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Posts about books I’m reading, book recommendations, illustrated book posts. Also see my Bookstagram!


#BookADay: BREAKOUT by Kate Messner, illustrated by Ellen Lindner

Although I’ve been embracing Donalyn Miller’s #BookADay challenge year-round, I don’t always have a chance to post about what I’m reading. You can see my archive of my #BookADay and book recommendation posts here. One of my #BookADay reads: BREAKOUT by Kate Messner, illustrated by Ellen Lindner (Bloomsbury).



#BookADay: THE VERY LAST CASTLE by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett (Abrams)

THE VERY LAST CASTLE is written by Travis Jonker and illustrated by Mark Pett, and I adore the main character, Ibb! This picture book came out from Abrams Books For Young Readers last October. Read the *starred review* in Kirkus! SYNOPSIS: “A curious little girl watches the man who guards the last castle . . .



#BookADay: EMBRACE THE CHICKEN by Mahtab Narsimhan (Orca Currents)

Reading any of Mahtab Narsimhan’s books always make me hungry for Indian food! EMBRACE THE CHICKEN is part of the Orca Currents collection: “short, high-interest novels with contemporary themes written specifically for middle-school students reading below grade level. Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 5.0. Interest level ages 10-14.” A thoroughly enjoyable . . .



How To Find Time To Read More Books In 2019

Now that my eyes are fixed (woohoo!), I have started reading print books again, in addition to other formats. I’m also reevaluating my reading habits. I love to read but sometimes I find that reading gets put on the back burner more often while other activities take priority. Sometimes these activities, . . .




MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press)

Yay, my copy of MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press) now has a signed bookplate! Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂 This book about a young boy’s refugee experience in the Syrian Civil War has received many accolades, and deservedly so. From the New York Times: “If you’ve been wondering how to present the . . .




COUNTING BIRDS by Heidi E.Y. Stemple and Clover Robin (Seagrass Press)

Above: My #BookADay post about COUNTING BIRDS: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends, written by Heidi E.Y. Stemple and illustrated by Clover Robin (Seagrass Press, 2018). I was inspired to add some fan art! **BOOK GIVEAWAY!** The publisher is giving away a copy of this book! Just retweet my post; . . .



ENGINERDS by Jarrett Lerner (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

Click on the above image for a bigger version. If you’re looking for a gift for a budding young scientist or engineer, I highly recommend Jarrett Lerner’s debut middle grade, ENGINERDS (Aladdine/Simon & Schuster, 2017). The first in a series, ENGINERDS is a such fun read. With short chapters and lots of . . .