Zola's Elephant. Randall de Seve. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. 2018. [October 9]  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 46. An alphabet book
A Busy Creature's Day Eating! Mo Willems. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔  47. A counting book
Ten Magic Butterflies. Danica McKellar. Illustrated by Jennifer Bricking. 2018. Random House.  40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 48. A color word in the title
The Pink Hat. Andrew Joyner. 2017. [December 26] Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 49. A number word in the title
 Millions of Cats. Wanda Gag. 1928. Penguin. 40 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
✔ 50. Concept book of your choice— picture book
The Great Big Book of Friends. Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Ros Asquith. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 51. Concept book of your choice — board book
Board Book: Count My Cupcakes 1 2 3. Joyce Wan. 2018. Scholastic. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 52. bedtime book —board book
Will Sheep Sleep? Hilary Leung. 2018. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 53. bedtime book — picture book
Just Go To Bed. Mercer Mayer. 1983. 24 pages. [Source: Bought] 
✔ 54. book that rhymes —picture book
A Squash and a Squeeze. Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 1993/2004/2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  55. book that rhymes — early reader OR board book
Board book: Gobbly Goat. Axel Scheffler. 2018. Candlewick. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
_56. holiday of your choice — board book or early reader
_57. holiday of your choice — picture book
✔  58. wordless picture book
Red by Jed Alexander. 2018. Cameron Kids. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 59. new to you author
Mervin the Sloth Is About To Do The Best Thing In the World. Colleen AF Venable. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 60. new to you illustrator
The Doll Hospital. Kallie George and Sara Gillingham. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 61. favorite author
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? Mo Willems. 2012. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
_62. favorite illustrator
_63. free choice
✔  64. fairy or folk tale adaptation
Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. 2009. Disney. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 65. fairy or folk tale traditional
Hans in Luck: Seven Stories by the Brothers Grimm. Two are retold by Felix Hoffman. Illustrated by Felix Hoffman. 2017. NorthSouth books. 256 pages.
_66. a title with the word “first” in it
✔  67. a book set in the state you live
Bubba and Beau, Best Friends. Kathi Appelt. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 2002. Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
__ 68. a book set in a place you’d like to visit
✔ 69. a book set in an imaginary place
Sloth at the Zoom. Helaine Becker. Illustrated by Orbie. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 70. a book set in the past — fiction or nonfiction
Before She Was Harriet. Lesa Cline-Ransome. Illustrated by James Ransome. 2017. [November] Holiday House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  71. a book set in the present
Goodbye Brings Hello. Dianne White. Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 72. picture book for older readers — fiction
Sometimes You Fly. Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔73. picture book for older readers — nonfiction
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Susan Hood. Illustrated by Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin K. Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet. 2018. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 74. early reader — fiction
Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane. (Mr. Putter and Tabby #5) Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 1997. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  75. early reader — nonfiction
Figure Skating. Laura Hamilton Waxman. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 76. picture book with photographs
Annie Patches: My New Forever Home. Marty Koblish. Photographs by Jessica Charous. 2015. 34 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 77. one word title
Snow. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer. 2008. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 78. long title (four or more words)
One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice. Kathleen Krull. Illustrated by Julia Sarda. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_79. oversized book
✔ 80. tiny book
A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You. Joan Walsh Anglund. 1958/2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 81. a book about playing (hide and seek, tag, or peekaboo, etc.)
Buster and the Baby. Amy Hest. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. 2017. [October 24, 2017] Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 82. a book about school
Amanda Panda Quits Kindergarten. Candice Ransom. Illustrated by Christine Grove. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 83. a book about hobbies (art, dance, music, crafts, sports)
I Don't Draw, I Color! Adam Lehrhaupt. Illustrated by Felicita Sala. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 84. a title that is a question
What Does Bunny See? A Book of Colors and Flowers. Linda Sue Park. Illustrated by Maggie Smith. 2005. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 85. a title that is an exclamation
That Is My Dream! Langston Hughes. Illustrated by Daniel Miyares. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 86. an award winner or an honor book
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Derrick Barnes. Illustrated by Gordon C. James. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔ 87. a collection (of poems OR stories)
With My Hands: Poems About Making Things. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Illustrated by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  88. a book with animals (fiction)
Misunderstood Shark. Ame Dyckman. Illustrated by Scott Magoon. 2018. Scholastic. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  89. a book with animals (nonfiction)
Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo. Thane Maynard. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 90. a book about books or reading
Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books. Michelle Markel. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. 2017. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 91. a book celebrating family
Mama Seeton's Whistle. Jerry Spinelli. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 92. first book in a series
 Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Mo Willems. 2003. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 93. any book in a series
Amanda Panda and the Bigger, Better Birthday. Candice Ransom. Illustrated by Christine Grove. 2018. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 94. book with an adventure or misadventure
Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story. Sam Lloyd. 2006. 32 pages. [Source: Library] (2006, UK)
✔95. a book about a pet
Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story. Sam Lloyd. 2008. 32 pages. [Source: Library] (2007, UK)
✔ 96. A title with the word “yes” or “no” in it
No Nap! Yes Nap! Margie Palatini. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. 2014. Little, Brown for Young Readers. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 97. A title with the word “big” or “little” in it
Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton. Sherri Duskey Rinker. 2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 98. a classic published before 1968
Mary Poppins ABC Board Book. P.L. Travers. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. 1962/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ 99. a book you think should be considered a classic
The Pigeon Needs a Bath. Mo Willems. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 100. Out of print
Rudi and the Distelfink. F.N. Monjo. Illustrated by George Kraus. 1972. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ 101. Library book
Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story. Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia. 2013. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 102. Impulse Pick
Iver and Ellsworth. Casey W. Robinson. Illustrated by Melissa Larson. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ 103. Board book published in 2018
Mon Petit Busy Day. Annette Tamarkin. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔  104. Picture book published in 2018
  Stop, Go, Yes, No! A Story of Opposites. Mike Twohy. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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