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March 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderI am so far behind in my book pick up posts that I couldn’t hope to catch up, so I just decided to start fresh by posting just last months books.

Since our move I kinda settled down on picking up anything but kindle titles and kids books. We just have less space, and I have less time for personal reading right now. Hopefully as we get more settled in and use to our new routine that will change.

For Kindle:

The Daemoniac (Dominion Mysteries Book 1)
Why I got it: Because Kat Ross is an awesome author and I want to read more of her books. Go follow her on twitter and then check out my reviews for her other books Blood of the Prophet and Queen of Chaos.

Ella Dethroned
Why I got it: You know I forgot I had picked this one up, I’m assuming it was from Instafreebie or Book Bub. It’s the prequel to a fantasy series, and has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews. It sounds exciting so I’ll give it a shot.

The Silver Skull Preview
Why I got it: This one is going up to the front of my TBR list because it sounds so intriguing. Add Steampunk, plus spies, plus a dash of fantasy and I’m am in. (I believe this copy is just a sample though, and I will probably end up buying the full book.)

ARC:

Who Counts?: 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons
Why I got it: I got this children’s book through the LibraryThing early readers program. I requested it because it looked like a good childrens book about some of the parables of Jesus. However I had mixed feeling about it. Read my review here.

eARC:

The Waterfall Traveler
Why I got it: I am going to review this book for Xpresso Book Tour in May. It sounds like a good fantasy story, with rouges, fugitives, conspiracies and someone the power to travel through water. Also, the cover is just amazing.

Kids Books:

The Little Grumpy Cat that Wouldn’t (Little Golden Book)
Why I got it: I picked this up from my Goddaughter’s school book fair, partly because she loves Grumpy Cat and partly because this year is Little Golden Books 75th anniversary. And the thought of Grumpy cat in a Little golden Book is hilarious.

Happy Birthday, Bad Kitty
Why I got it: It was .99 cents at St. Vinny’s and I am a big sucker for collecting all the books in a series. Plus this gives me more to read than Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the front door, which is her favorite bad kitty book and therefore I have read it about 4,00 times.

Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet
Why I got it: Same reasons as above, but this one we got from the book fair.

Mary Poppins
Why I got it: .99 cent at St. Vinny’s and it a book I’ve always wanted to read. Now that my goddaughter is a little older I’ve started reading chapter books to her, like Winnie-the-Pooh and I think we’ll try Mary Poppins too.

The Shy Little Kitten (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: I remember reading this book as a Little Golden book when I was a kid. The step into reading version is just right for my goddaughter to practice her reading aloud.

Cinderella (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: A cheap thrift store pick up. And like I said before I like to collect books in a series, and we already have a bunch of Disney princess Step Into Reading titles.

The Sweetest Spring (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Ditto what I just said, but even more so because this one is part of a series-within-a-series of Disney princess seasonal books.

Tink’s Treasure Hunt (Step into Reading)
Why I got it: Another Thrift store find, and who doesn’t love Tink?

Misc:

National Geographic Inside the Medieval World 2017
Why I got it: This is actually what I’m reading right now. I saw it on a supermarket newsstand and picked it up because I’m intrigued by the Medieval World and a century-by-century guide is a great tool for understand the pieces of history.

 

Review: Who Counts? & A Morning with Grandpa

Because today, March 28th is Children’s Picture Book Day I’m going to share my review of the latest ARC picture books I’ve received. I don’t normally post them to my blog because they are often much shorter than my other reviews. Occasionally I will get a picture book to review and I always save them to read with my 6 year-old goddaughter.

Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons

By Amy-Jill Levine
Pages: 40

Synopsis:

One sheep makes a difference. Without her something is missing. Now my flock is complete.

Oh, no! The man is missing his sheep! The woman is missing her coin! The father is missing his son! Can you help them find what they are looking for?

Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. As young readers count to help the characters find what s missing, Who Counts? teaches that every one of us counts in God s eyes and that everyone should feel counted.

The stories are beautifully illustrated with modern-day characters and a diversity of ethnicities so that all children will be able to see themselves in the stories.

