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Children’s Readathon – (YA) Young Adult (Week 3) – Links to Reviews

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Our third week focuses on young adult books. A few dozen people are participating this month by reading and sharing reviews on many childhood favorites that were selected in a previous poll. Below are all the links I collected; they’ll take you to the original blogger’s review. For YA books, we read them from 8/18 to 8/23 and posted our reviews by 8/24. The permanent page for all the reviews is located here.

Please email or message me if you’re participating or posting a review so I can add you to the list below of blogs to watch. You can add in anything into your post besides a review, e.g. giveaways, author profiles, background material, educational ideas, etc. Have fun with it!

Participating Books / Blogs

 

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

Background / Guidelines

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! See below for the 4 categories across the month as well as all the guidelines for how to participate.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
      • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
      • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
      • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
      • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
      • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
      • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
      • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)
      • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)
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Children’s Readathon – Award-Winning Books (Week 2) – Links to Reviews

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Our second week focuses on children’s award-winning books… from Caldecott to Newbery. A few dozen people are participating this month by reading and sharing reviews on many childhood favorites that were selected in a previous poll. Below are all the links I collected; they’ll take you to the original blogger’s review. For award-winning books, we read them from 8/11 to 8/16 and posted our reviews by 8/17.

Please email or message me if you’re participating or posting a review so I can add you to the list below of blogs to watch. You can add in anything into your post besides a review, e.g. giveaways, author profiles, background material, educational ideas, etc. Have fun with it! AWARD WINNERS

 

Participating Books / Blogs

 

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

Background / Guidelines

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! See below for the 4 categories across the month as well as all the guidelines for how to participate.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
      • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
      • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
      • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
      • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
      • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
      • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
      • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)
      • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)

Book Review: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

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As part of a Children’s Readathon on my blog in August 2018, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems was selected as one of the award-winning books to read. It took home the Caldecott Honor Award in 2004. Since I’d just finished my children’s education courses in college right before then, I never had a chance to read this one. It was a first-time experience thanks to the lovely Nina @ The Cozy Pages; she suggested this wonderful book.makes a difference in their lives! 4.5 stars for this one!

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A pigeon driving a bus? Well.. it’s very cute and part of a whole series involving experiences the pigeon goes through. I must read more of them! In this adorable picture book, the bus driver needs to step away from the bus. He tells everyone not to let the pigeon drive the bus. As soon as the driver leaves, the pigeon tries his or her best to convince everyone to let him drive. But they won’t give him, so he never gets to do it! When he jumps off in frustration, the driver returns and leaves without the poor pigeon!

What a lesson for kids. Peer pressure. Bad attitudes. Silliness. Safety. Keeping quiet. All the things to show why it’s good not to ‘give in’ to someone just because they try to get you to do something.

If you’ve not seen the series or heard of them, check it out! Buy a copy for a kid you know… it’s what

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Book Review: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Where the Wild Things Are written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak in 1963 was a Caldecott Medal winner the year after it was published. I treasured this book in elementary school when I played the lead in our school play (okay, co-lead with another kid so we didn’t have to work too hard). I wrote a review a few years ago from memory, then explored it during my college years when I studied children’s literature and language. Now, in August 2018, I’m hosting a Children’s Book Readathon on my blog. Come check it out!

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I read the book twice this week. Once to absorb it as a fresh set of eyes, then again to see what I liked and didn’t like. On the whole, I still love it. I also see how it could encourage a few bad behaviors, but then again, so can movies, overhearing conversations, and music. Books are about learning. It’s important to read them with a child at the appropriate age and use it was a way to teach what’s wrong and right. For those reasons, I highly recommend sharing this with kids from 6 to 8. Younger might understand it. Older might find it amusing. But that’s the sweet spot in my opinion.

Max doesn’t like being told what to do. He just runs around a lot. I have a 5-month-old puppy named Baxter who’s just like Max. I get frustrated, but I love him. I’ve put him in time-out. Max was sent to bed without supper. I can only imagine where Baxter goes in his imagination… if it’s anything like where Max goes, we’re in for trouble!

