I should actually be preparing for the seminars that I'm presenting in a couple of weeks, but it's been such a great week of reading that I can't stop! #booknerdproblems



It was another week of 5 STAR BOOKS, so I decided to highlight all of them in the Friday Five. You can watch the video below, or click here to view this and other Friday Five booktalks.


If you survived September and all the pumpkin spice, Halloween candy, and in some stores CHRISTMAS stuff, a good book should be your reward.


Happy Reading!






Books mentioned in the video:

Look Both Ways by Reynolds The Scarecrow by Ferry/Fan/Fan A Place to Belong by Kadohata

Frankly in Love by Yoon

The Fountains of Silence by Sepetys

Fighting for the Forest by Pearson

1919 by Sandler


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It had the potential for being a crazy week...


Full moon... Friday the 13th... not just in the same week but on the SAME DAY!


I was prepared for the worst (seriously, if you work in education you know what I'm talking about). But I was pleasantly surprised that this week was actually one of the best as far as reading goes.


There were many 5 STAR BOOKS this week (HOORAY!), so I decided to dedicate the Friday Five to highlighting them. You can watch the video below, or click here to view this and other Friday Five booktalks.


If you marked yourself "safe" from the Full-Moon-Friday-the-13th school day this week, I hope you'll consider one or more of these books as your reward.


Happy Reading!


EDITED 9/16/19: This morning, the National Book Foundation announced that one of the books I highlight in this video, Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds, was long-listed for this year's National Book Award for Young People's Literature!




Books mentioned in the video:

The Proudest Blue by Muhammad/Ali/Aly

Home in the Woods by Wheeler

Magic Ramen by Wang

Look Both Ways by Reynolds

Beverly, Right Here by DiCamillo Call Me American by Iftin Stargazing by Wang




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It's the middle of summer and typically a time when people (myself included) hit a summer reading slump. Maybe you're still in the queue for the books you put on hold at the beginning of summer. Or you're on vacation and ON THE GO without a break to relax and read. Or, God forbid, you are reading but the books are just "meh."


So, I decided to offer up some of my FAVORITES of the summer to get you through that mid-summer reading slump. Many of the following are 5 STAR books for me so fingers crossed you will also find something amazing to get you through the rest of the summer.


25) This Beach is Loud! by Samantha Cotterill is a great book for kids with sensory issues (sensory processing disorder and/or autism), or who are anxious about new experiences. Great for classrooms and families also. I would pair it with There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi. Grades PreK-2nd.



26) Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan. I REALLY enjoyed this one about a young woman stuck working the worst summer job at an amusement park. Perfect summer vibe, and a fun rom-com. Grades 8-12


27) Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. This one is written for adults, but I could also see interested high schoolers enjoying it also. Based on a frightening episode in American history.


28) War in the Ring by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro. Highlighting Joe Louis, Max Schmeling and the lead-up to their fight. This includes quite a bit of history also. Grades 7-10, or even adults interested in this time period. Pair it with Berlin Boxing Club by Rob Sharenow (YA Lit), or A Nation's Hope by Matt de la Pena and Knockout! by George Sullivan (picture books).


29) NOPE! by Drew Sheneman. Pair this with Dude (Reynolds) for another story that is told basically using only one word. Good for inferring story from illustrations, and hilarious for parents to read as well. Grades K-2 for sharing.


30) The Line Tender by Kate Allen. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Could be because I read it during Shark Week, but this will likely be one of my top picks for Grades 4-7 this year. For fans of The Thing About Jellyfish (Benjamin).


31) Hum and Swish by Matt Myers. YES! What a great book for sharing, storytimes, or encouraging creativity. For anyone that loves to build on the beach. Grades K-3.


32) Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. There are just no words for how much I love this book. Will likely be one of my top picks for High School for 2019. SO. MUCH. GOODNESS here. A powerful book that will stay with you and give you plenty to talk about. Good for current event tie-ins also. Grades 8-12. All. The. Stars.


33) O Captain, My Captain by Robert Burleigh. I never thought I'd give 5 stars to a biography of Walt Whitman, but here you go. If you read Whitman in your ELA classes, or study the Civil War in your social studies/American History classes, then you need this. It discusses a period in Whitman's life when he volunteered at military hospitals during the Civil War, and why he was inspired to write his famous poem, O Captain, My Captain. Maybe only interesting to history and literature buffs, but very well written!


34) Ink Knows No Borders, various. This includes poems by several YA Lit authors among others. All poems about life as an immigrant or refugee.

