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


#fridayfive #audiobooks #top10 #mrsyuskoreads #yalit #nonfiction #memoir #newbooks #kidlit #picturebooks #nationalbookaward #shortstories #biography #graphicnovels

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

I’m gearing up for my last round of #yalit seminars this school year. The end of April may possibly find me coming to a city near you.


As as I reflect on the year, I love looking at the feedback I receive from attendees. It is always an honor to spend the day with amazing educators, and I appreciate all the positive notes at the end of the day.


I thought I would pause on Fridays to highlight some of my Favorite (often humorous) Feedback...including this recent one:


I always say that we should just hold these seminars in a Barnes & Noble (or insert local bookstore of your choice). They would make a KILLING that day!

#takemymoney #booknerdproblems



#magicallibrariantour #yalit #feedbackfriday #seminar #bestbooks #teachers #librarians #booknerd


In 2017, I included Meagan Spooner’s “Hunted” in my #yalit Best New Books seminar. A darkly atmospheric, Russian firebird-inspired retelling of Beauty and the Beast, it was one of my favorite books that year.


And it had had the BEST dedication:

“To the girl

who reads by flashlight

who sees dragons in the clouds

who feels most alive in worlds that never were

who knows magic is real

who dreams.


This is for you.”


Raise your hand if she’s talking about you. <raises hand>


So, I’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for her current book (#booknerdproblems). And when they finally revealed the cover, I was even more excited.


My library hold for the audiobook finally came through so I’ve been listening to this one all day. Stay tuned for my review (or follow my reviews on Goodreads).



What are you reading?



#newbooks #amreading #yalit #mrsyuskoreads

The week before Thanksgiving I was on the road presenting #YALIT seminars throughout MN, WI, and ND (can I just say, "BRRRRRRRRR!"). I love talking about best books with teachers and librarians throughout the country, but I find that when I'm talking about books all day, I rarely read in the evenings. I know, I know, #booknerdproblems.


So, when I get a chance to rest and recharge for a week, I usually READ nonstop. So, here are the 5 best YA books that I read this week, along with my ratings (on a 5 star scale): 1) More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer. Grades 8-12. LOVED IT! 4 stars! Currently on hold for the companion book that I didn't even know existed.

2) Someone Else's Shoes by Ellen Wittlinger. Grades 5-8. 3 stars. Everyone loves this one. I thought it was okay. I liked several of the storylines, but to be honest, I didn't really like the main character.


3) Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. Grades 3-6. 3 stars. It's good, and elementary classrooms and libraries looking for more and diverse stories for Percy Jackson fans will definitely want this series starter. It's just not my personal genre.


4) Broken Things by Lauren Oliver. Grades 9-12. 3.5 stars. I like the author and this has a terrific first line/first chapter! Decent mystery and lots to keep you guessing.


5) American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott. Grades 8-12. 4 stars! Hooray, I started and ended the week with titles I really enjoyed. WOW! This one doesn't pull any punches. Just a compelling family road trip story...with a touch of romance.


HAPPY READING!


#fridayfive #newbooks #vacationreading #middleschool #middlegrade #amreading #mrsyuskoreads





For the past week or so, I've been posting #mustread book reviews on social media that were written by my students (6th & 7th graders). I love reading what they write about books, and why they think a book is a "must read." Well, I interrupt these posts to include one of my own #mustreads: Lu by Jason Reynolds. This is the 4th book in the Track series, that started with "Ghost" in 2016. "Ghost" has been my "go to" book recommendation for ANYONE in grades 5-10, especially those students who say, "but I hate reading..." I'm not even sure that I can accurately describe the perfect magic that is Ghost and how it resonates with SO MANY of my readers. The fact that it was nominated as one of the 100 Great American Reads on PBS (I may have voted for it every day), and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2016 should begin to clue you in. I have been a huge fan of Jason Reynolds since I heard him speak in 2014, while promoting the publication of his first book, "When I was the Greatest." HUGE. FAN. It is a testament to the power of his stories that my 16 year old daughter just finished WIWTG and is telling all of her friends to READ. IT. NOW. (I'm not sure that I will ever see my prized autographed copy again, but... #booknerdproblems). If you ever have the opportunity to hear Jason Reynolds speak, in person or on television, DO IT! Drive hours if you have to, you will not be disappointed. Look up his interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and then hope that his segment on PBS' Great American Read series will be replayed. And, of course, read all of his books! Start with Ghost. (If you're a teacher with Scholastic Book Clubs, several of his books are currently available there). I have been anticipating this 4th book in the series that began with Ghost...but also dreading it. I don't want to see the stories of Ghost, Patty, Sunny, and Lu come to an end. And honestly, neither do my students. Because I do not want to giveaway anything about this last book, I will simply say this:

WOW!


Lu is the perfect final lap to the story of these kids that have become so much a part of our lives. I'm not embarrassed to say that I cried when this book was over. And that I regret not reading it more slowly in order to savor it. My only hope is that someday we will get another story of these kids. I would love to see what their lives look like during their senior year of high school. Thank you Jason, for giving us this series of sports stories that are so much more than "sports stories." That appeal to fans of track just as much as they do to readers who could care less about running. That introduced us to real kids, with voices and lives that provide mirrors and windows. That are authentic and meaningful. That are NOT boring. 💛🧡💚💙 #bookreview #yalit #series #mrsyuskofavorite #favoriteauthor



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Guadelupe, Teacher, CA

The knowledge and passion for books for EVERY reader  has hooked me! She is in the classroom and just gets readers.

Dee, Teacher-Librarian, CA

Wowza! One of the best, packed workshops, filled with RELEVANT content, delivered in a well organized, engagingly paced seminar. HIGHLY RECOMMEND to librarians and lovers of literature.

Lindsey, English Teacher, TX

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