4W Wednesday

Happy Hump Day! Here we are… it’s Wednesday again!

What is 4W?

It is a weekly post where I recap my week in books! It originally was a WWW Wednesday post that I’ve tweaked to make my own. I cover books that I’ve been reading, plan to read and what I’ve been reading to our preschool, usually highlighting a favorite picture book each week…863DA5E8-9BC0-4A9A-BC10-750A5A709F48

A few weeks ago I started a new reading goal and I have been highly motivated to track all the books down(there are 96) and move on through reading everyone on the list!

You will notice the theme… almost all of my books are Newbery winners! Newbery Awards started being given out in 1922 and I am working my way through them this summer. I have quite a few to go, I’ve only read 15. 😳


Today I am reading Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell(Newbery winner 1961) and listening to the audible of The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. I am about halfway through both books and as different as they are, I am thoroughly enjoying them both!


This week was a fun book week for Newbery’s. I’ve done lots of shopping around and since I started this little project I’ve managed to find many of them used for 79¢ each! I have a total of 55 unread on the bookshelf. So I just keep grabbing another book from the shelf! Here is what I’ve read…

  • Number the Stars( 1990 Winner)by Lois Lowry
  • The Graveyard Book (2009 Winner)by Neil Gaiman
  • Sarah Plain and Tall(1986 Winner)by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Crossover(2015 Winner) by Kwame Alexander


I loved each and every one of these stories!  Number the Stars is an incredible story of a 10 year old girl in Copenhagen, in 1943. Definitely read the afterward in the book, Lowry gives a detailed account of the facts that were woven into the story and how she came upon them.

The Graveyard Book is a enchanting tale of a boy raised in a graveyard, after his family has been murdered. He is cared for by a guardian that is neither living nor dead, strange

The boy, Bod, short for Nobody Owens, is forbidden to leave the Graveyard, out of concern for his safety. As he gets older he learns more about his past, why he isn’t safe just yet, and what he wants for his future. It’s a fun and creepy tale!

Sarah Plain and Tall is a short, but sweet, historical tale of a family living on the prairie. The mother had previously died during child birth and the father decides to post an ad in the paper for a new wife. The children are anxious to meet her, with a few special requests of their own; hoping she will sing to them as their mother once did. They are all wondering, will she stay on permanently after her visit.

The Crossover is a fast paced, “poetry meets hip hop” tale of a basketball family. For any young reader that loves basketball this is a great story. You can also read my full review with the link.



This is my shelf I pick the Newbery’s from. Being the nerd I am, I have cataloged them and put them in chronological order. I had to… it’s a big project for a slow reader!🙃

I don’t have a clear approach yet though. Do I start from the most recent and work my way back? Or knock off the shortest books first to feel a sense of accomplishment? I just don’t know…🤨These are the complex thoughts that rattle around in my nerdy brain… 🤪 I am leaning toward reading the short ones first to stay motivated…

  • The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  • The White Stag by Kate Seredy
  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark


This week we have had some busy bodies for sure! It has been hot and these kiddos barely want to sit and listen to stories. I am about to put in our first Scholastic Order for the next school year and it does make me excited for fall! Here’s what we’ve been reading…

My favorite for this week is Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton. I
have been running Little Lamb Daycare & Preschool for over 20 years now, so I have a bit of a soft spot for sheep. But even so, this restless sheep story is adorable with beautiful pages!



That wraps up my week! I hope you’ve had at least one wonderful book in your lap this week too! I’d love to know what you’ve been reading ? What’s been your favorite and have you read any of mine?


Thanks for following along my week in books!

Happy Reading Friends!


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14 replies »

  1. I want to know what you think of The President is Missing.
    Enjoyed your post. I like your Newbery shelfie. 😊

    • I will definitely write a review when I finish! 😁 I am really enjoying it, especially with Dennis Quaid’s voice as the narrator of the audible.

  2. I got the audio of The President is Missing earlier this week! I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it! That sheep book is adorable and I loved seeing your Newbery shelf! 😍 Wonderful post, Lana! ♥️

  3. I’m also interested in your opinion on this book in particular. I’ve already read it, but I’ll remain silent about it for now 🙂

  4. Dennis Quaid narrates The President is Missing? Sign me up! I’m currently listening to Anne of Green Gables narrated by Rachel McAdams and really loving it. I know it shouldn’t matter but I do like my celebrity/actor narrators 🙂

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