2019 Goodreads

Do you use Goodreads? It’s a fun way to curate your own virtual library for example you can inventory and rate books you have read which generates recommendations for other books to read. You can also collect titles that you wish to read in the future. This time of year they provide a stellar feature that summarizes the books you read throughout the year. I think I recommended Becoming the most this year so by that measure it’s easily a stand out for me, but I have a hard time choosing just one best story of 2019. Educated was memorable and moving. I also really enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing as well.

Do you have a favorite read of the year? More on my year in books here.

On Bedtime Stories

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“You know who my gods are, who I believe in fervently? Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson — she’s probably the top — Mozart, Shakespeare, Keats. These are wonderful gods who have gotten me through the narrow straits of life.” -Maurice Sendak author and illustrator

I adore children’s books. The tactile experience of handling a book, sharing a story, taking in the illustrations, warm snuggles before falling asleep it’s easily a highlight in my daily routine. I don’t mind an e-reader for my own use but when it’s story time with Oliva it has to be a page turner, literally. Anything involving Maurice Sendak’s work is preferable.

Do you like e-readers? Do you have a favorite childhood author/illustrator?

Meet Lola Chicken

Lola Chicken
Loufane Gladys Rosa-Mendoza, November 2005

Oliva and I love this new bilingual picture book we found. It’s a simple story about a complicated chicken named Lola.

“For the first time in her life, Lola was alone. But where should she go? Over the hill to another farm…or into the deep, dark woods? ‘Now it’s my turn to choose!’ said Lola.”

Be true to yourself is the moral. Gorgeous vibrant illustrations help tell this sweet love story. The ending even has an unexpected twist. If you’re looking for quality bilingual picture books that are sure to be treasured for years to come add this to your collection and check out these two as well: