Photos: My To-Be-Read Pile
Man, I gotta get cooking. Fall books will soon be hitting shelves and I need to make a serious dent on my to-be-read pile to make room.
I enjoy snooping – uh, I mean seeing what other people are reading, so I figured you might get a kick out of seeing what I’m reading.
Now let’s get to the books. An overview:
(click images for closeups)
And on to the details:
Tower of Treasure. A nice-looking graphic novel adventure.
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. I’m pretty excited about this one – I get to review it for School Library Journal.
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk. Another book I’m pumped up to review for SLJ.
Big Nate. This one got tons of marketing support when it hit shelves, so I’m interested to see if it lives up to the hype.
Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. This is the sequel to Toby Alone, which I dug. Looking forward to see how things end.
Spaceheadz. The latest from Jon Scieszka looks to be a crazy read.
The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy. Appears to be a fun graphic novel. I’m in.
Extraordinary Ernie & Marvelous Maud. A early chapter book from Eerdmans Books about a superhero and his disappointment at getting a sheep for a sidekick. I’d be bummed too.
Far Away Across the Sea. Similar to the excellent The Squirrel’s Birthday and other Parties, this is another collection of short stories from Dutch author Toon Tellegen.
The Case of the Crooked Carnival. I haven’t checked out this science detective series yet. I think I shall.
My Life as a Book. A kid condemned to “Learning Camp” for the summer? I’m intrigued.
Wiff and Dirty George. This sounds like the wildest book of the bunch. Dan Gutman is blurbed on the back saying this book is like a “hilarious hallucination”.
My Life with the Lincolns. As an occasional Lincoln impersonator, I am always interested on new kids books featuring honest Abe. I am also contractually obligated.
Trackers. The latest book/web video mashup from Patrick Carman. I liked Skeleton Creek, so I’ll be giving this one a shot.
Dotty. Hey! I just reviewed this one. Alright – check it off the list!
Hey, Rabbit! I’m a fan of Sergio Ruzzier’s last book, Amandina, so this one made the pile for sure.
A Boy Had a Mother who Bought Him a Hat. I’m a Kevin Hawkes fan, so I like to check out everything the man illustrates.
Ideas that Changed the World. A nice-looking nonfiction title from DK.
Case Closed? I’m excited to get to this nonfiction book from Kids Can Press. The author looks at mysteries that have been solved by modern science.
Calvin Can’t Fly. Looks to be a good ol’ story in support of reading. Certainly not the first, but it looks like fun.
Mr. President Goes to School. This one looked like a possible story-time success.
The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School. Seems to be a unique addition to the first day of school category.
I better get going…
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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