I scored big at the library today. The New Books shelf was fully loaded — and I happily unloaded it right into my bag. Have you read any of these, or any other new books you loved? (The one in the middle is Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat, which I can’t wait to read.) Down in the right corner is Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay, which my 5 year old is enjoying as a read-aloud, lately. It’s a very sweet series that is helping me get my mind around chapter books as a genre.
Speaking of new books…I am enjoying the discussion over in the Debut Picture Book Study Group. This is a Facebook group dedicated to studying picture books by first-time authors (not author illustrators). If you like talking plot structures, voice, and character arcs, come and join in!
Often when I go to the library there’s only a handful of books on the “New Books” shelf. But last week, I hit the jackpot — the shelf was fully-loaded and I staggered home with my bag stuffed full. Full bookshelf…school vacation week coming up…we’re prepared!
Have you read any of these, or any other new books you loved?
It was nice to get back to the library yesterday after being so busy in the weeks leading up to and around Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to read THE MONSTER WHO LOST HIS MEAN which I found during my usual raid of the New Books shelf. I also flipped through THE BUSY BEAVER and it looks hilarious. My 7-year-old grabbed a new LUNCH LADY book and HEDGIE BLASTS OFF which he said he read in first grade and wanted to read again.
What are you reading lately?
Our latest library pile, from a few days ago. Elisa Kleven is one of my all-time favorite illustrators so I was excited to see A MONSTER IN THE HOUSE on the shelf. I hadn’t seen that one before. MOONBEAR’S PET is another one I didn’t know about. My kids have both enjoyed the Moonbear series by Frank Asch. MOONBEAR’S DREAM is one of the funniest picture books I’ve read, definitely worth a read if you haven’t seen it.
I was also excited that the library has gotten out the Halloween books, which go into deep storage off-season.
He’s reading an Oliver pig book. She’s reading A Monster in the House. What are you reading lately?
Another batch of books…
I made a quick whip through the library recently and grabbed some books I thought the kids might like. After reading the first Bad Kitty book a few weeks ago, my 7 year old is now interested in more so I got Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty, and Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray. (Secretly hoping to read these myself when he’s done since the first book was so funny!) Have you read and enjoyed any of these? What have you read recently that you or your kids liked?
Our recent library harvest
It felt nice to get back to the library recently. We were so busy outside all summer, we didn’t go nearly as much as we do during the school year. Once again, I raided the New Books shelf. My daughter grabbed a bunch of Karma Wilson books. No arguments here! My son wanted exactly ONE book — the graphic novel version of the Tale of Desperaux. Have you read and enjoyed any of these? I’m particularly excited to read Laura Purdie Salas’s book A Leaf Can Be (hard to see due to the flash in this photo).
We also got some berries…mmm, berries.
Lots of berries
A book harvest
This was our most recent library harvest. I grabbed an armload from the New Books shelf. My 3-year-old grabbed a bunch of books by authors starting with the letter N (which is what she could reach). Which ones have you read and enjoyed?