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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Future Children to Read

14 Nov

There are so many amazing books available to kids in this day and age. It was hard to pick just ten, but I focused on ten titles that show a wide diversity in terms of culture, gender, race, ability, socioeconomic status and more. It’s important for kids to see all different type of people in books and I think these titles are a great place to start for middle grade readers looking for diversity.


  1. Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  2. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  3. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  4. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
  5. George by Alex Gino
  6. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  7. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  8. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  9. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  10. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 11/13/17

13 Nov

I must say, I kicked butt reading this week and boy does it feel good! Work has slowed down a little bit and with few evening commitments and a cell phone sitting in a bag of rice (phones + toilets don’t mix), I read more than I have in a long time. I finished not only what I had planned, but a few extra titles as well!

  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
  • The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  • The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Long Way Done by Jason Reynolds
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie

I’m hoping to continue my reading streak (as I’m behind where I want to be for the year!) with the following titles:

  • Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King
  • Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  • Patina by Jason Reynolds
  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dust Bowling
  • Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar

I think this list is super ambitious for the week, but I’ve been trying to catch up with some titles that I keep hearing about on Twitter and on other blogs, so what I don’t get to this week, I’ll work on next week as well! 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

It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? 11/6/17

6 Nov

As expected long days at work, plus an awesome KidLitCon left me with very little extra time for reading this week. I finished The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser – and all I can say is I would love to live in the Vanderbeekers brownstone in Harlem with lots of love and family exploits, plus neighbors who rally together when you need it. I also read The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez about a spunky girl who wants to be punk, but also must figure out how to combine all the parts of who she is – sometimes being two halves doesn’t always feel like it makes one whole.

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Book Review: A Boy Called Bat

2 Nov

30653731.jpgSynopsis: Bixby Alexander Tam prefers to be called Bat, for one it’s his initials and two he wants to be veterinarian when he grows up, just like his mom.

Bat’s not a huge fan of surprises or changes in his schedule, but when his mom brings home an unexpected baby skunk kit, Bat falls immediately in love with the little creature and has one month to convince his mom that he can take good care of the little skunk.

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It’s Monday! What Are Your Reading? 10/30/17

30 Oct

It’s been a week – trying to work on our library budget, library programming and a busy weekend left very little time for reading. I was able to finish The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen and A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold. I also started working on  The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser. I went on a run of just putting a whole bunch of titles on hold from the library – so I currently have five other middle grade titles that I need to read in the next week or so. Hopefully I’ll get through a couple, but with a BIG library program happening on Friday and spending Friday and Saturday at KidLitCon, I’ll be curious how much reading I’ll get done.

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