Review:

I have mixed feelings about this book. It’s a 3-part retelling of some of the parables of Jesus. Using bright, colorful pictures it tells the story of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. The first two stories are great, the ones about the sheep and the coin. But then on the third story, the lost/prodigal son, it goes kinda sideways. I agree with an earlier reviewer who said they were uncomfortable with the slant it took. In trying to make the third story more like the first two it changes the end of the parable a bit. Story-wise it makes sense, but Biblically it’s not a good interpretation. Otherwise I would be able to rate this book much higher.

Bottom Line:

Skip it. This book has a great idea, that just goes off course enough to make me uneasy with it.

A Morning with Grandpa


By Sylvia Liu
Pages: 32

Synopsis:

Mei Mei s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses? Winner of the LEE & LOW New Voices Award, this title celebrates, with lively spirit and humor, the special bond between grandparent and grandchild and the joy of learning new things together. Readers of all ages will want to try out some tai chi and yoga too!

Review:

A wonderful book! Both the pictures and story are just lovely. The book is about a little girl and her Grandfather spending a Sat morning together. The grandfather, Gong Gong, is outside doing Tai Chi, and the little girl, Mei Mei, wants to join. The illustrations flow with the story as they move through the poses, with Mei Mei not quite grasping the idea of Tai Chi movements. Then the story flips with Mei Mei trying to teach Gong Gong yoga moves, which he finds difficult to follow. Eventually they find a form that fits them both. A great story to use to introduce multicultural families to children, or to introduce yoga or Tai Chi to kids. The 6 year old loves this book!

Bottom Line:

Get it, if you’re looking to add more multicultural books to your child’s library. It’s a great book and has lots of potential for rereading or for classroom reading.

That’s it. What new picture books have you read lately? Let me know in the comments. And don’t forget to pick up a picture book today.

July/Aug 2016 Book Pick-ups

July/Aug Pick-UpsThe Deliberate ReaderSo July was busy, with a trip to New Mexico for a music department reunion, but it pale in comparison to August which was plain crazy. We had some family stuff that came up and took about 90% of my time and energy. That situation is still unfolding, so if I don’t blog as often as I had previously it’s because we are still working out a changing family situation. Buuuut on the up side I did end up with a lot of great kids books in the last couple of month.

For Kindle:

Rage
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for July. The picking haven’t really been up my alley for a while, but I guess if I need a mystery I have one more waiting on my Kindle.

Black Rain
Why I got it: The Kindle First book for August. August was frankly a blur and I don’t remember why I picked this.

ARC:

Space Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Space
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingMy husband likes watching astronomy videos on YouTube and is always trying to get Little Bug interested in space. While dinosaurs and ocean life are still her favorites she has been more interested in planets lately, and this dictionary looked very cool.

Prince Noah and the School Pirates
Why I got it: An Early Reviewer Book from LibraryThingI got this book to add to the summer reading for little Bug. It’s a little long for her, but it’s possible that now that she’s a 1st-Grader her tolerance for longer books will probably get better. (And it’s not really the length so much as it is the amount of words on each page vs. the action/interest of the pictures on the page.)

eArc:

Elemental Secrets
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Oct 20th for Elemental Secrets.

The Midnight Sea(The Fourth Element, #1)
Blood of the Prophet (The Fourth Element #2)
Why I got it: I’m doing a Book Tour with Xpresso Book Tours on Sept 21st for the two Forth Elements books. **Review SPOILER: I LOVED THEM!

Misc:

Flutterby Fly
Why I got it: Thrift store Serendepity book will be a yes every time. I love the Stephen Cosgrove, Robin James combination. These books are brilliant!

Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water
Why I got it: The author/illustrator of this book was at the Oregon State Fair. The Little Bug likes everything ocean themed so I picked this one up for her. (Signed Copy)

Sixteen Cows
Why I got it: The author/illustrator above also illustrated this book, a very cute cowboy/cowgirl story in light rhyme. (Signed Copy)

Curious George Around Town (6 Volume Set)
Why I got it: This set was deeply discounted for Amazon Prime day, It ended up being a little over $1/book. We love Curious George and didn’t have any of the books in this set so WIN!

Apples Grow on a Tree (How Fruits and Vegetables Grow)
Why I got it: Amazon’s big Prime day sale include 20% off of one book. This series is absolutely excellent and I’ve been trying to collect all of the books, but since they are a little expensive I used the sale as an excuse to get one. If you have kids and want to teach them how their food grows get this series!

September TumbleBooks Book Club [For Kids!]

