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


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


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.



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.