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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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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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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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!




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Are you thankful for books? I know I am. Here are some good stories that are all about families, a National Book Award winner sharing her book, an award-winning author on the importance of reading aloud, 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 November edition of the newsletter...

Happy Reading!



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


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