Monday, March 20, 2017

Brobarians Blog Tour

It has been a while since I've had a chance to post anything or even read anything! Something that I'm hoping to fix, now that my life is starting to calm down. Instead of my usual It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post, I'm pleased to present a new picture book from Lindsay Ward.

This is the tale of the mighty Brobarians. Two warriors, once at peace…now at odds.

Iggy the Brobarian has taken over the land. Can Otto the Big Brobarian win it back? Or maybe, with a little help, the two brothers can find peace again…

I absolutely loved this book! This was such a unique way to approach sibling rivalry. The story was entertaining and easy to identify with, even being an only child. I have had a few friendships were we seemed more like siblings than friends. After I got done reading I had to go back and just look at the illustrations that Lindsay Ward created for the book. They are incredible! I especially loved the cloud that she made out of the red and blue lined writing paper. If you would like to see more of Lindsay's illustrations check out Alyson Beecher's post on the blog tour.

I always wonder how an author becomes inspired to write their books. I love being able to share that with my students. It lets them know that inspiration can come from an ordinary event. And now to let you know too:

Lindsay Ward would never have written this book if she hadn't stayed up late one night watching Conan the Barbarian. She finds the idea of baby barbarians to be very funny . . . and hopes you do too. Lindsay's recent books include Rosco vs. the Baby and The Importance of Being 3. Most days you can find her writing and sketching at home in Ohio with her family. Learn more about her at or on Twitter: @lindsaymward.

Definitely check out Lindsay's website to find her other books. She has written quite a few! I'm going to be finding some that I haven't read soon. Also you can get a great coloring sheet of Otto and Iggy here! I'm even more excited, after reading Brobarians, for my friend to have her second child. They have decided to wait to find out the gender. She and her husband already have one boy and now I'm really hoping they have a second so I can give the family a copy of this book! 

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers

Once again I had a crazy week! This week has felt like two weeks in one! On Monday we had snow, so we had a two hour late arrival. but I couldn't enjoy it. Over the weekend my parents had trouble with both of their cars. My dad had an MRI scheduled at 7:45am, but I didn't feel comfortable letting them drive in the snow. So I ended up getting up and driving them to the MRI facility. The only good thing about this was I had about a solid hour of reading time!

I finished You Can Fly by Carole Boston Weatherford. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I just love a book written in verse and this one was great! I learned that there is so much I didn't know about the Tuskeegee Airmen. The verse form allow for a lot of information to be shared without becoming overwhelming. I really appreciated the timeline and all the resources that the author shared at the end of the book. This is one that I can't wait to share with my students. I hope that they will enjoy it as much as I did.


The only other book I read this week was This Book Is Out Of Control! by Richard Byrne. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. In this book we meet up with Bella, her dog, and Ben who has a remote controlled toy. As with the other two books things don't go according to plan. There is a lot of reader participation in this book too. I know that this will become a favorite of my students as the other two books have. 

I have started Jasper and The Riddle of Riley's Mine by Caroline Starr Rose. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book will be published tomorrow February 7, 2017. I'm only on page 82 and I am LOVING the book already. Can't wait until I have time to read some more of it!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Monday, January 30, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This meme was started by Sheila at Book Journey. The kid's version was started by Jen at Teach Mentor Text and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.

I've got a very short post this week because last week was SO busy. On Wednesday I had author and illustrator Henry Cole visit my school. Monday and Tuesday of course, I was prepping for his visit. I'm a Type-A personality, so I had to make sure everything was in place. It was a great visit and was still the talk of the school on Thursday. My assistant did three AMAZING bulletin board! I will be posting about his visit, showing those amazing bulletin boards, and showing some pictures from his presentation. Can't wait to share his visit with everyone!

25785698I read two picture books this week. The first one was The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I was so interested as I read the story to see what animal would appear next after a visit from the Night Gardener. The illustrations in this book took my breath away. This was another book that I had to go back and study the illustrations after I finished reading it. I know that I'm a little late to the party on this book, but I know I can't be alone. If you haven't read this book, don't delay in getting a copy of this book!

432463The second book that I read was If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I have loved these books since I read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. I am so excited to have another one because I love using these to teach my students the relationship between author and illustrator. Numeroff and Felicia Bond are such a dynamic duo that I don't think children of any age will tire of these books. I know that they are so hard to keep them on my shelf! This one will not disappoint! Can't wait to share it with my students.

I'm still working on finishing You Can Fly by Carole Boston Weatherford. I'm hoping to have it finished tomorrow. I should have time to finish it!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)