Books We Read – June

We are now flush with books … as if we weren’t before 😉 I was pretty proud of myself for bringing home a record-low 45 books from BookExpo America this year.  HOWEVER, after the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference … well, it is an embarrassment of riches: 60 ARCs/chapter books; 21 picture books/PB galleys; and 2 audio books. This picture includes just the end-of-month incoming from publishers (on the shelf) and ALA (the floor).

Neither the numbers nor the picture include the dozen or so books I got autographed for my personal collection, including Where The Mountain Meets the Moon (this year’s Newbery Honor Book) and The Red Thread by Grace Lin; and The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (this year’s Caldecott Medal winner).

We have been busy reading – mostly library books – but are way behind on reviewing. I expect to remedy that in the coming weeks. If you have read and reviewed one of the books, please feel free to add it to the Website; add a link in the comments here; or send me an email at thereadingtub [at] gmail [dot] com with “book review” in the title. By linking back, I can send traffic your way, and I am happy to do it.

Received: 41 (+ 128 from conferences)
New Reads: 18
New Reviews: 3 (with 5 on their way)

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Favorite Re-Reads (kid picks)

Science Solves It Easy Readernonfiction Ant Attack! (Science Solves It)
by Ann James and Anthony Lewis [openbook booknumber=”9781575651170″ templatenumber=”1″]
Ivy and Bean Series [openbook booknumber=”9780811862660″ templatenumber=”3″]
Kate DiCamillo book[openbook booknumber=”0763617229″ templatenumber=”3″]
Joost Elffers booksFast Food
by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann [openbook booknumber=”043911019x” templatenumber=”1″]
Cynthia Rylant picture bookour book talk [openbook booknumber=”0152010874″ templatenumber=”3″]

Reading Beyond the Books

nothing new this month

Bilingual Books (All Audiences)

bilingual picture book[openbook booknumber=”9781582462202″ templatenumber=”3″]


Picture Books (All Audiences)

historical fiction for kidsour book talk [openbook booknumber=”9780810994904″ templatenumber=”3″]
picture book with vegetableskid pick [openbook booknumber=”0439104319″ templatenumber=”3″]
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picture book for kids kid pick our book talk
Interrupting Chicken
by David Ezra Stein[openbook booknumber=”9780763641689″ templatennumber=”1″]
our book talk horse books for kids
Quincy Finds a  New Home
by Camille Matthews, illustrated by Michelle Black
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I Spy books[openbook booknumber=”0590222279″ templatenumber=”3″]
2010 bear picture book[openbook booknumber=”9780374400156″ templatenumber=”3″]

Easy Readers (for New and Developing Readers)

CSI for kidsnonfiction [openbook booknumber=”9781604534849″ templatenumber=”3″]
Civil Rights heroesreview coming [openbook booknumber=”9780761339557″ templatenumber=”3″]
easy reader suspsense stories[openbook booknumber=”0064440907″ templatenumber=”3″]
historical fiction for young readersreview coming [openbook booknumber=”9780763637231″ templatenumber=”3″]
easy reader series for girls[openbook booknumber=”0399234721″ templatenumber=”3″]
Easy Reader science bookreview coming Sid the Science Kid: What’s That Smell?
by Jennifer Frantz [openbook booknumber=”9780061852596″ templatenumber=”1″]

Illustrated Short Chapter Books

illustrated chapter book series[openbook booknumber=”1575054108″ templatenumber=”3″]
I Can Read Bookkid pick [openbook booknumber=”0060245948″ templatenumber=”3″]

Middle Grade Chapter Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Child Out of Place seriesBeyond Freedom
by Patricia Q. Wall
our book talk [openbook booknumber=”978-0974218519″ templatenumber=”1″]
[openbook booknumber=”0689316216″ templatenumber=”3″]
biography of Zora Nealereview coming Zora and Me

by Victoria Bond [openbook booknumber=”9780763643003″ templatenumber=”1″]

Young Adult Chapter Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Pablo Neruda biographyreview coming The Dreamer
by Pam Munoz Ryan[openbook booknumber=”9780439269704″ templatenumber=”1″]

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