Fresh Off the Boat: Six Words, various. These are part of the Six Word Memoir collection with a focus on immigrants. TERRIFIC!

Obvious tie-ins to current events as well as many current fiction titles. Grades 7-12 for both.


35) Sign Off by Stephen Savage. This wordless book creates a story from road signs. I thought it was unique and I love encouraging students to create the story on the pages. Grades K-5.


36) Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali. Loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the cover. A dual narrator story that will find many fans of romance and realistic fiction. Grades 8-12.


What are you reading this summer? Do you have a favorite so far?


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Today's #3onatheme (+1) honors the Williams sisters, Wimbledon, and women in sports!


Game Changers by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome is my FAVORITE picture book biography of Venus and Serena. The writing! The illustrations! Game, set, match!


Epic Athletes: Serena Williams by Dan Wetzel. This new biography series is great for upper elementary (and even middle school) readers. Alex Morgan and Steph Curry round out the first three books in the series, with Lionel Messi, Lebron James, and Tom Brady coming this fall.


Sisters and Champions by Howard Bryant and Floyd Cooper is another good picture book biography on the sisters. Again, the illustrations!


(+1) Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports by Gregory Zuckerman. Including a profile on Serena Williams, this collected biography will be popular with any sports enthusiast from middle school on up.


#kidlit #yalit #sports #biography

Updated: Jun 4, 2019

We are about 1/3 of the way through SYNC's Summer of Audiobooks. This is year #10 of the service that provides FREE AUDIOBOOKS (to keep...forever!) all summer long.


If you are not familiar with SYNC, visit their website immediately for all the details and then bookmark it so that you are in the loop for next year! SYNC provides two complete audiobook downloads a week - a pairing of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available. If you work with students this summer, or have teens of your own, you can download posters, calendars, and promotional materials to help you keep track ...all ready to go!


Since our school year officially ended, summer travel has been booked, and audiobooks make GREAT traveling companions, I thought that I would highlight my 5 favorite books remaining for download from SYNC. And trust me, it was tough to narrow down. #booknerdproblems


See the calendar below for the remaining dates and titles. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!



Books mentioned in the video:

Wild Bird by Van Draanen

Heretics Anonymous by Henry

Name of the Star by Johnson

Vincent and Theo by Heiligman

Becoming Kareem by Abdul-Jabbar



#fridayfive #audiobooks #top10 #mrsyuskoreads #yalit #nonfiction #biography #memoir #newbooks #summerreading

Looking for the Best Books of 2018 to add to your classroom, library, or even your personal #TBR list? The November Webinars are live! This month there are two: Kindergarten - 6th Grade and 6th - 12th Grades.


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If you are not yet a subscriber, you can view the sample webinars...see below! (If you like what you see, consider subscribing to get access to the new webinars every month!) Happy Reading!




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Tuesday is typically the "book birthday" or publication date of new books. So I thought that I'd make "TBR Tuesday" a regular feature to highlight the Top 5 books I'm most looking forward to reading...which may or may not be publishing soon. This week's most exciting books that I'm looking forward to reading are: 1) Imposters by Scott Westerfeld. (Pub. date 9/11/18). A new series set in the world of the Uglies?! Yes, please! I already have students asking about this.


2) We are all that's left by Carrie Arcos. (Pub. date May, 2018). Okay, this one is already out in the real world, but it is new to me. I JUST picked it up yesterday and I can't put it down. 3) The grand escape by Neil Bascomb. (Pub. date 9/25/18). Every time I come across "The Great Escape" or "The Great Raid" on TV I watch it. Every. Time. I love everything about these movies (including all the memories of watching them with my dad). Give me a good war/prisoner/escape story and I'm in. Plus, this one is written by Neal Bascomb! 4) Born scared by Kevin Brooks. (Pub. date 9/11/18). Brooks jumped onto my radar three years ago with "The Bunker Diary" which was one of my favorite books for teens of 2015. 5) Otherwood by Pete Hautman. (Pub. date 9/11/18). I am a fan of Hautman, specifically "Slider" and "Blank Confession," so this new title is definitely at the top of my TBR pile.


BONUS: 6) Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech. (Pub. date 9/11/18). SHARON. CREECH. Enough said. 7) You should meet: Lin-Manuel Miranda by Laurie Calkhoven. (Pub. date 8/28/18). TODAY! My students enjoy this series, and even though I am a tried and true Hamilfan, they love that he helped bring Moana to the big screen. Happy reading!

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