Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's Monday, What are You Reading April 14, 2014

 It's Monday! What are you Reading is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN

What a fantastic week this has been, almost 8,000 librarians descended upon the city of San Antonio for the Texas Librarian Association Conference. I drove up with friends and experienced four days of fun, learning, and connecting with fellow librarians. What a wonderful time we all had. 

Here are a few books that I have read this week. Some of them I received at TLA.

The closing speaker at TLA was Henry Winkler. He gave a wonderful presentation and shared a lot of insight into the world of a dyslexic. I received A Short Story about a Long Dog by Henry Winkler as a freebie and could have kicked myself because I didn't realize it was in the bag at my feet when my friends were lining up to have him autograph their purchased copies. 
This is a humorous story about a boy struggling with dyslexia and with trying to convince his parents to let him have a dog. The wonderful thing about reading this book is that the font has been specifically designed for dyslexic readers. The letters are heavy on the bottom and space further apart than the typical font to keep the letters from floating off the page.

I am sure everyone is reading The Pigeon Needs a Bath and it certainly does not disappoint. I can hardly wait to share it with my Pre-Kinder classes. Chengdu is very sweet book about a panda who is having a little trouble sleeping. The illustrations are what caught my eye as I was wandering around the exhibit hall. I did a lot of stop and reads. What a great way to spend the day.

Author/Illustrator Jeff Mack treated us to a reading of his perfectly adorable  It's an Orange Aardvark. This is a book I will definitely be purchasing very soon for my library. I will be able to tie this little beauty into so many different topics-carpenter ants, rainbows, colors, imagination and more. I gained so much insight from Jeff Mack's explanations of word economy, image balance, and how less is more. I gave his presentation an A+.
When you are walking around the exhibit hall you are always on the look out for freebies and ARC give-a-ways. I actually did a double take when I saw this copy in my hand. Get Happy by Mary Amato. I have always liked everything Mary Amato has written. My kids love Please Write in This Book and boy and girls alike enjoy Guitar Notes, no, scratch that, LOVE Guitar Notes. I started reading it the minute I got to my room that first night. Wonderful story.

I am reading so many different stories this week that they are starting to blend together. I better get Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein straight though because our #virtualbookclub is just around the corner. Check out the Virtual Book Club website 
I was fortunate enough to be sitting with Chris during the Nerdy Book Club session at TLA and I asked him if he would be joining us during the chat. He said he is going to give it a try. I hope he does. 
Talk about an inspiring session. I bumped into Kirby Larson at the door so we headed out to the bathroom together chatting about her book Duke and we bumped into Colby Sharpe. We were hoping to use the men's bathroom but Colby assured us it was quite busy already. Cynthia Alaniz did a great job introducing the nerdy panel and from the moment it began it was top notch. Tom Angelberger was such a hoot. I have never seen anyone talk so quickly and excitedly in my life. I had a brief librarian panic moment when Linda Urban folded the cover of her book back to read from it. Book Ouch! 
Here are some of the goodies I picked up the first day at TLA. I tried not to take too many books because I already have too many to catalog back at home. It was hard not to take books because everyone kept offering them to us. I picked up about three bags. I plan to keep some for our library and offer the rest to librarians who were not able to make it to TLA this year. 

Well, here is a picture of me on the last day of TLA.  I was tired but very happy I went. Seems like I lost a bit of weight from all that walking. Happy Reading!



  1. You sounded like you had such fun at TLA - rubbing elbows with authors/illustrators and literacy gurus. :-)

    1. We had a terrific time.I wish I could have had time to meet everyone I knew online and all the authors and illustrators but my head was ready to explode with all the new information and ideas. It really rejuvenates a person.

  2. TLA looked like it was amazing. Wish I could've been there. Though it would've been a long trip from Michigan. :)

    1. I tried my best to tweet out good information and resources from TLA for people like me who are usually living vicariously through other people's tweets. It was hard to keep up with the sessions and share at the same time. I ran into so many people I knew through Twitter. It was a great trip.

  3. TLA sounds like it was fantastic. What a great experience. I heard Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver earlier this year and have found Hank Zipzer to be a lot of fun.

  4. I love the Pigeon series. It's a fun read aloud with kids. Re: TLA and Henry Winkler, I wish I'd picked the A Short Tale About a Long Dog. It looks really cute.

    Time's running out. I need to get Mr. Lemoncello quickly so I can read it in time for our chat next week.

  5. So great to hear more about the TLA - I don't even live in the country and I feel like I should have been there! The Nerdy panel sounded absolutely amazing! Glad you walked away with lots of books and amazing memories!

  6. Hi there Julee, the conference sounds like a great deal of fun! And loads of ARCs to boot, how awesome is that. Love your oneliners about the presentations that you attended. Looks like it's really well-attended, thank you for sharing your book loot with us!


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