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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October marks the official "Scary Stories" season in the library (or classroom). And while readers of all ages always seem to ask for a SCARY story, fall is always a good season for those books best read on a dark and stormy night.

Check out all the things you will need to get in the scary story mood this October. You'll also find some great ghost stories, literary costume ideas, and a how-to art lesson for decorating pumpkins by author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Plus, you'll always find books for all ages, curriculum connections, #classroombookaday options, a terrific read for First Chapter Friday, new titles coming from POPULAR authors, book-to-movie news, and more.


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Updated: Dec 12, 2019

On the 1st Day of #Bookmas, Mrs. Yusko gave to me... a great list of gift books for all ages (PreK- Adults).


Before we get to the list, if you are looking for great holiday-themed read alouds for your classroom (all ages!), your family, or for gift giving, check out last week's Friday Five: Holiday edition here for a list of the books mentioned, or watch below.



If you are interested in gift suggestions for the holidays or any time of year, check out the list below for great suggestions for all ages, PreK- adults! Check out my other Friday Five: Holiday edition videos this December to hear about some of my favorites from this list.


Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!


Check out the other videos: Hawaii Life edition

Kid Lit edition

YA Lit edition



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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!


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October marks the official "Scary Stories" season in the library (or classroom). And while readers of all ages always seem to ask for a SCARY story, fall is always a good season for those books best read on a dark and stormy night.

Check out all the things you will need to get in the scary story mood this October. You'll also find some great ghost stories, literary costume ideas, and a how-to art lesson for decorating pumpkins by author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Plus, you'll always find books for all ages, curriculum connections, #classroombookaday options, a terrific read for First Chapter Friday, new titles coming from POPULAR authors, book-to-movie news, and more.


Scroll down or click here to read it.





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Wednesday is September 11th.


Before I talk about books, I want to highlight an essay by one of my favorite authors, Meg Cabot. Every year she gets requests to re-post it, and every year she does. And every year I read it. I encourage you to do the same. I promise, it is well worth the read. Find it on her blog.


If you want to share books about 9/11 with students this week, this month, or any time of year, here are my #Top10 books about 9/11.



Top Row:

The Day The World Came to Town (Defede). Written for adults, but interested teens (7th - 12th grades) would appreciate this as well.


The Red Bandanna (Rinaldi). Grades 6-12. This is a young readers edition, but you might enjoy the original as well.


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Gerstein). Picture book biography for all ages or #classroombookaday.


Thunder Dog (Hingson). Adults, and grades 6-12.


Middle Row:

Nine, Ten (Baskin). Grades 5-8. Probably my favorite middle school fiction title about 9/11.


Fireboat (Kalman). Picture book “biography” for all ages and #classroombookaday.


Hope and Other Punchlines (Buxbaum). New in 2019, this #yalit title works for grades 7-12.


Bottom Row:

Towers Falling (Parker Rhodes). Another good fiction title for grades 5-8.


America is Under Attack (Brown). Grades 2-5 (and up!) Illustrated nonfiction.


14 Cows for America (Deedy). Picture book based on a true story. Grades 2-5 (and up!) and good for #classroombookaday.


Do you have a favorite on this list? Or one not on this list? What book or story do you always share with your students to honor the day?


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I hope that your summer was restful, relaxing, rejuvenating... everything that you needed it to be. And that you read a good book or two, or 12! Mine wasn't necessarily restful since I feel like my life is crazier now than ever, but I did manage to go social media silent for most of August which felt great.

Whether you have been back in school for over a month like my own daughter (fingers crossed for a great SENIOR YEAR), or for two weeks like the school I'm working at, or you start after Labor Day, I wish you a great 2019-2020 school year, filled with BOOKS for you and your students!

I have resources to help you now and throughout the year. Here are some tools to gear up for a great year of READING:

1) I have posted my Back to School Booktalk Videos for 2nd-12th grades here and on TPT. These 25 - 35 minute videos are great to get your students excited about reading this school year! If you are not a paid subscriber to MrsYuskoReads, then you can find them on my TPT site. The bundle of all the videos PLUS a FREE 30 minute PD video of best new Picture Books for all grades is ON SALE NOW!

Already a MrsYuskoReads.com subscriber? You have FREE access to all of them now...click here, choose "subscriber webinars" and login.

Want to become a subscriber? Click here for the details!

