And we are at it once again! For the past two weeks, Fats has posted for IMM – now it’s my turn. Allow me to share the books that I have borrowed, were given to me, bought (not so much this week) over the past weeks (or so) as part of our contribution to The Story Siren’s Sunday meme In My Mailbox.
Loot from the NIE Library
I own a few Sid Fleischman books in my shelf but I have not yet read through them. I am hoping that I will find the time to really read through this lovely book Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini which I thought would be perfect for our Circus, Carnivale, and Paranormal Twists theme – and perfect too for Nonfiction Monday. Seeing how thick the book, however, is quite daunting. But again as I always say, good intentions count for something, right? I was also drawn to Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories by Reinhardt Jung and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. While it does not fit any of our challenges/themes, this book simply spoke to me, and I listened.
Now in preparation for Black History Month, I borrowed these three picture books which also happen to be perfect add-ins to our very own Award-Winning-Books Reading Challenge - do sign up for our AWB Reading Challenge if you haven’t already.
The books are also perfect contributions for the Caldecott Challenge and the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her people to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and Illustrations by E. B. Lewis, and Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and Illustrated by Bryan Collier.
More books for Black History Month: Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci and illustrations by Brian Pinkney; Linda Brown, You are not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision - a collection edited by Joyce Carol Thomas and Illustrations by Curtis James; Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe.
I’ve always been intrigued by Linda Sue Park and I figured what way to better familiarize myself with her work than through her Newbery Medal book A Single Shard which we could also contribute to the Newbery Medal Challenge.
I am also slowly reacquainting myself with the literary works of Ninotchka Rosca, who happens to be one of our literary icons in the Philippines – now based in New York. I am just happy that I am able to find a few of her books here in our libraries in Singapore: Bitter Country and Other Stories. We will be featuring her next month (excited!).
Loot from the Community Library
Again, I am grateful to the Singapore libraries for having copies of our beloved Ninotchka Rosca’s classic and widely-acclaimed and celebrated books: Twice Blessed and the very polemical State of War.
My daughter fell in love with Gene Luen Yang when she borrowed American Born Chinese from their school library. When we discovered that Yang’s book Level Up (which is short-listed for Cybils this year) is available in our community library, we hunted it down and thankfully we found it. I also borrowed Lily Reneé, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins and Illustrated by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh. We are part of their blog tour this week and will be posting a review of this graphic novel for Nonfiction Monday, tomorrow. So do watch out for that one.
Book Bargain Treasures
Fats and I had a discussion the other day about why we seem addicted to book bargains – and I told her that as bounty-hunters (this is what our previously-featured Poet, Tita Lacambra Ayala called me when we met), we are able to find lovely gems such as this one, discarded and unloved: The Railroad Children by E. Nesbit, The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit (how apt, the title of this one) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin.
More Page One Clearance Sale
In contrast to Page One’s Warehouse Sale (which I also blogged about here for IMM), this clearance sale is a tad more expensive, at 20% off the books’ original price. But I did find quite a few that fit my measly budget.
These lovelies are worth 5 sgd each. Again, not bad – since I already own a copy of The Sorceress which happens to be the second book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Irish author Michael Scott I am glad then to have found Books 1 and 3 on sale: The Magician and The Alchemyst.
My ten year old daughter and I just fell in love with Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and as such we are trying to collect as much of her books as we can. We also found this in Page One: Are you there, God? It’s me Margaret. I have a feeling my daughter would take to this deeply.