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March 2015
Monday, March 09, 2015
Favorite lines from the books I enjoyed reading this week
“Read! Read! Read!” is my motto for March, a.k.a. National Reading Month. My goal is to read at least one novel (YA or MG) a week and a new picture book each day. Here are some of the lines I enjoyed from the books I read this past week.

Picture Books
Mine is even more beautiful than yours. And it smells like sunshine.
(The Twins’ Blanket, by Hyewon Yum)

I looked at the rhythm with my eyes..blink blink…
I caught the rhythm with my hands..clap clap.
(I Got the Rhythm, by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison)

This is our home where my family lives.
(This Is Our House, by Hyewon Yum)

…true artistry requires great imagination.
(Song of Middle C, by Alison McGhee, illus. by Scott Menchin)

Little Baby Buttercup, how I love to scoop you up.
(Little Baby Buttercup, by Linda Ashman, illus. by You Byun)

Hanging upside down is tricky. School will be FUN!
(You’re Wearing That to School?!, by Lynn Plourde, illus. by Sue Cornelison)

And the snow, while it is here, reminds us of this: that nothing last forever except memories.
(Snow, by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Lauren Stringer)


Chapter Book
Teddy has music but no words.
I have words but no music.
We are a strange pair.
(Fly Away, by Patricia MacLachlan)


A few from the YA novel, This Shattered World, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

The girl is standing on a battlefield, and it’s the street she grew up on.

My world has been torn apart and stitched back together too many times, and now I exist only as a tattered patchwork of myself—unable to think, unable to feel anything other than numbness.

You don’t understand the unbearable beauty of being you.


What are some of your favorite kidlit quotes? What are you reading this month? Feel free to leave a comment.
Posted by Michelle
Monday, March 16, 2015
Favorite lines from the books I enjoyed reading this week (part 2)
Continuing with my “Read! Read! Read!” motto for this month, here are some of the lines I enjoyed from the books I read this past week (I even managed to get in an extra YA novel and chapter book in addition to my picture book per day and YA novel per week goal).

Picture Books
But when his ideas escaped, as ideas often do, they GREW and GREW…
(The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty, by Karla Strambini)

The PAIN starts in her finger. It rushes up to her BRAIN…
…and she EXPLODES! It is not her finest moment.
(The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires)

We are on a mission…We won’t stop digging until we find something spectacular.
(Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen)


Some people are a little bit scary. But then, sometimes (most times, maybe, I think) sometimes they really are not.
(The Little Bit Scary People, by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Alexandra Boiger)

There will be love, a wedding, and happily ever after.
(Superlove, by Charise Mericle Harper, illus. by Mark Chambers)

“What was the question? I forget everything. My head is shrinking,” [said the eraser].
(The Little Red Pen, by Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel)


A few from the chapter book, Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green, by Christine Pakkala, illustrated by Paul Hoppe

We sit there like dead old carrots in a compost pile.

…Let’s brainstorm!” That’s when kids make it rain ideas inside their brains.

Everyone shares, and I am last, last, last. But I don’t mind, because going last means I have lots of time to think about stuff, like how to be a friend. Because to have a friend, you have to be a friend.


A few from the YA novel, Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer

Usually the hoodie was like camouflage in a town of equally careless dressers, but now she was dressed like a chameleon in a room full of Komodo dragons.

Don’t thank me for telling the truth when it would have been mercy to lie to you.

I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.


A few from the YA novel, The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy

We all feel strange, even apprehensive, when confronted with our own destiny.

…Allow for the possibilities.

It smelled like life, somehow: like green grass and sunlight and birdsong, and the ache in your heart when you love someone deeply.


What are some of your favorite kidlit quotes? What are you reading this month? Feel free to leave a comment.
Posted by Michelle
Monday, March 23, 2015
Favorite lines from the books I enjoyed reading this week (part 3)
In week 3 of National Reading Month, here are some of the lines I enjoyed from the books I read.

Picture Books
Radbert produced a better haircut than the best haircut in the history of better haircuts.
(The Hair Scare, by Jeffrey Fisher)

Tap TAP, cold drops of rain dot hair.
(Tap Tap Boom Boom, by Elizabeth Bluemle, illus. by G. Brian Karas)

Mary discovered all this the marvelous day she got sucked through a microscope and became the size of a molecule.
(Once Upon an Alphabet, by Oliver Jeffers)

My mom’s not afraid of the dark or the night and I’m brave like her when she’s holding me tight!
(Me and My Mom!, by Alison Ritchie , illus. by Alison Edgson)

He’d learned a lot of new words. And one very special one…“Friends!”
(Train!, by Judi Abbot)


A few from the YA novel, Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
…when her hands could no longer weave or paint or mold clay, she’d told stories and filled them with the colors she loved.

She avoided her thoughts as long as possible, but they came, stampeding beyond her control.

“A world of nevers under a never sky.”

This boy had a rip in him. A wound that ran soul deep.


What are some of your favorite quotes from children's books? What are you reading this month? Feel free to leave a comment.
Posted by Michelle