Friday, December 28, 2018

2019 REading Challenges: Picture Book

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2019
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 will be signing up to do all levels.

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.
 
Monthly Challenges (You may define "old" and "new" for yourself.)

January
✔ Something Old Board book: The Giant Jam Sandwich. Janet Burroway. Story and Pictures by John Vernon Lord. 1972/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ Something New Bruce's Big Move. Ryan T. Higgins. 2017. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  Something Borrowed Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2015. Little, Brown. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  Something True (nonfiction) Eliza: The Story of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by Esme Shapiro. 2018. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

February
✔ Something Old Tim and His Train. E.C. Reichert. Illustrated by Fiore Mastri. 1949. Rand McNally. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ Something New Hooray for Babies! Susan Meyers. Illustrated by Sue Cornelison. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ Something Borrowed Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories. Sergio Ruzzier. 2018. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ Something True (nonfiction) Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race. Margo Lee Shetterly and Winifred Conkling. Illustrated by Laura Freeman. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

March
✔ Something Old Little Monster At School. (A Golden Look-Look Book) Mercer Mayer. 1978. Golden Books. 24 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔  Something New Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and The Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever. Barbara Lowell. Illustrated by Dan Andreasen. 2019. Cameron Kids. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ Something Borrowed Square. (Shapes Trilogy #2) Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ Something True (nonfiction) The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons. Natascha Biebow. Illustrated by Steven Salerno. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]


April
✔ Something Old Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries (And Children) Across the Plains. Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. 2004. 40 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ Something New The Book in the Book in the Book. Julien Baer. Illustrated by Simon Bailly. 2019. Holiday House. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ Something Borrowed Carter Reads the Newspaper. Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2019. Peachtree. 36 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ Something True (nonfiction) Caterpillar and Bean: A First Science Storybook. Martin Jenkins. Illustrated by Hannah Tolson. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

May
✔ Something Old The Monster At The End of This Book. Jon Stone. Illustrated by Michael J. Smollin. 1971. Golden Books. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
Something New Scratchie:  A Touch-and-Feel Cat-Venture. Maria Putri. 2019. Simon & Schuster. 2019. 24 pages.
✔ Something Borrowed Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School. Janet Halfmann. Illustrated by London Ladd. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ Something True (nonfiction) The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean. Dean Robbins. Illustrated by Sean Rubin. 2019. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

June
✔ Something Old The Big Honey Hunt. Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. 1962. 72 pages. [Source: Own]
✔ Something New The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin. Nicola O'Byrne. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ Something Borrowed Anne's Numbers. Kelly Hill. 2018. 22 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ Something True (nonfiction) Beware of the Crocodile. Martin Jenkins. Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

July
✔ Something Old Madeline. Ludwig Bemelmans. 1939. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
_ Something New
✔ Something Borrowed Pete the Cat's Giant Groovy Book. James Dean. 2019. HarperCollins. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ Something True (nonfiction) Degas, Painter of Ballerinas. Susan Goldman Rubin. 2019. Harry N. Abrams. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]

August
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

September
_ Something Old
✔ Something New  Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao. Kat Zhang. Illustrated by Charlene Chua. 2019. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ Something Borrowed The Wolf in Underpants. Wilfrid Lupano. Illustrated by Mayana Itoiz and Paul Cauuet. 2019. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
_ Something True (nonfiction)

October
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed How To Read A Book. Kwame Alexander. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. 2019. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
_ Something True (nonfiction)

November
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

December
_ Something Old
_ Something New
_ Something Borrowed
_ Something True (nonfiction)

Seasonal Challenge

Winter
✔ holiday of your choice Santa Bruce. Ryan T. Higgins. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ book set in winter Mimi's Adventures in Baking Gingerbread Men. Alyssa Gangeri. Illustrated by Chiara Civati. 2015. 38 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ free picture book of your choice Fold Out and Find Out: Caterpillar to Butterfly. Frances Barry. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ free board book of your choice Animals with Tiny Cat. Viviane Schwarz. 2018. 30 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  free early reader or early chapter book of your choice Fox the Tiger. Corey R. Tabor. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

