Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, April 2, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey, with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.

This week I finished My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier.  Then I moved on to Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John is preparation for his author event.  Next came the decidedly very not children's book Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography by Robert Rosen in preparation for his author visit.  I'm currently reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson in preparation for the April meeting of the Current Affairs reading group.

In picture book land, I had a few random ones:
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
The Alphabet by Monique Felix
The Wind by Monique Felix

And some ordering for Simon and Schuster:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden, illustrated by Raul Colon
Oh No, Little Dragon! by Jim Averbeck
Hush, Little Monster by Denis Markell, illustrated by Melissa Iwai
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
The Boo! Book by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli
Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast
1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker
Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium by Calef Brown
Can I Just Take a Nap? by Ron Rauss, illustrated by Rob Shepperson
One of a Kind by Ariel S. Winter, illustrated by David Hitch
Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Cat in the Rhinestone Suit by John Carter Cash, illustrated by Scott Nash
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold by Deloris Jordan, illustrated by Barry Root
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox, illustrated by Jill Barton

And Fujii Associates:
I'm Not Tired Yet! by Marianne Richmond
It's a Big World, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi, illustrated by Tim Bowers
Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin
Zach Gets Frustrated by William Mulcahy, illustrated by Darren McKee
Zach Apologizes by William Mulcahy, illustrated by Darren McKee
One Sunny Day by Tammi Salzano, illustrated by Hannah Wood
Uh-Oh! Oh No! by Ann Hodgman, illustrated by Lucy Barnard
My Friend Fred by Hiawyn Oram, illustrated by Rosie Reeve
Mole's Babies by David Bedford, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
The Bump by Mij Kelly, illustrated by Nicholas Allan
Scary Mary by Paula Bowles
Bustle in the Bushes by Giles Andreae, illustrated by David Wojtowycz
Boris and the Wrong Shadow by Leigh Hodgkinson
At the Boardwalk by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman, illustrated by Monica Armino
My Dad! by Steve Smallman and Sean Julian
Mouse and the Moon by M. Christina Butler, illustrated by Tina Macnaughton
Just One More! by Tracey Corderoy and Alison Edgson
Very Special Friends by Jane Chapman
Monty and Milli: The Totally Amazing Magic Trick by Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes
Super-Duper Dudley! by Sue Mongredien and Caroline Pedler
Duck Says Don't! by Alison Ritchie and Hannah George
Deep Sea Dive by Salina Yoon
Space Walk by Salina Yoon
Tickle Time! by Sandra Boynton
The Land of Dinosaurs created by Peter Lippman, text by Louise A. Gikow
Baby Faces: A Book of Happy, Silly, Funny Babies by Kate Merritt
Baby Babble: A Book of Baby's First Words by Kate Merritt
Bawk and Roll by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Dan Santat
Whales by Kim Norman, illustrated by Carol Schwartz
Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals by Kim Norman, illustrated by Julius Csotonyi
First Prayers: A Celebration of Faith and Love by Troy Howell
Don't Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen
Mammoth and Me by Algy Craig Hall
Where's the Dinosaur? by Keith Moseley
Builder Goose: It's Construction Rhyme Time! by Boni Ashburn, illustrated be Sergio de Giorgi
Sign Language ABC by Lora Heller
Springtime with Bunny by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Laura Logan
Snakes Up Close! by Thea Feldman
Dinosaur Pets by Kathleen Kudlinski, illustrated by Julius Csotonyi
Lamb's Easter Surprise by Christine Taylor-Butler, illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson
Kiki's Blankie by Janie Bynum
All Creatures Great and Small by Naoko Stoop
Easter Babies: A Springtime Counting Book by Joy N. Hulme, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, illustrated by David Walker

Next week I will finish up Speak and move on to Crow by Barbara Wright in preparation for her author visit.  (So many author visits!)

What are you reading?


  1. Are you planning to read all those books? Wow! :-)

    1. All the ones listed are books I read this past week. Remember, most of them are picture books that only take a few minutes to read, and I'm doing that as part of my job.

  2. I read My Brother Sam is Dead years and years ago, but I can still remember. Says something about the book, right? Have a good week!

    1. I was pleasantly surprised by My Brother Sam Is Dead. It didn't go where I thought it would and became so much more than the stereotypical heartstring-pulling war story. Very thoughtful.

  3. Geez that's a lotta books! I haven't read Speak but have been thinking of doing so soon!

    Have a great week!

    La Toya (La Toya, Literally.)

    1. So far, I really recommend Speak. It's held up as the pinnacle of "issue books" for a reason, I suppose.

  4. What do you mean you are ordering? Will you read all those books, or you are ordering for a library? Speak is one of the books I consistently PUSH in my library and it seems to be timeless. Many other books come and go, but Speak is here for the long haul.

    1. I'm the Children's Book Buyer at Left Bank Books, an independent bookstore with two locations in St. Louis, Missouri. When I refer to ordering in this context, it's new releases from the major publishers and a handful of smaller presses represented by a collective sales team (like Fujii).

      I agree that Speak definitely has classic potential. It certainly doesn't read as if it was written over a decade ago.

  5. How was Thou Shalt Not Road Trip? I loved Five Flavors of Dumb and had a Skype interview with Antony John recently that was awesome. Oh, I hope it's good. Please tell me it's good!

    1. It's very different from Five Flavors of Dumb, but not in a bad way. I think I lacked some context, because while it's not preachy, it does deal a lot with church community as a way of life, and that's not something I have a lot of experience with. If you liked the field trips in Five Flavors, there's a lot of that around Route 66 sites. Ultimately, it's another journey of self-discovery, but the stops along the way are completely different. Antony's a good friend of the store (he lives just down the street) and I'm glad to have another title of his to recommend to a slightly different audience.

  6. I've read LMNOPeas but not 1-2-3-Peas! I am going to look for that. I need to do more number books with my son. Speak is an awesome book, I passed it on to a teacher to give to a student a few weeks ago! I hope she reads it. It's intense but excellent.

    1. 1-2-3 Peas is, as you can imagine, very similar to LMNOPeas. I covers 1-12, then intervals of 10 up to 100 (if memory serves).

      I finished Speak today and heartily agree that it is great.

  7. I have to admit I'm sort of jealous of your job! How does one become a book buyer?

    1. I completely stumbled into it. Left Bank Books has a policy of hiring almost everyone as an entry-level bookseller and discovering where their talents and interests lie. In my case, they noticed I spent a lot of time straightening picture books and had opinions on young adult novels. I happened to come on board while Borders was in the process of closing, and their absence left a lot of schools without a host for their book fairs, which gave us a lot more business. That meant the Children's Buyer needed an assistant. Shortly after, she decided to move on from Left Bank, and I was asked to assume her position.

      So, while I'm sure a degree in some form of children's literature or library science certainly couldn't hurt, the main requirements are love and enthusiasm for the material and the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time. That, and a high tolerance for data entry.

  8. I've been wanting to read Speak ever since I saw the movie. Hope you enjoy all of your reads.


    1. I didn't even know there was a movie until I got to the bonus interview with Laurie Halse Anderson at the back of the book. I may have to investigate, especially after seeing that Kristen Stewart plays Melinda.