These are the wonderful book I collected over the summer.
Some I have read, some were gifted to me,
and some are high on my TBR list.
I purchased many in the collection- a tribute to the books,
because it has to be pretty darn good for me to buy it.
If you love Loren Long and his book Otis, you will love If I Was the Sunshine.
If you love the New York Time’s bestselling author Holly Goldberg Sloan, you will love The Elephant in the Room and Counting By 7’s.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip and Erin Stead won the Caldecott, and the next book, Amos McGee Misses the Bus is a perfect companion. Everyone who reads the book loves zookeeper Amos and his friends from the zoo.
PAX won many awards, and it is next on my reading list. Both the author, Sara Pennypacker, and illustrator, Jon Klassen, are well known and have won awards for their books. I’m excited to get lost in this book.
Dan Antion’s Knuckleheads is right up my alley. Two boys, paranormal powers, set in the 60’s (my era) and how they find a way. Yes!
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl – If you can survive a bolt of lightning, you can survive middle school…right? I can’t wait to read this book.
I am currently reading Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire and highly recommend the book. Cress is a bunny, and the family has to move because Dad never came home. Yes, bad things happen in nature, yet the author addresses this beautifully and hooks the reader into the adventure that follows.
Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant is a popular series, and very good. I even shared the book on my airline flight to be a guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show, with a boy who was looking a bit lost. He loved the book, and his mother was full of thank yous. This new book is the series, A Kitten in Gooseberry Park is delightful.
My favorite book this summer was Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge, a sequel in the Hector Fox book series by Astrid Sheckels. This book is long awaited, and as exciting as the first.
Dan Antion sent me a copy of his daughter’s favorite childhood book, The Twenty-Elephant Restaurant. He read the book to her over and over again. It is beloved, and he wants to come and read it to my class. That’s like asking me if I want to help Santa Claus deliver presents. It gets better…Dan wants to talk to the children about woodworking. And it gets even better…’Dan the Tool Man’ can bring his hand tools and demonstrate them for the children. Then, we will set up a workbench so children can use the tools. This is real teaching. As soon as we get the green light for guests, Dan is ‘in’! I’m reading the book to my library Book Bears. They love it!
Good books are as good as it gets!