2018

Book Review: The Wall In The Middle Of The Book By Agee

Today I wrestle with how to share a brilliantly clever, marvelously illustrated book. It is a story, quite simply, about walls. It is a surprising story, a hilarious story, a fun and thought-provoking story. Don’t miss this one. It is worth reading, talking about with everyone, and reading aloud to anyone: The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee, 2018.

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Book Review: Memphis, Martin, And The Mountaintop By Duncan & Christie

Among the many reasons that I love picture books, a major point for me as an adult is that I continually learn about important things through them. As a child with a vivid imagination and creativity, I was never much for history, biographies or period stories growing up. Even now, non-fiction books consistently take me longer to get through, while I devour fiction and stories at an almost alarming rate. But give me bite-size chunks of history, depict it with powerful illustrations, and you’ve got my attention. That’s what today’s book did.

I’m ashamed to say I knew nothing about the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968. I honestly did not even know it had occurred. My childhood education in the civil rights movement is basically non-existent. I don’t remember reading about much of anything except a few paragraphs here and there about Martin Luther King, Jr. My adult education is heavily underway, greatly aided by the powerful school my children attend. And I continue to seek out resources and especially picture books to fill in so many gaps in my knowledge as I learn alongside my children.

The newest one to our stack is Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, 2018. It is a lengthier picture book, a combination of poetry and prose, based on a teacher who participated in the strike and marches in Memphis as a child. Come learn along with me.

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25 Days – Book 25: Paul Writes (A Letter)

It is December 30 and I’m squeaking in my last of the 25 New Favorite Picture Books. Another new one from 2018, this is an interesting book to end the year on, but I love it for many different reasons. A book about the Apostle Paul and the many letters he wrote for the New Testament which, as the book claims, changed the world. Take a look at Paul Writes (a letter) by Chris Raschka, 2018.

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25 Days – Book 23: Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian

The book for today is pure fun and joy. It is a delightful picture book/psuedo comic for bibliophiles. A story about an escaped evil inventor, troubled secret agents, and an undercover librarian who solves all the worlds problems with the perfect book at the perfect time. Check out Lyric McKerrigan, Secret Librarian by Jacob Sager Weinstein, illustrated by Vera Brosgol, 2018.

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25 Days – Book 21: Bookjoy Wordjoy

Something a little different for the favorite new picture book list today. A poetry book. Specifically about books and words. A collection of poems that speak to and ignite the enthusiasm for reading and writing and loving words. And stunning, vibrant illustrations to captivate the imagination like words capture the tongue and mind. Feel the draw of words with Bookjoy Wordjoy by Pat Mora, illustrations by Raul Colón, 2018.

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25 Days – Book 19: Mary Poppins

Today is a glorious day. A day I’ve been waiting for for about two years, ever since I read that a new Mary Poppins movie was in the works and set to come this Christmas. Mary Poppins Returns is out today. I have not seen it yet, and won’t for at least a week as the timing with school and the holiday must be right. But I am equally excited that a beautiful Mary Poppins picture book came out this year as well. Our Christmas is going to be filled with Mary Poppins’ delights as I’m giving you a sneak peek at my youngest’s book gift. And my oldest is going to receive a beautiful, newly illustrated edition of the original Mary Poppins text. But that’s another post for another time. Join me now in reveling over this lovely, magical glimpse at the literary wonder: Mary Poppins story by P.L. Travers, adapted by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Genevieve Godbout, 2018.

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25 Days – Book 18: Joy

One week until Christmas. I am feeling a little overwhelmed and spent today, how about you? No better day than to introduce a delightful, lift-the-spirit kind of book! A story about a sweet girl who longs to bring the sparkle and joy back to her dear Nanna’s face, but struggles to collect all the special moments in her kit. Be cheered and delighted with Joy by Corrinne Averiss & Isabelle Follath, 2018.

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