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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/4/17

4 Dec

Have you ever read a book that’s really good, it just takes you a while to get through? That’s how I felt this week with the title Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson – it was really well done, it just seemed to take me a while to read. I also read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon which was a lot of fun and a quick read. Otherwise, I’ve still got a few titles from the past few weeks that I need to get to this week:

  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone


And I also grabbed Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. After some titles that share some really deep truths about our history and the world we live in today, I’m going to have to take a break from some of these books with heavier topics for the holidays and just read some happy-go-lucky stories where everything turns out in the end! What are you reading lately?


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


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!

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer YA Releases

23 May

summer titles.pngHere’s a list of young adult summer releases, mostly about summer (or things I think are summer related) – road trips, summer camp, the beach etc. These will all be released by the end of June – giving us the perfect summer TBR list! A special thanks to the website, YALit: Young Adult Book Release Dates for a great list of books and when they’ll be released!

  1. Summer Unscripted by Jen Klein
  2. It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
  3. The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
  4. Be True To Me by Adele Griffin
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  6. Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
  7. When It’s Real by Erin Watt
  8. Eden Summer by Liz Flanagan
  9. Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams
  10. Once And For All by Sarah Dessen

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Quick Book Display

18 Jan

I don’t know if others have seen it, but two days ago President Obama sat down with the chief book critic of The New York Times and talked about how important reading and books were during his years in office. I’m a librarian and I follow a lot of book related news, so this has been popping up on my Facebook and Twitter news feeds ever since.

So, easiest thing for me to do today? Throw together a book display of books President Obama mentioned as being his favorites or interesting to him. As this is his last week in office, it’s the perfect time to put this together – timely and library focused! So get ready for some new books to add to your TBR list!

  • William Shakespeare
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Junot Díaz
  • Philip Roth
  • Saul Bellow
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The following list is from Off the Shelf – a collection of books President Obama mentioned reading during his presidency.

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
  • The Whites by Richard Price
  • Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Rodin’s Debutante by Ward Just

10 Read Aloud Titles About Service for MLK Day

13 Jan


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day that many people spend time offering service to their community – small acts to make a difference. Volunteerism can start with the littlest ones in your family and sharing some of these stories is a great way to teach kids kindness and service. These books range from one small act of kindness that ripples through a community to even larger acts such as purchasing an animal for a family overseas which can make a big difference to their way of life. But no matter what you have to offer, teaching children kindness and to think of others is something that I think everyone can do. Holding the door for someone, smiling a hello as you pass them by and asking another child to play together are all simple ways to teach kids to think of others around them. Share some of these great stories for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and share some other titles with me!

  1. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  2. Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  3. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley
  4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  5. The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
  6. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  7. Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
  8. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  9. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway
  10. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
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