A Month of Reading: FEBRUARY 2015

The short month?  No one told the stacks of books in my house!

A Month of Reading (#amonthofreading) is the way I’m sharing the books read during a month.  And to be fair, the books posted are new-to-me reads – because like every reader with kids, we do a LOT of rereading!

February 2015 FICTION (including YA)

Book for Evanovich/Grafton fans: Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye by Wendelin VanDraanen.  Sammy’s solved dozens of mysteries across Santa Martina.  Now, her friends must come together to figure out who pushed her off a fire escape, putting her in life-threatening coma.  Final book in a series I’ve long loved.  *sniff*

Book that redefines the word “mother”: The War That Changed My Life by Kimberley Brubacker Bradley.  Young Ada, crippled with a clubfoot and confined indoors, must escape London in advance of WWII.  But first she must escape her cruel, abusive Mam.  New in 2015!

Book for kids who wish they could fly:  Gabriel Finley & The Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen.  With Paladin the raven and new friends by his side, Gabriel tackles riddles and the mysterious Aviopolis to find his missing father.

Book for Game of Thrones fans:  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.  Violently riveting action with just enough romance.  Combine Laia’s deep family love with Elias’s cold cruelty in a terrifyingly isolating school.  Strap in: it’s a wild ride.  Young adult!  New in 2015!

Book that grows young readers into confident readers:  Boris Sees the Light by Andrew Joyner. Outside sleepovers are more fun with Boris and friends!  When my 5YO requested to read this aloud – then fell asleep with his collection next to his head – I know it’s a winner.

Book that’ll be the next hot thing for teens:  All Fall Down (Embassy Row #!) by Ally Carter.  Living on an embassy while seeing her mother’s killer everywhere, Grace must put on diplomatic smile…far from her act-first, think-later typical behavior.  Just a touch of romance.  Young adult!  New in 2015!

Book that starts realistic, but is it?:  The Living by Matt de la Peña.  Shy’s working aboard a luxury cruise ship when the unimaginable happens.  Surviving shark-infested waters with high-maintenance Addy is hard enough.  Can he also survive a life-threatening man-made disease?  Young adult!

Book about a typical middle-class family: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  Baller Josh Bell is made for the game. So is his twin. So was his dad, a former star.  But real life happens takes off when the game and his family collide.  2015 Newbery Medal!

Book about being a new kid in the 60’s: The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood.  Moving to Florida with the only family he has left, Theo’s lucky to find a good friend and piano.  New in 2015!

February 2015 NONFICTION & PICTURE BOOKS

Book that makes writing less stressful (and is a must-read for teachers!): Ralph Writes a Story by Abby Hanlon.

Book that is THE must-read of 2015 with real-life diversity: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. New in 2015!

Book for NW kids bored of the rain: Druthers by Matt Phelan.

Book that must be read aloud before bedtime (for ALL ages!): Goodnight, Already! by Jory John. New in 2015!

Book that inspires imagination: Draw! by Raul Colón.

Book to add to zoo units: The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham.

Book for teaching the scientific method while working through friendship troubles: Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman.

Book for nonfiction fanatics: Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy.

Book that makes a rainstorm a magical event: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle.

Book with a ‘who done it’ mystery: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. New in 2015!

Book for kids who wear the same thing over and over: Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters by K.G. Campbell.

Book to add to hibernation units: A Bed for Bear by Clive McFarland. New in 2015!

Book for kids afraid of the dark: Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night by Jon Davis.

Book for the spotlight-shy: Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance by Birgitta Sif.

Book that inspires sharing and caring: Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won.

Book for kids afraid of dogs: Seb and Hamish by Jude & Niki Daly.

Book to teach perspective: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang.  2015 Geisel Award!

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