So glad to re-read this one!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Children’s Readathon – Award-Winning Books (Week 2)

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Our second week focuses on children’s award-winning books… from Caldecott to Newbery. A few dozen people are participating this month by reading and sharing reviews on many childhood favorites that were selected in a previous poll. For award-winning books, we read them from 8/11 to 8/16 and posted our reviews by 8/17. Below are all the links I collected; they’ll take you to the original blogger’s review.

Please email or message me if you’re participating or posting a review so I can add you to the list below of blogs to watch. You can add in anything into your post besides a review, e.g. giveaways, author profiles, background material, educational ideas, etc. Have fun with it!

Where to find the reviews and links to posts: AWARD WINNERS

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

Participating Books / Blogs

 

  • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne

 

  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

 

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

 

Background / Guidelines

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! See below for the 4 categories across the month as well as all the guidelines for how to participate.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
      • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
      • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
      • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
      • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
      • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
      • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
      • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
      • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
      • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)
      • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)

Children’s Books Readathon – WINNING Books & Schedule (August 2018)

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Thank you to all the voters and authors for the Children’s Readathon we’re holding next month. There were a few ties and a couple of last minute additions before the final round of voting, so I broke the vote for any open items to land at a total of 10  books for August. Congratulations to our participating bloggers. Below is our schedule for the winning books. You can join in and read any or all of the books with us — options from 1, 2, 3 or all 4 weeks!

  • Picture Books – Read 8/4 to 8/9, Post Review on 8/10
    • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    • Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
    • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Award Winners – Read 8/11 to 8/16, Post Review on 8/17
    • Winnie the Pooh #1 by A. A. Milne
    • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • Young Adult – Read 8/18 to 8/23, Post Review on 8/24
    • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Authors Who Blog – Read 8/25 to 8/30, Post Review on 8/31
    • Maxine Sylvester (Ronaldo Series)*
    • Robbie Cheadle (Sir Chocolate Series)*

*Additionally, we will have guest posts from some bloggers all about being an author, children’s literacy, and other fun topics. Books by our Authors Who Blog will be chosen next week; more on this when I confirm the posts with the bloggers as well as Giveaways. Example: Kenna McKinnon is offering a special giveaway contest for Benjamin & Rumblechum, Laurie Woodward will share about her books and Battle of the Books.

Throw out any ideas or suggestions if you’d like to blog one day in August, too, and I’ll re-blog and share with everyone, too. Read earlier and hold your reviews until the final date if that’s easier, too. If you’ve read the book already, you can re-share your review and other content on the scheduled date. This should be fun, interactive, and helpful to spread the news. Thank you!

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Battle of the Books

A great idea by my friend and fellow writer at Creativia, Laurie Woodward, to help us think of other books or add them to the poll for voting… Check out Battle of the Books  and stay tuned for an upcoming post and more details that either Laurie or I will share. Some books listed here below…

For 4-6 Grades

Applegate, Katherine Crenshaw
Avi The Secret School
Bulla, Clyde Robert The Sword In the Tree
Cleary, Beverly Ramona the Pest
Clements, Andrew No Talking
DiCamillo, Kate The Tale of Despereaux
George, Jessica Day Tuesdays at the Castle
Gutman, Dan Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Running Out of Time ****
Harlow, Joan Hiatt Midnight Rider
Howe, Deborah Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
Kellogg, Steven Paul Bunyan
* Kline, Christina Baker Orphan Train Girl ***
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Korman, Gordon Slacker
***Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe*****
Lewis, Gill Wild Wings
McMullan, Kate The Story of Harriet Tubman ***
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh ***
Park, Linda Sue The Kite Fighters
Sachar, Louis Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Seldon, George The Cricket in Times Square
Shahan, Sherry Frozen Stiff
Stewart, Trenton The Mysterious Benedict Society
Stone, Phoebe The Romeo and Juliet Code
Taylor, Theodore The Trouble with Tuck
Urban, Linda A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Weeks, Sarah Save Me a Seat
Wise, William Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler
Woods, Brenda Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