How It Works

  • Ask your library if they have access to TumbleBooks. It could be linked through your libraries website under ebooks. For access through the Albany Public library go here (my local library.)
  • Read one of the suggested books a week with your kid(s.) I’d love to hear their thoughts on the books too!
  • Comment on this post, or write your own blog post about the experience. Let me know which book was your favorite.
  • If you have a blog you can add our badge to your post/site to encourage others to join in.

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Septembers’s Theme is…

Friends!

Week 1: Bully Goat Grim, Author: Willy Claflin, TumbleTime: 13 minutes 50 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 4.9

Week 2: Enemy Pie, Author: Derek Munson, TumbleTime: 10 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 3.2

Week 3: Best Friend Trouble, Author: Frances Itani, TumbleTime: 8 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 3.0

Week 4: I Miss Franklin P. Shuckles, Author: Ulana Snihura, TumbleTime: 7 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 2.2

September

Bonus: Watch a movie about friends we particularly like Lilo & Stitch.

Top Ten Tuesday #13 BONUS

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.toptentuesday

August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher.

This week topic was so good I had to come back to it. And reading all the other posts really was creativity fuel. So here is a bonus top ten back to school list.

Top Ten Book That Were Required Reading…

  1. The Odyssey – Because of a fluke I didn’t get the senior reading list until 2 weeks before the school year started. So I ended up having to read the Odyssey in 2 weeks because there was going to be a test on it the first day of senior AP English!
  2. The Heart of Darkness – I fully admit to being a fan of Joseph Conrad and the Heart of Darkness was only the tip of the iceberg. Due to the same fluke that caused me to get my reading list late I ended up taking 2 senior English classes and we covered this book in both.
  3. Hamlet – I ❤️ Hamlet. I’m so glad that we had to study this in high school. And I’m so glad that the Kenneth Branagh movie adaptation came out about the same time because it added another layer of depth to the my learning. (I also read Romeo and Juliette, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, and Macbeth in high school.)
  4. The Canterbury Tales – Okay so we didn’t read the whole things, just the prologue, the Knights Tale and the Wife’s Tale. But more importantly we had to memorize the first 14 lines in Old English which has served me well to this day as I often quote it to give kids a taste of Old English when I do classroom visits as Queen Anne.
  5. A Tale of Two Cities – The opening page of this book blew me away. The character and setting in the book are both really rich and real. It got me interested in a part of history I had never considered before.
  6. The Joy Luck Club – I have always had an interest in China but probably would have never picked up an Amy Tan novel if not for it being on our reading list. I am not always a fan of contemporary literature or chick-lit, but I really enjoyed this book and have read a couple of her other books as an adult.
  7. Medea – Enter a lifetime love of Greek plays in 5,4,3,2,1. While the Odyssey is great it doesn’t have the same feel of plays like Medea, Electra or Prometheus Bound (my personal favorite.) One thing you learn in these plays is that Greek women probably invented revenge, and if they didn’t invent it they perfected it. DO NOT CROSS a Greek Woman.
  8. Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Okay not really a book, but thanks to reading EBB during a poetry unit in high school I found my favorite poet. Also as I studied her for a college project I found out that her first published work was a translation of Prometheus Bound which is how I came to read what has become my favorite Greek Play.
  9. Sign of the Beaver / Hatchet – Going back to Middle School on these two. Again a these stories opened up my world to new genres to read. I thought that adventure books like these were probably just for boys (although I had already read the Hardy Boys books.) However I got a real interest in the YA survival adventure genre after reading these (and Island of the Blue Dolphins.)
  10. The Forgotten Door – Also going back to Middle School. I vividly remember this book. It’s strange that it was a school book because it’s kind of a mystery, sci-fi, fantasy story. But I enjoyed the book and it obviously made a mark.

Top Ten Tuesday #13

Back to School

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.toptentuesday

August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher.

This list kinda combines two of the above because this list is filled with both books I enjoyed as a child plus if I were a teachers they’d be on my shelves. They are not list in any particular order (because that would be waaay too hard), but if you would rather go for the purely educational I’d suggest starting with the Cat in the Hat Learning Library. You can find a book on nearly any subject with the fun of the Cat in the Hat. Also since I am a big fan of kids knowing where their food comes from I highly recommend the How Fruits and Vegetables Grow series. Use it in combination with dinner and talk about whether the food was a root (carrots) a leaf (lettuce) a stalk (asparagus) or a flower (cauliflower.)

