100 Chapter Books Project: Winnie the Pooh

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Though it is for a younger audience than almost all of the other books on the Top 100 Chapter Books list, Winnie the Pooh (1926) by A.A. Milne nevertheless has chapters and is a perennial favorite so here it is at number 26.

What it’s about: A silly old bear and his boy have adventures in the Hundred Acre Woods with their friends Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Kanga, and Roo.

Age level: Grades 3+

Best part: The familiarity of these stories is lovely and makes me happy.

Worst part: The narrator sometimes interferes with the stories and takes a bit of the magic out of them.

Verdict: Buy

I felt like I had read this story a million times but, in fact, it turns out that I’ve mostly been watching the Disney versions of the Pooh tales. There are some parts that are better in one than the other and vice versa. I think kids will love the slightly happier Eeyore in the book but probably will like the sweeter Piglet of the shows. Also, the Disney dollars are going to keep this story alive for many more years to come.

I feel like I’m in the home stretch of this project now with just 28 books to go. I’ll finish up a year from April so, if you’re getting tired of seeing chapter book reviews, you just have to put up with them for 16 more months (::wink::)! I have quite a few books coming up that I’ve never read and probably never intended to read so if you have something nice to say about a book you see below, feel free to comment on it!

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Schedule – January through April
January 31 – #63 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (1978)
February 15 – #92 Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (2001)
February 28 – #61 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964)
March 15 – #40 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (1990)
March 31 – #24 Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (1968)
April 15 – #69 The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan (2006)
April 30 – Spring Break

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

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Back in the fall of 2008, a wonderful book blogger named Amy (from My Friend Amy) created an online festival for book bloggers called Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Her intent was simple:

Acknowledging the hard work of book bloggers and their growing impact on book marketing and their essential contribution to book buzz in general, I am excited to announce the first Book Blogger Appreciation Week. Think of it as a retreat for book bloggers and a chance for us to totally nerd out over books together. And of course, shower each other with love and appreciation.

The event grew every year and, even though it was fun and Amy loved it, she had to end it in 2012 due to the work and time involved. BBAW has been missed dearly ever since.

That’s why we (Ana, Jenny, Heather, and Andi) are more than thrilled that Amy agreed to turn her baby over to us. We can only hope we do her proud.

So, yes, we are bring back Book Blogger Appreciation Week, with Amy’s blessing. Sign ups go live next week and the event starts February 15, perfectly coinciding with Valentine’s Day. Some things will change, some will stay the same, but we hope to keep Amy’s intent alive: celebrate the hard work, dedication, and love we all put into this adventure we call book blogging.

Help us spread the word with the graphic up top and the #BBAW hashtag!

#PotterBinge Check-In and Link Up!

PotterBingeHey #Potterbingers! This wee project runs through January 31 of 2016 but we wanted to check in to see how you’re doing with it so far! We’d love to read your comments at this juncture, or feel free to link up as many check-in posts as you’d like down below! Let us have it!

Accio, readers!

We also have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for our next event coming up on Monday, January 11. You’re REALLY gonna want to stay tuned for this!