For 6-8 Grades

Black, Holly Doll Bones
Blos, Joan A Gathering of Days
Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey
Clements, Andrew The School Story
Corbett, Sue 12 Again
Cousins, Margret Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
Curtis, Christopher The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Cushman, Karen Midwife’s Apprentice
Erskine, Kathryn Mockingbird
Flake, Sharon The Skin I’m In
Fox, Paula One-Eyed Cat
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves ***
Henkes, Kevin Protecting Marie
Holt, Kimberly Willis When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Horvath, Polly Everything on a Waffle
Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils
Korman, Gordon Swindle
Lawrence, Iain The Wreckers
Levine, Ellen If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island
Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water
Paterson, Katherine Jacob Have I Loved ****
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago
Ryan, Pam Becoming Naomi Leon
Soto, Gary Taking Sides
Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee ****
Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Taylor, Mildred D. The Road to Memphis
Tooke, Wes King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
Voigt, Cynthia Dicey’s Song

For High School

Freedman Out of the Darkness
L’Amour The Shadow Riders
Wells The Time Machine
Steinbeck The Pearl
Bronte’ Wuthering Heights
Verne 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Hemingway Old Man and the Sea
O’Reilly Killing Lincoln
Guthrie The Big Sky
Monk-Kidd The Secret Life of Bees

 

*** PAST POSTS ***

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! I’ve setup a dedicated page you can bookmark to see updates or any guidelines and target dates for the different weeks and winning books.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – 8/4 to 8/10
    • Award Winners – 8/11 to 8/17
    • Young Adult – 8/18 to 8/24
    • Authors Who Blog – 8/25 to 8/31
  • Participating Blogs & Reviews
    • Dates above are Saturdays to kick off the start and reviews posted the following Friday

 

Please Note: All the details are being posted in early July, 2018… keep checking back regularly for more updates and details.

 

*** PRIOR POST DETAILS ***

Hi… So, I’m back from vacation and ready to plan the Children’s Books Readathon. Given that there’s less than 2 weeks before July is here, I’m wondering if August would be better to give us enough time to thoroughly plan the authors, books and posts. If you’re interested in participating, please leave some thoughts in the comments on this post regarding:

  1. Who wants to join?
  2. Do you prefer July or August?
  3. What children’s books and authors should we read?
  4. Are there any children’s book authors who want to host (Q&A, offer giveaway, discuss your books, etc.) 1 of the 4 weeks to help promote their works?

Let me know by Sunday, June 24th and we’ll see what we can get scheduled! Thanks.

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What’s that saying… “Idle hands are the…” Never mind. I’m apparently not content unless I’m dreaming and planning content for the upcoming months. It’s not enough that I have two books I’m trying to market, still in the middle of the very successful and extraordinarily fun Agatha Christie Readathon, nor that I’ll be out of the country for three weeks and still trying to finalize the initial posts for all three new blog segments I’m launching, but I decided today that I want to host another Readathon. When I thought through something that might appeal to a wider variety of readers and bloggers, as well as help offer some marketing and promotional opportunities for fellow authors, I feel in love with the idea of holding a “Children’s Books Readathon” in July 2018.

My Next Readathon

If you’re unfamiliar with the Christie Readathon, follow the link from the first paragraph. A group of fans and Christie-newbies held a poll to pick four (4) Agatha Christie books, then we read one each week in April and post a review on the last day of the week. Two down, two remaining so far… everyone can comment and re-blog, but we wanted to share our love the Grande Dame. I’m thinking of hosting these Readathons quarterly, but I’ve pulled together some ideas for one focused around Children’s Books. Once upon a time, I went to school to become a teacher. I wanted to focus on middle school, and also majored in English, so I have read tons of children’s books. I also wrote tons of curriculum and pulled together lots of teacher lessons for reading in the elementary school courses. Some thoughts below on how we could make this shine:

  • We read 2 or 3 children’s books each week. It may sound like a lot, but they are relatively short and we all need a break from lengthy tomes. This may help some of us reach our Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge goals!
  • We split the children’s books into 2 categories:
    • A: Authors we read in the past that we’d like to share
    • B: Current authors with blogs we follow to help with promotion
  • We follow the same pattern with 6 days to read, 1 day to post.
  • We ask the current authors to share a post on my blog that everyone can also re-blog to help market their books. Maybe the authors will have a GIVEAWAY, offer ARCs of something new coming out, or some other fun promotion to make this interactive.

