Picture Book Saturday: Loveabye Dragon

The Deets:
audience: wee ones
ISBN: 9780763654085
publisher: September 11th 2012 by Candlewick Press




Lovabye DragonIn her bed in her room in her castle, a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain, a dragon dreams of a girl.


When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosse’s fiercely protective and gently loving dragon cavorts across the pages, endearingly illustrated by Randy Cecil. At the end of the day, who can resist curling up in the embrace of a lovabye dragon?





I found Loveabye Dragon on a list of 2012's best picture books while looking for new books to read with my son at bedtime.

While I thought the illustrations were adorable, the story itself was just so-so. The story was cute, but the prose felt forced at times. Some of the words used to make a rhyme didn't seem to fit with the story and seemed out of place. I was disappointed with that. At least the pictures captured the whimsical nature of the story. I loved the silly antics the princess and the dragon managed to participate in.

While my son was mildly impressed with this one, I think a younger (under 5) girl might enjoy it. It definitely seemed geared towards the young princesses.

 


The International Reading Association: Annual Conference

I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to attend another annual convention for the International Reading Association. This year (today), I will be traveling to San Antonio, Texas to partake in the festivities. I am extremely nervous to be flying (even more so after the horrible events this week), but I'm giddy over the opportunities as well.

For those in education, you've probably heard of this organization before. For those of you outside of the school setting, you're probably wondering what the big deal is. Well, let me take a few moments to tell you how awesome this is.

1. It's an international ordeal with over 10 THOUSAND attendees gathering to learn more about cutting edge educational trends.

2. Rick Riordan is one of the keynote speakers.

3. There is a panel discussion with YA authors about the appeal of dystopian literature among teens. (Guess which sesssion was circled and highlighted on my itinerary?)

4. There is a "Guide to the Stars" that lists all of the authors that will be there signing books. Some of the highlights on my list include: David Shannon, Kathyrn Otoshi, Mari Mancusi, Marie Lu, Ruta Sepetys, Sharon Flake, A. G. Howard, Walter Dean Myers, David Levithan(!) and Sharon Draper.

5. Last time I attended in 2011 I came home with a suitcase (and a few boxes) full of books. That alone makes my heart skip a beat since I am a book collector. Possibly a hoarder at this point. I have been cleaning my shelves in preparation for the awesomeness to come.

6. All of the major publishers (and some of my faves) are going to be there. I am very excited about meeting some of the great people that have been hooking me up with books from NetGalley and beyond.

and finally, it's in San Antonio during Fiesta! I've never been to Texas, so this is a big deal to me.

So that's it. I will there from Friday-Tuesday. *Swoon* If you're in the area, let me know! I need a tour guide and some tips for River Walk. I can't wait to share more about the experience, as I'm sure Rick Riordan is going to be amazing!


Divergent #3 has a name!

Can I tell you how excited I was when I saw this posted to Facebook? You really have no idea. I have been stalking these books. I love them.


Check out this great article from examiner.com that goes into more detail about Allegiant (the final book in the Divergent series).


I really love the blurb that mentions the dictionary definitions for Allegiant. This has my over-active imagination working in overdrive. I can't stand it! The plot can go in any direction, and I will not be satisfied until I have a synopsis and a copy of this book in my greedy little hands.


Allegiant:

adjective
1. loyal; faithful.
noun
2. a faithful follower; adherent: allegiants of religious cults. adjective
steadfast in devotion (especially to your lawful monarch or government); "it is impossible to be allegiant to two opposing forces"
 


Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan. The wheels are already spinning.  


Captive Spirits ( M.A. Adair) Book Blast + Giveaway

Captive SpiritsAztar is a planet where no one remembers a time of peace. Fear of those who wield a mystical cruelty holds people as CAPTIVE SPIRITS. All that remains is the waning belief in a savior who will someday come to restore peace to a blood soaked land. Zmeria, an ancient text recovered, brings a Prophecy to life. The leaders of each Region come together with a plan to reunite Aztar's divided people and make way for their savior. They arm themselves with the recently discovered revelation of peace long past. A dream is born and legends revived as Aztar’s people determine to fight the evil and Reclaim Aztar. The Evil’s grasp is strong on the CAPTIVE SPIRITS of Aztar. Leaders know this battle to free the will and spirit of the people will not be easily won. They decree a King must be chosen. One man of the entire world stands out from the rest. Si, the firstborn son of the house of Volcum, is well known for valor and victories in battle. A kingdom must be established. As the center of his kingdom, Si Volcum decreed an ancient, long deserted castle far to the north that contained the lost records of Aztar’s forgotten glory. He accepted his chosen bride, Alexis, unseen from a house as old as his own. Si ruled and the land prospered for fifteen years while evil silently waited. The King did not know when evil struck it would be personally against him or that the price would be so high. The people of Aztar chose well in their King. Si will not hesitate. The King will pay the price. From his love and chosen path, the Saga of Aztar begins with the legend of her first King, Si Volcum. “Reclaim Aztar,” will be their battle cry.



Author M.A. Adair

Mary A. Adair is an Amazon best selling author of Native American Romance. CAPTIVE SPIRITS is her first Young Adult Fantasy. It is the beginning to a Young Adult Fantasy series that can also be enjoyed by all adults. Mary's other works include Passion's Vision and Passion's Price, both are Best Selling Native American Romance. Mary did extensive research on several Native American tribes in the time period of her books. One of her many sources for learning about the rich Native American culture of that time period was a book written in the mid. 1700s by one of her husband’s ancestors, James Adair. PASSION'S VISION, a story filled with romance, excitement and danger. This story features James Fitzgerald, an agent in the court of King George II and New Moon, sister to Chief Dancing Cloud. PASSION'S PRICE is a poignant love story with a twist of humor. It is a next generation story filled with adventure and determination as well as self-realization and of course Romance. PASSION’S PRICE continues with James's and New Moon's daughter, Golden Dawn.



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The Lost Girl read-along: Week 7 (finale)

This week we are finishing The Lost Girl. That's chapters 8-12 of part 3 in The Lost Girl. If you missed out on last week's discussion, you can view it through the links below.


As you read this week, think about this question: Given the opportunity, would you have the Loom stitch an echo of a loved one? Why or why not?
I would also like to know what you thought of The Lost Girl. Want to read another dystopian for the next read-along? 


For week 7, we will be finishing The Lost Girl. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Happy reading!

Week 1 discussion questions here.

Week 2 discussion questions here.

Week 3 discussion questions here.

Week 4 discussion questions here.

Week 5 discussion questions here.

Week 6 discussion questions here.

As promised, there is a giveaway! All of your hard work has paid off. Aren't you glad? Go ahead and enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win next month's book. I believe it's going to be Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.
 
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