New Recommendations October

October Reading

Non Fiction

Ashley Bryan – words to my life’s song

by Ashley Bryan – published by Atheneum Books in 2009

  • autobiography/photobook/memoir of inspirational children’s author and lifelong artist
  • powerful- and uplifting
  • highly recommended to inspire creativity
  • Ashley Bryan is an incredible educational pioneer and eco warrior-  he has exemplified a life of gratitude and resourcefulness
Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf 

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

by Lois Ehlert

published by Harcourt Brace & Company in 1991

  • the perfect informational text to get you in the mood for Autumn/Fall
  • Simple and Bright illustrations
  • recommended for children ages 5-7

The Cloud Book

The Cloud Book

The Cloud Book

by Tomie De Paola

published by Holiday House  in 1975

  • non fiction – informational text for unit study on weather
  • packed with facts
  • lovely references to sayings about weather prediction – such as ” Evening red and morning gray- Set the traveler on his way.”
  • oldie but a goodie-  nice book for kids who love science

Wangari’s Trees of Peace

Wangari 's trees of peace

Wangari ‘s trees of peace

by  Jeanette Winter

published by Harcourt in 2008

  • inspiring true story of Kenyan environmentalist
  • Winner of Nobel Peace Price
  • following the life of Wangari Maathai-   documenting her vision to create change through planting seedlings and nurture communities

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

by  Jill Tomlinson

published by Candlewick Press  in 1968

  • stunning illustrations and gentle text
  • for children with night time fears
  • follows an owl family and their nightly forays into the forest
  • tender tale – with enchanting scenes of the beauty of dark and quiet wonder

“The boy said the dark is exciting. The old lady said the dark is kind. The scout said the dark is fun. The girl said the dark is necessary. The man said the dark is wondrous and the cat said the dark is beautiful.”   Plop  looked up at his parents with twinkling eyes. ” And I say the dark is just right.”

Chi- Hoon –  A Korean Girl

Chi Hoon

Chi Hoon

by Patricia McMahon

published by Boyds Mills Press in 1993

  • photo biography of a young school girl in Korea
  • follows the everyday life of a 8 year old girl living in Seoul
  • intriguing for lovers of Asia – and those seeking living books

Verdi

Verdi

Verdi

by Janell Canyon

published by Harcourt Brace & Company in 1997

winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award

Texas Bluebonnet Award

Texas Bluebonnet Award

*I love this book so much I will write a separate  blog post for it at a later date

  • stunning picture book for nature lovers
  •  a python family – and their adventures
  • vibrant illustrations –  ideal for children aged 6-8

One Boy

One Boy

One Boy

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

published by Roaring Brook Press in 2008

winner of Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor

Theodor Seuss Geigel Honor

Theodor Seuss Geigel Honor

  • charming counting picture book
  • engaging format with cut outs and surprising use of text
  • not your average elementary book-  ideal for older siblings to read to toddlers- great interactive read aloud – could be used for teaching in sunday schools, etc…multiple applications – especially in encouraging creative thinking

Buffalo Bird Girl 

 

Buffalo Bird Girl

Buffalo Bird Girl

by S. D.  Nelson

published by Abrams Books for Young Readers in 2012

  • a hidatsa story (non fiction/ informational illustrated picture book with archival photographs) following the life of a North American Indian girl  – including folklore and daily life
  • Fascinating view of a way of living on the North Dakota plains
  • True story of  a girl who has every day chores to complete alongside tells of her tribe and their encounters with settlers at the trading post
  • Highly Recommended

Fiction

The Red Pencil 

The Red Pencil

The Red Pencil

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

published by Little Brown & Company in 2014

  • Verse Novel – with gorgeous illustrations by Shane Evans
  • Amira is a 12 year old girl in Sudan
  • MUST read although warning that this book addresses difficult subjects so parents should pre- read if you have sensitive children – topics include child soldiers, and social inequality- roles of women in contemporary Africa

Thimble Summer

Thimble Summer

Thimble Summer

by Elizabeth Enright

I loved this book-  following a young girls adventures over a summer in Wisconsin(mid western American state).  Highly recommended for 8-10 year old girls.

Books I didn’t enjoy so much

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don’t Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus

by Mo Willems

winner of the Caldecott Honor Award

Caldecott Honor Book

Caldecott Honor Book

  • the humour in this book didn’t really work for me
  • my 9 year old daughter enjoyed it – and made me re read it to check again that I didn’t find it funny…I didn’t

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

by William Joyce

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Book one in The Rise of the Guardians series.

This book was hard for me to read although endlessly popular-  Fantasy is not my favourite genre so sometimes is a struggle for me. I could not get excited about this book but I do feel it will appeal to others.

Audiobook Treasures:

I recently finished (with regret- as I didn’t want it  to finish)  the heartwarming classic  Good Wives  by Louisa May Alcott  sequel to Little Women 

good wives

good wives

  • brimming with happiness
  • brings to life a bygone time – focusing on the daily lives and stuggles of the 4 marsh sisters –  this book captivated me-  (listener/reader be aware that this book is very period specific so my not be appropriate for younger listeners or readers – under age of 10)
  • This does have a very sad part (death/loss/grief/bereavement)
  • Highlights the remarkable strengths and homespun advice of a loving Christian family
  • Not for those who crave action- more suited to those who enjoy books focusing on character development

Current Reads

One False Note by  Gordon Korman – 39 Clue Series- Book 2

The 39 Clues

The 39 Clues

The Name of this Book is Secret

The Name of this Book is Secret

The Name of this Book is Secret

by Psudonymous Bosch

  • Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist – Book one  by  R. L. La Fevers
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
  • A Mango Shaped Space  by Wendy Mass
  • Tower of the Five Orders by Deron R. Hicks
  • The Willoughbys  by Lois Lowry
  • The Most Wonderful Thing in the World  by Vivian French

    currently reading

    currently reading

  • currently listening to :  Penderwicks at Point Mouette  by Jeanne Birdsall

    Penderwicks at Point moutte

    Penderwicks at Point mouette

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