Shark Vs. Train
·"I'm going to choo-choo you up and spit you out." "Ha! I'm going to fin-ish you, mackerel-breath." Who will win? Well, that depends... A New York Times…
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Jonathan Sanchez is a jack of all (book) trades: owner of Blue Bicycle Books, author, founder of Write of Summer children’s camp and creator of YALLFest, Charleston’s own Young Adult Book Festival drawing the country’s best YA authors. This man knows books. So when he doles out recommendations, we listen! We asked Jonathon to guide us in reading this Spring with suggestions for every age group.
"Today in our 4 to 6 year old storytime we traveled to the depths of the ocean and read a bunch of stories about the biggest, baddest creature in the ocean........sharks! Fortunately, the sharks in these books weren't quite as scary as their real life counterparts can sometimes be. "Shark vs. Train" by Chris Barton "Don't Eat the Teacher!" by Nick Ward "Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do)" by Judy Barrett "Gilbert the Hero" by Jane Clark"
Shark vs. Train – Bartography
Nearly three years after publication, Shark Vs. Train is still getting lots of support from my beloved independent local seller, BookPeople. How much support? Well, here’s the latest stack of 33 copies that I just stopped by the store to sign. (You can order them online if you can’t stop by their store in downtown Austin.)
They both won
I was in Denver last month to attend the annual conference of the Colorado Council International Reading Association and pick up the Colorado Children’s Book Award won by Shark Vs. Train. The award itself turned out to be this magnificent, hefty thing, which I opted to have shipped to me instead of trying to slip into my carry-on bag for the flight home.
Children’s Book Review – Shark vs. Train
"One of the best parts of the book is that the boys go to replay the story! Immediately Jude ran to his room to grab his shark and the train. Then they played in the living room with them for the longest time. I love books that inspire play and especially creative play, which is a super aspect of this one."
"Our final week for the winter session is finally here! This makes me so happy since that means that spring in coming. It also makes me sad because I have enjoyed the children and their parents so much. This week we ended our session with the theme of Sharks. We read The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist, Shark in the Park by Phil Roxbee, I'm a Shark by Bob Shea, Sharks by Valerie Weber, Gilbert in the Deep by Jane Clark, Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Surprising Sharks."
Mrs. Morrow's Class
"During the month of October, the students were given a project to complete at home with their parents. Each student selected a book that they had read before and created one of the characters from the book on their pumpkin. There was only 1 rule: Do NOT carve or cut the pumpkin. They had the freedom to be as creative as they wanted and they did not disappoint!"
Everybody around here has an opinion
"I attended the Illinois School Library Media Association Conference last weekend, where I was given this lovely beveled glass memento for winning the Monarch Award along with author Chris Barton. Of course, everyone in the studio gathered around to give their two cents worth."
Story Action Pod: Election Edition!
"So I decided to create a Story Action Pod based on a book that kids could use to make an informed opinion in one sitting: Shark vs Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld. ... As always, I set up the book with directions for voting and the ballot (located below for easy download). Then, my coworker created some awesome "I Voted Today" stickers. Suddenly, this idea had a trifecta of Kid Friendly Things: 1) Sharks 2) Trains 3) Stickers"
Raising Austin: Plan now for taking young readers to book festival
"The Texas Book Festival headlines a fun-filled weekend in Austin with its annual two-day gathering of literary authors and lovers of the written word. Last year, Felix Halloran, 7, right, reads to his little brother Wylie, 4, under the Children’s Tent."
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"Hayden Moore, 5, peruses children's books during the 15th annual Texas Book Festival [in October 2010]. The weekend-long event, which attracted thousands of visitors, featured lectures by hundreds of local and national authors, live music, food vending and children's activities."