Monday, July 2, 2018

Please Help a Reader Out! -- Summer Reading Recommendations Request

The kid in me who loved summer reading growing up is thrilled that my local library has a program for adults as well! Last year, I signed up, but I must admit I only participated half-heartedly. I have little memory of what the categories were, but I do remember that they didn't fit in all that well with my summer reading plans, so I only managed to cross a few off. A lackluster last summer did not stop my enthusiasm for this year's program though and I signed up as soon as summer reading started. I refuse to read a book I have no interest in for the sake of checking a box, but I figure if I put in some effort now to figure out titles I DO want to read that fit the categories I'll be able to participate more fully.

So, I've been combing my shelves (and the library) for titles that fit categories that stumped me when I first glanced over this summer's BINGO card. The most difficult one for me so far -- and the one I most need YOUR help with! -- is A Book Set in the Mountains. I have discovered it is not as easy as one might think to find a book based on setting. This particular setting seems pretty specific, but since it could be any mountains, it's actually rather broad which has made searching challenging. I have a whole bunch of books with flap copy mentioning wilderness, the woods, rural areas, etc., that might qualify, but its been awfully hard to determine if they are actually set in the mountains without diving in. So, please help a reader out and leave a comment if you've read or know of any Adult or Young Adult Fiction titles set in the mountains. I actually came up with some middle grade titles I know would work, but I'm trying not to let myself off too easy! So far the only book on my shelves I think would work is Those Who Wish Me Dead, by Michael Koryta.

Three other categories I know I won't have trouble completing are A Book Published in 2018A Book of Historical Fiction, and A Book That Became a Movie. BUT I'd love to hear if you have any favorites to recommend for those categories as well. (Bonus points if you enjoyed both the book and the movie, because we are supposed to both read and watch for the movie category!)

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Does your library have a summer reading program for adults? And THANK YOU for any recs you are able to share :) :)

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Links I'm Loving Lately [4]

{A lot of bloggers share link round-ups, but I was particularly inspired to get in on the link love by Reading With Jade's recent Blog Posts I've Enjoyed Lately series.}

It's been two months since my last of these link posts, so it's past time for another round -- and it's a long one! I hope you find something interesting to read :)

Upcoming Bookish Events
July 2018 #24in48 Readathon Sign-ups are Here! {24 in 48 Readathon}

Book Lists
Poetry Quote-a-thon: LIGHT {Poetry for Children}
Poetry Quote-a-thon: PEACE {Poetry for Children}
Poetry Quote-a-thon: FEELINGS {Poetry for Children}
Poetry Quote-a-thon: HUMANITY {Poetry for Children}

The Mom Life
DON’T CARPE DIEM {Momastery} < -- this and the next one are both by Glennon Doyle and were in her book Carry On, Warrior that I really enjoyed recently
A Little Advice {Huffpost}

Kid/Family Activities
the elixir of outdoor play {orange marmalade} < -- We definitely don't live up to this (plus my kid is WAY too young for the unsupervised part), but I find it inspiring nonetheless.

5 Ways I’m Taking Back My Time {No Sidebar}

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Read any great articles or posts lately? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June-September Caldecott Calendar: Father's Day + Summer

Late again! I found very little specifically for June and July, so I'm combining those couple titles into this summer installment of my Caldecott Calendar. August will get its own post later in the summer.

All of my posts for this project (including updates) can be found here or by clicking on 'Caldecott Calendar' in the header up top. My personal favorites will be marked with an asterisk (*). This post may be updated to correct errors, omissions, etc. as we go. Let me know in the comments if you notice anything that should be fixed or added!

Father's Day

Owl Moon, written by Jane Yolen & illustrated by John Schoenherr
1988 Caldecott Medal
A snowy, winter setting doesn't exactly fit with this time of year (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway!) but it's the only Caldecott book focusing on a father and child that I've been able to find so far!


The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909, written & illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen
1984 Caldecott Medal
This non-fiction picture book chronicles all the work leading up to a milestone flight over 100 years ago.

*A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, written & illustrated by Marla Frazee
2009 Caldecott Honor
I just love Marla Frazee's illustrations -- and the contradictions between the text and the artwork are hilarious! A perfect, fun summer read.

