These are some of my favorite 2019 titles for those in grades 6-12 (and Adults!). Some work for younger, some for older, so watch the video and/or read the list below for my guidelines.


Side note: you'll get to hear the monthly tsunami warning siren drill since I was recording this outside on the first business day of the month and forgot what time it was. Oh, well. I talked over it.



Books Mentioned in the video: Scythe/The Thunderhead/The Toll by Neal Shusterman Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (grades 5-9, or whoever is reading Ghost by the author)

New Kid by Jerry Craft (grades 4-8)

Stargazing by Jen Wang (grades 4-8) (Plus, The Prince & the Dressmaker, grades 7-12)

Guts by Reina Telgemeier (wherever her books are popular!) Roll With It by Jaime Sumner (grades 5-8)

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (grades 5-9)

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (and Born a Crime. ALL AGES, 6th grade through adult) Torpedoed by Deborah Heiligman (6th grade through adult) 1919 by Martin W. Sandler (6th grade through adult) There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (grades 7-12)

Frankly in Love by David Yoon (grades 8-12) Slay by Brittany Morris (grades 8-12) Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (grades 9-12, and adult)

Check out the FULL LIST of gift book suggestions for all ages, PreK-Adult. Uncle Joe? Grandma Joan? Your nephew? Books make great gifts for everyone, especially your own kids, and there is a book for every reader on the list. And for every occasion. Also, if you have kids of your own and you plan on getting their teacher(s) a gift this holiday season, consider a monetary (gift card) donation to help them add to their classroom library. We love new books, and so do the students we teach!


Missed the previous posts and need more book suggestions? Holiday Reads Hawaii Life

Elementary (PreK-4th) Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!


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Today I am highlighting some of my favorite 2019 titles that would make good gifts for the elementary (PreK - 4th grade+) kiddos on your list. Watch the video and/or see the list below for titles and grade level suggestions.


Side note: find out why my phone auto-corrects most words starting with "R" to "Ryan T. Higgins."



Books Mentioned in the video: Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson (grades 3 - 12, plus your writing and history teacher friends' classroom library). Bruce and the Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins (PreK - 3rd) Bruce's Big Fun Day by Ryan T. Higgins (K-2nd, or new readers) Hair Love by Matthew Cherry and Vashti Harrison (PreK - 3rd, and up for #classroombookaday) The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali, and Hatem Aly (K-5th, and older for #classroombookaday) You Are Home by Evan Turk (All Ages! Even adult fans of National Parks) Earth/Sun/Moon series by Stacy McAnulty (Elementary) Questioneers series by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (1st- 4th) Dear Justice League by Michael Northrup and Gustavo Duarte (3rd - 6th) Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker (3rd - 5th) Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes (4th - 6th) Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord (3rd - 5th)


Find the FULL LIST of gift book suggestions for all ages, PreK-Adult. Uncle Joe? Grandma Joan? Your nephew? Books make great gifts for everyone, especially your own kids, and there is a book for every reader on the list... and every occasion. Also, if you have kids of your own and you plan on getting their teacher(s) a gift this holiday season, consider a monetary (gift card) donation to help them add to their classroom library. We love new books, and so do the students we teach!


In the meantime, this week's Friday Five will help you check off some of your holiday shopping list. Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!


Previous #bookmas posts:

Holiday Reads Hawaii Life


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Updated: Dec 12, 2019


December marks the holiday vacation season also. If you cannot come visit me in Hawaii for the holidays, I'm highlighting some books today to get you in the ALOHA spirit. Think sunshine, surf, and relaxation as you head toward winter break.


These are just a few of my favorite books to introduce readers of all ages to Hawaii life and history. Watch the video below (or see the list of books mentioned).





