Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Monday! What are YOU reading? (9)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!  is a meme hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach.Mentor.Texts

 Another great week of reading! 
Here are some of my favorites, this week:

Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Really simple, really cute. Bear notices changes around him in nature. Leaves has few words, with a lot of meaning.  Perfect for Pre-K to 1st Grade.   
4 stars on goodreads

On a suggestion from Marie at Once Upon a Story (see her post about Maisy HERE) , I read a few Maisy books by Lucy Cousins with my Lil Guy.  She was right, these books are perfect for preschoolers.  I love how the graphic illustrations are great helpers for retelling.  We read about Maisy’s visit to the museum and her trip to the city.  We’ll get more next visit to the library!  4 stars each on goodreads

Blackout by John Rocco
Blackout was a Caldecott Honor winner from last year.  This was my first time reading the book.  I enjoyed the story, illustrations, and theme.  I especially liked the style with graphic panels and dramatic spreads featured throughout the book.  5 stars on goodreads
 I also read and enjoyed: 

A Is for Musk Ox
by Erin Cabatingan
Review coming soon

Fortune Cookies
by Albert Bitterman
4 stars on goodreads

All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep
by Crescent Dragonwagon
4 stars on goodreads

In other book related news, I am busy making my three year old Lil Guy's Halloween costume.  It's a favorite picture book character.  I've mentioned this book on the blog and on twitter.  I will give you a few clues ... (leave me a message in the comments if you can guess which character I am making!)  The picture book character always talks with a fun voice when we read it at our house.  His personality is quite magnetic.  His best friend is a BOY.  Hoping the costume comes together before storytime tomorrow.   : )


  1. I've heard so many good things about Blackout but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Will try to find it in our libraries. The "Leaves" picture book seems just about perfect for the season. :) For the Halloween Costume, I'd hazard a guess and say that it's Boy + Bot? Haha. I haven't read the book yet but I've seen it reviewed so many times I feel like I know it already. :)

  2. I bet your Lil Guy is BOT! :) What fun!

    A great list of picture books, many of which are "new" titles to me. When our girls were little, we indeed loved Maisy, too. Have a fun Halloween week.


  3. I bet it's BOT! Right?

    Always such great picture books here. I need to take some time to read more picture books.

  4. My kids are past picture books but once in a while I still read them their favorites. These all look wonderful. Blackout caught my eye.

  5. Laura and Tara- Blackout is a really great book. It basically deals with a blackout in the city, but has some wonderful moments of family bonding. Blackout is the kind of book that shouldn't be missed!

  6. And Myra, Lorna, and Maria guessed correctly, Lil Guy is going to be BOT for Halloween. Trick-or-Treat has already been cancelled, so he may just be wearing around the living room on Halloween though! :)

  7. Be sure and take a picture of your BOT and send to Ame on Twitter! She'd LOVE that!

    We love Maisy books. When my daughter was younger we used to watch Maisy on tv as well. Oh those voices... :)

  8. I think it's Bot too. How cute. My 3 year old granddaughter is a pteranodon-flying everywhere! Thanks for all the books. It takes me a long time to comment because I'm always pausing to add more books to the list! I love especially the look of All The Awake Animal Ar Almost Asleep. So sweet looking.

  9. A is for Musk Ox sounds intriguing. And the cover tells me it's fun.

  10. Linda, All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep was quite subdued and lovely. I bet you would enjoy it.

  11. Jo, A is for Musk Ox was HILARIOUS! :)

  12. Sherry, I know! The little BOT costume is coming along. The 'head' is done and so cute. I can't keep it off my Lil Guy! :)