Top Ten Series for Back To School…

  1. Cat in the Hat Learning Library – try Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today or There’s a Map on My Lap!cat-reading
  2. Elephant and Piggie – start with There Is a Bird On Your Head! or Can I Play Too? elephantandpiggie
  3. Bad Kitty – start with Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy and Bad KittyBadKittyOneEyeOpen
  4. The Bernenstain Bears – start with Get the Gimmies or The Berenstain Bears and the Truth berenstainwatch
  5. Ready-to-Read Weather – start with Clouds or Wind9585_new rtr banner
  6. How Fruits and Vegetable Grow – try Carrots Grow Underground and Lettuce Grows on the Groundhowthingsgrow
  7.  Little Critter – start with I Was So Mad or Being Thankfullittlecritter
  8. If You Give… – start with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or If You Give a Pig a Pancakemouse
  9. Curious George – try Curious George’s First Day of School or Curious George and the PuppiesCurious-George-14
  10. The Night Before – try The Night Before Kindergarten or The Night Before My Birthdaynightbefore

Did I miss a children’s series that you love? What would you recommend? Leave me a comment below.

Top Ten Tuesday #10

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.

August 2: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

Ohhh man! I recent did a wishlist post, but you know there are so many books out there, that I don’t see why I shouldn’t do another. This time I’m going to restrict it to books to finish or continue a series (particulallry kids books.)

  1. Landon Snow and the Auctor’s Riddle (Landon Snow, Book 1) – I bought the rest of the series for .99 cents/ea. But somehow they didn’t have the first book. So this one gets top billing.
  2. berenstainbearsThe Berenstain Bears Under the Sea – Limiting myself to 3 Berenstain Bears books here, since this could just be a list of their books, cause Little Bug has been on a huge Berenstain Bears kick the last 6 months or so. Little Bug is really into ocean creatures and everything under the sea, so the combo of the two would be great.
  3. The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig – Ditto for the combo on this one, beside ocean creatures what does she love? Dinosaurs!
  4. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room – This one is my pick, because it’s a morality tale that, well every 5 or 6 year old needs. 😉
  5. Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy – But we love Bad Kitty. I have actually pre-order Bad Kitty does not like video games, which will come out this fall because we are big on video games here, with 36 different systems to play them on. (Yes your read that right we have 36 different video game systems and about 2,000 games ranging from retro to modern at our house.)
  6. Tomatoes Grow on a Vine (How Fruits and Vegetables Grow) – If you want to teach your kids how our foods grow this is the best series I’ve seen. We have lettuce, carrots and apples. Tomatoes would be up next.
  7. Hem2A Fairy-Tale Fall (Disney Princess) (Step into Reading) – Two things I love Disney Princesses and Step Into Reading books. We have the Disney Princesses Winter Wishes, so a fall book seems like a good idea. I wonder if they have one for spring and summer too…?
  8. A Dozen Fairy Dresses (Disney Fairies) (Step into Reading) – Most of the Disney Princess Step Into Reading books are level 1 or 2, the Disney Fairy ones are higher levels and make for good bedtime reading. She was really into the Great Fairy Race for a while. Since we have a lot of women who sew in the family a book about a seamstress fairy is just cool.
  9. Hurray for Today!: All About Holidays (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) – I wish I could have ALL the Cat in the Hat learning library books, but you know pacing yourself… so one at a time. Holidays sounds like a good book as we head into fall.
  10. Ming Ling (Serendipity Series) – I LOOOOVE the Serendipity books, and have ever since I was a child. It’s fun to collect them as an adult and see Little Bug love them too. I also LOOOOVE panda’s and when I found out that they had a panda one it was a “I want that! I need that!” moment. Lol! 😀

August TumbleBooks Book Club [For Kids!]

How It Works

  • Ask your library if they have access to TumbleBooks. It could be linked through your libraries website under ebooks. For access through the Albany Public library go here (my local library.)
  • Read one of the suggested books a week with your kid(s.) I’d love to hear their thoughts on the books too!
  • Comment on this post, or write your own blog post about the experience. Let me know which book was your favorite.
  • If you have a blog you can add our badge to your post/site to encourage others to join in.

