Reading Ahead – June 2009

The shelves are once again bulging. Starting in early May the pace of new arrivals began to pick up, aided in early June by BookExpo America. Look for a post in the next week that highlights what look like great finds from BEA. These are the recent arrivals that after a little bit of thumbing through seem to set themselves apart. If you’ve read these, click the cover. It’ll take you to the website where you can link your review. Bilingual Books (all ages) A Walk with Grandpa ~ Un paseo con abuelo written by Sharon K. Solomon, illustrated by Pamela Barcita (Raven Tree Press) This bilingual picture book has few words and glorious illustrations. There is plenty to talk … Read more

Reading Ahead – April 2009

Over the past two months, we have kept a steady pace of new arrivals.  We are down from the 10-a-day of two years ago, and there is a part of me that misses the daily Adrenalin rush that comes with a new box of books. The realist, though, is happy.  While we may be missing out on the opportunity to be one of the “first” readers of the next great treasure, our blogging friends tell us about great finds … and we head to the library to find them. Here are some of the books we have received that get us excited about reading. We haven’t gotten any bilingual books since February, so there is nothing to add this time. … Read more

Reading Ahead – January 2009

Even though we aren’t writing to request review books right now, we still get quite a few each month. Here are some from the January arrivals that really stood out as having great potential for encouraging readers. Note: In years past, I wrote separate posts for each category of new books. Because of the amount of crossover and the number of people who want books across genres, I’ve decided to combine them into one post. Bilingual Books Patterns / los Disenos by Bev Schumacher [Learning Props, LLC, 2008]. This is an interesting twist on a bilingual vocabulary book. The words are sorted by patterns (e.g., the illustration for plaid is a shirt (la camisa). (Flesch Kincaid Readability Level = .5) Easy … Read more