Pictures from My Vacation
Some Books I Bought:
If you happen to find yourself in Petoskey, MI, be sure to stop in at McLean & Eakin. They know how selling books is done. My haul was sort of a hodgepodge of books that I missed picking up earlier in the year and some that I found on the spot.
Two Books I Discovered:
Published in 2007, Camp Out! is the sort of book that will get nonstop checkouts in my schools. It’s a 376 page guide to just about everything outdoors, from tying knots to tracking animals to making a batch of s’mores. I think it’s a winner.
I was pretty excited to learn about The Amazing Adventures of Supercat! How did I miss this among the 2011 releases? This is like a graphic novel with training wheels. The size, shape, and page count are all similar to a picture book, but the book itself is all comic. This will be fun to add to my K-2 collection.
Some Books I Moved:
Also known as The Great Migration. Time to make some room for 2012. The whole undertaking reminded me of that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack’s character is reorganizing his vinyl collection.
Some Books I Read:
Some Food I Ate:
Chex Mix. What else? The (in my opinion) official food of the holidays.
A Gift My Daughter Received:
My daughter received this from my mom. One player hides an object in the cat’s hat and the other players have to guess the object based on clues. I highly approve for the young ones. Simple and fun.
A Book I Read a Bunch of Times:
Speaking of my daughter, she and I gave the beautiful lift the flap/pop-up animal book Out of Sight a workout. I didn’t review this when it came out in 2010, but it’s excellent.
A Gift I Received:
It was a Geisel kind of Christmas, I guess. I received this awesome shirt from a mystery author, illustrator, and podcaster who I owe about 10 reviews to. Much appreciated!
Now bring on 2012.
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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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