Imagination

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein is probably a genius. His poems are just so wacky and don’t make sense!

Christmas in Camelot – It’s the holidays and I wanted to read The Magic Tree House, so why not Christmas in Camelot! I love fantasy and time travel so this was a fun trip.

A Pizza the Size of the Sun – Another wacky book from a poet for children. This was very fun and if I had a 1st grade class I would love to read it to them.

Stage Fright on a Summer Night – I loved this too because it reminds me of my HS English class. I want a Magic Tree House version of the Shakespeare plays! Jack and Annie in Othello, please.

Blizzard of the Blue Moon – I love that this was based in NYC! It’s wonderful and it reminds me of Wonderstruck too since it’s the same time period. It makes me want to go to NYC for New Year’s but I would freeze :O .

The Little Book of Hygge – Okay this made me want to live cozily forever, but at this particular time in my life it’s very hard to be cozy 😦 . I want a cozy home and comfy everything! Wool and soft stuff every where.

Venture out

Many Waters – The fourth book in the quintet fell short. While I like that this book is about the twins, it didn’t feel like a strong story. I like that it transported Sandy and Dennys to the biblical times, and made the characters real rather than just names in the Bible. However, it felt like things just happened to Sandy and Dennys, and they were not active. It didn’t feel like the characters had a lot of agency in this story.

First Light – I enjoyed reading this book! It’s different from Rebecca Stead’s other young adult mysteries. It describes a world underground (under ice?) called Gracehope. She is really an excellent writer and her stories are very tightly knit.

As Brave as You – Jason Reynolds is such a good storyteller too! I added this one to my favorites. I loved Little Wood and his brother Ernie. I loved the themes of forgiveness, redemption, and how real they felt in this book. It’s not always a dramatic story with someone dying or moving far away. Regret and mistakes can manifest themselves in small ways like a broken toy fire truck or drinking late at night. 😥 I really loved this story.

Swampy worlds

Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep – I love fantasy so it is no surprise that I would read a series about a girl adjusting to her life as a mermaid and dealing with bullies, ha.

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters – This concludes the series in the most awesome way. I love the sisters! and the swampy setting. Miri is my role model because she is a teacher, friend, and just a strong girl in so many ways.

Just Grace Goes Green – Grace tackles Earth Day! I love all the recycling ideas. I just might have to finish this series too.

In a Glass Grimmly -I believe I read the second book in the trilogy before The Grimm Conclusion. They are equally awesome and gory, and it is clear the Gidwitz believes in the power of children and loves telling stories.