Books We Read – July

We have been busy reading – mostly library books – but are way behind on reviewing. I expect to remedy that in the coming weeks. To help get caught up, I probably won’t publish an August edition of Books We Read. I will keep track of what we’re reading and reviewing, but there is just too much going on before school starts on August 25th to try to wedge this into the schedule, too.

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Received: 26
New Reads: 23
New Reviews: 8

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Favorite Re-Reads (kid picks)

Reading Beyond the Books

adoption chapter book[openbook booknumber=”9780613996631″ templatenumber=”3″]


Bilingual Books (All Audiences)

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Picture Books (All Audiences)

kid pick [openbook booknumber=”0316779652″ templatenumber=”3″]

nonfiction How Big is the Ocean: First Questions and Answers about the Beach
edited by Time-Life Books [openbook booknumber=”9780783508979″]
picture book about readingThe Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza
by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger [openbook booknumber=”9780810984127″ templatenumber=”1″]

nonfiction picture book for kidsnonfiction our book talk
Micro Monsters: Extreme Encounters with Invisible Armies
by NamNguyen [openbook booknumber=”9780753464557″ templatenumber=”1″]
books about readingMiss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t)
by Barbara Bottner; ill. Michael Emberley
[openbook booknumber=”9780679883395″ templatenumber=”1″]
kid pick [openbook booknumber=”9780061152566″ templatenumber=”3″]
illustrated nonfiction for kidsnonfiction our book talk
Peter Kent’s City Across Time
by Peter Kent
[openbook booknumber=”9780753464007″ templatenumber=”1″]

Easy Readers (for New and Developing Readers)

classics in easy reader formatkid pick [openbook booknumber=”0679812415″ templatenumber=”3″]

Illustrated Short Chapter Books

illustrated chapter bookBig Nate: In a Class By Himself
by Lincoln Pierce [openbook booknumber=”9780061944345″]
Clementine series for girlsBook talk coming
kid pick [openbook booknumber=”0786838825″ templatenumber=”3″]
Magic Tree House serieskid pick [openbook booknumber=”9785557846646″ templatenumber=”3″]
Dragon Slayers Academy serieskid pick [openbook booknumber=”9781101141236″ templatenumber=”3″]
Magic Tree House serieskid pick [openbook booknumber=”9780679883395″ templatenumber=”3″]
Magic Tree House series[openbook booknumber=”9780375846663″ templatenumber=”3″]
Magic Treehouse series kid pick [openbook booknumber=”9780375937293″ templatenumber=”3″]
illustrated chapter book [openbook booknumber=”0439301807″ templatenumber=”3″]
Magic Treehouse bookkid pick [openbook booknumber=”0375827358″ templatenumber=”3″]
Magic Tree House Bookkid pick [openbook booknumber=”0679863710″ templatenumber=”3″]
picture book for dormant readersour book talk
Vito and the Magic Bread
written and illustrated by Sean Madden
[openbook booknumber=”9780980067552″ templatenumber=”1″]

Middle Grade Chapter Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Coming of Age novel set in Burmaour book talk (coming) [openbook booknumber=”9781580893282″ templatenumber=”3″]
debut novel by Lisa Railsbackour book talk (coming)
Noonie’s Masterpiece
written and illustrated by Lisa Railsback
[openbook booknumber=”9780811866545″ templatenumber=”1″]

Young Adult Chapter Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)

young adult dystopian fiction our book talk [openbook booknumber=”9780060522919″ templatenumber=”3″]
Christian inspirational books for teensour book talk [openbook booknumber=”9781420870572″ templatenumber=”3″]


Reviews Promised Last Month …

Hot Pursuit: Murder in Mississippi by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
Beyond Freedom by Patricia Q. Wall
Sid the Science Kid: What’s That Smell? by Jennifer Frantz

Reviews Updated by the Teens @ Be the Star You Are

The Coffin Club 5: Vampire Kisses
Kaimira 1: The Sky Village by Monk and Nigel Ashland
MySpace/Our Planet: Change is Possible by the MySpace Community
Rodeo Rocky (The Horses of Half Moon Bay Ranch series) by Jenny Oldfield
Through the Rug 2: Follow That Dog by Jill Vanderwood
Wishes and Wonder by Virginia Stussy

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