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I only have two books to share, and you can find the review here for Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. It is one of the best books for upper middle grades (perhaps into YA) I've read in a long time.
The second book is God Got A Dog, Cynthia Rylant's new book of poetry. Oh my, it is a wonder of thoughtfulness about God and the living things we 'see' here on earth. Marla Frazee's illustrations pair with each poem like icing on a cake. They are delicious!
I also reviewed this latest book by Joyce Sidman last Monday, and wanted to share that I met her when she received the NCTE award for excellence in poetry for children. The press release is here! It was such a special ceremony with several other speakers talking about Joyce's work and reading a favorite poem from one of her many books.
And yes, I was at NCTE, rather a time for eating up books. It was a pleasure to see Jen, Kellee and Beth Shaum present at a session about picture books, and then again seeing Jen with others at the Teacher Write session. I'm sorry I didn't meet you, Ricki! What a wonderful thing to meet people we've been "talking" to in our comments and e-mails for so long. I'll write more as I can! I bought books, was given books, read from books and talked about books! It was heaven!
Still reading: several pd books & now have some NetGalley books I need to read! I also need to finish Ruth Ayres' book Celebrations!