Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 Reading Resolutions Update

It’s been three months since I’ve updated on my 2014 Reading Resolutions. This is mostly due to completing many of them (Go me!).

1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading Challenge. If not done by June 30, 2014, organize my own. One day I will do this!

2. Read more books from the below lists.

  • Read 2014 winners/honors for Caldecott (done), Belpre illustrator (done), Coretta Scott King (CSK) illustrator (done), Odyssey(done –read 31/attempted 4) YALSA non-fiction (done), and Geisel (done) (a.k.a. the awards I finished reading in 2013). The 2014 winners/honors were announced on January 27, 2014, adding several titles to my TBR list. The 2015 finalists for YALSA Nonfiction were announced in December 2014. This total does not include those titles.
  • Schneider Family Book Awards - 30 total books 15 read. 1 abandoned. 17 read/1 abandoned
  • Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's Young Adult Literature Award –21 total books 11 read and 1 abandoned. 18 read/1 abandoned
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book –48 total books 34 read. 39 read
  • Morris – 30 total books 17 read 22 read The 2015 finalists for Morris and YALSA Nonfiction were announced in December 2014. This total does not include those titles.
  • Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (392 total books 83 read and 1 abandoned 91 read), Printz (67 total books 26 read and 6 abandoned 34 read and 7 abandoned), and CSK author (152 total books. 23 read. 1 abandoned 30 read)
Newbery Done!
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Printz Done!
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Dodger by Terry Pratchett

CSK author Done!
March: Book One by John Lewis
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester
Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis

3. 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. I just started it about a month ago.

4. Keep up with tracking books read! I read over 775 books in 2013. I’d like to read an even 1000 in 2014. I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. According to Goodreads, I have completed over 940 books so far this year and am about on tract for my goal!

I’m already thinking about my Reading Resolutions for 2015. That, however, is for another post!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Falling for Books preschool storytime plan

A couple of months ago we used Falling for Books as a storytime theme. It is a theme that we use every fall, but no one minds.  It's such a fun theme!


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

November Reads


Where has the year gone?  I'm getting close to my goal of reading 1000 books this year, and am on tract to complete that goal on time.  

In November I read 57 books.  As usual, those in bold are titles I rated with five stars on Goodreads.com.  

November reads 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon
Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy
I'm A Turkey! by Jim Arnosky
This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine   
That New York Minute by Abby Gaines
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy
I'm A Turkey! by Jim Arnosky
This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine
Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley
By Day, By Night by Amy Gibson
Scowl by Steve Smallman
The Great Googly Moogly by Courtney Dicmas
Daddy's Zigzagging Bedtime Story by Alan Sitomer
What's So Yummy?: All About Eating Well and Feeling Good (Let’s Talk About You and Me) by Robie H. Harris
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt
Sarah on the Potty by Pauline Oud
Old Manhattan Has Some Farms by Susan Lendroth
A Perfect Place for Ted by Leila Rudge
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
The Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam 
What Happened at Midnight by Courtney Milan
Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper
Olivia by Ian Falconer
The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) by Johnathan Stroud
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The Lady Always Wins by Courtney Milan
Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki
Pets! by Melrose Cooper
The Best Pet Ever by Victoria Roberts
Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde
My First Ghost by Maggie Miller
I Want a Pet! by Cathy Morrison
Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
The Animals' Santa by Jan Brett
Elmer and the Monster by David McKee
Love Monster and the Perfect Present by Rachel Bright
Ready, Steady, Ghost! by Elizabeth Baguley
Pants for Chuck by Pat Schories
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters by Dan Richards
Tin by Chris Judge
Druthers by Matt Phelan
I Want to Go Home! by Tony Ross
PB&J Hooray!: Your Sandwich's Amazing Journey from Farm to Table by Janet Nolan
I Feel Five! by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster by Mike Wohnoutka
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio by Carole Gerber

Friday, December 05, 2014

We Are the Dinosaurs preschool storytime plan


One of my favorite preschool storytime themes to do is dinosaurs.  We marched and roared and pretended that We Are the Dinosaurs with this fun program!




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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Make New Friends preschool storytime plan


I was a little sad that I planned this storytime but ended up not being able to do it, since I came down with a virus that made me lose my voice.  Hopefully I'll be able to use the plan sometime in the future.  It's always fun to Make New Friends.



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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bunny Hope Preschool Storytime plan

We had a hopping good time with the Bunny Hop themed storytime.






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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mom's the Word Preschool Storytime Plan


Mom's the Word for this preschool storytime!



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Saturday, November 08, 2014

By the Pond preschool storytime plan

For this storytime we visited our friends By the Pond.




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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

October Reads

I was back in the reading mood in October, having read 89 books.  As usual, the titles in bold are the ones I rated with five stars on my Goodreads.com account.



October reads (89)

This Magic Moment by Virna DePaul
Unraveled by Courtney Milan
Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt
Unclaimed by Courtney Milan
Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle
Anna's Heaven by Stian Hole
Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting
Unlocked by Courtney Milan
Unveiled by Courtney Milan
The Soda Bottle School by Suzanne Buckingham Slade
Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand
Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan
A Night at the Zoo by Kathy Caple
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox
Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher
The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing
The Mayflower by Mark Greenwood
I'm Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer
While You Were Napping by Jenny Offill
And Then Comes Christmas by Tom Brenner
Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan
The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
Tiny Goes Back to School by Cari Meister
Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan
Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Huff and Puff and the New Train by Tish Rabe
More and More by Emma Dodd
Always by Emma Dodd
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Milo and Millie by Jedda Robaard
Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead
Let's Paint! by Gabriel Alborozo
One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl
Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman
At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman,
Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli,
Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
Monster Party! by Annie Bach
Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals
The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg
May I Bring A Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan 
The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure by Oliver Jeffers
Tuck-in Time by Carole Gerber
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Brave Chicken Little by Robert Byrd
Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Night Parade by Lily Roscoe
The Whispering Town by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren
Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon
Finding It by Cora Carmack
With this Kiss by Victoria Lynne
Colors versus Shapes by Mike Boldt
I Am a Witch's Cat by Harriet Muncaster
Keeping Her by Cora Carmack
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
Faking It by Cora Carmack
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A Fish Named Glub by Dan Bar-el
I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy
Telephone by Mac Barnett
As An Oak Tree Grows by G Brian Karas
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
I'm Brave! by Kate McMullan
On My Way to School by Sarah Maizes
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker
Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland
Whose Hat is That? by Anita Bijsterbosch
Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Losing It by Cora Carmack
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
The Best Chef in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah
There's a Fly Guy in My Soup by Tedd Arnold
National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini
Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me by C.M. Rubin
Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Elliott
Dixie Wants an Allergy by Tori Corn
Ben & Zip: Two Short Friends by Joanne Linden
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
Bats in the Band by Brian Lies
My Bibi Always Remembers by Toni Buzzeo
Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Monday, November 03, 2014