Books we Read in March

March 2009 [New Books Received:  31; Books Read: 69]

This month we hit a milestone: we crossed 1,400 and now have more than 1,425 completed reviews in our book bag! Wow. It seems like only yesterday I was reviewing Are You My Mother?

For the first time in a long time, we read more books than we received. That is helped – in no small part – by the fact that two of our reviewing families have returned to active volunteer status. I am so excited to have them back!!

Many of the picture book reviews are new finds at the library; some by my daughter, some by the 5-year-old daughter of one of our reviewers. They aren’t on our TBR pile, but these are new readers picking out their own books, so we include them.

With the Middle Grade/YA reviews, we have some teacher reviews and reviews by one of our school partners.  I was tickled to see they included read-alike ideas.

For new subscribers: Titles in bold/italic titles are books we’ve read and/or reviewed previously. Books previously reviewed aren’t part of our monthly count.

Picture Books (all ages, includes board books)
Adele & Simon in America written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock – review
Are You a Horse? written and illustrated by Andy Rash – review
Bats at the Library written and illustrated by Brian Lies – review
Beth’s Job written by Carole Roberts, illustrated by Michael Garland – review
Blast Off, Baby Bundt! A Recipe for Playtime written and illustrated by Jamie Harper – review
Broccoli, Carrots, and Beans written by C.B. Chrismas, illustrated by Dan Cooper
Ciao, Bambino – A Child’s Tour of Italy written by Danna Troncatty Leahy, illustrated by Gabhor Utomo – review
DogFish written by Gillian Shields, illustrated by Dan Taylor – review
Erika-San written and illustrated by Allen Say – review
Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy written by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser – review
Give a Goat by Jan West Schrock, illustrated by Aileen Darragh – review
Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? written by Denise Vega, illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono – review
I Love You, Stinky Face written by Lisa McCourt, illustrated by Cyd Moore – review
Insects: Biggest! Littlest! written by Sandra Markle, photography by Simon Pollard – review
Inside the Slidy Diner written by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Jaime Zollars – review
Is This Maisy’s House by Lucy Cousins – review
It’s No Joke, My Telephone is Broke written by Linda Sky Grossman, illustrated by Petra Bockus – review
Keisha’s Doors; An Autism Story, Book 1 (bilingual book) written by Marvie Ellis, illustrated by Jenny Loehr – review
Jonah and the Whale (and the Worm) written and illustrated by Jean Marzollo – review
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes – review
Lost in the Woods written and illustrated by Carl Samms II and Jean Stoic (previously reviewed)
Louie! written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand – review
Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya written by Mary and Rich Chamberlin, illustrated by Julia Cairns – review
Mama’s Right Here written by Liz Baker, illustrated by David McPhail – review
Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers written and illustrated by Karen B. Winnick – review
Mortimer’s First Garden written by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Dan Andreason – review My Big Book of Spanish Words (bilingual book) written and illustrated by Rebecca Emberley – review
Nana Star and the Moonman written byElizabeth Sills and Elena Patrice, illustrated by Linda Saker – review
Oh, the Places You’ll Go written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
P.U. You Stink written by R. Friend, illustrated by Bill Ross – review
A Place for Birds written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Higgins Bond – review
Ready to Dream by Donna Jo Napoli and Elena Furrow, illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft – review
Ruthie Bon Bair; Do Not Go To Bed with Wringing Wet Hair by written by Susan Lubner, illustrated by Bruce Whatley – previously reviewed
Sharks: Biggest! Littlest! written by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Doug Perrine – review
Tacos Anyone? An Autism Story Book 2 (bilingual book) written by Marvie Ellis, illustrated by Jenny Loehr- review
That Book Woman written by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small – review
There’s a Nightmare in my Closet, written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer  – review [Worth noting: this has great potential as an Easy Reader]
Too Many Frogs written by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Beth Graves – review
Trudy written and illustrated by Henry Cole – review
The Toolbox written and illustrated by Anne and Harlow Rockwell – review
What Really Happened to Humpty Dumpty written by Jeanie Franz Ransom, illustrated by Stephen Axelsen – review
Wolves (Smithsonian series) written and photographed by Seymour Simon – review

Easy Readers (Early, Emerging, Transitional)
Abash and the Cyber-Bully (Emotes series) written by Matt Casper and Ted Dorsey –  review
Abraham the Alligator written and illustrated by Paula Allene Stark
The Adventures of Morris the Moose written and illustrated by B. Wiseman
Aggie and Ben written by – review
Bone Volume 1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee – review
Chicken Said “Cluck!” (My First I Can Read Book) written by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell – review
Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (An I Can Read Book) written by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser – review
Give Wings to My Triumph written by Reagan Rothe, illustrated by Cristan Hellen
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy written by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross – review
I Can’t Want To written by Michelle Shillings, illustrated by Brenda Lovejoy – review
Maybelle in the Soup written by Katie Speck, illustrated by Paul Ratz de Tagyos – review
Nascar’s Greatest Drivers (Step Into Reading 5) by Angela Roberts – review
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Thanksgiving Thief written by Carolyn Keene, illustrated by Macky Pamintuan – review
Sammy the Snail written by Carolyn Clifford Femrite, illustrated by Marilyn McClure Clifford – review
Stinky (Toon Books) by Eleanor Davis – review
Winter on the Farm (My First Little House Books) written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Jody Wheeler and Renee Graef – review
Young Cam Jansen and the Library Mystery written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Susanna Natti – review

Middle Grade and Young Adult
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie – review
After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien – review
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Camel Rider by Prue Mason – review
Emily’s Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary (review to come)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boyreview
Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe – review
Hiding Glory by Laura Chester – review
Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut by Paul Feig – review
Marvel the Marvelous by Laura Chester – review
The Prometheus Project: Trapped by Douglas E. Richards – review
The Road to Vengeance (Strongbow Saga, Book 3) written by Judson Roberts – review
The Softwire Volume 1: The Virus on Orbis by P.J. Haarsma  Worth Noting: This author designed this series to engage reluctant readers) – review
The Softwire Volume 2: Betrayal on Orbis by P.J. Haarsma – review
Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains written written by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Greg Call – review

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