Okay, so it's been a couple of days since my official "1st Day of #Bookmas."


So, for the 2nd - 6th days of my "12 Days of #Bookmas," (or "12 Books of Christmas"), I am GIVING AWAY BOOKS to lucky winners on social media.


1st day of #bookmas: Booklist for EVERYONE (Freebie) 2nd day: 2 copies of The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements (paperback)

3rd day: 3 books by Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie; Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; Raymie Nightingale) (all paperback)


4th day: 4 copies of Hamster Princess #1 by Ursula Vernon (hardback)


5th : 5 hardback "We Were Liars" books by E. Lockhart


6th: 6 copies of Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick OR Front Desk by Kelly Yang (winner's choice)


To enter the giveaways, make sure to check each day on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook for your chance to win!




Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!



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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



#happyreading #booksmakegreatgifts #kidlit #yalit #adults #giftbooks #classroombookaday #fiction #nonfiction

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

Happy Father's Day!


#buildyourstack this weekend with my favorite dads, granddads, and father figures from books.

Real Life: Devoted by Dick Hoyt. You are and Ironman and an Iron-DAD!


#kidlit: A Different Pond by Bao Phi and Thi Bui Hair Love by Matthew Cherry and Vashti Harrison (this is seriously my new FAVORITE book)

Drawn Together by Minh Le and Dan Santat

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems


#yalit: ARTHUR. WEASLEY.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe AND The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Rebound by Kwame Alexander (a look at the teenage years of one of my favorite dads from books)

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti (I NEED a novella about the grandpa in this book)

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D Schmidt

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak



#happyreading #top10 #tuesdaytop10 #fathers #fathersday #booklist #mrsyuskofavorite #bestbooks

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