Favorites of the Year

MotherReader has challenged all of us to come up with a list of top five books for various ages.  What fun!  These are my faves of what I have read so far this year:

PICTURE BOOKS

Dizzy by Jonah Winter
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston
For You Are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane
Meow Ruff by Joyce Sidman
Summer Is Summer by Phillis and David Gershator

ELEMENTARY

Desperate Journey by Jim Murphy
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
Henrietta, There’s No One Better by Martine Murray
Rules by Cynthia Lord

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Anatopsis by Chris Abouzeid
Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley
Clay by David Almond
Corydon and the Island of Monsters by Tobias Druitt
Sweet Thang by Allison Whittenberg

HIGH SCHOOL

Monster Blood Tattoo by D. M. Cornish
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud
Rash by Pete Hautman
Wait for Me by An Na

The picture book and teen ones were easy for me this year, but I struggled with the elementary books.  Looks like I need to read more of those!

Dooby Dooby Moo

Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin is another in the charming Click Clack Moo series.  This time the duck, cows, sheep and pigs have decided to enter a talent contest at the fair.  The cows sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, the sheep sing Home on the Range, and the pigs do interpretive dance.  Duck manages everyone and makes sure they are rehearsing.  But once they get to the fair, the judges don’t seem to appreciate their talents until Duck jumps on stage and saves the day.

Like all of the books in the series, this one begs to be read aloud.  It is such fun to sing like a cow or a sheep.  And the final twist to the story will have children giggling along. 

Share this one with preschoolers on up.  Even elementary age kids will enjoy the humor here.  Be careful because you will find yourself riding in the car and having to sing aloud like the cows and sheep.  A small price to pay for such an enjoyable read.

Oh No, Not Ghosts!

Oh No, Not Ghosts!  by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Adam McCauley. 

This is one of those books that I had to sneak out of the house to get it back to the library.  My sons absolutely loved it.  It is the perfect Halloween read-aloud with a myriad of creepy creatures.  A brother and sister who are being quiet to let their father sleep hear a wailing sound.  The boy tries to reassure his sister that it is the wind, not ghosts, but all she hears is ghosts and cries, “Oh no, not ghosts!”  As he tries to reassure her, he continues to name other creatures she shouldn’t fear and the pattern continues.

The pictures are creepy but cartoony, and each monster is revealed to be imaginary in the illustrations.  It is a great book to read aloud, because of the little girl’s reactions.  Just play those up in a different voice or the book can be confusing to listen to.  What fun!  A perfect book to give kids a few safe shivers.

Red Cygnet Press

Red Cygnet Press publishes children’s books written by promising college students.  From shots of the covers alone, the art looks very well-done.  I look forward to reading some of the titles.  The website offers reviews of the books as well as sample pages.  You can also sign up for emails on their books. 

Just One More Book!

Just One More Book!! is a blog that offers podcasts that are all about children’s books. Most of them feature recommended books, but others have author interviews and listener feedback.