Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. I am fortunate to participate in reviewing children's and adult books. Towards the end of the year I fell off the wagon of recording the books I'd read on Goodreads. I read every night to my young daughter and for some reason (I'm blaming it on the holidays) I didn't record everything. Here's to getting back on the bandwagon in the new year. I really am usually very diligent! Happy New Year everyone!
I LOVED this book! I love the idea of God blending into and trying out everyday life things. I especially appreciated the poems showing God as "He" and "She." A great book of poems. (Did you just read that? That's right…I said "A great book of poems.") Ha!
This is a cute look at a little girl imitating the moves of a flamingo, in which they learn to dance together.
Check out the book trailer and Mr. Schu's interview with Molly Idle!
This is a perfect book for a preschooler to review and think about seasons. We loved it!
What made this even better is that my four year old daughter accidentally spilled her father's adult beverage on it. I was lucky enough to have brunch with Louise and Holly the next day and shared the story. We got a good laugh!
Curious George and the Firefighters by Margret & H.A. Rey
Finally! Natalie liked a Curious George book! I've been trying these since she was two and this is the first one she enjoyed. I love them all!
The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
I LOVE this book! I remember it from childhood. My parents' best friends had it for their daughters and I loved pulling out the letters. This is a new Natalie favorite. We'll have to get the Christmas version for next December. I love that she can connect the letters to the fairy tales she knows.
YOUNG ADULT BOOKS:
Oh, this was a good one! The audio is exceptional because it's read by two different narrators. Julie ("Queenie") is a Scottish spy for Great Britain. She is captured in occupied France when she is discovered looking the wrong way before crossing the street. She is held in a former hotel and interrogated by a Nazi official. She is ordered to write everything she knows about British airways and airplanes. Throughout her "confession" she is set on keeping her best friend and pilot, Maggie Broddart, safe from harm. Tense, heartfelt and real, this is a great young adult historical fiction novel.
This was my reading obsession over winter break. I read it bit-by-bit any spare second I could get. I loved everything about it--the time period (ranging from the 1970s to present-day), the setting (New York City), and the characters (six friends who met at an artsy summer camp when they were in high school). Wolitzer does an amazing job of capturing the characters' feelings and drawing the reader with the honesty of the flaws of each character. I will certainly be reading more Wolitzer books!
2014 is going to be a great reading year! My Goodreads goal is 165 books. What is your reading goal and what are you reading??