Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Picture Book Check-In

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?
Everyone:

Would you be interested in a similar picture book challenge next year? Or not so much?

First, an announcement: the 2018 Picture Book Reading Challenge sign-up has been posted.

Now for the books I've read since last time:
  1. Where Teddy Bears Come From. Mark Burgess. Illustrated by Russell Ayto. 2009. Peachtree Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The Aristocats: A Counting Book. Walt Disney Productions Presents. 1970. Whitman Tell-a-Tale Book. 26 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. On This Special Night. Claire Freedman. Illustrated by Simon Mendez. 2009. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Julius. Syd Hoff. (An I Can Read Book) 1959. 64 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Lambert The Sheepish Lion. Bill Peet. Walt Disney Company. 1970/1977. 42 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  6.  I Took My Frog to the Library. Eric A. Kimmel. Illustrated by Blanche Sims. 1990. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. The Log and Admiral Frog. B. Wiseman. 1961. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. Sleeping Beauty. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Erin McGuire. 2017. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. The Little Red Hen. Lucinda McQueen. 1985. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. Paul's Christmas Birthday. Carol Carrick. Illustrated by Donald Carrick. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  11. Robinson. Peter Sis. 2017. Scholastic. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  12. The Hole Story. Paul Bright. Illustrated by Bruce Ingman. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. Machines at Work. Byron Barton. 1987. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  14. I Was So Mad. Mercer Mayer. 1983. Random House. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]
  15. School Bus. Donald Crews. 1984. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  16. Too Many Cats. Leah Raechel Killen. 1988. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  17. Life. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]  
  18. I Won't Eat That. Christopher Silas Neal. 2017. [November] 
  19. The Quilt Story. Tony Johnston. Illustrated by Tomie dePaola. 1985. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  20. If You See A Kitten. John Butler. 2002. Peachtree. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  21. Big Cat. Ethan Long. 2016. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  22. Babies Can Sleep Anywhere. Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by Carolin Buzio. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  23. Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs. Eric Litwin. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2016. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  24. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]  
  25. Happy Dreamer. Peter H. Reynolds. 2017. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  26. Hug This Book. Barney Saltzberg. Illustrated by Fred Benaglia. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  27. Tinyville Town: Gets to Work! Brian Biggs. 2016. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  28. Baby Goes to Market. Atinuke. Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  29. 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]  
  30. Board Book: I'm Sunny. (My First Comics) Jennifer L. Holm. 2016. 22 pages. [Source: Library]
  31. Board book: I'm Grumpy. (My First Comics) Jennifer L. Holm. 2016. 22 pages. [Source: Library]
  32. Found Dogs. Erica Sirotich. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  33. Follow the Track All The Way Back. Timothy Knapman. Illustrated by Ben Mantle. 2017. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  34. World Pizza. Cece Meng. Illustrated by Ellen Shi. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  35. Creation. Cynthia Rylant. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  36. Nativity. Cynthia Rylant. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

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