Sunday, December 31, 2017

December Reflections

Board books and picture books:

  1. Trains. Ian Graham. Illustrated by Stephen Biesty. 2017. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Arthur's Perfect Christmas. Marc Brown. 2000. 48 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. A Christmas for Bear. Bonny Becker. Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. 2017. Candlewick Press. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. How Does My Home Work? Chris Butterworth. Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti. 2017. [Oct. 24] Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. The Nutcracker. New York City Ballet. Valeria Docampo (illustrator). 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. The Nutcracker: From The Story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Illustrated by Valeria Docampo. 2016. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. The Nutcracker in Harlem. T.E. McMorrow. Illustrated by James Ransome. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World. M.E. Furman. Illustrated by Susan Gal. 2017. [October 17] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  9. Sophie's Surprise. Lee Richardson. Illustrated by Shirley Holt. 1983. 28 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  10. Deck the Halls. Illustrated by Veronica Vasylenko. 2011. 18 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  11. The Merry Christmas Mystery. (Winnie the Pooh) Betty G. Birney. Illustrated by Nancy Stevenson. 1993. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]
  12. There Are Cats In This Book. Viviane Schwarz. 2008. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. There Are No Cats In This Book. Viviane Schwarz. 2010. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  14. The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way). Patrick McDonnell. 2017. Little, Brown. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  15. This Is My Book! Mark Pett. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  16. Here Comes The Easter Cat. Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Claudia Rueda.  2014.  80 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. Here Comes Valentine Cat. Deborah Underwood. 2015. 88 pages. [Source: Library] 
  18. Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat. Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Claudia Rueda. 2015. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
  19. The Little Reindeer. Nicola Killen. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  20. Pick a Pine Tree. Patricia Toht. Illustrated by Jarvis. 2017. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. Chicken in Mittens. Adam Lehrhaupt. 2017. [October 17] 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Love Over Scotland (44 Scotland Street #3) Alexander McCall Smith. 2006. 355 pages. [Source: Library]
Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. Among the Brave. (Shadow Children #5) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2004. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Among the Enemy. (Shadow Children #6) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2005. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Among the Free (Shadow Children #7) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2006. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Nutcracker Mice. Kristin Kladstrup. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2017. [October 24] 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. The Librarian of Auschwitz. Antonio Iturbe. Translated by Lilit Thwaites. 2017. 424 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Mr. Dickens and His Carol. Samantha Silva. 2017. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Raid of No Return. (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #7) Nathan Hale. 2017. [November] Abrams. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Nutcracker Mice. Kristin Kladstrup. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2017. [October 24] 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Mysteries, all ages:
Classics, all ages:
  1. A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. 1843. 96 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. The Chimes. Charles Dickens. 1844. 116 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  3. The Cricket on the Hearth. Charles Dickens. 1845. 84 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Battle of Life. Charles Dickens. 1846. 88 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. Charles Dickens. 1848. 100 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1852. 438 pages. [Source: Bought]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Prairie Fires: the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Caroline Fraser. 2017. 640 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life. Annie Spence. 2017. 256 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. How Does My Home Work? Chris Butterworth. Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti. 2017. [Oct. 24] Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian fiction:
  1. Keeping Holiday. Starr Meade. Illustrated by Justin Gerard. 2008. Crossway. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1852. 438 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) Julie Klassen. 2017. Bethany House. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian nonfiction:   
  1. CSB Spurgeon Study Bible, Holman Bible Publishers (B&H). 2017. 1840 pages. [Source: Gift]
  2. True Feelings: God's Gracious and Glorious Purpose for Our Emotions. Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre. 2017. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol. Bob Welch. 2015. Thomas Nelson. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. When Is It Right To Die? A Comforting and Surprising Look at Death and Dying. Joni Eareckson Tada. 1992/2018. Zondervan. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Everyone A Child Should Know. Clare Heath-Whyte. 2017. 112 pages. [Source: Gift]  
  6. The Gathering Storm. R. Albert Mohler. Jr., 2017. 127 pages. [Source: Free download]

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