2) Missed my Summer Reading suggestions for all grades? Never fear! Reading doesn't just happen in the summer and these lists contain great new books for your students. Feel free to copy and distribute as needed! I have posted my Booklists for all grade levels (PreK-12th...and adult!) on my website, including Top 10 picks for Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Or email me and I can send them to you.

3) Everyone has access to my Best New Picture Books for all Grades (K-12) video! This 30 minute video highlights some of the best new picture books of 2019 that you will want to read aloud, have in your classroom library, use to introduce curriculum, or read for #classroombookaday. This video is designed as PD, to show your staff to help them keep current on the best new picture books to be used in the classroom. Picture books are not just for the youngest students. Most of the books mentioned can be read aloud to all grades, while a few are actually better suited for use in middle/high school classes.

Watch a 10 minute sample of this video below, which highlights the best Back to School Picture Books. The FREE full-length video (about 30 minutes) can be found on my website, or on TPT.



Happy reading!

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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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Updated: Sep 2, 2019


WOW! Time sure flies when it’s summer and you’re reading good books.


If you missed the first 12 books I recommended, click here.


Books #13-#24 include some FANTASTIC books and several 5 STAR titles!


Without further ado, the next round of #60daysofsummerreading.


13) On July 13th, I officiated a friend’s wedding. (Which was a BLAST... I may have quoted Albus Dumbledore. And I may have decided to make this my new side gig). In honor of this special occasion, I’m highlighting three of my favorite wedding-themed #yalit titles, all appropriate for grades 8-12 (and middle school readers who have already read all the Sarah Dessen books).

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

Save the Date by Morgan Matson


14) There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

I ADORE this new one by Menon! 5 STARS for sure! This is a stand-alone companion to When Dimple Met Rishi. The perfect rom-com plus so much more! Grades 7 and up, fans of Dumplin’ will find much to love here. Each book by Menon I like a little bit more so now I can’t wait for whatever might come next.


15) Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord. This is just the latest in a line of great books by Lord. Animal lovers, readers who feel like they don't quite fit in, and classroom teachers looking for a new read-aloud will especially enjoy this one. Grades 3-6.


16) Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry & Vashti Harrison. One of the best picture books that I've read so far this year. I'm completely in love with Hair Love, and you will be too! Grades K-2 and a good one for #classroombookaday.


17) Undaunted by Anita Silvey. Another 5 star book! I love this one as much as I loved the author's Untamed (about Jane Goodall). And now I'm desperate for one about Dian Fossey to complete the set. So far, this is my favorite non-fiction book of the year.


18) Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum. I'm always a fan of Buxbaum and this one did not disappoint. A book about loss, healing, and 9/11 for readers that weren't alive to remember. Sprinkle in summer and a "treasure hunt" of sorts and you'll find wide appeal for this one. Grades 7-12.


19) When Sue Found Sue by Toni Buzzeo and Diana Sudyka. For dinosaur lovers and anyone that dreams of science and making discoveries. A good introductory biography for grades 1-4.


20) Moon! Earth‘s Best Friend by Stacy McAnulty and Stevie Lewis. I LOVE THESE BOOKS by McAnulty! (Sun! and Earth! complete the set). These are "autobiographies" filled with science vocabulary and kid-friendly facts, written with a humorous voice. Entertaining and inspiring for the next generation of scientists. Grades K-3 (and older).


21) You Are Home by Evan Turk. A 5 star book and gorgeous ode to many of our National Parks. For the youngest readers, this is really a book for anyone that appreciates nature and the beauty of our world. And I'm SO PROUD of myself for "discovering" this book in time to give it as a baby shower gift for my National Park trekking friends.


22) Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles. A quiet gem that will find readers. A story of family, friendship, and unknown futures. Grades 4-7.




23) Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett. My view on this one might be tainted by love of the PNW and because I listened to it right after spending a month back home in Seattle. This book was great! A nod to Seattle, Bainbridge Island, riding the ferry, classic mystery/detectives, writers, and romance...it has something for everyone. Grades 8-12.


24) We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai. 5 stars! Absolutely. This has so many fiction and nonfiction book-pairing possibilities, as well as classroom/curriculum/current event tie-ins. The audiobook is good, and Malala narrates the introduction. Grades 6-12.


What are you reading this summer?


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Updated: Sep 2, 2019

Hard to believe, but we are 20% of the way through #60DaysofSummerReading.


Time flies when you're reading books.


