Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Great Books I Might Recommend For a Beginning Reader

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This is what I do every day.



I recommend books to beginning readers. I'm a school librarian. Our school has students who are PreK to second grade. Everyone at my school is a beginning reader.


Here are some that I've recommended this year with good results:
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Confidence builder.


This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back. The author came to our school last year and our kids are now his biggest fans.

 
Press Here. Interactive.



All the Elephant & Piggie books. Goofy funny.


All the Fly Guy books. It's a chapter book, with real chapters. But readable.


The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow. Looks like a big thick book but it only has a few words on each page. And it's funny.


Frog and Toad books. Real chapter books.





Readable. And scary.


A big, wacky dog.


 A little scary and funny.


 I bet you have recommendations for me, too. Please share them. I always need recommendations for great books for early readers.



Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Busy Book-ish Week Ahead



A busy, busy, busy reading week ahead.


 
My poor mail carrier.
November is my Un-birthday Book Club Month.
November is Cybils month.
Look at what arrived recently.


 
 
Un-Birthday Books:
 
 
   Novel Cure bookcover
 
   the-literacy-cookbook-200  
 
Reading in the Wild
Italian Ways
The Novel Cure
The Literacy Cookbook
Stitches



   

 
Cybils Books:

Cover: Stella Batts: Who's in Charge   TheBigWetBalloon.cvr_lo_600pxPATRICK EATS HIS PEAS BY GEOFFREY HAYES
  
 
 
Poppy the Pirate Dog
  

     
Mysterious Traveler by Mal Peet and Elspeth GrahamThe Two and Only Kelly Twins
 
 
Mysterious Traveler
The Two and Only Kelly Twins
The Big Wet Balloon
Patrick Eats His Peas
Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter
Otto's Backwards Day
Poppy the Pirate Dog
Blue Ocean Bob
Clementine and the Spring Trip
Stella Batts: Who's in Charge?

 
 
 
 
  
 

What I Finished Last Week

 As you might imagine, I read (mostly) Cybils books last week.
 
I'm happy to say that I've now read 30 of the 39 Easy Reader nominees and
30 of the 44 Early Chapter Book nominees.
 
 

 
What I'm Reading Now

Now I'm waiting for mail delivery so I can finish reading the last 23 Cybils nominees.

Right now, I am reading my Un-Birthday Books, reading here and there in Stitches and The Literacy Cookbook and The Novel Cure and Italian Ways and Reading in the Wild. I'm also rereading The Happiness Project for book club on Tuesday and browsing through Americanah and Transatlantic for the author reading on Monday.
  


Book-ish Events This Week

This will be a very book-ish week.

 
Monday night is the Inprint author reading in Houston.
Both Colum McCann and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be reading.
 
 
Tuesday night is book club.
We are discussing The Happiness Project.
 
 
Wednesday night is Anne Lamott in Houston,
talking about her new book, Stitches.
(This event is sold out, so I'm not sure I will be able to go.
Hope a seat will open up on Wednesday.)
 


 
 
I'm also participating in
from November 15 to November 30!

 
gratitude 2013


And what am I giving away?

 




What are you reading this week?
 
 
 

What is the Sunday Salon
Imagine some university library's vast reading room.
It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in.
They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,
and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go.
Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and
compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....

 

 
 
That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual.
Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon
get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read.
And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs.
Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon,
an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities
 and fall into a good book. 
Click here to join the Salon.
 

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is being hosted in November by I Totally Paused.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Win a Trip Across the USA or a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate!


gratitude 2013

Thank you for following my blog!



This month, to thank you, my wonderful readers,
I am participating in the Gratitude Giveaways,
hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.




I will be giving away a Trip Across the USA!
(Okay, I'm giving away a beautiful copy of
Fast Facts About the 50 States!)
This will be US only, please.


I will also be giving away
$25 Amazon gift card!
It is international!



To win the Gratitude Giveaways,
You must follow me and
leave a comment here
that (1) tells me if you'd like to win the Trip Across the USA
and/or the gift card and (2) includes an e-mail address
 (posted in an elusive way to thwart the wicked).


And that's it!


Thank you so much for following my little book blog.
I am thankful for each one of you!



UPDATE: The winner of Fast Facts About the Fifty States is 
Jieru at Crazy Four Books and
and the winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is Debbie from ExUrbanis.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Covers I Wish I Could Redesign






Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Monday, November 11, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?




