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!


#FridayFive #newbooks #highschool #middleschool #yalit #nonfiction #memoir #graphicnovel #awardwinner #giftbooks #booksmakegreatgifts #mrsyuskoreads #booksuggestions


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


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

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


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!


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

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

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.





#newsletter #classroom #curriculumconnection #teachers #librarians #fridayfive #classroombookaday #yalit #kidlit #newbooks #basedonabook #newbooks #reading #authors #firstchapterfriday

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

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




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

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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#newsletter #summerreading #classroom #curriculumconnection #teachers #librarians #fridayfive #classroombookaday

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


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: May 7, 2019


Each week in my high school Contemporary Lit class this semester we have "TED Talk Tuesday." It is a chance for my seniors to hear ideas outside of our classroom, and is a fairly informal class day for us.


Most of the TED Talks are around 20 minutes and I post them directly to our Google classroom so that students can watch on their own devices. Sometimes I post specific questions I want them to think about and respond to, but often I simply want their reaction/response to what was said. Do they agree or disagree? What were their takeaways? What did they learn?


Since we are a literature class, I have focused our TED Talk choices on ones given by authors. For this Friday Five, I thought that I would highlight our 5 favorite ones this semester, or at least the ones that prompted the most discussion/reaction (in no particular order).


1) Mac Barnett: Why a Good Book is a Secret Door

2) Gene Luen Yang: Comics Belong in the Classroom

3) Grace Lin: The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child's Bookshelf

4) Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

5) Kwame Alexander: The Power of Yes


Do you have a favorite TED Talk? Do you use TED Talks in your classroom?


#contemporarylit #highschool #tedtalks #classroom #authors #fridayfive

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


It is the last day of my Spring Break. I wish I could say that I was doing lesson plans, but let's be real, that was never going to happen. Hello, my name is Shauna, and I'm the queen of procrastination.


Luckily, I did LOTS of reading...and even luckier, I had a streak of VERY good books that I read. In fact, when I sat down to record today's Friday Five, I had a hard time choosing "The 5 best books I read over Spring Break." So, it's pooooooosible there's one or two extras. #yourewelcome




Have you read anything good lately? What does your TBR pile look like?


Happy Friday and Happy Reading!



#fridayfive #mrsyuskoreads #newbooks #kidlit #yalit #favorites #series

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


The countdown if finally over...Dumplin' has come to Netflix! I have loved this book by Julie Murphy since it first came out. I recommend it to teens and adults alike. I added the movie to my queue the day Netflix posted it.


So, off I go to watch it...and you should too! (After reading the book, of course).


And for your Friday Five this week: Three great #YALIT books that you can binge-watch on Netflix/Redbox (including Dumplin'), plus two books that would make EPIC movie adaptations.


Happy Reading and Watching!

#fridayfive #moviesbasedonbooks #series #mrsyuskoreads

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

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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