One Writer’s Journey

July 8, 2014

Alphabet Books and my June Reading

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I’ve been playing around with the idea of writing an alphabet book so, understandably, I’ve been reading a variety of alphabet books (see lines 11, 12, 14, and 15).  Read enough of them and you start to figure a few things out:

  • X and Q are the tough letters.  Figure them out and you’ve got it nailed.
  • “Figure it out” means that crossing doesn’t count as a X word.  Get it?  X.  Cross.  Crossing.  Yeah.  Cheating.  Using a word with X in the middle of it (like eXit) is better than crossing and it still feels like cheating.
  • Read a variety of alphabet books in your topic and you are going to find the overused choices.  That would be Koala for an Australian K and Wall for a Chinese W.  If you can avoid the obvious, you will have a teaching moment on your hands.
  • Play and have fun!  Do something exciting.  In Jon Muth’s book, the text is written in haiku but the first word may not begin with the Letter for that page.

Here’s the whole list of what I read for the month.  I have three more books in progress but I’ll save those for July.

  1. Albee, Sarah. Bugged: How Insects Changed History (Walker/Bloomsbury)
  2. Barakiva, Michael.  One Man Guy.
  3. Beaton, M.C.  Death of a Bore: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery (Mysterious Press)
  4. Bell, Cece. Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover (Candlewick Press)
  5. Bluemle, Elizabeth.  Tap Tap Boom Boom (Candlewick)
  6. Carlisle, Kate.  A Cookbook Conspiracy (An Obsidian Mystery)
  7. Cordell, Matthew.  Another Brother (Feiwel and Friends)
  8. Fisher, Doris.  Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert (Pelican)
  9. Gandhi, Arun and Bethany Hegedus. Grandfather Gandhi (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  10. Goldenbaum, Sally.  Death by Cashmere (An Obsidian Mystery)
  11. Magee, Doug and Robert Newman.  All Aboard ABC (Puffin)
  12. Mayer, Bill.  All Aboard! A Traveling Alphabet (Margaret K. McElderry)
  13. Moundlic, Charlotte. The Scar (Candlewick Press)
  14. Muth, Jon J. Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons (Scholastic Press)
  15. Pallotta, Jerry.  The Yucky Reptile Alphabet Book (Charlesbridge)
  16. Rake, Jody Sullivan.  Why Feet Smell and other Gross Facts about Your Body (Capstone Press)
  17. Robins, Jacqui.  The New Girl . . . And Me (Atheneum)
  18. Rockliff, Mara.  The Grudge Keeper (Peachtree)
  19. Royston, Angela.  Why Do I Vomit?  And Other Questions about Digestion (Heinemann Library)
  20. Sutton, Sally.  Demolition (Candlewick Press)



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