BHE (11): Library Loot

I am currently on a moratorium from purchasing more books as I have gone on a book buying binge while we were overseas in the States. To satisfy my craving for books, I visit our library often as our current bimonthly theme until the middle of September is Dusty Bookshelves and Library Loot: so I am on the lookout for books that will whisper and speak to me from our library shelves.

Jurong West Community Library

I thought that it would be good to acquaint myself with the writings of Leonard Marcus, thus, I borrowed two of his books that are readily available in our library: A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and their Paths to the Caldecott Medal and Show Me a Story – Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators.

I went on a poetry book borrowing frenzy: two picture books written by Paul B. Janeczko and Illustrations by Chris Raschka: A Foot in the Mouth: Poems to Speak, Sing and Shout and A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms. I was also intrigued to see Linda Sue Park’s Tap Dancing on the Roof with pictures by Istvan Banyai (who happens to be a favorite of mine, see here for my review of his The Other Side). Joyce Sidman is a favorite as well, so I was happy to find Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors as illustrated by Beckie Prange.

Emily Gravett is among the author/illustrators whom I deeply admire, and so I borrowed Again and Wolf Won’t Bite. I am also starting to get to know Anthony Browne more intimately so I am glad to have found Knock Knock Who’s There? as co-authored with Sally Grindley. The Yellow Train by Alistair Highet and Francois Roca is an unfamiliar title, but the book cover caught my eye.

I’ve been meaning to get my hands on Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko, so I am glad to have found this on our library shelves. I have also read a lot of good reviews about The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf (it’s quite thick though, so wish me luck in reading it). I am also slowly introducing my ten year old daughter to Shakespeare’s Sonnets so it’s nice to have found this not-so-formidable looking version of the Bard’s Poetry. Speaking of poems, I am excited to read more Naomi Shihab Nye, and so I borrowed her Honeybee and A Maze Me: Poems for Girls.

My daughter chose these three books: The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander, The Marvels Project and Mary Downing Hahn’s The Old Willis Place.

*** Featured Books ***

This is my greatest find among all my treasures: J. Patrick Lewis’ The House with illustrations by Roberto Innocenti.

I also requested for Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and The City by Armin Greder (I have just reviewed Greder’s The Island and so I am excited to read this one).

Such glorious wit, frightful irreverence, delightfully-macabre twists in Struwwelpeter, classic picture book from Germany as written by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman. One of the reasons why I lovelovelove our community libraries.

How about you, dear friends, what books found their way into your hands this week?

4 comments on “BHE (11): Library Loot

  1. Myra, the books you found are amazing, especially those final ones, which I am not familiar with. I have Requiem, heart-breaking, & our school has A Kick In The Head which I’ve used quite a lot. The Sidman book looks great. Oh, I could go on… I just got a library card for the Denver libraries too (I live in Aurora) so now I have more libraries to enjoy. I found three good audio books to listen to yesterday, so am thrilled with that. I have too many books at home to get more right now, but of course I will return, like you, to find more treasures. Thanks again for all the lovely titles!


    • Hi Linda! I just finished reading Requiem last night – you’re right, it IS heartbreaking. I have also finished reading A Kick in the Head, I can see why it’s pretty useful in the classroom, it’s an ingenious book. I haven’t tried audio books yet, and I’m really intrigued. I should check out the audiobooks in our libraries. 🙂


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  3. I want to read “Show Me A Story!”! 🙂 I LOVE Mo Willems! 😀 What a great bunch of books you found!


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