Monday, May 04, 2015

2015 Reading Resolutions update

1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2015, organize my own. One day I will do this!  Dewey’s  24-hour Read-a-thon is slated for April 25, 2015!  I did it!  I did it!  I participated in the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon! 

2. Read more books from the below lists.

  •  Read 2015 winners/honors for Caldecott, Belpre illustrator, Coretta Scott King (CSK) illustrator, Odyssey(read 31/attempted 4) YALSA non-fiction , and Geisel  (a.k.a. the awards I finished reading in 2013 and again in 2014).  The 2015 winners/honors will be announced on February 2, 2015, adding several titles to my TBR list. Finished Caldecott, Geisel, Belpre illustrator, CSK illustrator, and YALSA non-fiction titles. Have read three of the remaining Odyssey titles, leaving only one more to go.
  •  Schneider Family Book Awards - 36 total books 15 read/1 abandoned
  •  Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's Young Adult Literature Award 30 total books 23 read/1 abandoned
  • Morris 35 total books 24 read (Finalists announced in December 2014; winner announced February 2, 2015)
  •   Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (400 total books 93 read/1 abandoned), Printz (77 total books 37 read and 7 abandoned), and CSK author (161 total books. 38 read. 1 abandoned).   Thanks to the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon, I finished the CSK titles.  I’ll likely read more throughout the year.
  1. Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
  2. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  2. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
CSK author
  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  2. Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
  3. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson
  5. I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
  6. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson

3. I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be the Year of Non-Fiction.  This means I plan to focus on reading non-fiction titles - not just those on award lists such as YALSA Non-Fiction (25/30 read as of December 15, 2014) and Sibert  (39/53 read as of December 15, 2014) – but non-fiction in general for a variety of ages.  This will include biographies. YALSA Non-fiction finalists were announced in December, but the winner for that award – and the winners and honors for most of the other Youth Media Awards won’t be announced until February 2, 2015. (UPDATED TOTALS: YALSA Non-Fiction (30/30 read) and Sibert (45/59 read). 

4. Read the Harry Potter and the Outlander series again. Both are favorites of mine.  After recently watching all of the Harry Potter movies, I realized how many details I had forgotten (that are missing from the movies as well).  I think it is time to revisit the stories.  I’ve listened to the Outlander series twice.  It takes quite some time!  Hopefully by starting them again this month I will finish in time for the next book to be published. (Please be soon.  Please be soon. Please be soon.) I’m participating in a Buddy Read of the Harry Potter series through one of the Goodreads groups I belong to.  So far I have read books 1, 2, 3, and 4, have started HP5.  I finished Outlander and recently started the second book, Dragonfly in Amber.

5. Set aside time each week to read the libraryland blogs, journals and other news sources. This really needs to be a part of my regular workweek.  Ever since Google’s blog reader bit the dust, I’ve fallen behind on reading blogs.  I’m trying Feedly, but need to get in the habit of checking it on a regular basis. Part of me thinks I should give up on this.

6. Keep up with tracking books read!  I read over 775 books in 2013.  My goal for 2014 was 1000, and I ended up reading just over that amount. In 2015 I am going to go with a less hectic goal of 500. I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. I lowered my goal to 250 and feel so much less stressed!  So far I am doing well with the new goal and am more than 20 books ahead of schedule!

April 2015 Reads

In April I managed to read 29 books.  Several of these were on April 25-26 when I participated in Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon.  
As usual, if the title is in bold print then I rated it five stars on Goodreads

Stitches by David Small
Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London
Tart by Lauren Dane
Fairest by Marissa Meyer            
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson     
I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This by Jacqueline Woodson
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
Batman: Hush - Volume One by Jeph Loeb
Cherished by Maya Banks and Lauren Dane
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Her Montana Man by Cheryl St. John
The Other Side: Shorter Poems by Angela Johnson
Shadows of Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Imagination and Basketball by Christopher Myers
Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall
Creatures of the Night by Camilla Bedoyere
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Lost in You by Lauren Dane
Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
March: Book Two by John Robert Lewis
Making Chase by Lauren Dane
Chased by Lauren Dane

Friday, May 01, 2015

Going Green Preschool Storytime Plan

 April 22 is Earth Day.  In celebration of it, we had a Going Green themed for preschool storytime.  While I did find many books on the green lifestyle, I wasn't finding many fingerplays and songs that I felt the children would enjoy.  So I shared the books on my handout and as a display in the room, and instead did a frog themed program.  

