Saturday, January 28, 2012

Our 2011-2012 Bluebonnet Award Choice Is...

Last week Tintin and everyone else who read at least five Texas Bluebonnet books attended a special breakfast in the school library and voted on their favorite Bluebonnet book. Students all across Texas participated in the voting at their own schools. The author of the book receiving the most votes will be declared the winner of the 2011-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award. Here's Tintin voting for Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda:

For each book they read the children had to fill out a log describing a memorable moment from the book. Here's Tintin's collection:

Amazing Faces 9/26/11

I like "Which Way to Dreamland" because dreams are special and sometimes come true. My favorite was: How in the world do dreams get in your head? and: Do they hide with dust bunnies under the bed?
Wild Times at the Bed and Biscuit 9/26/11

I liked when Ernest and the other animals saved Sir Walter in the woods. Sir Walter was lost in the woods because he was helping the foxes dig a hole, but they got away.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda 10/8/11

I liked when they made a bet that if Tommy dances with Sara, Dwight wins, and if she doesn't then Harvey wins.

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse 1/9/12

This book is about poems and fairy tales that are reversed. My favorite fairy tale is "Bears in the News." This book is reversed because it helps children like to read poems and fairy tales.

The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy 1/23/12

I liked when Connor ran away and Buddy tried to help his mom find him.

Imogene's Last Stand 1/23/12

I liked when Imogene said, "Heck no, I won't go!" and wouldn't leave the museum.

You can find a list of the 2011-2012 Bluebonnet Award nominees at the Texas Library Association website.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Books for the 9-Year-Old

Tintin is 9 today!

Here are the books he received for his birthday:

The Merriam-Webster and Garfield Dictionary
Publisher: Merriam-Webster (January 1999)
Category: Reference; Graphic Novel

Scholastic Student Thesaurus
Author: John K. Bollard
Publisher: Scholastic (May 2007)
Category: Reference

Scrabble Sticker Word Puzzles
Author/illustrator: Patrick Blindauer/Bob Shea
Publisher: Sterling (October 2008)
Category: Puzzles

The Adventures of Tintin
Adapter: Alexander Irvine
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (November 2011)
Categories: Fiction; Novelization

The Big Big Big Book of Tashi
Authors/illustrator: Anna Fienberg and Barbara Fienberg/Kim Gamble
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (May 2002)
Categories: Fiction; Adventure

The 2nd Big Big Book of Tashi
Authors/illustrator: Anna Fienberg and Barbara Fienberg/Kim Gamble
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (October 2007)
Categories: Fiction; Adventure
The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic
Author/adapter/illustrator: J.R.R. Tolkien/Charles Dixon with Sean Deming/David Wenzel
Publisher: Del Rey (June 2001)
Category: Graphic Novel
Fun-Time for Children
Artist/illustrator: George Carlson
Publisher: Laughing Elephant (July 2008)
Category: Puzzles

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Now We Are Six (and Other Books for the Six-Year-Old)

Johnny Boo turned six last week!

And now that he's six, we're reading Now We Are Six:

Author/illustrator: A.A. Milne/Ernest H. Shepard
First published: 1927
Category: Poetry

Here are some other recent favorites:

Author/illustratror: James Sturm; Andrew Arnold; Alexis Frederick-Frost 
Publisher: First Second (March 2009)
Categories: Action & Adventure; Graphic Novel

Author: Kirsten Mayer
Publisher: LB Kids (November 2011)
Categories: Action & Adventure; Easy Reader

The Adventures of Tintin: The Mystery of the Missing Wallets
Author: Kirsten Mayer

Publisher: LB Kids (November 2011)
Categories: Action & Adventure; Easy Reader

Author/illustrator: Scott Sonneborn/Art Baltazar
Publisher: Stone Arch Books (August 2011)
Categories: Action & Adventure; Easy Reader
Author/illustrator: Catherine Siracusa
Publisher: Hyperion (November 1995)
Category: Easy Reader

Author: Steve Tribe
Publisher: BBC Books (May 2009)
Category: Science Fiction

Earth to Clunk
Author/illustrator: Pam Smallcomb/Joe Berger
Publisher: Dial (May 2011)
Category: Science Fiction; Picture Book
Author/illustrator: Ann Cameron
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 2004)

Category: Chapter Book

Author/illustrator: Annie Barrows/Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 2011)
Category: Chapter Book
Author/illustrator: Sango Morimoto
Publisher: Viz Media (November 2010)
Category: Graphic Novel

Author/illustrator: Paul Hoppe
Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 2011)
Category: Picture Book