2014 Reading – Children’s Authors are Kind

I’ve set some pretty high reading goals for this year.  And these don’t include my adult reading goals.

  • Read 200 Picture Books
  • Read 10 Juvenile Fiction Chapter Books
  • Read 5 Young Adult Novels
  • Read 52 Nonfiction books for Children

Also, I plan to continue the blog with the goal of 200 blog postings in 2014 here.

For most posts I write, I contact the authors and illustrators.  I have been amazed at the responses I receive in return.  My favorite responses include information of their upcoming books.  Below are some I can’t wait for ML and I to read in 2014.

May 1, 2014 – Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry

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May 6, 2014 – Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

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Sometime in Fall 2014,

A book about Thanksgiving by Mark Fearing

I am certain there are others I’m forgetting.  But I need to get reading and writing if I’m going to reach my 2014 goals.

Secret Pizza Party @ Quail Ridge Books

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving.  I usually avoid stores of any type on this day.  I worked a few too many Black Fridays at a toy store.  However, I had to go shopping today.  Adam Rubin was signing books at Quail Ridge Books.  He’s one of our new favorite authors.  Sadly, while he was in Raleigh from New York, ML was in New York.

I’ve already featured one of his books Dragons Love Tacoshttps://mlreads.com/2013/08/27/dragons/  A young boy asked a question you may have.  “Do you love tacos?”  Adam’s response, “Of course I do.”

I can’t tell you much about Secret Pizza Party because it’s a secret.  But I can tell you, I know a preschool boy who thinks it is the best book of the century.

Shhhh! Here’s another secret.  Adam’s newest book is being published this spring.  Big Bad Bubble is the story of monsters who fear bubbles.  Another one illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.  Actually, he’s illustrated all of Adam Rubin’s books.  They make a great team

It’s not everyday you get to meet an author and his mom.  But today I  had the pleasure.  Adam’s mom lives in Raleigh.  She is planning a gala fundraising event at Marbles Kids Museum this spring to benefit Girl Rising, a nonprofit group campaigning for girls’ education around the world.  I don’t know many details but I should soon.  For all my Raleigh readers, I’ll let you know more closer to the event.

Dragons

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In Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el and illustrated by Tim Bowers, Crispin is abnormal. Normal dragons breathe fire on their seventh birthday. Crispin breathes whipped cream, marshmallows, bubbles, red party streamers, teddy bears, and beach balls. Luckily, he breathes water and saves the day.

When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore and illustrated by Howard McWilliam is set at the beach. A boy creates a perfect sandcastle and a dragon moves in. It’s a mischievous dragon who eats all of the peanut butter sandwiches and throws sand at the boy’s sister.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is comical. Dragons love tacos and taco parties. Warning, only serve mild salsa to dragons. No Jalapenos! Unless you want . . .
Sorry, you’ll have to read the book to find out.