Flotsam, illustrated by David Wiesner
2007 Caldecot Medal
A wordless summer beach adventure/mystery.

Blackout, written & illustrated by John Rocco
2012 Caldecott Honor
It isn't summer without at least one blackout, right?

This One Summer, written by Mariko Tamaki & illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
2015 Caldecott Honor
This is a YA graphic novel which is unusual for a Caldecott pick and definitely not for little kids. It also received a Printz Honor.

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888, written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer & illustrated by Christopher H. Bing
2001 Caldecott Honor
Summer and baseball just go together, so it seems a good time of year to read this a classic poem.

McElligot's Pool, written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
1948 Caldecott Honor
It's never been one of my own pastimes, but fishing still makes me think of summer!

*The Relatives Came, written by Cynthia Rylant & illustrated by Stephen Gammell
1986 Caldecott Honor
My son loves this book -- and it has a pretty stellar combination of author and illustrator, if you ask me!

*Blueberries for Sal, written & illustrated by Robert McCloskey
1949 Caldecott Honor
A classic for a reason!

Time of Wonder, written & illustrated by Robert McCloskey
1958 Caldecott Medal
A lengthy, gentle summertime book.

One Morning in Maine, written & illustrated by Robert McCloskey
1953 Caldecott Honor
A time of year isn't stated in the text, but I think of this as a summer book!

*The Storm Book, written by Charlotte Zolotow & illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
1953 Caldecott Honor
As we are expecting a summer storm today, this one is feeling particularly seasonally appropriate!

Houses from the Sea, written by Alice E. Goudey & illustrated by Adrienne Adams
1960 Caldecott Honor
A day at the beach collecting seashells is classic summer.

The Moon Jumpers by Janice May Udry, Maurice Sendak
1960 Caldecott Honor
This lesser known Sendak book takes place on a moonlit summer night.

Hide and Seek Fog, written by Alvin Tresselt & illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
1966 Caldecott Honor
A fog rolls into a village by the sea.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

May Caldecott Calendar: Jewish-American Heritage Month & Mother's Day

Goodness gracious I'm running late this month! I wasn't realizing I'd end up with three Caldecott posts for April and in the meantime, a certain small someone decided naps aren't really his thing anymore, so let's just say we've been in an adjustment period around here. Better late than never, right? 

All of my posts for this project (including updates) can be found here or by clicking on 'Caldecott Calendar' in the header up top. My personal favorites will be marked with an asterisk (*). This post may be updated to correct errors, omissions, etc. as we go. Let me know in the comments if you notice anything that should be fixed or added! 

Jewish-American Heritage Month

Golem by David Wisniewski
1997 Caldecott Medal 
Picture book re-telling of a Jewish legend.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat written & illustrated by Simms Taback
2000 Caldecott Medal
Based on a Yiddish folk song. 

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins written by Eric A. Kimmel & illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
1990 Caldecott Honor
May is certainly not the right time of year for Hanukkah, but I'll include it here as well as the December list.

Mother's Day

A Chair for My Mother, written & illustrated by Vera B. Williams
1983 Caldecott Honor
Rosa helps save up money to buy her mother a comfortable chair after their home is destroyed in a fire.

The Boy of the Three-Year Nap, written by Dianne Snyder & illustrated by Allen Say
1989 Caldecott Honor
A clever mother outwits her lazy son.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, written by Charlotte Zolotow & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1963 Caldecott Honor
Mr. Rabbit helps a little girl figure out what to get her mother for her birthday.

My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, written by Becky Reyher & illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
1946 Caldecott Honor
A sweet story based on a Russian proverb.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Bout of Books 22: My Sign-up Post

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

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It's that time again! I will be travelling many hours on a train the final day of this read-a-thon, so this works out perfectly for me! The rest of the week, I plan on just trying to fit in a bit of extra reading time here and there -- which is always fun too! More info & sign-up here today or tomorrow before the form closes!

I plan to post updates on Litsy (@Bucklingbkshelf) -- if I attempt to put together a TBR for the week -- you'll find it over there!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

New-to-Me Blog: Kids Books Worth Reading

I've been wanting to share some links to Kids Books Worth Reading in my last couple of Links I'm Loving Lately round-ups, but thought they really deserved their own post. I found this new-to-me blog via Everyday Reading's How to Make Using the Library Less Stressful series. For that series, Janssen tackled common library challenges with the help of a bunch of other book-loving parents, librarians, bloggers, and podcasters. Kids Books Worth Reading was on the list of contributors and piqued my interest because it's run by Janssen's mom!