I thought I would pause and list my first 12 Summer Reading Suggestions. Check out Instagram for suggestions each day.


1) The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring-Blake. ALL THE STARS (or hearts) for this one! A must-read for grades 5-8.



2) Handimals by Silvia Lopez and Guido Daniele. Besides being gorgeous to look at, and filled with animal facts, this will likely inspire many wannabe artists to try their hand (no pun intended) at recreating the hand art. Gorgeous! A must for all elementary library collections.

3) Don't Date Rosa Santos by Rita Moreno. A refreshing #yalit rom-com with a strong sense of place and community. Grades 8-11.


4) Liberty Arrives by Robert Byrd. Engaging, informative, and beautifully illustrated. A look at the gift that was the Statue of Liberty. MUST READ. Grades K-5.


5) Saving Fiona by Thane Maynard. I ADORE this true story about baby Fiona, a hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo and the efforts to save her. WITH PICTURES OF THE BABY HIPPO. Grades K-2


6) Rocket to the Moon by Don Brown. This title launches (wink wink) Brown's new graphic novel series: Big Ideas that Changed the World. This is fantastic, done by a master, and you will want multiple copies. For science and history fans alike, and anyone that enjoys the Hazardous Tales series (Hale). Grades 4-8.


7) 25 Fun Things to do For Your Neighbors by Paul Mason. Random acts of kindness meets Sunday Funday in this guide to community service projects. Grades 3-7 (or family projects with slightly younger kids).


8) Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes. This is one of my Top picks of 2019 and the PERFECT summer reading book for grades 4-6. Lety chooses summer camp at an animal shelter in this book filled with friendship, finding your voice, and furry critters needing new homes. Classroom teachers will want to check this out for the read-aloud rotation. Important for all readers, and a window for ELL, immigrant, and bilingual kids.


9) Girls of July by Alex Flinn. Four girls from different walks of life learn to live with each other over the course of one July in the Adirondacks. A great summer vibe! Grades 7-10


10) The Quiet Boat Ride by Sergio Ruzzier. Another in the Fox + Chick series, this is a summer adventure story for the newly minted reader that has graduated from Elephant & Piggie. Grades K-3


11) The Rest of the Summer by Sarah Dessen. A NEW SARAH DESSEN BOOK. Enough said. Grades 8-12 (and adults)


12) Let Er Buck by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Gordon C. James. A picture book biography of rodeo champion George Fletcher combine outstanding writing and illustration to bring Fletcher's spirit and this moment in history to life. One of my few 5 star books this year. Grades 2-5, and secondary teachers doing #classroombookaday.


Happy Reading! What are you reading this summer?

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June means the end of the school year and the start to SUMMER READING! Check out the June edition of my newsletter for all things to help you wrap up the school year and get Summer Reading Ready... plus a few ideas to get you ready for the fall. There's even a fun literature quiz to test your useless trivia knowledge :)


Bonus: a link to a mini documentary on Jason Reynolds!


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Check out the latest edition of the newsletter to get you in the mood for SUMMER and Summer Reading! New books with a summer vibe, how to get FREE audiobooks all summer long, and how I'm using Jason Reynolds' commencement speech at Lesley University. There's also a link to a SNEAK PEEK of Book #3 in Neal Shusterman's "Arc of a Scythe" trilogy. You'll also find all the usual suspects: fiction/nonfiction pairings, articles of interest, curriculum connections, and a good book to use for #classroombookaday.

Check out the May edition of Mrs. Yusko Reads!

Happy Reading!


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Check out the latest edition of the newsletter for all things celebrating WORDS!


Poetry, writing, authors, and language are highlighted this month in honor of Poetry Month. Find out how to get your FREE audiobooks all summer long. Read about two FABULOUS new memoirs for teens & adults.


You'll also find all the usual suspects: fiction/nonfiction pairings, articles of interest, tech tips (KidLit podcasts to check out!), and a good book to use for #classroombookaday.

Check out the April edition of Mrs. Yusko Reads!

Happy Reading!



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Updated: May 17, 2019

Check out the latest edition of the newsletter for all things March Madness (SPORTS!), Women's History Month, New Books, and more!


You'll also find all the usual suspects: curriculum connections, nonfiction pairings, tech tips, and a good book to use for #classroombookaday.

Check out the March edition of Mrs. Yusko Reads!

Happy Reading!