Books Mentioned in the video: Duke Kahanamoku (You Should Meet series) by Laurie Calkhoven and Stevie Lewis (Grades 1-4) Surfer of the Century by Ellie Crowe and Richard Waldrep (Grades 1-5) Dude! by Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat (Grades PreK-2nd, and up for using in class) Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (Grades 8-12) Molokai by Alan Brennert (Adults) Aloha Rodeo by David Wolman (Adults, and interested high school) Three Year Swim Club by Julie Checkoway (Adults, and interested high school) Eddie Would Go by Stuart Holmes Colman (Adults, and interested high school)

Finding My Voice by Mike Reilly (Adults, and interested high school)

Click here for the FULL LIST of gift book suggestions for all ages, PreK-Adult. Uncle Joe? Grandma Joan? Your nephew? Books make great gifts for everyone, especially your own kids, and there is a book for every reader on the list. Also, if you have kids of your own and you plan on getting their teacher(s) a gift this holiday season, consider a monetary (gift card) donation to help them add to their classroom library. We love new books, and so do the students we teach!


In the meantime, this Friday Five will help you kick off your holiday shopping. Or vacation planning?! #yourewelcome Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!


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Updated: Dec 10, 2019


The holiday gift-giving season is upon us, and the countdown to winter break is...

So.

Very.

Close.


For this week's Friday Five, I am highlighting some of my favorite 2019 holiday-themed picture books. They would make great #classroombookaday read alouds with your students of all ages, picture books to share with your family, or gift giving.


Side note: Find out why you should follow Dan Santat on social media this holiday season.

Books Mentioned in the video: The Great Santa Stakeout by Betsy Bird and Dan Santat Dasher by Matt Tavares (Also, Red & Lulu) The Crayons' Christmas by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis Between Us and Abuela by Mitali Perkins and Sara Palacios Finding Narnia by Caroline McAlister and Jessica Lanan Fry Bread by Kevin Noble-Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal Freedom Soup by Tami Charles and Jacqueline Alcantara

Stay tuned next week when I'll post the FULL LIST of gift book suggestions for all ages, PreK-Adult. Uncle Joe? Grandma Joan? Your nephew? Books make great gifts for everyone, especially your own kids, and there is a book for every reader on the list. Also, if you have kids of your own and you plan on getting their teacher(s) a gift this holiday season, consider a monetary (gift card) donation to help them add to their classroom library. We love new books, and so do the students we teach!


In the meantime, this week's Friday Five will help you kick off your holiday reading. Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!


#FridayFive #newbooks #highschool #middleschool #yalit #nonfiction #memoir #picturebook #kidlit #elementary #giftbooks #booksmakegreatgifts #mrsyuskoreads #booksuggestions


My seniors graduated over the weekend, and my last middle school class was YESTERDAY! Hooray, I officially survived my 20th year in education! I hope that you are rounding the bend to the end of your school year too. Regardless, CONGRATULATIONS are in order... you survived the madness that is May.


The beginning of June marks my favorite season: SUMMER READING! School year reading is in the books (no pun intended). Summer reading means sunshine (or rain, if you're from the Pacific Northwest like me), free choice, road trip audiobooks, vacation reads, or staying up all night with a good book.


Every day this summer, I'll be posting my favorite new books on social media. There may even be a #FridayFive video or two... stay tuned! Follow @MrsYuskoLibrary on Instagram or Twitter, or like Mrs. Yusko's Library on Facebook for my daily recommendations.


If you'd like some good suggestions for the readers in your life to get started NOW, check out the "Summer Reading" lists below! Every year for the last 16+ I have created these Summer Reading Book Lists of suggestions for ALL ages, (Preschool through High School), and 2019 is no exception.


Happy Summer and Happy Reading!

My Summer Reading Suggestions for all! PreK/K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, and High School. I've ** my Top 10+ titles directly on the lists for elementary grades. I've created separate Top 10+ lists for each grade 6th-12th, as well as a Top 10 Elementary.












Share with anyone you know that needs a good read this summer...family and friends...coworkers...parents of students in your class…print it out and attach it to the fridge...put holds on all the books you want to read all summer...use it however you see fit! (Adults: there are some GREAT titles on the High School list).

