My Two Cents Worth

6 May


I write reviews and recommendations of picture books. I post my thoughts on my blog, Goodreads, and Pinterest. I sometime get asked why I do this, and sometimes when I’m overwhelmed I ask myself why I do this. I do this for one very simple reason… I LOVE PICTURE BOOKS!

When I was teaching, I had my favorites, my reliable go-to books for every occasion. I had my favorite back-to-school books, my favorite Johnny Appleseed books, my favorite after-recess-read-alouds, my favorite book on every topic in my curriculum… and then I realized my shelf of books was worn and tattered. Worn and tattered in a good way, because they were loved to pieces, but worn and tattered nonetheless. I ordered new books from the PTA Book Fairs. I ordered new books from the classroom book club order forms. I tried to keep abreast of the new market. But it seemed like every time I stepped into a bookstore there were hundreds of new titles. I just couldn’t keep up. I depended on the advice of other picture book lovers to steer me in the direction of the books which would suit my purposes.

Well, guess what? Now I’m the one who has the time to read and read and read. And I do. I have worn out my library card. Literally had a new one issued! Last year I made a commitment to find books to celebrate every day of the year. Wow! I’m glad that’s done! This year I’m reading books that have been recommended but focusing on the newest titles available. You can find the titles I’ve recommended so far this year under the tab BOOKS ALIVE! As a bonus, I pair some fun activities to extend the life of the book with each recommendation.

Because I know how many parents, teachers, and gift-givers don’t have time to search for just the right book, I’m leaving my two cents worth wherever I can.

I only leave positive comments. If there is something that is just not up my alley, I leave it for someone who absolutely loves it to do it justice. Every book deserves to be respected for it’s merits just as every child deserves books that they will truly enjoy reading and rereading.

I hope that this small service is worthwhile to someone in the market for just the right picture book for their young readers.

PS If you know someone who would like to find out more about the newest books on the market, please send them my way. I’m already doing the work, they might as well benefit from it! Remember, sharing is caring!

6 Responses to “My Two Cents Worth”

  1. trinitygrau May 7, 2015 at 2:20 PM #

    I appreciate reading your reviews! I don’t read that many kids books, but I enjoy looking at that!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Juliana Lee May 7, 2015 at 2:47 PM #

      So happy you like the posts. They’re a lot of fun to write. I’m glad others enjoy them too!

      Liked by 1 person

      • trinitygrau May 7, 2015 at 3:07 PM #

        Yes, I’m sure they are. Sharing a great reading experience is one of my favorite things about blogging.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Jane Heitman Healy May 6, 2015 at 5:28 PM #

    I appreciate what you do, Juliana! You have introduced me to many new, wonderful picture books. We must get out of our ruts of using the same books forever!


    • Juliana Lee May 6, 2015 at 6:52 PM #

      It’s hard isn’t it, Jane? They’re my favorites for a reason. My students used to joke whenever I introduced a new book as my favorite, “They’re all your favorite!” But it’s true, they’re all my favorites! And there’s no reason I can’t have more favorites, right!


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