Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Little Tree by Loren Long

23846038As I posted yesterday I really loved Little Tree by Loren Long. It is a great fall story and his illustrations are gorgeous! But a Facebook post by Matthew Winner really got me to thinking about my life and leaves that I've been hanging on to. I have been feeling very overwhelmed this year. I'm trying to do a lot in school and at home. I can't seem to get caught up or even get ahead. This book has really made me realize if I don't let go of somethings, there is no way for me to grow. I can't keep hanging on to everything because it will ultimately hold me back from moving forward. I woke up today feeling more at peace and was actually able to accomplish a lot. 

Also in Matthew's Facebook post he link to his new project All The Wonders. There is a post by Danielle Davis about a leaf badge craft. I love the idea of it being a "merit badge" for letting go! Now I just need to find someone to make a badge for me because I have no talent in sewing! If you haven't checked out All The Wonders, I highly recommend it! Great people doing great things for the kidlit world.

So thank you Loren for writing such an incredible book! And thank you to Matthew for making me reevaluate somethings in my life!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Monday, November 9, 2015

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 at Unleashing Readers.

I keep trying to get posts up, but it seems right now life seems to be working against me. I've been reading, so I'm going to try a post this week! I also have to get my books on my shelves on Goodreads. I am doing very bad with my Goodreads challenge this year. 

24941005I've been reading quite a few picture books lately. The three that I'm going to post about were sent to me from Penguin Young Readers. The first book is Happy! by Pharrell Williams. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I just love the song and our theme for this school year is "be happy" so it fits. The real photographs of kids are so much fun to look at. It is a very fun book, but I thought that the upbeat nature of the song doesn't translate as well in book form. I know that this one will be a popular one, when I put it in my collection.

23846041The second picture book is Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. When I got this book I had a bad case of the grumps, so it was a perfect book for me to read! Pom Pom Panda is just having a very bad day and like many of us he takes it out on the friends around him. This is a great book to use in the classroom to show that we all can make mistakes but we need to apologize. Can't wait to share this one with my teachers! Plus, I just love the front cover illustration!

23846038The third picture book is Little Tree by Loren Long. I don't think I have ever read a book by Loren Long that I haven't loved!, this one is no exception! I truly loved this book! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. On the first read this is a great book about fall. But after reading a thought provoking Facebook post by Matthew Winner, I reread the book and realized how much more there was to this book. I'll be posting more about this book and Matthew's post tomorrow. I highly recommend this book. I'm going to have to buy another copy of this book for myself because I need this book in my personal collection.

What have you been reading?

Keep checking back this week for some more posts!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Smiles!!

I've got lots of Book Smiles today! I've got a post up again, so that is two times in one week!!! And more importantly, I'm out of my reading rut!!

Read my post from yesterday about the books that dragged me out of my reading rut. Once I finished with all of those I started on three picture books. All three of the picture books were sent to me by Penguin Young Readers. 


The first picture book I read was Dewey Bob by Judy Schachner. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I love this book! The story is so sweet and the illustrations are beautiful!! I read the story and then had to go back and start at the beginning to just take in the illustrations. This is not one that you want to pass up. I can't wait to share this book with my kids!

140686The next picture book was The Greatest Game Ever Played by Phil Bildner. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book is all about the 1958 NFL Championship Game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts. I am a huge football, so this book totally appealed to me. I love how the story of the boy and his dad was intertwined with the story of the New York Giants baseball team leaving New York. The illustrations by Zachary Pullen added so much to the flow of the story. The expressions on the crowds faces made me feel all the excitement that those who were actually attending the game must have felt. This one will soon be going in my football display.

23645086The last picture book I read was An A From Miss Keller by Patricia Polacco. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I should know better than to read a book having to do with teachers by Patricia Polacco without a tissue handy. I think my favorite books written by Patricia Polacco are when she writes about her teachers. I didn't think I could ever love a book as much as I loved Thank You, Mr. Falker, but I love this one just as much. With both of these stories I think back to my 4th Grade teacher, Mrs. Newton, who made such a difference if my life. She truly turned my views of school around and made me see that school didn't have to be a negative place. Even though I was the daughter of a teacher and principal, I had some very bad school experiences. Mrs. Newton changed my world and I wish that I could find her again to say thank you.

I also have started another chapter book, Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. After reading the summary on the book flap, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. But by page 15 I was hooked! I'll post more once I finish it!

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)