#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.
Last week was a productive one. I got a number of book reviews posted, finished a baby quilt, got some knitting done, and am almost finished my son's birthday shirts. I found time to catch up on my picture book reading and today I made a birthday cake for my son's birthday tomorrow.
Of course, the house is kind of a nightmare...
Here's the baby quilt I finished!
BLOG POSTS LAST WEEK
Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
I sat in the bookstore and laughed out loud numerous times while reading this book. Poor Bruce has ended up playing Santa whether he likes it or not!
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López (Illustrator)
This book, with its lyrical prose and bright colourful illustrations, is just stunning.
It filled me with all the feelings - shivers, awe, joy and tears. These lines nearly did me in.
“And all at once, in the room where no one else is quite like you, the world opens itself up a little wider to make some space for you.”
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier
I’m now officially a hard core Sergio Ruzzier fan. This is just hilarious and darling. What a spectacular introduction to the unlikely friendship of two different characters.
Bear and Bee Too Busy by Sergio Ruzzier
Here’s a universal truth about friendship, “Having fun is not as fun without you.”
Bear and Bee have to figure out how to find time to be together in a way they will both enjoy. Of course they come up with a solution.
Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson (Goodreads Author), E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)
As beautifully written as it is illustrated, this captures a fragment of history. A young black girl waits at home with her Grandmother while her mother works in Chicago during the war. There is love and sweetness aplenty here as a kitten arrives to bring her comfort during these difficult times.
Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate & Jennifer Black Reinhardt (illustrator)
I’ve read this three times and like it more with each reading. Katherine Applegate’s poem is enhanced by Jennifer Black Reinhardt’s gorgeous art. I can see why it will be recommended as a gift for graduates.
All Families Are Special by Norma Simon, Kathy Tucker (Editor) & Teresa Flavin
A group of children share about the details of their diverse families. They discover differences and similarities.
NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew & Joe Morse (Illustrations)
This beautifully illustrated book honours remarkable indigenous people from Canada and the United States. This sampling includes both historical as well as modern individuals.
The rhyming text didn’t quite work for me, but I love the refrain, “You’re a person who matters. Yes, it’s true. Now go show the world what a person who matters can do.”
The backmatter includes a note by the author as well as short biographies of the highlighted heroes.
Africville by Shauntay Grant
A young girl visits the space where Africville, a thriving black communitiy in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was destroyed by city officials in 1960. She imagines what it was like before, and then emerges out of this day dream to see her grandmother's name carved into a sundial. Shauntay Grant's paintings are absolutely stunning in this beautiful homage to a lost community. If the cover hasn't already impressed you, check this image out.
That's Not Hockey! by Andrée Poulin & Felix Girard (Illustrator) (Netgalley)
Canadians are known for their love of hockey so I'm pretty sure this will be a popular book in libraries and homes in this country. Everyone around our house knew it was Jacques Plante who first wore hockey masks. This in spite of the fact that people in our house seem crazier about football.
The book tells the story of this famous goalie. He was obsessed with hockey from the time he was barely able to talk and was a talented goalie from his early years. When he was a professional player, Jacques Plante came up with a special mask to protect his face from the hockey pucks that were always flying at him. They caused serious damage! At first he faced a lot of resistance, but he was such a valuable player that he ended up getting his way in the end. Nowadays all goalies wear face protection because of him.
Felix Girard's illustrations make this nonfiction picture book an absolute delight to read.
The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad & Brock Nicol (Illustrator)
Saturday I went to Kidsbooks in Vancouver to purchase this book and get it signed by the author. I was so moved I sat down and wrote a blog post about it. Next Sunday, September 30, is Orange Shirt Day - the day we honour residential school survivors and their family. You can find out more about it by reading my post or finding a copy of the book.
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser
I am smitten with this lovely family growing up in Harlem. They are up there with other fictional families I adore.
Word by Word by Kory Stomper
This is an irreverently reverent look inside the world of writing a dictionary. Kory Stamper makes what at first glance seems to be drudgery, into an exciting and tense profession.
Her writing is exquisite.
I'm listening to The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante. I'm reading Front Desk by by Kelly Yang.
I hope to get to The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and start on She Loves You Yeah, Yeah, Yeah by Ann Hood. I plan to listen to The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 19/25
Goodreads Reading Challenge 323/333