I spent last week fighting off sinus headaches, so I didn’t get as much reading done as I had expected to for Matthew Winner’s Shelf Challenge. I didn’t have time to write about everything, so here’s a sampling of what I’ve read so far from my Easy “L” Section, in no particular order. (Hover over the book covers to see the titles and authors/illustrators.) Some of the books I read alone, some I read with one or both of my children. Sorry for the poor formatting; my blog style and I are about to part ways over this issue!
Lyrical text and vibrant illustrations capture the energy of the children as they rise early and run to school each morning. The busy artwork made for a fun read.
The surprise twist at the end wasn’t the surprise twist I was expecting, so I really was surprised! I especially enjoyed the expressions on everyone’s faces as they enjoyed the various snow day activities in this very cozy story.
Confession: I had never read this classic before yesterday. Don’t like sad stories with watery illustrations, didn’t like this one.
Confession: I’d never read this 1936 classic before, although I knew the gist of the story. Turns out the gist of the story was pretty much the whole story! But a sweet story nonetheless, one that got two thumbs up at my house.
Not sure that too many kids are this worried about lunch on the first day of school. No friends, not knowing where to go, mean teacher = more realistic things to fret over, in my opinion. But the story works to reassure the fear, so it’s all good.
What I liked best about this story was that Jake’s collection ended up being 100 books, and they came from the principal’s office. Message: Books are important, administrators are readers. Can’t ask for more than that!
The illustrations in this 1955 Caldecott winner have stood the test of time. They are still so charming and full of personality that I am keeping this book in my regular collection. Do kids still sing this song? Remember Ramona, forced to be Uncle Rat, singing it with Willa Jean? Ha!
Copyright 1943, outdated language, my copy in bad condition = 3 Strikes. Sad to say, this one needs to go into the Weed pile.
This story of the creation of the Audubon Society was much more readable than I remembered, and includes an author’s note at the end. I need to share it with my 5th grade Social Studies teachers!
A simple look at the beauty – and logic – of Chinese picture language integrated into a seasonal story. Includes translations and a pronunciation guide.
A simple look at the beauty – and logic – of Chinese picture language integrated into a seasonal story. I’ve shared this series with my Art teacher.
She’s never won a major award, but I adore Jan Brett’s illustrations. She’s a master of telling two stories at once with her art. Watch for the two fish at the conclusion of the book – a perfect ending!
Glorious, sun-drenched illustrations bring this “remembering” story to vivid life. It got two thumbs up at my house.
I’m a huge fan of collage in picture book illustrations, and these are very nicely done. I’d say it’s a toss-up whether to shelve this in the E or the nonfiction Math section!
Whoops, this beginning reader book belongs in the “V” section! Somebody in the cataloging department slipped up!
Did I mention I’m a huge fan of collage in picture book illustrations? I’m also a big fan of the inventive Nina Laden. This charming and original story is a favorite at my house.