The lists are divided by grade level, from PreK/Kindergarten through high school. Students of all ages, reading levels, and interests will find something good to read, I promise! Many students will find LOTS to read. The lists are designed for students "graduating" from the grade levels listed, but some students will also find titles of interest on the lists above and below their grade level. You know your student best so make sure to take a look at several of the lists.

And in case you're worried that you'll run out of books to read, never fear! I have many GREAT books to share with you all summer long. Follow me on Facebook @Mrs. Yusko's Library or on Instagram @MrsYuskoLibrary.

#summerreading #bestnewbooks #yalit #kidlit #booksuggestions #amreading #newbooks

Updated: Mar 25, 2019


Tomorrow is the first day of December, and the holiday season is upon us! Not to mention, many of us are using our Funko Pop Harry Potter advent calendar to countdown to the start of winter break. (So. Close. We got this!)


For this week's Friday Five, I thought I would stray from the "Five" formula just a bit. I give you 12 of the books on my Holiday Gift List, from picture book to my favorite adult memoir. And I'm definitely going well over the 5:00 minute time limit.

Stay tuned next week to the website and I'll post the FULL LIST of gift book suggestions for all ages, PreK-Adult. Uncle Joe? Grandma Joan? Your nephew? Books make great gifts for everyone, especially your own kids, and there is a book for every reader on the list. Also, if you have kids of your own and you plan on getting their teacher(s) a gift this holiday season, consider a monetary (gift card) donation to help them add to their classroom library. We love new books, and so do the students we teach!


In the meantime, this week's Friday Five will help you check off some of your holiday shopping list. Happy Reading and Happy Holidays! #FridayFive #newbooks #highschool #middleschool #yalit #nonfiction #memoir #picturebook #kidlit #elementary #giftbooks #booksmakegreatgifts #mrsyuskoreads #booksuggestions

Updated: May 30, 2019

Hooray, the end of the school year is near! Congratulations parents and teachers...you survived the madness that is May. The beginning of June marks my favorite season: SUMMER READING!

School year reading is in the books (no pun intended). No more essays to write/grade, or reading logs to track, or AP Lit tests to prepare for.


And as much as I enjoy spending time reading aloud to my students, or helping other teachers pick the perfect read aloud for their classroom, for me, there is nothing better than SUMMER READING!


Summer reading means sunshine (or rain, if you're from the Pacific Northwest like me), free choice, road trip audiobooks, vacation reads, or staying up all night with a good book.


Every day this summer, I'll be posting my favorite new books on social media. Follow @MrsYuskoLibrary on Instagram or Twitter, or like Mrs. Yusko's Library on Facebook for my daily recommendations. If you'd like some good suggestions for the readers in your life to get started NOW, check out the "Summer Reading" below!


Happy Summer and Happy Reading!

Every summer for the last 15+ years, I've created suggestions for Summer Reading for ALL ages, (Preschool through High School), and 2018 is no exception. Here are my Summer Reading Suggestions for all! PreK/K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, and High School. I've ** my Top 10+ titles directly on the lists for elementary grades. I've created separate Top 10+ lists for each grade 6th-12th, as well as a Top 10 Elementary.











Share with anyone you know that needs a good read this summer...family and friends...coworkers...parents of students in your class…print it out and attach it to the fridge...put holds on all the books you want to read all summer...use it however you see fit! (Adults: there are some GREAT titles on the High School list).

The lists are divided by grade level, from PreK/Kindergarten through high school. Students of all ages, reading levels, and interests will find something good to read, I promise! Many students will find LOTS to read. The lists are designed for students "graduating" from the grade levels listed, but some students will also find titles of interest on the lists above and below their grade level. You know your student best so make sure to take a look at several of the lists.

And in case you're worried that you'll run out of books to read, never fear! I have many GREAT books to share with you all summer long. Follow me on Facebook @Mrs. Yusko's Library or on Instagram @MrsYuskoLibrary.

#summerreading #bestnewbooks #yalit #kidlit #booksuggestions #amreading #newbooks

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