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August’s Theme is…

The Moon!

Week 1: Beautiful Moon, Author: Dawn JeffersTumbleTime: 3 minutes,  Reading Level: A/R: 1.7

Week 2: Crab Moon, Author: Ruth HorowitzTumbleTime: 3 minutes 30 seconds, Reading Level: A/R: 4.4

Week 3: Eight Days Gone, Author: Linda McReynoldsTumbleTime: 2 minutes, Reading Level: A/R: 3.0

Week 4: Faces Of The Moon, Author: Bob CrelinTumbleTime: 10 minutes, Reading Level: A/R: 5.3

August TumbleBooks Book Club

Moon Facts:

  • The Moon orbits the Earth every 27.3 days.
  • Mons Huygens is the tallest mountain on the Moon, it is 4700 metres tall, just over half the height of Mt Everest.
  • Our moon is the fifth largest moon in the Solar System.
  • The USA’s NASA Apollo 11 mission in 1969 was the first manned Moon landing.
  • The first person to set foot on the Moon was Neil Armstrong.

Bonus: Try this fun textured moon craft.

July TumbleBooks Book Club

How It Works

  • Ask your library if they have access to TumbleBooks. It could be linked through your libraries website under ebooks. For access through the Albany Public library go here (my local library.)
  • Read one of the suggested books a week with your kid(s.) I’d love to hear their thoughts on the books too!
  • Comment on this post, or write your own blog post about the experience. Let me know which book was your favorite.
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July’s Theme is…

Sports!

Week 1: Oliver’s Game, AuthorMatt TavaresTumbleTime: 10 minutes, Reading Level  A/R: 3.6

Week 2: Casey and Derek on the Ice, AuthorMarty SedermanTumbleTime: 6 minutes 15 seconds, Reading Level  A/R: 4.0 

Week 3: Just Like Josh Gibson, AuthorAngela JohnsonTumbleTime: 5 minutes, Reading Level  A/R: 3.2 

Week 4: Teammates, Author: Tiki Barber and Ronde BarberTumbleTime:20 minutes,  Reading Level A/R: 3.1

July

Fun Sports Facts:

  • The first basketball “hoops” were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire.
  • The first World Series was played between Pittsburgh and Boston in 1903 and was a nine-game series. Boston won the series 5-3.
  • The New York Yankees have won 26 World Series titles, which is more than any other team.
  • Canada is widely known as the birthplace of hockey. The Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Toronto, Canada.
  • In 1876, a coach named Walter Camp, who is considered the “Father of American Football,” helped produce the first rules of American football.

Bonus: Try this fun Shoebox table football craft.

Introducing the TumbleBooks Book Club

As a member of our local library board I enjoying trying to use all the services our library has to offer and encouraging others to do the same. One of the best kept secrets of our library is TumbleBooks. An online eBook reader for kids. In order to encourage others to use TumbleBooks to read with their kids I’m starting a monthly TumbleBooks book club. I choose June as the launching month because I know how important it is to keep kids reading through the summer months. Hopefully this will be a fun way for your kids to read all summer long!

How To Join:

  1. Ask your local library if they offer TumbleBooks, or check out the Albany Public Library collection. (If you don’t have access to TumbleBooks you can still participate by checking the books out at your library.)
  2. Read one of the suggested books a week with your kid(s.) I’d love to hear their thoughts on the books too!
  3. Comment on this post, or write your own blog post about the experience. Let me know which book was your favorite.
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June’s Theme is…

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Chickens!

Week 1:  Chicken Big, Author: Keith GravesTumbleTime9 minutes and 20 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 2.7 

Week 2: Can Hens Give Milk?, AuthorJoan Betty StuchnerTumbleTime7 minutes and 45 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 3.0 

Week 3: Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken, AuthorKate DiCamilloTumbleTime11 minutes and 30 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 3.8 

Week 4:  Coriander the Contrary Hen, AuthorDori Chaconas,  TumbleTime9 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 2.9 

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Chicken Facts:

  • Over 9 billion chickens are raised for food annually in the US.giphy (1)
  • With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.
  • Chickens are omnivores. They eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.
  • There are roughly 280 million laying birds in the United States, and each produces 250 to 300 eggs a year.

More chicken facts at the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom page.

Bonus chicken craft to do with your kids.