My Overly Ambitious June TBR

June TBR

Good Evening Bookish Peeps!

I am here today with my overly ambitious TBR for the month of June. I recently got a new shelf to house all my TBR books and I realized how many I have and how I just tend to read whats new. So from now on I am making a 10 book TBR and for that month I have to pick from those. Here is the criteria for my ten picks:

1. A Book I have started but haven’t finished: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
2. A Book for the Lectio Award List (I am on the selection committee for this award list for 4th through 8th grade books): Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Last Day on Mars
3. A Book Subscription Box Book: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (from the May Owlcrate Box)

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4. A Next Book in a Series or 1st Book in a Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Stalking Jack the Ripper
5. Book Jar Pick #1 (I put all my TBR on slips of paper in a TBR jar): I”s Volume 1 (manga) by Masakazu Katsura

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6. Book Jar Pick #2 – The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

The Lucky One
7. A Library Book – Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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8. An ARC of a Book that has not been released – Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh 

Thank you so much to the publisher G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers and to Renee Ahdieh for giving me an ARC of this book at the Texas Librarian Association Conference in April!

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9. A Book That Was Give to Me (author, publisher, or gift) – Dragon’s Bane by Melody Jackson which was given to me by the author for review. Thank you Melody for gifting your beautiful book!

Dragon's Bane
10. Book of the Month Club Book – The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

(Click on the Book of the Month Club link to get a free book when you subscribe to their service, I get a free book too!)

The Astonishing Color of after

 

Leave a comment below if you have read any of these books and if you liked it or not! Tell me what is on your TBR too!

 

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Children’s Lit Week One

I am taking a children’s lit course this summer for my Master’s in Library Science. I have to read three books each week and review them for the course. I thought I might review them on here as well with my MORE honest opinions because my reviews for my class are all uplifting when in reality most kids I know would not appreciate the books like adults do.

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Okay so for this week I had to read a Classic (list was given), a book by Mo Willems, and a Caldecott Medal Winner or Nominee.

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I already had Kitten’s First Full Moon from an animal unit I did at the beginning of last year in my 3rd grade class. I also had Pigeon Finds a Hotdog but I have no earthly idea why. I had to order Millions of Cats as it was the only book on the Classics list that I don’t remember reading. Knowing my mother though I probably did read this as a kid. I have lots of fond memories of being in the library as a child and looking through the shelves and shelves of picture books. My mom always brought this giant pink beach bag with us to the library and between her and my sister and I we would fill the bag up every week. I wish that when I was a kid I had tracking apps like Goodreads so I could know just how many books I have read in my lifetime.

My favorite of the three was The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog. Mo Willems is a genius. If you are a parent of small children you should go check out his books. All of them. Right now. Go. Run. Seriously.  I can’t imagine better books for reluctant readers. Pigeon is 100% hilarious. The drawings make it that much better. Mo Willems definitely has the facial expressions down.

Kitten’s First Full Moon is a cute book. There are some repetitive phrases for the younger audience. Repetition is essential for beginner readers. The story of the kitten chasing the moon is innocent and sweet. The pictures are all black and white but they are paneled on every other page sort of like a graphic book which makes them more interesting.

Millions of Cats is one of those more ridiculous classic books. I can imagine an older audience found this book hysterical. Classics are classics for a reason and I appreciate the story and the thought behind it but as a kid I would have never picked this book up without an adult making it more enticing. It was originally published in 1928 so the pictures lack any color (hello, it was impossible to mass produce in color in 1928).

What are your favorite picture books?