Sunday, November 04, 2018

2019: Poetry, Plays, Short Stories

Poetry, Plays, Short Stories, all ages
Poetry, Plays, Short Stories = new is anything published after 1989; goal = 12 (6 old, 6 new)

January
1. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers. Illustrated by Luke Flowers. 2019. [March] Quirk. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] *poetry
2.  Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli. Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library] *short stories
3. The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1893/1894. 138 pages. [Source: Bought] *short stories
4. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy] *poetry
5. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy] *poetry
6.  Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read But Probably Didn't. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library]  *humor, novelty
7. What is Poetry? The Essential Guide to Reading and Writing Poems. Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Jill Calder. 2019. Candlewick Press. 208 pages. [Source: Library] *includes poetry, also essays

February
8. Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories. Sergio Ruzzier. 2018. 56 pages. [Source: Library] *stories
9. The Jolly Jingle Book. Leroy F. Jackson. Illustrated by Clare McKinley. 1951/1961. Rand McNally. 30 pages. [Source: Bought] *poetry
10. Goody Two Shoes. Anonymous. 1765. John Newbery. 17 pages. [Source: Online] *story
11. New England Primer (1777 edition). Various authors. 90 pages. [Source: Online] *poetry, catechisms

March
12. Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc. David Elliott. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy] *verse novel
13.  Shout. Laurie Halse Anderson. 2019. Penguin. 304 pages. [Source: Library] *memoir written in verse

April
14. A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories. Joan Aiken. Illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. 1968. 108 pages. [Source: Bought] *short stories
15. . A Child's Garden of Verses. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1885. 67 pages. [Source: Bought] *poetry

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