Just the mention of back to school seems to send everyone into a blizzard of "gotta finish this, gotta do that" before school starts again. If you didn't get a chance to check out our August Book Club and still need great recommendations for your reading log, check out the club here.
For the children who actively read books all summer long, I applaud you! Standing ovation! Our book authority, Erik Weibel, of This Kid Reviews Books, had this to say about his August Book Club recommendations:
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
This book is hilarious! Percy Jackson’s point of view on common Greek myths is one of a kind, and full of wit. I find it completely funny that Percy explains all the myths in the modern language of a teenager. And that he also wise-cracks at the gods’ antics. I was laughing out loud at this multiple times! I think that Mr. Riordan has written a fun story that will get kids interested in the Greek gods and their myths. I was a bit surprised at the size of the book (meaning the physical size of it - it's BIG) , but I soon got used to it, and enjoyed its feel. I totally recommend this book to anyone interested in mythology, Percy Jackson or just good books! – You’ll love it!
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus
This was a great final installment in the Origami Yoda series, even if it made me sad to see it end. Mr. Angleberger has written a wonderful, funny, and altogether memorable series about a bunch of kids and their origami Star Wars guys and all the wisdom their origami creations give them. I like how the kids in this book go to Washington DC, and also how they creatively break the NO ORIGAMI! rule, while not breaking it. For a Star Wars geek who does origami in his spare time, this series is the jackpot for me! Tommy is a great main character. I love how he handles situations. All the kids in the book seem very realistic to me. This was a great ending to an AWESOME series!
To thee, I give a 21-fold salute!
Did you read one or more of the ten books in the August Book Club? If so, send your reviews here. We will post them in our Contest Gallery!
July Book Club
Are you looking for the July Book Club? Find the post here. Happy Reading!
June Book Club
Welcome to our Summer Book Clubs! We are excited to present you with books that will beat summer boredom! This Kid Erik gave us such a great kick-off interview, I wanted to reward your reading and writing efforts with one of his books...free! Here's a reminder about how our Summer Clubs work. We want to hear from you! After you complete a book, feel free to send me your written review or inspired artwork attachment using the button below. I will make you "famous" by posting your work in The Contest Gallery. That will automatically enter you in a drawing for Erik's book! If we have LOTS of entries, there may be even more book giveaways! This summer, there is a wider selection of books to read each month, including recommendations from me, This Kid Erik, and The Brown Bunch. The Summer Book Club will not only appeal to KidLit (picture books all the way up to young adult), but also recommend books for Mom, Dad, writers, and teachers. Check out the books below, do some reading, then email me your writing or art! ANYONE can write a review! Let's spread our love for these authors! Happy Reading!
(Kids: Please ask permission from Mom or Dad before sending me your work to post.) Click HERE to see the JUNE BOOK CLUB!
See You Next Summer!
Thank you so much for visiting the Carrie On...Book Clubs this summer! We hope you found something great to read and maybe even discovered a few new favorites. If you read something awesome during this school year, please send us an email! We are always interested in finding great books to feature in the summer! In the meantime, write with us every Saturday and visit our Mystery Authors the second Tuesday of each month!
August Book Club
Howdy! Welcome to our August Book Club! What? You want to hear which July books were the favorites first? Okay...hear goes! (Drum roll, please!) The July favorite picture book is... Not Your Typical Dragon, by Dan Bar-el and Tim Bowers! The favorite for the older kids is... The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. ALL of the authors are amazing! Check out the reviews that were sent in this month!
As you can see from the picture above, we've drawn a winner out of the hat! (I need another drum roll.....)
The winner is...James! Thanks for sending in your review, James! You may pick from one of the winning favorites: The Lightning Thief or Not Your Typical Dragon. Congratulations!
Now, if you did not get to read the July books, go back and do it! What? You have summer reading burn-out? Or worse...you are too busy? Certainly you have 5 minutes for a picture book! Take yourself on a reading adventure today with our new August Book Club! Check 'em out! Don't they look great? Click a book to learn more about the authors!
Now, let's review. It's very simple. 1. Read. 2. Vote/Comment/or send artwork! There are 2 ways to do this! You can use the contact form below: Fill out all fields, including your vote. If you are not a "form person", feel free to use the button below to email me your vote, comment or art. The Mystery Author will be stopping by on August 13. I can't tell you who...it's a mystery, remember? You'll just have to stop back in or subscribe. After all, that IS my birthday! I hope you will help me celebrate!
We were so excited to hear from you in June! Drum roll, please...The official posted favorites of June readers were Being Frank, by Donna W. Earnhardt, and Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Thank you to everyone who submitted a vote, book review, or piece of artwork in June! Check out the Contest Gallery! WOW! You are all so talented and we loved chatting with you by email.
The best thing about a book club is getting to discuss the adventures you went on….just by reading a book. So let’s talk! Our comment box is your doorway to communicating with us. We can't wait to hear from you!
Since we have so many favorites, here are some more for July! Read as many as you like! You can click on the book pictures below to learn more about each author and book. The Blue button is for sending your artwork in the form of a JPEG attachment. Please use the contact form below to vote for your favorite July picture book and chapter style book. Also, send your reviews or comments about every book you read. Every time we receive 10 new comments, your name will go into a drawing an additional time to win the July favorite book! You just might be the winner!
You won't want to miss our mystery author visit on July 9! Subscribe now, so you don't miss out! Now, onto the books...
Six More Days to Vote!
Counting today, you have 6 more days to read and vote for your favorite June Book Club book! We are looking forward to hearing from you!
You could be the first one to submit a book review for one of the featured books below! Readers unite! C'mon book clubbers, we're in this together! :) The race is on! Which book will be your fav? Cast your vote below! Share your comments! Send us some artwork...the gallery needs a June Book Club look! Can't wait to hear from you!
June Book Clubs
Welcome to the Carrie On...Book Clubs! This is a great place for you to stay connected to awesome summer reading and beyond. I am living proof that adults are not too big for picture books, chapter books, or middle grade. I love to read them all! I especially love anything I can act out. (My kids would say I am a bit dramatic, and well, they're right!)
When you have as many favorites as we do, it's hard to pick a short list! Thanks goodness there are a lot of months in a year! We know that you'll enjoy some of our absolute favs to get you started! Read as many as you like! Then, vote for your favorite and share with us. The Blue button is for sending your artwork in the form of a JPEG attachment. Please use the contact form below to send your reviews or comments about what you loved. By sending your artwork or comment, you are agreeing to allow us to post it in the gallery, if selected. For kids: If you would like your age and only a first name listed with your work, please tell us when you share. We can't wait to hear from you!
Oh, and be sure to check back often! We will have a mystery author visit in June! Subscribe now, so you don't miss out!
Book Clubs Start June 1!
Book Clubs are a great way for kids, writers, teachers, and parents to stay connected to the literary world. Tune in on the first day of every month and allow The Brown Bunch to introduce you to the monthly reading list. Categories will include: Favorites, Picture Books, and Middle Grade. Select the books you want to read from each list. As you achieve your reading goals, we want to hear from you! Tell us about your reading experience, write a book review, or share artwork related to your selections. Remember to keep your comments positive. :) The Brown Bunch will select reviews and artwork to post in the contest gallery, and will also respond to emails. We look forward to connecting with you!
1. Select books.