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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Nominate these Graphic Novels!

Hello! I'm looking for some people to nominate some books! Are you a person? You have an email address? You have not already nominated? You can nominate*! 

If you nominate, these books are in the running for the Cybils Awards. One of them could win! You could help someone find a book they love. 


Perhaps you're not up on the latest graphic novels? These are books that my Graphic-Novel-loving panelists say could be contenders and haven't been nominated yet. :-O *gasp of horror* Monday 10/15/2018 is the last day for public nominations!

Elementary/Middle Grade:
  • Violette Around the World Vol 1: My Head in the Clouds by Teresa Radice published by IDW Publishing May 8, 2018. 
  • Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes, Selina Espiritu, published by KaBOOM! Dec 12, 2017.

Young Adult:
  • Perfect World by Rie Aruga, published by Kodansha Comics March 20, 2018
  • Luisa: Now and Then by Carole Maurel & Mariko Tamaki, published by HumanoidsJune 20, 2018
  • Wotakoi by Fujita, published by Kodansha Comics Apr 17, 2018
  • A Girl in the Himalayas by David Jesus Vignolli, published by Archaia April 24, 2018. 
  • Ladycastle by Delilah S. Dawson, et. al, published by BOOM! Studios October 24, 2017
  • Moonstruck Vol 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis et al, published by Image Comics March 27, 2018
  • Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki published by DC Comics June 5, 2018
  • Macbeth (Manga Classics) by William Shakespeare, adapted by Crystal S. Chan,  UDON Entertainment September 1, 2018.
Thanks, friends! Click here to nominate!
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*But please, nominate books that are eligible. Books must be published between October 16, 2017 and October 15, 2018 to be eligible. They must also be widely available, and published for childrens/YA markets. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Carmela Full of Wishes

The other day I was on Instagram and I saw that Christian Robinson (who I enjoy following over there) was going on a book tour. Then I saw he was coming to my town! How fantastic!

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson are the duo who produced Last Stop on Market Street. It's kind of a big deal, because it was the first picture book to win the Newbery Award in ages (one of only two picture books that have ever won, according to this source) and it was also the first time a Latino author has been awarded the Newbery, and it also got a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award.


So, I figured a new book by them ought to be alright.

Well, Carmela Full of Wishes is great for us!



Carmela wakes up on her birthday and is so happy that she is finally old enough to go with her big brother on the errands. Her brother, on the other hand, is less than thrilled. Along the way, Carmela finds a dandelion, and manages to both annoy her brother and think up all kinds of great wishes to put into this dandelion fluff before she blows it. Always realistic and eventually heartwarming, Carmela Full of Wishes is our new favorite picture book. Even Jubilee's older brothers, who declined my invitation to come to the event, were caught reading and quoting Carmela.  I plan to read it to Jubilee's class at school tomorrow.


We went to the launch with my friend, Bethany, who has written a few posts for me here on Everead. (Check them out, here.) Having Bethany along made the event at least 10x more fun for me. My best tip about book events is to bring a friend alongit makes the signing line go faster.


Jubilee has been to other book events, but has forgotten them, so this one was effectively her first.
  • She got to spin a wheel, and won some twizzlers. 
  • She got to ask Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson a question: "Have you ever made a wish on a dandelion?" (Thanks for feeding her the stellar question, Bethany!) Christian answered that he had, in fact, wished on a dandelion that this book would make it out into the world. Hurrah! 
  • She got to make a wish on a paper dandelion: "I wish that a fairy would come to life!"
  • She got a free book, just for being an elementary school student at the event! Thanks New London Education Foundation! That was definitely unexpected and fulfilled my wish.
  • She got to have a book signed to her and a little kitty cat drawn into it, too. 
  • And she got to stay up way past her bedtime. 
How about you? Read any good books lately? Made any good wishes?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

30 Books for the Advanced 4th Grader

Hello! 


As Benjamin finished 4th grade, his teacher sent home a reading log with enough space for 30 books. Benjamin is an advanced reader, and he definitely read more than 30 books this summer. Some of these were re-reads for him, many of them come from series, and a good chunk of them are graphic novels. I hope getting to peek at his reading log is helpful to someone looking for books for their 4th or 5th grader. 

I told Benjamin he ought to do a post for me, and he was enthusiastic at first, but after typing the names of 30 books he decided not to write any comments. Haha! It was a good thing he typed them up, though, because he misplaced his reading log (in typical 10-year-old boy fashion). Since it was typed, we were still able to return the reading log to his teacher (phew!) and he got those 2 free homework passes he was hoping for. 

Benjamin's Summer Reading Log

Hi everyone. This is Benjamin. You may know me from some of my mom's posts. If you don't, click here. I decided to write this post becau
se, why not? I'm a pretty advanced reader, and here are 30 books I read this summer.




the one and only ivan by katherine applegate


secret coders paths and portals by gene luen yang

(but read Secret Coders first)

alcatraz smedry VS. the kights of crystallia

( but read Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) and The Scrivener's Bones: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) first)

Story Thieves


story thieves the stolen chapters

story thieves secret orgins


Story Thieves: Pick the Plot


Olympians: Ares


Olympians: Hermes


Explorer: The Lost Islands


The Secret Science Alliance


Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts book 1

(but read Spirit Animals Series SET , Books 1-7 . 1. Wild Born , #2. Hunted , #3. Blood Ties, #4. Fire and Ice, #5. Against the tide, #6 Rise and Fall, #7. The evertree first)


Spirit Animals: Fall the Beasts book 2

In Real Life


The Keepers book 1


The  Keepers book 2


The True Meaning of Smekday


Princess Academy


5 Worlds: Book 2

(but read 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior first)

Darth Paper Strikes Back

(but read Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda 1) first)

Secret of the Fortune Wookie


The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet


Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus

(but read Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! (Origami Yoda 5) first)

Sidekicks by Dan Santat


Dragonwatch


Astronaut Academy: Re-entry


The Amulet of Samarkand


The Phantom Tollbooth


American Born Chinese


Explorer: The Mystery Boxes




Thanks, Benjamin! As I scrolled through my photos to find some pictures of Benjamin reading this summer I noticed that none of the books he's reading in these photos made it onto the reading log. So, if you're curious, they are Crunchby Leslie Connor (my review here), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson. 

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