Books We Read – June

June 2009 [Books received: 129 ; books read: 52 ]

As I mentioned last month, the windfall of books from Book Expo America would be included with the June totals. So 106 of those books are BEA finds; the remainder are unsolicited requests for review.

We would like to thank Laycie Clifford and the girls of the Summer Bible Camp,  Effort Baptist Church (Palmyra, VA) for volunteering their time with the Reading Tub as part of a youth ministry project.  Their reviews are included in this list.

sidebar: Illustrators play an important role in creating children’s books, and they deserve to be on the byline, too.  Because all that content can make booklists unwieldy, we needed a compromise.  Starting this month, we’re going to mirror the format you see when you visit the Children’s Book Review wiki.  Instead of “illustrated by” it’s just “Ill.” The tighter format cleans up the list and makes it easier for you to read.

If you’ve written a review (website or blog) for any of the books with review links, please click through and add your name/URL. We like letting our visitors know what other readers think!

Bilingual Books (all ages)

Andy’s Cherry Tree by Miranda Hazhia (Ill. Zaur Deisadze) – review
The Doll that Flew Away by Kh. Batkhuu (Ill. Enkhtungalag Myagmardorj) – review
A Great Time! Children’s Poems in English and Russian by Masha Shurin – review
The Littlest One by Halya Kruk (Ill. Manana Morchiladze) – review
A Mango for Grandpa by Caroline Hudicourt (Ill. Ismer Saincilus) – review
We Are Girls Who Love to Run by Brianna K. Grant (Ill. Nicholas A. Wright) – review
You Are a Really Good Friend of Mine by Laura Liliom (Ill. Lilit Bagharshyan) – review

Picture Books – Nonfiction (all ages)

A School Like Mine: Asia and Australia Penny Smith (DK Publishing/Chick-Fil-A)
How Artists See America: East West,  South, Midwest by Colleen Carroll – review
How Artists See Heroes by Colleen Carroll – review
How Artists See Weather by Colleen Carroll – review
Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole by Deborah Hopkinson (Ill. Stephen Alcorn)
Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust by April Pulley Sayre (ill. xxx)

Picture Books – Fiction (all ages)

Bedtime with Rollo the NightSpryte by David Bier (ill. Seth Bier) – review
The Bullies Learn Their Lesson by Paul M. Kramer (Ill. Mari Kuwayama)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. (Ill. Lois Elhert)
Colin Gets a Chance by Brian A. Beale (ill. various) – review
The Day My Peanut Butter Lost Its Stick by Elena Tait (ill. Joe Lee)
Druscilla’s Halloween by Sally M. Walker (Ill. Lee White) – review
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Ill. tom Lichtenheld) – review
The Electronic Adventures of Diga Byte by Meredith Mammano (Ill. Thomas Cesarski) – review
Farley Follows His Nose by Lynn Johnston and Beth Cruikshank – review
Giraffes in the Savannah by Gopai Dorai (Ill. Amanda Gordon Miller) – review
Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Hillary’s Big Business Adventure by Lori Nelson (Ill. Jerry Craft) – review
Hip-Hop Speaks to Children edited by Nikki Giovanni (Ill. Kristen Balouch, et al) – previously reviewed
I’ll Fly My Own Plane by Jean Alicia Elster (Ill. Nicole Tadgell) – review
If Jesus Came to My House by Joan G. Thomas (Ill. Lori McElrath-Eslick) – review
Jamie’s Dream by Susan Berger and Christopher Corbin (Ill. Kim Sponaugle)
Little Oink by Amy Krouse rosenthal (Ill. Jen Corace) – review
Loving Others: Faithful Crushers by Kasey M. Carter
The Magical Friendship Garden by Rebekah Barlow Rounce (ill. Carla Golembe) – review
Mermaid Sister by Mary Ann Fraser
Mountains to Climb by Richard Wainwright (Ill. Jack Crompton) – review
Pegasus by Marianna Mayer
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kahn and Elizabeth Kahn
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems
The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke (Ill. Kerstin Meyer)
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Song of Middle C by Alison McGhee (Ill. Scott Menchin) – review
What Cats are Made Of by Hanoch Piven – review
Yum! A Tle of Two Cookies by Jane Seymour and James Keach (Ill. Geoffrey Planer) – previously reviewed

Easy Readers (Early, Emergent, Transitional) – Nonfiction

None this month.

Easy Readers (Early, Emergent, Transitional) – Fiction

The Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail by Lynn E. Hazen – review
Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (I Can Read) by Doug Cushman – previously reviewed
Lizards Don’t Wear Lipgloss (Abby and Tess Pet-Sitters series) by Trina Wiebe (Ill. Meredith Johnson) – review
My Friend is Sad (Elephant and Piggie) by Mo Willems

Middle Grade and Young Adult – Nonfiction

None this month.

Middle Grade and Young Adult – Fiction

Cousin John: The Story of a Boy and a Small Smart Pig by Walter Paine (Ill. Bert Dodson) – review
Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend: Singled Out in Center Field by Robyn Washburn (Ill. Lisa Byers) – review
A Hot Dog Stand in the Himalayas by Deb Martin-Webster – review
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones – review
Rodeo Rocky (Horses of Half Moon Ranch Series – by Jenny Oldfield – review
The Super Sluggers: Slumpbusters by Kevin Markey – review
Tarantula Tide by Sharon Tregenza – review
The Treasure of Health and Happiness by Carol Goodrow
Wild Horses (Horses of Half Moon Ranch series by Jenny Oldfield – review
The Worry Tree by Marianne Musgrove – review