We are going into our last five days at home before heading to Glacier National Park next weekend. It’s super exciting preparing to go with all our long lists of packing supplies and fun new hiking purchases like rain ponchos, backpacks, knives, a 6-pack of connected walkie talkies, etc. But it’s also been nerve-wracking. For example, buying bear spray and watching instructional videos on how to use it is just a tad unnerving. Also somewhat distressing to this mama’s heart is buying water treatment tablets, a venom removal kit, and a compass (in the event that we get separated or stranded or lost during our hours-long hike). But I keep having to remind myself that this is all just about being ultra prepared for the unexpected. We’ll likely return home with a bunch of unused items that weighed down our hiking packs merely to give us some false sense of security. 😬
Next Sunday is Father’s Day in the United States. So Happy Father’s Day to any dads out there, next weekend! I hope you have a deep and meaningful connection with your children and that you get a special time to celebrate with your loved ones. ❤️
I participate in a weekly #IMWAYR meme on Mondays. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday to share what you’ve been reading!
I didn’t do much new reading this week. In fact, most of the week my 7-year-old read to me from the Wings of Fire series (which she’s totally obsessed with). Nevertheless, I did squeeze in a few new-to-me picture book titles and I’ve selected some books for the Big Book Summer Challenge.
Raissa Figueroa, illustrator
January 12, 2021
Katherine Tegen Books
The illustrations are really adorable in this picture book about Oona, a mermaid who must face her fears to find what she really wants. Along the way she’ll run into trouble, but there’s an adventure to be had. The artist used Procreate to create the digital illustrations for this book.
This soft colored picture book chronicles the experiences of room 5 from January through December as they work to reduce, reuse, and recycle. As they write letters to Earth, Earth responds with more ideas and information. At the start of the next school year, some of them move to another classroom, but that doesn’t keep them from continuing to write letters to planet Earth. The end has two pages of back matter sharing more information on how to help. It’s not only great for Earth Day, but for all year long. The artist used Photoshop to create the digital illustrations for this book.
We Will Live in This Forest Again
October 6, 2020
Neal Porter Books
Based on the author’s experiences during the wildfires that ignited across Northern California in October of 2017, this book tells the story of a wildfire from a forest animal’s perspective. Between the magnificent illustrations and the short poetic phrasing, the story is quite touching – showcasing both the fragility and strength of life in a community. The artwork was created using gouache on Fabriano watercolor paper.
2021 Big Book Summer Challenge
I’m joining the Big Book Summer Challenge again this year, hosted by Sue Jackson. If you’d like to add some “big books” (titles with more than 400 pages) to your summer reading list, link up at Book By Book HERE and help cheer one another on in this community of readers.
My list is not nearly as long as it’s been in past years, but I hope to finish the following three titles between now and Labor Day Weekend: