Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Blog Tour: Moon! Earth's Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty and Stevie Lewis

Moon! Earth's Best Friend
by Stacy McAnulty 
Illustrated by Stevie Lewis
Published June 11, 2019
Henry Holt and Co.
Fiction
Picture book
40 pages
Advanced reader's copy provided by publisher. 
A Junior Library Guild selection. 



I am thrilled to be today's stop on the blog tour for Moon! Earth's Best Friend. It releases today!!

Goodreads Summary
From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator Stevie Lewis, Moon! Earth's Best Friend is a light-hearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the moon—told from the perspective of the moon itself.

Meet Moon! She's more than just a rock—she’s Earth’s rock, her best friend she can always count on. Moon never turns her back on her friend (literally: she's always facing Earth with the same side!). These two will stick together forever. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Moon in this next celestial "autobiography" in the Our Universe series. Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by Stevie Lewis, this is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years and Sun! One in a Billion.


My Thoughts
I am a huge fan of Stacy McAnulty and the "Our Universe" series so I was so excited to see a third book in the series. The entire series, including Moon! Earth's Best Friend, is super informative and entertaining. Readers (including me!) learn so much about Earth's moon in this book. 
Did you know that the moon was created 4.5 billion years ago as the result of Mars crashing into Earth? McAnulty has a way of tucking facts into the Moon's first person narrative that makes it easy for readers to understand. I have a much greater appreciation for Moon and what it does for Earth after reading this book. 

The illustrations, created by Stevie Lewis with colored pencils and digital tools, are fabulous and really make the information come alive. Readers will love the relationship between Moon and Earth!

Picture taken by me of a page from the advanced reader's copy. 

This book, and this whole series, is a must-have for elementary classrooms and libraries. 


Visit Stacy McAnulty's website for more information on her books. 
Visit Stevie Lewis' website  to learn more about her illustration work. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? April 22, 2019


Please visit the amazing blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers who host this terrific meme each week.

I have not posted an IMWAYR post in ages. 
Here are some books I have read recently. 











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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Couple of New Titles Perfect for Spring!

A Little Chicken
by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Dan Taylor
Published March, 2019
Sterling Children's Books
Hardcover
Picture Book
Fiction
32 pages
Review copy provided by publisher.




Goodreads Summary
Dot is scared of lots of things: wolves, bears, the occasional lawn ornament. But when one of her mother’s eggs rolls out of the nest, this nervous chick must find the courage to save the day—and her new sibling! So she bravely ventures down the steep hill, into the deep pond, and into the dark woods. Perfect for any kid who needs a little encouragement to face the challenging world, this story proves that sometimes a big hero is just a little chicken.


My Thoughts
This fun read will appeal to little ones as they read to see if Dot can save the her future sibling even though she is scared. I loved the illustrations and page layouts. The repetitive phrase, "CLUCK-CLUCK. No luck." will invite kids to read along. 



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Growing Season                    
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Published April, 2019
Sterling Children's Books
Hardcover
Picture Book
Fiction
40 pages
Review copy provided by publisher.

Goodreads Summary
El and Jo are the smallest students in their class—and best friends, too, like peas in a pod. Even their names are short. But in springtime, something BIG happens: Jo starts growing like a weed, while El feels smaller every day. On the last day of school, their teacher asked every child to pick a plant to care for over the summer. All the other kids reach over El to grab their plant, and she has to take the very last one: a tiny, flowerless aster. At first, she’s disappointed. But as summer progresses, the aster begins to bloom—and so does El!

El and Jo are the shortest kids in class, and they’re inseparable. But what happens when Jo starts to grow? This sweet picture book explores the joys and challenges of friendship and growing up. “A sweet story with emotional depth.” —Kirkus

My Thoughts
This story is perfect for spring time. Just as flowers are starting to bloom, our students have grown in many ways as well. 
When Jo starts to grow taller than El, she experiences many feelings that would make for great discussions. 
The illustrations are very sweet with adorable culturally and physically diverse characters. It would make an excellent addition to your library!

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Visit Maryann Cocca-Leffler's website .


Monday, January 14, 2019

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 14, 2019


Please visit the amazing blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers who host this terrific meme each week.

Here is my reading from the past few weeks. Click on the book covers to learn more about the books.

I LOVED the character of Little Charlie. 
I listened to this one on audio. So good! Grades 5+

Merci has a lot to deal with including navigating middle school and her grandfather's advancing Alzheimer's Disease. Grades 4-6.

I enjoyed this story and kids will like it as well. I wanted a bit more development and felt it moved a little too quickly. But you will want it for your classroom. Grades 4-5. 

Isabella's family becomes "blended" after her parents' divorce. She feels "blended" with a white mother and black father. Draper explores both of these aspects well. It ended abruptly in my opinion, but I did enjoy it. Grades 5-8. 

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Monday, November 26, 2018

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? November 26, 2018


Please visit the amazing blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers who host this terrific meme each week.

Here is my reading from the past few weeks. Click on the book covers to learn more about the books.










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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Haunted Serpent by Dora M. Mitchell

The Haunted Serpent 
by Dora M. Mitchell
Published June 5, 2018
Sterling Children's Books
234 pages
Middle Grade Fiction
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Spaulding Meriwether, Thedgeroot Middle School's new resident weirdo and son of questionable television ghost hunters, just wants to fit in. But after a revenant chases him through the woods, Spaulding suspects there’s something afoot in Thedgeroot. (At least he thinks it’s a foot. Maybe it was a hand. It’s hard to tell when you’re running away.)
Then he notices the chimneys of the abandoned factory at the edge of town puffing smoke—and his dead next-door neighbor materializes, along with David, the missing pet boa constrictor that supposedly ate him. Spaulding can’t help wondering if these strange happenings have anything to do with his undead friends in the forest. Of course, Spaulding just has to investigate—but he may be biting off more than he can chew.


My Thoughts
Just in time for Halloween, a fun middle grade mystery! The characters are interesting and the story line will have students trying to solve the mystery right along Spaulding and his friends. The book is spooky without being too scary, and who doesn't want to read a book with a giant snake, a grumpy ghost-man and an exciting adventure! 
There are illustrations sprinkled throughout that readers will enjoy. I would recommend adding this fast-paced mystery to your collection! 

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Monday, October 8, 2018

It's Monday, October 8, 2018


Please visit the amazing blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers who host this terrific meme each week.

Here is my reading from the past few weeks. Click on the book covers to learn more about the books.





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