Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday-My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book

My Friend Alyson Beecher at Kid Lit Frenzy hosts weekly link up to share Nonfiction Picture Books. Please visit her amazing website.

My First Book of Football: A Rookie Book 
by The Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids
Published August 2015 by Sports Illustrated
48 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher.

Goodreads Summary
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS kicks off the football season with a brand-new series to help young readers learn the rules, plays, and basics about popular sports. In the first Rookie Book, My First Book of Football, an illustrated rookie player character introduces the next generation of fans to the world of football and guides kids through a visual retelling of an actual NFL game--from the nail-biting coin toss to the exhilarating winning touchdown.
Simple text with engaging action photography and a glossary of essential football terms throughout, including punt, tackle, kickoff, end zone and more, reinforce the message on each page with humor and fun. A perfect book for beginning readers, My First Book of Football is meant to be a shared reading experience between parents and their young football rookies before, during, and after game day.

My Thoughts
This book does a great job of introducing young readers to the sport of football. It discusses specific football vocabulary such as downs, penalties, and field goals, in context. The pages are big and have a nice solid-colored background. The illustrations include photographs of real NFL players and an adorable little illustrated football guy that visits each page. I can see young readers reading this one over and over again and having it handy while watching their favorite team.
This book would make a nice addition to the library of any budding football fan. I would recommend it for ages 3-6. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Oct. 19, 2015

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

Here is my reading from the last couple of weeks. 
Click on the book titles to learn more about them. 

Adorable book about finding your "flock"! Great for K-3. 

Sweet story of love and family. Grades K-3.

Too gorgeous to miss! Grades 2-5. 

A must-have for any book-lover, just beautiful!

Excellent biography of Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad. Grades 4-8.

Something's fishy in the town of Serenity. Loved this one! 
For grades 4-8. 

Finished Listening
Really nice audio version of this beautifully written YA novel. 

What's Next?
Not sure. I have the following books waiting for me. 
Which do you suggest?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

All the Lost Things by Kelly Canby

All the Lost Things 
by Kelly Canby
Published April 2015
Peter Pauper Press
32 pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Olive is not your ordinary girl. And one day when this spunky young lady decides to go for a walk in her grumpy, too-busy city, she finds some extraordinary things. What Olive does with them will delight and inspire. This lively picture book is filled with the author's exuberant collage artwork and playfully hand-lettered words.

My Thoughts
It never ceases to amaze me when authors and illustrators continually create books with unique concepts. All the Lost Things is a creative picture book that is definitely a new favorite of mine. It will appeal to a wide range of children for different reasons. The illustrations are extraordinary! There is so much to look at on each page. The author also uses color, and lack of color to help tell the story. 
When Olive goes out for a walk to escape her noisy apartment, she stumbles upon a manhole cover. Upon further investigation, she finds an old woman who has been storing people's lost things in big boxes. There are ordinary things that people lose such as keys, glasses and remotes. Then there are other things that people lose like courage, dreams and will power. Olive decides to fill big jars with some lost things to give to her family such as memory for her grand dad. In the end, she does something that will give back something that the whole city seems to have lost. 

This multi-layered book would be a wonderful addition to any K-5 school or classroom library. I plan to read it to my fourth graders and discuss what people can lost that are not "things" and if they could return something lost, what would it be? 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Welcome to Mars by Buzz Aldrin

Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet 
by Buzz Aldrin, with Marianne J. Oyson
Published September 2015
National Geographic Children's Books
96 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
Space is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings! 

What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and fascinating book. What kid wouldn't want to blast off with him on this (literary) journey!

My Thoughts
Mars seems to be all the rage at the moment with recent studies apparently revealing "liquid water" on Mars and of course, the release of The Martian movie, which I can not wait to see! 
In this book, Buzz Aldrin has everything covered. He is a huge cheerleader for exploration of Mars and has studied what it might be like if we Earthlings ever attempted to inhabit the red planet. He has certainly done his homework! 
I have to admit, I was initially very reluctant when I picked up Welcome to Mars. I do not have a particular interest in space exploration, planets and the like. However, I found myself quickly captivated. It reads almost, like a travel guide with realistic photos and scenarios. I learned a ton! Did you know that Mars is the planet most like Earth in our solar system? And even at rocket speeds, it would take six months to get there! 

Welcome to Mars covers everything from food to clothing to recreation. There are fun little activities for kids to do throughout the books to explore size ratios, air pressure and designing living spaces. 
I know many kids will be fascinated by this book, but it is quite dense. I would recommend it for students in grades five and above as an independent read. It could be incorporated nicely as a read aloud during a solar system unit as well. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Three New Fall Releases by Little Gestalten

I  receive these three new visually stunning selections from Media Masters in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

by Gerald Lo Monaco
Expected release October 25, 2015
Little Gestalten
24 pages
This small and simple pop up book will have little ones flipping pages again and again. Each page features a classic toy such as a sailboat, fire truck, cars and a baby cradle in a colorful popup illustration on a clean, white background. Accompanying each toy is a short poem told in first person from the point of view of a child. 
I can't stop looking at it! 

by Jean Baptiste Lebrune and Jeremie Fischer
What seems at first to be a story about a night watchman soon takes on the feel of a dark, haunting, somewhat creepy folktale. This suspenseful tale is not for the very young. With sophisticated language, some violent images and a bit of romance, I would recommend it for ages 10 and up. The illustrations are very colorful and abstract and remind me somewhat of Ashley Bryan's work. 

by Alice Briere-Haquet and Csil
Expected Publication November 2015 
Little Gestalten
This is an English translation of the French version published in 2014. The story is a fictionalized description of why Gustave Eiffel built The Eiffel Tower. While the English translation and its rhyme pattern is a bit awkward for me, the illustrations are very intriguing.  Using only black, white and pink with mostly thin lines, the illustrator gives the reader the experience of building and standing atop this famous tower.  For ages 5-8.