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Children’s Resource: Reading Beyond Booklist

16 Jun

ReadingBeyondLOGO-_FINALI’m so excited to promote this amazing booklist, just in time for summer reading and all those parents looking for books for their kids who read beyond their grade level.

The Reading Beyond booklist is a list of “75 titles chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee to provide guidance to parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and anyone interested in discovering books for children who read at an advanced level and are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate, books.” (CBC website)

The list is broken down into three areas:

  • Kindergarten & 1st graders reading at a 3rd grade level
  • 2nd & 3rd graders reading at a 5th grade level
  • 4th & 5th graders reading at a 7th grade level

This list was curated with special care looking for diverse titles in different genres in the hopes that there is something for each and every child looking for some new titles. And I know, because I was able to be on this amazing committee working on this list for the past year. It was not an easy list of books to come up with as there was a lot of back and forth – whether the content was appropriate for the reader, whether the reading level was too easy or too difficult and ensuring that diversity was well represented with the list.

Share this great curated and annotated reading list with friends, family and your libraries!

Children’s Book Week

3 May

CBWLogoDates.jpgBefore I let another day go by, I want everyone to know that it’s Children’s Book Week from May 1-7! This week celebrates children’s books and reading and has been since 1919. It is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, which in my opinion, makes this a pretty awesome thing!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/2/17

2 Jan

Well, that’s weird… the first time I wrote the New Year down.  Anyway, it’s a new year with new books to read and what better way to start than on my first day off of the New Year with dreary weather outside and no plans to get off this couch. I’m hoping to spend a good chunk of my day reading, just because I can.

I started The Bookshop On the Corner by Jenny Colgan last night and am excited to delve into her quaint little world again today.  My other plans for this week include The Reader by Traci Chee, Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner and The Inquisitor’s Tale Or The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz. I don’t usually make any sort of reading goals for the year.  I joke that I have very few outside interests, so reading is something that I really enjoy doing and don’t want to feel obligated to read a certain number of books or certain types of books.  I’m thinking about a couple of different types of challenges, but we’ll see where the year takes me.

Over the course of this week, I plan on reviewing my last year and looking forward for what I want to do over the next year. Thanks for checking in on my blogging journey, I have a good feeling about 2017!


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

A Renaissance of Children’s Literature

29 Dec

I saw this terminology (or something very similar) on Twitter over the past week and it seems to continually be popping up after hearing many librarians, teachers, parents and kids enjoying soooooo many of this year’s books published for children.

Don’t get me wrong, according to statistics, the publishing world still publishes primarily white, cisgender, “traditional” characters, but I think that now, more than ever the world of children’s literature is not only asking, but demanding that every child will see themselves in the books they read.  The quote that so many people continually come back to is a quote that describes books as windows and mirrors:


That being said, publishers have taken these demands to heart and although I don’t know that more books are being published about diversity, I think that the books that are being published are often times extremely well done and getting a lot of buzz in the children’s literature world. What I most appreciate are the books that are diverse without being about diversity.  You don’t need to scream diversity when writing these books, just be sure to include characters that are diverse.

Award committees both through ALA and across the blogging world are promoting diverse books as well which makes them even more wanted by kids, teachers, bloggers, librarians and parents. What I love about this community more than anything else is everyone’s passion for getting the right books into the right hands.  Every podcast I listen to, every interview I read, continues to amaze me.  Authors and illustrators in the children’s literature field are some of the most kind, humble and beautiful human beings on this planet. I’m convinced. They care so much for getting these stories into the hands of kids and their love for teachers and librarians shines just as bright.

Still not convinced we’re in a Renaissance? Check out the upcoming list of titles for middle grade novels coming out in 2017 from Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook. Check out the Mock Caldecott from Watch. Connect. Read., the Newbery and Caldecott Predictions from Fuse #8 Production and if you Google “best of children’s literature 2016” you’ll be sure to find lists upon lists of amazing literature published over the course of the past year.  Soak it all in and update your TBR lists!

2016 Nerdies – All the Books You Need to Read!

28 Dec

cropped-nerdy-bannerThe 2016 Nerdies are beginning to be announced and I’ll update the list as more winners are released through January 3rd. This is a great list of books that are often times overlooked for ALA Awards (not to say there weren’t discussed as possibilities, but did not win an award or honor).  The books are selected by you (and me) and anyone who wants to vote on The Nerdy Book Club website. The Nerdies are broken down into the following categories:

I’ve used lists like these to finalize my end-of-year reading goals as well as get a jump start on reading for 2017.  There’s usually a little bit of a lull in publishing during January, so it’s a great time to finish up 2016 books.  Also, mark you calendars for the ALA Youth Media Awards which will be livestreamed on Monday, January 23rd at 8:00 AM EST.  And don’t forget to check back to this post, as I update all the Nerdies winners!

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