Month: November 2015

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used In War

Child Soldier

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.   Yesterday, I read Child Soldier:  When Boys and Girls Are Used in War written by Jessica Dee Humphreys & Michael Chikwanine and illustrated by Claudia Davila.  This book covers a horrifying subject matter in an age appropriate way for later elementary and middle school students.  It’s written in the graphic novel format.  According to wikipedia, “A graphic novel is a book made up of comics content. Although the word “novel” normally refers to long fictional works, the term “graphic novel” is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term “comic book“, which is used for comics periodicals”

While the subject is one of the most horrific ones I’ve read in children’s literature.  The illustrations are not graphic.  Ml doesn’t like graphic  novels.  Anytime, I’ve brought one home, she’s said, “You know I don’t like graphic novels.”  If she did, I would take it home and introduce her to this heartbreaking reality before she sees a more graphic version in the news.

Until yesterday, it would not have occurred to me to add the fact that my daughter and friends are not being recruited as soldiers to what I am thankful for.  After reading this book, it will be one of the top things on my list.

Five Star Picture Books 2015

It’s that time of year when the “Best of” lists are being published.  The following books received five stars from me on Goodreads, which isn’t easy to do.   I’ve read 499 picture books this year; most which were published this year.  Only fifteen received 5 stars.

 

Whale in Swimming Pool

The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

Juneteenth

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Home

Home by Carson Ellis

If You Plant a Seed

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Simons New Bed

Simon’s New Bed by Christian Trimmer and illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt

Waiting

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Where's Walrus

Where’s Walrus?  And Penguin? by Stephen Savage

Lizard from Park

Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

Dog Wearing Shoes

A Dog Wearing Shoes by Sangmi Ko

Everybody Sleeps

Everybody Sleeps (but not Fred) by Josh Schneider

How to Share with Bear

How to Share With a Bear by Eric Pinder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street by  Matt de La Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Beep Beep Go to Sleep

Beep, Beep, Go To Sleep by Todd Tarpley and illustrated by John Rocco

Look

Look by Jeff Mack

Interstellar Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt

The Three Questions

Three Questions

Mom would be so proud. I said, “No, I have too much on my plate to be room parent. When asked for ideas of who might be wiling to do it, I suggested asking a DAD. I said, “All the moms I know in the class plates are overflowing.”  Later in the day, I read the book The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth.  Every mom I know needs to sit down and read this book.  Then, read it to their child.  Then, discuss the three questions “When is the best time to do things?  Who is the most important one?  What is the right thing to do?”

As the crazy holiday season approaches, I’ve decided to live in the present.  Every year, since ML was tiny we’ve tried to go Christmas Caroling with friends.  When she was younger, it was spur of the moment.  As she grew, I tried to turn it into a party.  For the past three years, it’s been cancelled due to sickness or pouring rain.  This year, I’m not putting a plan in place.  This doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen.  It might if the weather is good, everyone at our house is well and the stars align.  If they do, I’ll send you a last minute text.

If you have not discovered Jon J. Muth, you should.  He writes and illustrates wise books.  His version of Stone Soup is one of my favorites.

Stone Soup