Books We Read – May

May 2009 [Books received: 50; books read: 35]

I’m a little disappointed we didn’t have much nonfiction this month, but we still found plenty to read. I didn’t return from BookExpo America until June 1, and the boxes of new treasures haven’t arrived … I’ll count them in June. Almost half (20) of this month’s new arrivals are media tie-in titles connected with summer movies. We don’t review them, but they’ll go to readers in need this fall.

We do have a few more “previously reviewed” titles. These are not counted in the totals above. We include them because when one of our kids pulls a favorite story from “long ago,” it might help you find the just-right book to connect with yours.

If you have reviewed any of the books listed here, click “review” and add your link to our review. We’re happy to share your thoughts about a book on our website.

Bilingual Books (all ages)

Going to the Zoo by William J. Adams – review
Hate that Thunder by William J. Adams – review
Moush Wants to Get Lost written by Rouzanna Baghdasaryn, illustrated by Yulia Lushnikova – review WORTH NOTING: This book is available in five languages: Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, English)
Visiting the Farm by William J. Adams – review

Picture Books – Nonfiction (all ages)

none this month

Picture Books – Fiction (all ages)

A Book About Complaining (Help Me Be Good Series) by Joy Berry
A Book About Disobeying (Help Me Be Good Series) by Joy Berry
The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair written by Dotti Enderle, illustrated by Chuck Galey – previously reviewed
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee – review
The Day Leo Said “I Hate You” written by Robie Harris, illustrated by Molly Bang – review
Dear Polar Bear by Barry Ablett – previously reviewed
Do You Love Me? by Joost Elfers – review
I Have a Dream, Too! Written by Jean Alicia Elster, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell – reviewed  here and here
It’s the Best Day Ever, Dad! written by Brooke Shields, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld – review
Ladybug Girl written by David Soman and Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman – previously reviewed
Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk – previously reviewed
The Missing Chick by Valeri Gorbachev – review
Redwoods by Jason Chin – review
Stellaluna written by Janell Cannon, illustrated by Jewell Cannon – previously reviewed
Super Duck by Jez Alborough – review
Tea for Ruby written by Sarah Furguson, Duchess of York, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser – review
Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz – review
Tillie Lays an Egg written by Terry Golson, photographs by Ben Fink – review

Easy Readers (Early, Emergent, Transitional) – Nonfiction

None this month.

Easy Readers (Early, Emergent, Transitional) – Fiction

Abby and Tess Pet-sitters: Goldfish Don’t Take Bubble Baths written by Trina Wiebe, illustrated by Meredith Johnson – review
Bed, Bats, & Beyond written by Joan Holub, illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole
Don’t Bump the Glump by Shel Silverstein – review
Fluffy Goes to Washington (Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig) (Hello Reader) written by Kate McMullen, illustrated by Mavis Smith
Jalopy written by Stephen Cosgrove, illustrated by Robin James
Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels written by Jamie Michalek, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz – review
The Lonely Giant written by Lucy Lawrence, illustrated by Craig -Sims
Mercer Mayer’s Critters of the Night: No Howling in the House (Step Into Reading, 3) written by Erica Farber, illustrated by J.R. Sansevere
A Perfect Pony (Charming Ponies series) by Lois Szymanski
Roscoe Riley Rules #3: Don’t Swap Your Sweater for a Dog written by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Brian Biggs – reviewed
Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read) written by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Nancy Sweat – review

Middle Grade and Young Adult – Nonfiction

Bones, Brains, and DNA: The Human Genome and Human Evolution written by Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne – review
The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks written by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Richard Holland – review

Middle Grade and Young Adult – Fiction

Crash into Me by Albert Borris – review coming
Enchanted Thyme written by Ariane Smith and Michael Wilson, illustrated by Andy Roth – review coming
Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass, Book 1 by Erica Kirov – reviewed here and here
Over the End Line by Alfred C. Martino – review
Seekers: Great Bear Lake by Erin Hunter – review
Shadow Diamond; The Second Adventure Begins by S Brooke – review

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