Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2018 Reading Challenges: Old School Kidlit

Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge
Host: Read-at-Home-Mom (sign up)
Check in at the end of each month with a list of what you've read and links to any reviews you have posted. When you post on social media, tag your posts with #OldSchoolKidlit2018
January - December 2018
# of books: 42

1. The Story of Live Dolls. Josephine Scribner Gates. Illustrated by Mabel Rogers. 1901. 1920. 116 pages. [Source: Read online]
2. Dream Life for Children. Mattie K. Foster. 1918. 178 pages. [Source: Read online]
3. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865/1871. 247 pages. [Source: Bought]
4. McBroom's Ghost. Sid Fleischman. Illustrated by Robert Frankenberg. 1971. 48 pages. [Source: Bought]
5. Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery. 1923. Bantam. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
6. McBroom's Zoo. Sid Fleischman. Illustrated by Kurt Werth. 1972. 40 pages. [Source: Bought]
7. The Gorilla Did It. Barbara Shook Hazen. Illustrated by Ray Cruz. 1974. 32 pages. [Source: Childhood copy]
8. Too Many Lollipops. Robert M. Quackenbush. 1975. 32 pages. [Source: Book from my childhood]
9. Angus and the Cat. Marjorie Flack. 1931. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
10. Strawberry Girl. Lois Lenski. 1945. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
11. A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You. Joan Walsh Anglund. 1958/2017. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Mary Poppins ABC Board Book. P.L. Travers. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. 1962/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]
13. Hans in Luck: Seven Stories by the Brothers Grimm. Two are retold by Felix Hoffman. Illustrated by Felix Hoffman. 2017. NorthSouth books. 256 pages.
14. Thin Ice. Jerrold Beim. Illustrated by Louis Darling. 1956. 46 pages. [Source: Bought]
15. Who's a Pest? Crosby Newell Bonsall. 1962. Harper & Row. 64 pages. [Source: Bought]
16. Just Go To Bed. Mercer Mayer. 1983. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]
17. Surprise Stories. Marjorie Hardy.  Illustrated by Lucille Enders and Matilda Breuer.  1926/1929. Wheeler Publishing Company. 124 pages. [Source: Bought]
18. Rudi and the Distelfink. F.N. Monjo. Illustrated by George Kraus. 1972. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
19. Roller Skates. Ruth Sawyer. 1936. 186 pages. [Source: Bought]
20. A Question of Time. Dina Anastasio. 1978. 90 pages. [Source: Bought]
21. The Day They Came To Arrest The Book. Nat Hentoff. 1982. 176 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
22. Millions of Cats. Wanda Gag. 1928. Penguin. 40 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
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1 comments:

Katie Fitzgerald 9:24 PM  

Glad to have you on board for the Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge! Happy new year and happy reading :-)

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