Book Love Blog Hop
Cathy tagged me to join in the Book Love Blog Hop.
Carrie Finison created A Book Love Blog Hop. It’s a wonderful idea and a great reminder to show books some extra love.
BOOK LOVE Blog Hop Instructions
1. Pick some books you love (any genre) that you think deserve more attention than they are getting. (As much as I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle does not need my help to sell more copies! I’ve tried to choose books I thought needed a little boost, or ones I love that no one else seems to have heard of.)
2. Post reviews for the books you chose on Amazon/social media. The reviews can be brief – even a short review on Amazon helps. Posting on Goodreads or Shelfari is great, too, or Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. The more places you can publicly proclaim your love, the better!
3. If you want, you can also post the reviews on your own blog, or link your blog back to your reviews on social media.
4. Feel free to display the BOOK LOVE badge on your blog – and if you want, link it back to this post so your visitors know what it’s all about.
5. Tag some friends to do the same! Tag friends through their blogs, or on Facebook. (I won’t tag anyone. Can you tell I’m the kid, who broke a chain letter? I do encourage you to consider adding a review when you love a book, especially one by a new author.)
Here are three picture books I plan to promote for the Book Love Blog Hop:
The Sock Thief
The Sock Thief by Ana Crespo  and Illustrated by Nana Gonzales
From author’s website: Felipe doesn’t have a soccer ball. So, when it’s his turn to take one to school, he uses a little bit of creativity…and a few socks. Felipe is the sock thief, but finding socks is not that easy and the neighborhood pets make it even harder. “Au, au, au!” a dog barks in Portuguese. Along the way, Felipe leaves delicious mangoes in exchange for the socks he steals. After he swipes each pair, he twists and turns them into an ever-growing soccer ball.
This is a delightful book. I like naughty characters, so Felipe and I get along just grand! The book is also a great introduction to another culture. Felipe is in Brazil and the author’s note page includes Portuguese.
Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Jamey Christoph
I read this book after Ana Crespo recommended it as a mentor text for a story I am revising. My manuscript is a completely different subject, but I fell in love with Gordon Parks’ story. (I read the book the day I wrote this post. I’ve read it three times already.)
Here’s the book description from Amazon: “Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was a poor African American looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed.”
Augie to Zebra
Augie to Zebra: An Alphabet Book! by Caspar Babypants and Illustrator Kate Endle
I shared  Augie to Zebra via a Perfect Picture Book Friday post, but I don’t think I did more to promote it. I found this book during my last February research of dozens of ABC books. In my post, I said: “This one stood out for its simple text and lovely collage illustrations.” Augie to Zebra remains one of my favorite ABC books, so why not shout it to the world. The book jacket says it “illustrates the diversity of people and names.”
I hope you all see a lot of book love in February.