Spring
_ holiday of your choice
✔ book set in spring The Bears' Picnic. Stan and Jan Berenstain. 1966. 72 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ free picture book of your choice Mine! Sue Heap. 2014. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ free board book of your choice I Love Science. Allison Wortche. Illustrated by Steve Mack. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy]
✔ free early reader or early chapter book of your choice Hello, Crabby! (Book #1) Jonathan Fenske. 2019. Scholastic. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Summer
_ holiday of your choice
✔ book set in summer The Pigeon Has To Go To School. Mo Willems. 2019. [July] Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
✔  free picture book of your choice Daddy-Sitting. Eve Coy. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
_ free board book of your choice
✔  free early reader or early chapter book of your choice Inside, Outside, Upside Down. Stan & Jan Berenstain. 1968. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

Fall
_ holiday of your choice
_ book set in fall
_ free picture book of your choice
_ free board book of your choice
_ free early reader or early chapter book of your choice
 
Alphabet Challenge (January - December)

  1. ✔ Title Beginning with A Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. ✔ Author Beginning with A Future Astronaut. Lori Alexander. Illustrated by Allison Black. 2019. Scholastic. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. ✔ Illustrator Beginning with A Arrr, Mustache Baby! Bridget Heos. Illustrated by Joy Ang. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. ✔ Title Beginning with B Because. Mo Willems. Illustrated by Amber Ren. 2019. Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. ✔ Author Beginning with B Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown for Young Readers. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. ✔ Illustrator Beginning with B  Is That Your Dad? (A Changing Faces Book) Carles Ballesteros. 2019. Harry N. Abrams. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. ✔ Title Beginning with C Circle. (Shapes Trilogy #3) Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 2019. Candlewick Press. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. ✔ Author Beginning with C Little Fish and Mommy. Lucy Cousins. 2019. Candlewick Press. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. ✔ Illustrator Beginning C Lights! Camera! Alice! The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker. Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by Simona Ciraolo. 2018. 60 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. ✔ Title Beginning with D Dust Bunny Wants A Friend. Amy Hevron. 2019. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. ✔ Author Beginning with D Grumpy Duck. Joyce Dunbar. Illustrated by Petr Horacek. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  12. ✔ Illustrator Beginning with D Super Rawr! Todd H. Doodler. 2016. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  13. _ Title Beginning with E
  14. _ Author Beginning with E
  15. _ Illustrator Beginning with E
  16. ✔ Title Beginning with F Felix Eats Up (Felix and Fiona) Rosemary Wells. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  17. ✔ Author Beginning with F If I Was The Sunshine. Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Loren Long. 2019. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  18. _ Illustrator Beginning with F
  19. ✔ Title Beginning with G Goodnight, Starry Night (Peek-a-boo Art) Amy Guglielmo and Julie Appel. 2019. [October 15] Scholastic. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  20. ✔ Author Beginning with G Mimi's Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies. Alyssa Gangeri. Illustrated by Chiara Civati. 2015. 38 pages. [Source: Library]
  21. _ Illustrator Beginning with G
  22. ✔ Title Beginning with H How To Be A Cat. Nikki McClure. 2013/2019. Abrams. 30 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  23. ✔ Author Beginning with H 1 Grumpy Bruce: A Counting Board Book. Ryan T. Higgins. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  24. ✔ Illustrator Beginning with H Marguerite Makes a Book. Bruce Robertson. Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. 1999. 44 pages. [Source: Bought]
  25. ✔ Title Beginning with I I Love Space. Allison Wortche. Illustrated by Steve Mack. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  26. _ Author Beginning with I
  27. _ Illustrator Beginning with I
  28. ✔  Title Beginning with J The Jolly Jingle Book. Leroy F. Jackson. Illustrated by Clare McKinley. 1951/1961. Rand McNally. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  29. _ Author Beginning with J
  30. _ Illustrator Beginning with J
  31. _ Title Beginning with K