What I Reviewed Last Week






TransAtlantic  
by Colum McCann

I've only read a few authors who are able to do what McCann does, only a few writers who can create a novel that's like 
an amazing mix of a crossword...more








Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I've read Adichie twice before and both times I was drawn into her big-and-yet-small, exotic-and-yet-universal stories. 

This book was different...more







Tomorrow, When the War Began (Audio)  
by John Marsden

My husband wondered if teenagers are different in Australia than they are here in America as we listened together to the audiobook of this story. Parents send...more










Glitter and Glue: A Memoir
by Kelly Corrigan

Where does a memoirist go after she has told her story? Perhaps she can go back and tell a little more?

Or...more








Fangirl
by Rainbow Rowell

I was a Rainbow Rowell fan. Loved E&P. dug up an old ARC of her earlier novel, Attachments. Loved it, too.

And then I read Fangirl...more









The Silver Brumby
by Elyne Mitchell

Sadly, I was never one of those girls who fall in love with horses in elementary school. Apparently, my fourth grade teacher was;that year, she read...more









Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare
by Darren Shan

Why do so many kids love scary books? This is beyond my comprehension. Let's just set aside rationale and accept that this is true.

Cirque du Freak...more









Practical Classics:
50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books
You Have Touched Since High School
by Kevin Smokler

I can see myself writing a book like this someday. Smokler goes back to books recommended to high school students to find and share with others the bo...more








Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue
by Naoko Stoop

Yes, Red Knit Cap Girl is off to the rescue, but, remember, this is Red Knit Cap Girl, the quietest, gentlest hero you will ever encounter...more









Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude
by Neal Pollack

It's a funny story. 
Be prepared for lots of adolescent humor, though, 
and lots of tales of his slacker-ness (his wife must be a saint)...more








What are you reading this week?


Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Bienvenidos! Enchanté! Bonjour!

 Literary Blog Hop November



 
 
Update!

And the winner is...

Shannon from Giraffe Days!

She chose Lies You Wanted to Hear

as her prize from Book Depository.

Congratulations!
 
 


Let me introduce myself.
Bonjour! Enchant√©! Bienvenidos!


I am Debnance at Readerbuzz.
I love to read.
I especially love children's books,
travel memoirs,
 literary fiction
creative nonfiction,
and books about happiness.


I'm happy to be joining in the Literary Blog Hop again. 
It's a hop taking place from 
Saturday, November 9th until (and including) Wednesday, November 13th. 
It is hosted by Judith at Leeswammes' Blog and 
it's designed for participants who read primarily literary works. 




  

I'm giving away your choice of either:
(1) Five Days at Memorial (nonfiction)
or
(2) The Gravity of Birds (fiction).*
(*Rationale: I've read both of these
and loved them both.
If you are an international winner, 
I will provide 
$15 gift card from Book Depository
rather than paying to mail either of these hardcover books from the US.)


The giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world.
To enter the giveaway,
simply leave a comment below
with your e-mail address,
(disguised, of course, to thwart the wicked.)



 And I'd love to visit your blog. 
If you like, follow me and leave a comment
and I will hop over and follow you.


I also invite you to:
Befriend me at Goodreads.
Follow me at Twitter.
 Befriend me at Facebook


Thank you for coming by!
Hope you will stop by and visit others in our hop!
Linky List:
  1. Leeswammes
  2. Ciska's Book Chest
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. The Things You Can Read (US)
  5. Col Reads
  6. Guiltless Reading
  7. Love at First Book (US)
  8. Maurice On Books (US)
  9. Mythical Books
  10. Books by Judith
  11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
  12. River City Reading
  13. Too Fond
  14. Exurbanis
  15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  16. Book'd Out
  17. Roof Beam Reader
  18. Books Speak Volumes
  19. The Relentless Reader (US)
  20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  21. Booklover Book Reviews
  22. Nishita's Rants and Raves
  23. Ephemeral Digest
  24. Julia Crane Author (US)
  25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
  1. Read Lately (US)
  2. Readerbuzz
  3. Lucybird's Book Blog (Europe)
  4. The Misfortune of Knowing
  5. Bibliophile By the Sea
  6. The Novel Life
  7. Kinx's Book Nook US)
  8. Dolce Bellezza
  9. Nose in a book
  10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  11. Anita Loves Books (US)
  12. Words for Worms (US)
  13. Wensend
  14. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (N-America)