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
I'm signing up for Option 3.

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
_2. Author beginning with A
✔ 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
_5. Title beginning with C
✔ 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
✔ 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
_15. Title beginning with H
✔ 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
_20. Author beginning with J
_21. Title beginning with K
✔ 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
✔  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
_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
✔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
_35. Author beginning with R
✔ 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
✔ 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
_40. Title or Author beginning with U
✔  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
_46. An alphabet book
_47. A counting book
✔ 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
_50. Concept book of your choice— picture book
_51. Concept book of your choice — board book
_52. bedtime book —board book
_53. bedtime book — picture book
✔ 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
_59. new to you author
_60. new to you illustrator
_61. favorite author
_62. favorite illustrator
_63. free choice
_64. fairy or folk tale adaptation
_65. fairy or folk tale traditional
_66. a title with the word “first” in it
_67. a book set in the state you live
_68. a book set in a place you’d like to visit
_69. a book set in an imaginary place
✔ 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
✔ 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
_76. picture book with photographs
✔ 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
✔ 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
✔ 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)
_89. a book with animals (nonfiction)
_90. a book about books or reading
_91. a book celebrating family
_92. first book in a series
_93. any book in a series
✔ 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
_99. a book you think should be considered a classic
_100. Out of print
_101. Library book
_102. Impulse Pick
_ 103. Board book published in 2018
_ 104. Picture book published in 2018

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


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