From her blog description:
"Are you looking for Children and Young Adult books that are worth reading? You’ve come to the right place! I have a master list of over 700 titles to share. My purpose with this blog is to share book titles that most parents today have either forgotten about or never heard of in the first place."
Carole is a mom and grandma who homeschooled for 15 years and has a degree in English Literature. She has said her posts are recommendations rather than "reviews" and typically includes a description of the book and some thoughts on why she recommends it. She also lists reading level, number of pages, publication year, and any relevant awards. Posts tend to be short and I just love that! I like both the blog and Instagram account, but they do share roughly the same information, depending on where you might prefer to follow along.

There is a definite focus on older books and that might not be for everyone. I do not feel there is an intention to make any kind of judgement against newer books or books not featured on this site -- she's just sharing under-the-radar books from her extensive reading experience with her family she hopes others will love too. (And there are some newer titles, they just aren't as prevalent). I particularly love learning about older Newbery titles I haven't seen before as well as reading recommendations for books I own but haven't read yet -- seeing another vote in their favor gives those titles a little boost on the old TBR stack! This site has been a great addition to my children's book resources.

To give a feel for the site, I thought I'd share some links to a sampling of posts I've enjoyed:

Books I Bought After Seeing Them Featured:

Books I Already Own (and really should read)

Books Added to My Wishlist

Check out more:
And, of course, I love Everyday Reading too!

Monday, April 23, 2018

April Caldecott Calendar: National Poetry Month & Jazz Appreciation Month

This should be the final April installement of my Caldecott Calendar project. All of my posts for this project (including updates) can be found here or by clicking on 'Caldecott Calendar' in the header up top. My personal favorites will be marked with an asterisk (*). This post may be updated to correct errors, omissions, etc. as we go. Let me know in the comments if you notice anything that should be fixed or added! 

National Poetry Month 
To celebrate National Poetry Month, I've rounded up the books clearly marked as including poems or nursery rhymes, as well as any other titles that are particularly poetic/lyrical. I've tried no

*A Child's Calendar, poems by John Updike & illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman
2000 Caldecott Honor
Trina Schart Hyman is a favorite illustrator of mine!

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors, written by Joyce Sidman & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
2010 Caldecott Honor

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers written by Nancy Willard & illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen
1982 Caldecott Honor

*Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, written by Joyce Sidman & illustrated by Beckie Prange
2006 Caldecott Honor
I featured this title once already on the list for Earth Day and it works for spring as well -- it's doing triple duty as an April book!

Noah's Ark, written & illustrated by Peter Spier
1978 Caldecott Medal
This nearly wordless picture book includes the text of a translated poem 'The Flood' by Jacobus Revius on a single page near the beginning.

*All the World, written by Liz Garton Scanlon & illustratee by Marla Frazee
2010 Caldecott Honor
The brevity and careful word choice of picture books means many could be considered to have poetic text, but I'm going to be selective in making that determination -- and this one certainly qualifies!

The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles, written & illustrated by Maud & Miska Petersham
1946 Caldecott Medal

Frog Went A-Courtin', retold by John Langstaff & illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
1956 Caldecott Medal
An old Scottish ballad written in rhyming couplets.

Freedom in Congo Square, written by Carole Boston Weatherford & illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
2017 Caldecott Honor
This is a rhyming picture book, but really, all of Carole Boston Weatherford's books are poetry!

*Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford & illustrated by Ekua Holmes
2016 Caldecott Honor
A biography-in-poems of an incredible woman -- don't miss this one!

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, written by Laban Carrick Hill & illustrated by Bryan Collier
2011 Caldecott Honor

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, by Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet
2009 Caldecott Honor
This biographical picture book introduces doctor and poet William Carlos Williams.

The Spider and the Fly, written by Mary Howitt & illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
2003 Caldecott Honor
This classic cautionary poem is illustrated by the same man who illustrated The Spiderwick Chronicles! This one would be good to read for Halloween as well.