  32. ✔  Author Beginning with K The Little Rabbit. Nicola Killen. 2019. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  33. ✔ Illustrator Beginning with K Chicken Talk. Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2019. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  34. _ Title beginning with L A Little Book About Colors (Leo Lionni's Friends). Leo Lionni. Jan Gerardi. 2019. Random House. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  35. ✔  Author Beginning with L The Rough Patch. Brian Lies. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  36. ✔ Illustrator Beginning with L A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Grace Lin. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  37. ✔  Title Beginning with M Meet Miss Fancy. Irene Latham. Illustrated by John Holyfield. 2019. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  38. ✔ Author Beginning with M What Is Given From the Heart. Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by April Harrison. 2019 [January]. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  39. ✔ Illustrator Beginning with M So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom. Gary D. Schmidt. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. 2018. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  40. ✔ Title Beginning with N Night Train, Night Train. Robert Burleigh. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  41. ✔ Author Beginning with N The Lost Horse. Mark Nicholas. 2019. Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  42. _ Illustrator Beginning with N
  43. ✔  Title Beginning with O Once Upon a Zzzz. Maddie Frost. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  44. _ Author Beginning with O
  45. _ Illustrator Beginning with O
  46. ✔  Title Beginning with P Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion. 2019. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  47. ✔  Author Beginning with P The Book Hog. Greg Pizzoli. 2019. Disney-Hyperion. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  48. _ Illustrator Beginning with P
  49. _ Title beginning with Q
  50. ✔ Author or Illustrator beginning with Q Sherlock Chick's First Case. Robert M. Quackenbush. 1986/2019. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  51. _ Title beginning with R
  52. ✔  Author beginning with R Chicks and Salsa. Aaron Reynolds. Illustrated by Paulette Bogan. 2005. Bloomsbury. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  53. _ Illustrator beginning with R
  54. ✔ Title beginning with S  Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil Degrasse Tyson. Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  55. ✔ Author beginning with S Harold & Hog Pretend for Real. Dan Santat. 2019. Hyperion. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
  56. _ Illustrator beginning with S
  57. ✔ Title beginning with T Thank You, Omu! Oge Mora. 2018. Little, Brown and Company. 34 pages. [Source: Library]
  58. _ Author beginning with T
  59. _ Illustrator beginning with T
  60. ✔ Title beginning with U The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon. Matthew Burgess. Illustrated by Fiona Woodcock. 2019. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  61. _ Author or illustrator beginning with U
  62. _ Title beginning with V
  63. ✔ Author or illustrator beginning with V A Piglet Named Mercy. Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. 2019. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  64. _ Title beginning with W
  65. ✔ Author beginning with W How To Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps. Nicola Winstanley. Illustrated by John Martz. 2019. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  66. ✔ Illustrator beginning with W Board book: Dream Big. Joyce Wan. 2019. Scholastic. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  67. _ Title with an X ("ex")
  68. ✔ Author or illustrator with an X Jungle Animals. Xavier Deneux. 2018. Twirl. 20 pages. [Source: Library]
  69. ✔ Title beginning with Y You Are Light. Aaron Becker. 2019. Candlewick Press. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  70. ✔ Author or illustrator beginning with Y Bark in the Park! Poems for Dog Lovers. Avery Corman. Illustrated by Hyewon Yum. 2019. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  71. _  Title with a Z 
  72. ✔  Author with a Z  And There Was Evening, And There Was Morning. Ellen Kahan Zager. Illustrated by Harriet Cohen Helfand. 2018. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  73. ✔ Author or illustrator beginning with Z  The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains. Annie Silvestro. Illustrated by Paola Zakimi. 2018. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]



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