#newsletter #mrsyuskoreads #classroombookaday #fridayfive #webinars #authors #newbooks #curriculumconnection #techtidbit #nonfictionfriday #yalit #kidlit #nonfiction #memoir #booklist


I think I'm going to start a new category of blog posts: Social Media Shoutout!


So, I'm just gonna leave this right here...


For a link to the Friday Five video the illustrator is referencing, click here: https://www.mrsyuskoreads.com/home/friday-five-the-12-books-of-christmas


FYI: The Epic Adventures is Huggie and Stick is one of my FAVORITE new #picturebooks. Not only is it HILARIOUS (actually LAUGH OUT LOUD funny), it is a good example of perspective and point of view. Writing teachers, take note... it makes a good mentor text. I booktalk it during my #kidlit and #yalit seminars as a good #classroombookaday title as well.


Also, I really want a Huggie stuffed doll... can someone make that happen?!


Thanks for the shout-out David!


#fridayfive #mrsyuskoreads #mrsyuskofavorite #favorites #newbooks #shoutout #socialmedia

And the winner is... Check out the latest edition of the newsletter for highlights of Monday's American Library Association book award announcements. Newbery, Printz, Caldecott...and so many more.


You'll also find all the usual suspects: curriculum connections, nonfiction pairings, tech tips, and a good book to use for #classroombookaday.


Check out the January edition of Mrs. Yusko Reads!

Happy Reading!





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Updated: Jan 30, 2019

#whyiteach Tuesday:


Short version: seeing a group of seniors change their opinion on books and reading! Longer version: This semester I added a high school Contemporary Lit class to my teaching schedule. And I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant at first. I was told it would probably be all seniors who (a) didn’t have another elective option, and/or (b) might even need the literature credit to graduate. Not the ideal classroom makeup for a “reading is fun,” “we love books” type of discussion class that I had envisioned in my dreams.

Well, I’m 3 weeks in, and I have to say that I enjoy every minute I get to spend with these sharp, witty, insightful teens. The class makeup initially was 1/3 #booknerd and 2/3 “why does my elective say LITERATURE?!" But with #booktasting (pictured here), finding space in my borrowed classroom to set up a #classroomlibrary, #classroombookaday, reading aloud, and the freedom to CHOOSE what they want to read, we are slowly turning all of them into READERS!

We’ve had great discussion on reading for school vs reading for pleasure, discovering what type of books they enjoy and the environment in which they read best, and why it’s okay to stop reading a book they don't like... well, unless it's assigned, but that's an entirely different topic, and goes along with this video:


I’ve got big plans for this class...stay tuned for more updates!



#classroom #whyiteachtuesday #highschool #contemporarylit




Here are some of our favorite read-alouds from the last couple of weeks!


1) Penguin Problems by Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith.


If this isn’t an ode to angsty, eye-rolling teenagers on a Friday, I don’t know what is. I read this to my Contemporary Lit class of seniors and their commentary and asides were fantastic. And I’m going to be honest, we have at least one such “penguin” in the class.


Over the the weekend I discovered ”Giraffe Problems” by the same duo. I’ve already put a hold on it! Cannot wait to compare/contrast!



2) How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, illustrated by Sara Palacios


I‘m also teaching a middle school Makerspace elective this semester so I used this one after we had learned Lightbot.com and before logging in to Code.org for the first time. It may be geared to young elementary but it did help reinforce concepts for the MS students in a humorous way.



3) Ish by Peter H. Reynolds


We have read many books by Reynolds for #classroombookaday, and this was just the latest. This one REALLY helped reinforce growth mindset, thinking outside the box, and not listening to negative comments (and, of course, not saying negative things to our classmates).



Do you participate in #classroombookaday? What are some of your favorite ones to read and share with students?


Picture books = for kids of ALL ages!

#picturebooks #middleschool #highschool #kidlit #picturebooksintheclassroom #readaloud


Books make great gifts. Check out the latest edition of the newsletter for my favorite books for gift-giving this holiday season (all ages!), some humorous books and videos to help you survive until winter break, and just in time for Hour of Code--a link to The Grinch Hour of Code activity.


You'll also find all the usual suspects: curriculum connections, nonfiction pairings, and a good book to use for #classroombookaday.


Check out the December edition of the newsletter...

Happy Reading!




#yalit #kidlit #newbooks #newsletter #booklists #classroombookaday #fridayfive #nonfictionfriday #curriculumconnections #nationalbookawards #readalouds


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