What I’ve Been Reading (September 2016)

September came and went and the calm, but productive days of summer are gone. School is in full-swing and as a teacher, that means very little time for my “side gig” as a writer. I managed to get through a couple children’s books that I’d recommend, but that makes my list super short this month. Here they are:

Middle Grades (8-12 years):

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Young Adult (12+ years):

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Happy reading!

What I’ve Been Reading (August 2016)

In March of this year, I attended the SBCWI MD/DE/WV conference with my good friend and critique group buddy, Nicole Groeneweg. After listening to Traci Todd, the Executive Editor or Abrams Appleseed, Nicole and I were inspired. We decided to collaborate on a board book series to submit to her. Abrams Appleseed specializes in books for the youngest readers (babies, toddlers and preschoolers) and has a distinct style. Ms. Todd calls them, “beautiful, clever books.” To research our efforts, I read some of their books and I recommend every single one! If you want to see more of the books on their list, check out the Abrams Appleseed website.

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What I’ve Been Reading (July 2016)

Ahhh! Summertime! Lazy days and more trips to the public library. I attended a Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University in June, so many of the books on this list are by the fantastic authors and illustrators I met there.

Preschool (3-5 years):

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Preschool (3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):

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Early Elementary (5-8 years):
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What I’ve Been Reading (June 2016) Alphabet Books!

As research for an ABC story I’m working on, I read stacks and stacks of alphabet books. Gosh, there are a lot! Here are my favorites.

Preschool (3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):

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Early Elementary (5-8 years):

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What I’ve Been Reading (May 2016)

I’ve been reading up on books written my mentor, Ellen Jackson. You will see a few gems of hers on this month’s list!

Preschool (3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):

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Early Elementary (5-8 years):

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What I’ve Been Reading (April 2016) Graphic novels!

April was a busy month and I only managed to squeeze-in a few graphic novels. These can be great for reluctant readers who may be intimidated by a whole book full of words. The combination of words and pictures in a comic strip format is more exciting for some students. Side note: The City of Ember graphic novel was originally written by Jeanne DuPrau as a traditional novel, which is what I’m reading now because the graphic novel was so intriguing!

Middle Grades (8-12 years):

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