Sunday, May 31, 2015

#bookaday I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books are so full of heart, and Tom Lichtenheld's illustrations are always spot on. My students, my grandloves, and my hubby agree...they are two of our very favorite authors and illustrators. 5+/5 stars

Sunday, May 24, 2015

#bookaday Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton

Chris Haughton is an Irish designer with many awards. I know of him because of the delightful picture books he writes. The first one I discovered was Oh No, George! The bright, funny illustrations are so cute and wonderful, they make me laugh the moment I see them. To read his impressive resume, go to his website. The highest praise I can give books is when I want to buy them for my grandloves!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

#bookaday The Bored Book by David Michael Slater Illustrations by Doug Keith

Such a wonderful wordless book with tons of  ideas for writing prompts. Doug Keith's illustrations remind me of David Wiesner's. This is the kind of book that will be enjoyed again and again and again.

Friday, May 22, 2015

#bookaday The Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander

The Best Book in the World by Rilla Alexander from Flying Eye Books.

Summary from Flying Eye Books website:


Rilla Alexander

£12.99 / $17.95 / €14.50

48 pages | 280 × 240mm | Hardback, embossed gold foil | Picture books | 5-7 years

If you found the best book in the world, would you stop reading? Could you stop reading? If you had homework to do, or dinner to get through, could you put the book down? On a train to the zoo or on a flight to Kalamazoo, would that break the spell? If in a forest you walked, while scary monsters stalked… would that be enough? If every animal in the land were to be led by a big band, in a grand parade in your honour made… would you put the book down?
What could possibly be so good about a book? Well, open me up and find out for yourself!
Alexander’s superb artwork makes this an unforgettable and magical tale that encourages children to read. The Best Book in the World draws young readers into the richly rewarding world of books.
As a treat to all you fans of Rilla Alexander’s work, we’ve got 50 signed copies of the book which will be sent out to the first 50 orders. Better hop to it! (Signed copies available in UK and Europe only).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#bookaday Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony

Betty is hungry. She sees a banana. She wants to eat it. But the banana will not open! Poor Betty - she just can't cope and her frustration quickly becomes a BIG tantrum. Luckily, Mr Toucan swoops by to show Betty how to peel the fruit and the banana-drama finally comes to an end. But what will happen when Betty spots another banana?

-To further investigate, go to his website here

Monday, May 18, 2015

#bookaday Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood by Carole Boston Weatherford

Wonderful illustrations accompanies this telling of the great people who populated Sugar Hill in Harlem, NY. Go to Carole Boston Weatherford's site here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#bookaday Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

I love, love, love Brain Pickings site. Read their article about this wonderful wordless book here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Donlyn Miller's Book a Day Project #bookaday

The article below is how #bookaday began...back in 2009. Post books that you read in any social media with the hastag #bookaday. Yes, you read a book a day but it can be ANY kind of book... picture books, non-fiction, magazines, name it, if you read it, post it. There is no prize, it's not a command, it's a chance to share your love of reading via social media. Use the hashtag #bookaday and the title of the book. You don't have to leave a review but you certainly can if you so desire. Donlyn Miller is the champion of the pure love of reading...that means that no child should be given a TEST after they read a book. Her goal in life is to get every child to become a lifelong lover of books! Her two books are inspiring...The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild!

Join me, and thousands more, and tell us the books you love!

From the Nerdy Book Club, click here for daily book love!


Every year, I prepare for summer with the same comforting rituals. I buy a pack of Goody black hair elastics and new flip flops. I write end-of-year notes to my students. I recheck my summer travel plans. And I publicly announce my intention to read a book for every day of summer break.
This ambitious challenge began as an attempt to catch up on the landslide of books piled around my house and reconnect with my reading life. Over the years, the Book-a-Day challenge has evolved into a social event connecting readers who share book recommendations and celebrate reading. Nerdy Book Club fun fact, I “met” Colby Sharp for the first time when he joined the Book-a-Day Challenge on Twitter in 2011. Mini Book-a-Day events pop up during spring and winter breaks, and literacy gurus like Teri Lesesne post book titles under the #bookaday hashtag all year.
That book on your nightstand for the past two months? That biography someone gave you last Christmas? That cascading pile of journals on your office floor? Isn’t it time? Won’t you join me in the Fifth Annual Book-a-Day Challenge?
Imagine languid days reading an entire book in one sitting. Picture yourself staying up past midnight to finish one more chapter. Summer (reading) is coming.
The rules (more guidelines, really) are simple:
Read one book per day for each day of summer vacation. This is an average, so if you read three books in one day (I know you’ve done this!) and none the next two, it still counts.
You set your own start date and end date.
Any book qualifies including picture books, nonfiction, professional books, audio books, poetry anthologies, or fiction—children’s, youth, or adult titles.
Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking site like goodreads or Twitter (post using the #bookaday hashtag), a blog, or Facebook page. You do not have to post reviews, but you can if you wish. Titles will do.
Let me admit a secret. I probably won’t make my Book-a-Day Challenge this year without reading more than a few picture books and graphic novels to hedge my bets. You probably won’t either. Book-a-Day is not a competition. It’s an opportunity to enjoy marvelous reading experiences and rededicate ourselves to daily reading. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what we read, or how much, or when. What matters is that we have fun and indulge in our favorite leisure activity—reading a lot of books!
I like a little bit of everything, but here are ten books I plan to read:
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appeltsugar man swamp
Standard Hero Behavior by John David Anderson
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Dreams and Shadows by C. Thomas Cargill
Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman
Red River Stallion by Troon Harrison
Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Winger by Andrew Smith

I hope you have an adventurous summer both inside and outside the pages. Please share the books you plan to read this summer and help our reading lists grow.

Donalyn Miller is a fourth grade teacher at Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, TX. She is the author of The Book Whisperer and the upcoming Reading in the Wild. Donalyn co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk (with Nerdy co-founder, Colby Sharp), and facilitates the Twitter reading initiative, #bookaday.