Harlem: A Poem, written by Walter Dean Myers & illustrated by Christopher Myers
1998 Caldecott Honor

Mother Goose: Seventy-seven Verses, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
1945 Caldecott Honor
Mother Goose books are a dime a dozen, but I do have a soft spot for Tasha Tudor's illustrations!

Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes, illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli
1955 Caldecott Honor
FYI: The cover at really doesn't do the interior artwork justice.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds: Nursery Rhymes of Yesterday Recalled for Children of Today, collected by Helen Dean Fish & illustrated by Robert Lawson
1938 Caldecott Honor

Song of Robin Hood, selected by Anne Malcolmson, music by Grace Castagnetta, designed & illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton
1948 Caldecott Honor

If All the Seas Were One, written & illustrated by Janina Domanska
1972 Caldecott Honor
Picture book of an old nursery rhyme.

The House That Jack Built/La Maison Que Jack A Batie, written & illustrated by Antonio Frasconi
1959 Caldecott Honor
A bi-lingual nursery rhyme picture book

Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes, illustrated by Philip Reed
1964 Caldecott Honor

Sing Mother Goose, music by Opal Wheeler & illustrated by Marjorie Torrey
1946 Caldecott Honor

Jazz Appreciation Month

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney & illustrated by Brian Pinkney
1999 Caldecott Honor

Trombone Shorty, written by Troy Andrews; illustrated by Bryan Collier 
2016 Caldecott Honor

*Ben's Trumpet, written & illustrated by Rachel Isadora
1980 Caldecott Honor

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Links I'm Loving Lately [3]

{A lot of bloggers share link round-ups, but I was particularly inspired to get in on the link love by Reading With Jade's recent Blog Posts I've Enjoyed Lately series.}

It's been a while, so it's time for another round of links before the list gets any longer!

Bookish News
COVER REVEAL for my next book: I’d Rather Be Reading! {Modern Mrs. Darcy}
Cover Reveal: ‘Louisiana’s Way Home’ (by Kate DiCamillo) {Children's Books Daily}

Bookish Interviews
Jump Anyway — and Other Words to Live by, a Conversation with Author Jason Reynolds {Brightly}
Jeanne Birdsall on Penning The Penderwicks Through the Years {Brightly}

quirky, saucy, moonlit, booming…poetry + New Poetry Index {Orange Marmalade}
Poetry Quote-a-thon: ROBERT FROST {Poetry for Children}
Poetry Quote-a-thon: LIFE {Poetry for Children}
Poetry Quote-a-thon: LANGUAGE {Poetry for Children}

7 Fantastic Earth Day Books {Everyday Reading}
Children’s Books: Two terrific girl power books by Chelsea Clinton {Bookshelf Fantasies}
15 Read-Alouds That Will Make You Look Hilarious to Your Kids {Brightly}
Libraries Gone Wild! 10 Imaginative Picture Books About Libraries {Brightly}
10 Classic Audiobooks for Families {Brightly}
12 Book Recommendations for Kids Who Adored A Wrinkle in Time {Brightly}

The Bookworm Life
Why I re-read {Bookshelf Fantasies}
On Selectivity {The Ardent Biblio}
The Perks and Pitfalls of Reading from Our Shelves + #TheUnreadShelfProject2018 Update {The Ardent Biblio}
ALL APOLOGIES... NO MORE {Bookishly Boisterous}

Book Lists
50 Books By And About Women Of Color {Top Shelf Text}
Anne Bogel's Books That Are Better Together/Book Flight Bonanza Series:
8 terrific novels paired with 8 illuminating nonfiction picks to elevate your reading experience {Modern Mrs. Darcy}
Books that approach similar topics from completely different perspectives {Modern Mrs. Darcy}
16 favorite novels for book clubs {Modern Mrs. Darcy}
8 hot new releases paired with 8 backlist titles that will have a much shorter library waiting list {Modern Mrs. Darcy}
The Mom Life
6 Tips for Transitioning from Board Books to Picture Books {Everyday Reading}
How to Make Using the Library Less Stressful: Part 4 {Everyday Reading}
6 Simple Tips for Reading Aloud to Multiple Children {Everyday Reading} < -- I only have one, but still thought this had some great ideas :)
do this, do that, do this. the frenzy of parenting in the digital age. {Finding Joy}