These are just high-level ideas. Everyone could share posts on award winners, picture versus chapter books, ways to engage kids in reading. I’m open to everything that highlights children’s books and helps excite people to spread the word on our fellow bloggers and authors. Throw some suggestions out in the next two weeks. My goal is to wrap up a plan and get this scheduled and coordinated before I leave on vacation in mid-May. We’ll hold a poll and vote on which books to read and review just like before. Target would be in July 2018 to give everyone (authors and readers) ~2 months to plan, purchase, read and prepare.

Who’s in?

 

Children’s Books Readathon – Polls to Choose Books (August 2018)

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Today’s post will share the start of the polls for you to choose the books we will read each week. I’ve divided the Readathon into 4 separate weeks and polls. You’ll get to choose the top 3 books you want to read each week, plus be able to submit something new (or tell me if I’ve put something in the wrong category). The winning books will be revealed on Sunday, July 15th to give us a few weeks to borrow, download or buy them wherever necessary, as well as let any participating authors begin to market and post about how to get their books. We will also have a few posts with a focus on children’s literacy, reading challenges and opportunities for kids, and Q&A with children’s authors.

I’ve had a few children’s authors / bloggers offer to share books in giveaways or participate, or whom I’ve read and interacted with many times: Robbie Cheadle, Russ Towne and Maxine Sylvester. I’ve added only the books people have suggested to me before in the below pools, but we can keep adding books and updating our votes for the next 10 days as we see more options. What’s listed now is just a beginning suggestion list. Without further ado, let’s start adding to the list to vote on what we’ll read.

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Battle of the Books

A great idea by my friend and fellow writer at Creativia, Laurie Woodward, to help us think of other books or add them to the poll for voting… Check out Battle of the Books  and stay tuned for an upcoming post and more details that either Laurie or I will share. Some books listed here below…

For 4-6 Grades

Applegate, Katherine Crenshaw
Avi The Secret School
Bulla, Clyde Robert The Sword In the Tree
Cleary, Beverly Ramona the Pest
Clements, Andrew No Talking
DiCamillo, Kate The Tale of Despereaux
George, Jessica Day Tuesdays at the Castle
Gutman, Dan Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Running Out of Time ****
Harlow, Joan Hiatt Midnight Rider
Howe, Deborah Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery
Kellogg, Steven Paul Bunyan
* Kline, Christina Baker Orphan Train Girl ***
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Korman, Gordon Slacker
***Lewis, C.S. Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe*****
Lewis, Gill Wild Wings
McMullan, Kate The Story of Harriet Tubman ***
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh ***
Park, Linda Sue The Kite Fighters
Sachar, Louis Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Seldon, George The Cricket in Times Square
Shahan, Sherry Frozen Stiff
Stewart, Trenton The Mysterious Benedict Society
Stone, Phoebe The Romeo and Juliet Code
Taylor, Theodore The Trouble with Tuck
Urban, Linda A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Weeks, Sarah Save Me a Seat
Wise, William Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler
Woods, Brenda Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

For 6-8 Grades

Black, Holly Doll Bones
Blos, Joan A Gathering of Days
Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey
Clements, Andrew The School Story
Corbett, Sue 12 Again
Cousins, Margret Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
Curtis, Christopher The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Cushman, Karen Midwife’s Apprentice
Erskine, Kathryn Mockingbird
Flake, Sharon The Skin I’m In
Fox, Paula One-Eyed Cat
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves ***
Henkes, Kevin Protecting Marie
Holt, Kimberly Willis When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Horvath, Polly Everything on a Waffle
Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils
Korman, Gordon Swindle
Lawrence, Iain The Wreckers
Levine, Ellen If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island
Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water
Paterson, Katherine Jacob Have I Loved ****
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago
Ryan, Pam Becoming Naomi Leon
Soto, Gary Taking Sides
Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee ****
Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Taylor, Mildred D. The Road to Memphis
Tooke, Wes King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
Voigt, Cynthia Dicey’s Song

For High School

Freedman Out of the Darkness
L’Amour The Shadow Riders
Wells The Time Machine
Steinbeck The Pearl
Bronte’ Wuthering Heights
Verne 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Hemingway Old Man and the Sea
O’Reilly Killing Lincoln
Guthrie The Big Sky
Monk-Kidd The Secret Life of Bees

 

*** PAST POSTS ***

Welcome to the Children’s Books Readathon held in August 2018. Join in the fun to read between 8 and 12 books in August 2018 and share your reviews with the group. Don’t worry about the count of books, as (1) you can read only the ones you want and (2) some are less than 25 pages! I’ve setup a dedicated page you can bookmark to see updates or any guidelines and target dates for the different weeks and winning books.

