Of course we all know the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover," but can you tell which book is which by seeing just a part of the cover? Take this fun quiz from Goodreads to see how well you know children's books and share how you did!
Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Tale of Desperaux, Because of Winn Dixie, the Mercy Watson series, and much more, with her most recent book out being Raymie Nightingale.
Here's what she had to say on Facebook about the holiday weekend:
I am a big fan of Getting Things Done.
I have a List.
I make Goals.
I impose Deadlines.
But over the long weekend, I gave myself permission to sit on front porch with my feet up.
And what did I do?
I read. And read and read and read.
I sank, blissfully, into the world of words.
Oh, summer reading.
Fiction is fun, no doubt, but sometimes you just need to know the facts! Whether you want to know more about planets or bugs or volcanoes or flowers or how to make a cake, nonfiction is fascinating.
Seymour Simon is an author who started out as a school teacher - he first wrote an article for Scholastic Magazines in 1963 about what astronauts might find on the moon. Since then he's written more than 250 books - your neighborhood branch of the public library probably has a few copies on their shelves! You can browse his site as well to find interviews, his blog, and more - signing up is free. (Note: he does have some fiction as well, but most of his work is nonfiction with great pictures.)
What would you like to know more about?
You probably already know Mo Willems from Knuffle Bunny or Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Did you know he also has a twenty five-book series with Elephant and Piggie? I first heard these in a public library during toddler read-aloud time: these books are made to be read aloud!
The two friends get into all kinds of interesting situations (I'm looking at you, There Is a Bird On Your Head and I Will Surprise My Friend), and their faces and their speech bubbles (size, font, wiggly shape) help the reader know how they sound. Take a look at the art on the end pages to see a surprisingly familiar face.
I recently read Kwame Alexander's Booked, which is about a middle school soccer player living a fairly ordinary life (for a kid who's pretty good at soccer), who really doesn't love reading. Other characters include mother, father, best friend, rapping librarian, cute girl who's in the book club...complications, of course, follow. It's written in verse - each short chapter is a poem. I wasn't sure I'd like it, but gave it a try. GOOOAL!
The very first poem has a kind of visual joke - just notice what stands out and you'll put it together, hint, hint. Each poem is different. Most are funny. A few will put a hitch in your mental stride. You, too, will wonder what's in the box.
If you aren't in to soccer, here's a further list of ten novels in verse worth checking out. You may discover that poetry can tell a great story.