You can get my Going Green storytime plan by clicking here. 

When I was looking for a craft, I came across several using paper plates.  Doing those would require lots of coloring or painting, or having green plates.  I didn't want to do that, since I can have a fairly large group of preschoolers.  Instead I decided to make my own template in MS Publisher and copy it onto various shades of green paper.  You can get my template by clicking here.

Please note, to view the files, you will need a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it free here). 

Here is my sample, along with all of the curled tongues, dotted eyes, and copied templates.  


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2015 24-Hour Dewey's Read-A-Thon, part 3

Here are the final updates from my read-a-thon day.

Next up in my dewey readathon reading: Coretta Scott King author honor From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson.

I'm still at it! I just finished Fairest, so I decided to start on Dragonfly in Amber. This is the third time I've listened to this series.

In hour 22 of dewey read-a-thon I'm still reading with my ears while curled up in the sunroom. 
So close to the end! I'm still reading with my ears as the new day dawns. My eyes are much too tired!

The end is near! Here are my answers for part one of the dewey readathon Event Meme.
1) the past few hours! I'm ready to sleep.
2) Of the titles I read over the past 24 hours - Ms. Marvel, The Thirteenth Tale, and Fairest.
3) Nope!
4) I enjoyed the mini-challenges.
5) I read all or part of ten titles!
6) coming soon.
7) Ms. Marvel
8) The Lies of Locke Lamora.
9) n/a
10) Very! If not as a reader, than as a cheerleader.

Birds are singing. Sun is shining. I've been reading for most of the past 24 hours. It's nearly over, but I can't wait. My bed is calling me.

My booklist for the dewey read-a-thon. Ten titles read; eight finished during the event.

My stats for
dewey read-a-thon. all or part of 10 books, four of which were audiobooks. By my best estimate, I spent around 20 hours reading or reading with my ears

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2015 24-Hour Dewey's Read-A-Thon, part 2

Here are some more of my updates from this past Saturday's read-a-thon.  I had so much fun  partaking in this event!

Keeping the reading going even while driving with this audiobook.
When one is participating in a lengthy, mentally stimulating (albeit entertaining) task, it's important to remember to eat. Of course, the reading continues thanks to Overdrive and the Kindle app in my mini-iPad. Reading Tart by Lauren Dane. 

I'm halfway through the read-a-thon! 1. I'm currently listening to Fairest. 2. I've finished three books and have read or listened to six total. 3. Finishing Fairest, though I'm going to take a break to read something else for a bit. 4. Not really. I planned ahead! 5. How difficult it is to decide what to read next!
Talking a break from Fairest to read a graphic novel or two. First up Batman: Hush, volume 1
Chances are I will finish Fairest tonight. (I did)
Taking a break from reading with my ears to read this graphic novel
Listening to more of Fairest while I contemplate my next read I've a few titles on my iPad, as well as a pile of print titles.
Six Word Story Read-a-Thon challenge.

Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon, part 1

I did it!! I participated in the 2015 Dewey’s Read-A-Thon!  I got a bit of a late start, as I didn’t get up until 9 a.m. I ended a little early as well, going to bed around 7:35. 

During the day (and night) I updated my Instagram feed with my progress.  I also shared those photos to this blog’s Facebook page. 

What better way to blog about the experience than to share those photos?  Since there are so many of them, I am going to split them into multiple posts.

My pile of print books for Dewey's 24 hour Read-A-Thon. 

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon has started. I'm not ready to put on my glasses and read with my eyes, so I'm kicking off by laying in bed and reading with my ears

Talking a break from reading with my ears to start on my pile of print books. First up Ms. marvel: No Normal

Now that I've finished Ms. Marvel it's back to this audiobook while I do a few chores. Chances are I'll finally finish it today!

My companions during today's readathon. They would join in reading, but they'd rather nap.

Audiobook is finished. Next up is this Coretta Scott King author honor.

Back to audiobooks for a bit.

How about a readathon challenge? I hadn't meant to tell you this / Unleashed / I kill Giants.