Children's Books Readathon - August 2018

  • Overview
  • VOTE in the POLL (July 6th thru 13th, 2018)
  • Winning Books & Date to Read By
    • Picture Books – 8/4 to 8/10
    • Award Winners – 8/11 to 8/17
    • Young Adult – 8/18 to 8/24
    • Authors Who Blog – 8/25 to 8/31
  • Participating Blogs & Reviews
    • Dates above are Saturdays to kick off the start and reviews posted the following Friday

 

Please Note: All the details are being posted in early July, 2018… keep checking back regularly for more updates and details.

 

*** PRIOR POST DETAILS ***

Hi… So, I’m back from vacation and ready to plan the Children’s Books Readathon. Given that there’s less than 2 weeks before July is here, I’m wondering if August would be better to give us enough time to thoroughly plan the authors, books and posts. If you’re interested in participating, please leave some thoughts in the comments on this post regarding:

  1. Who wants to join?
  2. Do you prefer July or August?
  3. What children’s books and authors should we read?
  4. Are there any children’s book authors who want to host (Q&A, offer giveaway, discuss your books, etc.) 1 of the 4 weeks to help promote their works?

Let me know by Sunday, June 24th and we’ll see what we can get scheduled! Thanks.

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What’s that saying… “Idle hands are the…” Never mind. I’m apparently not content unless I’m dreaming and planning content for the upcoming months. It’s not enough that I have two books I’m trying to market, still in the middle of the very successful and extraordinarily fun Agatha Christie Readathon, nor that I’ll be out of the country for three weeks and still trying to finalize the initial posts for all three new blog segments I’m launching, but I decided today that I want to host another Readathon. When I thought through something that might appeal to a wider variety of readers and bloggers, as well as help offer some marketing and promotional opportunities for fellow authors, I feel in love with the idea of holding a “Children’s Books Readathon” in July 2018.

My Next Readathon

If you’re unfamiliar with the Christie Readathon, follow the link from the first paragraph. A group of fans and Christie-newbies held a poll to pick four (4) Agatha Christie books, then we read one each week in April and post a review on the last day of the week. Two down, two remaining so far… everyone can comment and re-blog, but we wanted to share our love the Grande Dame. I’m thinking of hosting these Readathons quarterly, but I’ve pulled together some ideas for one focused around Children’s Books. Once upon a time, I went to school to become a teacher. I wanted to focus on middle school, and also majored in English, so I have read tons of children’s books. I also wrote tons of curriculum and pulled together lots of teacher lessons for reading in the elementary school courses. Some thoughts below on how we could make this shine:

  • We read 2 or 3 children’s books each week. It may sound like a lot, but they are relatively short and we all need a break from lengthy tomes. This may help some of us reach our Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge goals!
  • We split the children’s books into 2 categories:
    • A: Authors we read in the past that we’d like to share
    • B: Current authors with blogs we follow to help with promotion
  • We follow the same pattern with 6 days to read, 1 day to post.
  • We ask the current authors to share a post on my blog that everyone can also re-blog to help market their books. Maybe the authors will have a GIVEAWAY, offer ARCs of something new coming out, or some other fun promotion to make this interactive.

These are just high-level ideas. Everyone could share posts on award winners, picture versus chapter books, ways to engage kids in reading. I’m open to everything that highlights children’s books and helps excite people to spread the word on our fellow bloggers and authors. Throw some suggestions out in the next two weeks. My goal is to wrap up a plan and get this scheduled and coordinated before I leave on vacation in mid-May. We’ll hold a poll and vote on which books to read and review just like before. Target would be in July 2018 to give everyone (authors and readers) ~2 months to plan, purchase, read and prepare.

Who’s in?