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It {National Geographic}
If You’re Thinking about Starting a Blog, This Post is for You {Everyday Reading}

Recipes I Want to Try
Fig Pizza with Goat Cheese & Prosciutto {Everyday Reading}
How To Make One-Pot Pasta Primavera {The Kitchn}
Easy Apricot-Glazed Chicken {The Kitchn}
Vietnamese iced coffee cookies {Food52}

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Read any great articles or posts lately? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Caldecott Calendar: The Week of the Young Child™ + Roget's Thesaurus

Today I have another April installment of my Caldecott Calendar project. All of my posts for this project (including updates) can be found here or by clicking on 'Caldecott Calendar' in the header up top. My personal favorites will be marked with an asterisk (*). This post may be updated to correct errors, omissions, etc. as we go. Let me know in the comments if you notice anything that should be fixed or added!

The Week of the Young Child
(This year: April 16-20, 2018)
Hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The Week of the Young Child™ celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. I had never heard of it before I started digging around for more events in April beyond the more popular/obvious ones. While one could argue that any and all picture books would be good to read for this event, I thought it would be a good opportunity to round up the Caldecott titles that deal more specifically with childhood experiences.

Waiting, written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
2016 Caldecott Honor
Waiting is a pretty universal human experience, but it's often particularly difficult for young children.

They All Saw a Cat, written & illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
2017 Caldecott Honor
Learning to see things from different perspectives.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written & illustrated by Dan Santat
2015 Caldecott Honor
Imaginary friends.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by 
Jon Klassen
2015 Caldecott Honor
Two boys, a dog, and an outdoor adventure.

Journey, illustrated by Aaron Becker
2014 Caldecott Honor
Boredom and imagination.

Flora and the Flamingo, illustrated by Molly Idle
2014 Caldecott Honor
Awkwardness, practice, and friendship.

Yo! Yes?, written & illustrated by Chris Raschka
1994 Caldecott Honor
Making a friend who seems different than you.

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, written & illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
2004 Caldecott Honor
Expressing individuality, the beginning of independence, and making your own choices.

When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry, written & illustrated by Molly Bang
2000 Caldecott Honor
How to handle with big, scary feelings.

No, David!, written & illustrated by David Shannon
1999 Caldecott Honor
What child doesn't constantly hear the word "no"?

*Owen, written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
1994 Caldecott Honor
Outgrowing a security blanket.

*Olivia, written & illustrated by Ian Falconer
2001 Caldecott Honor
For all the young children bursting with energy (and occasionally getting into mischief.)

*Where the Wild Things Are, written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
1964 Caldecott Medal
Getting into mischief, wanting to run away, and coming back to those who "love you most of all."

*Frog and Toad Are Friends, written & illustrated by Arnold Lobel
1971 Caldecott Honor
Friendship and everyday adventures.

"More More More," Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories, written & illustrated by Vera B. Williams
1991 Caldecott Honor
Showcases three sweet, loving relationships between babies and parents/grandparents.

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Two about losing a favorite stuffed animal:
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, written & illustrated by Mo Willems
2008 Caldecott Honor

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, written & illustrated by Mo Willems
2005 Caldecott Honor

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Two simple counting books filled with childhood wonders and comforts:
Ten, Nine, Eight, written & illustrated by Molly Bang
1984 Caldecott Honor

*1 is One, written & illustrated by Tasha Tudor
1957 Caldecott Honor

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The final five books are stories, lullabies, and prayers specifically for bedtime -- an important (and often challenging!) transition time for young children.
*The House in the Night, written by Susan Marie Swanson & illustrated by Beth Krommes
2009 Caldecott Medal

Sleep Like a Tiger, written by Mary Logue & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
2013 Caldecott Honor

*Hush! A Thai Lullaby, written by Minfong Ho & illustrated by Holly Meade
1997 Caldecott Honor

A Child's Good Night Book, written by Margaret Wise Brown & illustrated by Jean Charlot
1944 Caldecott Honor

*Prayer for a Child, written by Rachel Field & illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones
1945 Caldecott Medal

Anniversary of the publication of Peter Mark Roget's 1st Thesaurus
(April 29, 1852)
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
2015 Caldecott Honor

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Added since original posting:
The House in the Night

Last updated: April 16, 2018