Monday, January 01, 2018

January Reading Challenge: Make It Work

Happy New Year!

I came across a blog post called "Picture Books for Careers" by Penelope Trunk where she mentions nine children books that she loves. I recognized one from her list, and my kids read three of them in their class. Curious, I thought to start the new year getting caught up with some career-oriented reading of my own, which will include books on writing.

Picture Books for Careers

Penelope Trunk's list of nine included a lot of out of print oldies. Some were not available at the library and had to be bought second-hand from sellers on Amazon. Here's her list:

1.) Lenore's Big Break by Nancy Carlson (1992)
2.) The Money Tree by Sarah Stewart (1994)
3.) The Quarter Note Cowpoke by James and Gale Potter (1985)
4.) Fenwick's Suit by David Small (1996)
5.) Teammates by Peter Golenbock (1992)
6.) Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes by Bruce Koscielniak (1993)
7.) Paperboy by Dav Pilkey (2016)
8.) Frederick by Leo Lionni (1967)
9.) Tea With Milk by Allen Say (2009)

10.) Another related book I'll add to this list is One Pizza, One Penny by K.T. Hao (2003).



It's been quite some time since I've read this gem, but I remember the story having a positive message with regards to marketing and economy. I wanted to read it again, but the english version has been decommissioned from the King County Library System. Boo!

January "Make It Work" Reading Challenge

I dug around in my various reading piles for five career-oriented books to read this month. I bought Take Joy by Jane Yolen (2006) at an SCBWI conference and have had this book on my shelf for eight years. Now might be a good time to finally read it.

Writing Radar by Jack Gantos (2017) is a book I gave to the 10-year old writer in my family for Christmas. The pages were immediately devoured, and the book returned to me with high recommendations!

Insults & Comebacks by Knock Knock (2008) was something I picked up at a thrift store for some laughs. Perhaps it can help me create some witty dialogue.

Scene & Structure by Jack Bickham (1999) was something I was supposed to have read for a class I took, but didn't.

That leaves Creating Character Emotions by Amy Hood (1998), a book I picked up while window shopping at Barnes and Noble. Who knows how long it's been kicking around. Quite a while I'd guess. Maybe I'll finally get to it so I can pass it along.

May 2018 bring you health, wealth, and a lot of good books to read.
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"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." ~ Confucius

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