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



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!

#backtoschool #bestbooks #newbooks #mrsyuskoreads #booktalks #teachers #librarians #elementary #middleschool #highschool #yalit #kidlit #picturebooks

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?


#yalit #kidlit #newbooks #summerrreading #fiction #nonfiction #teachers #librarians

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



Looking to #buildyourstack or #readtherainbow this month? Here’s my Top 12 picks to help you do both! All of these are #mustreads for teens, tweens, and the libraries that serve them! (I tried to narrow it down to 10, but let’s be real, it was just too hard).



Top row:

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang


Middle Row:

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Drag Teen by Jeffrey Self

Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzlet

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Bottom Row:

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Stonewall by Ann Bausum

Do you have any favorites on this list?




#yalit #nonfiction #memoir #teachers #bookstack #librarians #summerreading #mrsyuskotop10 #whattoreadwednesday #pridemonth #top10tuesday

Stories and smiles and books, oh my!


Our last #FeednRead of the school year was a success and a chance for many students to get SUMMER READING READY!


As always, it takes a village and we could not do it without our great volunteers: teachers, principals, teens, families, community members, and more. Even one of my dear friends in town on vacation joined in the fun. We appreciate our local businesses Daylight Mind Coffee and Kiawe Smokehouse for the FOOD, and to Ulu Wini for letting us be a part of your community.


Check out the pictures of just a few of the kids building their book stacks. Thanks to all the books I was able to purchase from Scholastic Book Clubs (HOORAY $1 deals!), it was a chance for us to let the kids stock up for summer reading.









#bookaccessforall #communityoutreach #literacy #storytime #kidlit #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #projectlitkona #whyiteach #teachers #librarians #bookaccess #kidsneedbooks #outreach #volunteers #summerreading


It's the madness that is May: you survived testing season only to be rewarded with too many things to do before summer vacation and not enough days left in the school year. I feel your pain! (For those of you that get out of school in June, please just procrastinate reading this post until then).


Are you looking to get your kids excited about READING this summer? Don't have time to read all the books yourself? Looking for a way to promote good books to your students in a limited amount of time? I've got you COVERED!


Every year I create Summer Reading Booktalk videos for some of my teacher friends. This year I thought, why not make these available to anyone that's interested? So, over the weekend I recorded four videos, highlighting good books for various grade levels that your students will want to read this summer! If you already have a subscription to MrsYuskoReads, you can access all of them for FREE immediately. Click here, choose "subscriber webinars," and login with your email. They can be found under "Subscriber Booktalks." ENJOY!


Videos range in length from 16:00-35:00 minutes (depending on grade level) and can be shown in class or uploaded to your Google classroom. They are designed for students "graduating" from the grade levels listed below, but depending on your readers they might find books of interest in the one above or below. You know your audience best. You can choose from:

2nd-4th Grades

5th- 7th Grades

8th - 9th Grades

High School


Not a subscriber? You can join now and get immediate access to all of these videos, plus past webinars on best new books.

OR... I've made the 2nd-4th Grade one available for free to everyone...click here (you'll find it under "Booktalks") or scroll down.


OR...You can purchase individual videos on my TPT site. I've also bundled all four together, but feel free to contact me for a special bundle price if you only want two of them. Stay tuned for "Are You Summer Reading Ready, Part 2" later this week where I'll post my FREE Summer Reading Suggestions Book Lists for all ages, PreK- ADULTS! Can't wait? Click here and see last year's lists. Print, post, share WIDELY!


Happy reading! See you soon with more to help you get Summer Reading READY.

#summerreading #bestbooks #newbooks #mrsyuskoreads #booktalks #teachers #librarians #elementary #middleschool #highschool #yalit #kidlit

Updated: May 17, 2019


In honor of Teacher Appreciation AND the fact that I just finished my LAST #yalit seminar of the 2018-2019 school year, I've lowered the price of several resources and created a sale bundle on my TPT site.


You can get my "What's New in YA Lit" seminar handbook (all 200+ pages of it) as a PDF (sorry, I'm not killing any more trees) for $29 right now! I've also bundled this handbook, the seminar presentation slides, and a Kid Lit bibliography for $32.30. Check out my TPT store here!

I've lowered the prices on all of my handbooks, highlighting the best books of 2018, 2017, and 2016. Buy the current one, buy all 3... this is a great time to get them.


Happy reading!


PS: The 2019 "Best New Books" handbook will go live at the end of 2019. Stay tuned.




#seminar #bestnewbooks #handbook #teacherspayteachers #mrsyuskoreads #middleschool #highschool #yalit #teachers #librarians

I’m gearing up for my last round of #yalit seminars this school year. The end of April may possibly find me coming to a city near you.


As as I reflect on the year, I love looking at the feedback I receive from attendees. It is always an honor to spend the day with amazing educators, and I appreciate all the positive notes at the end of the day.


I thought I would pause on Fridays to highlight some of my Favorite (often humorous) Feedback...including this recent one:


I always say that we should just hold these seminars in a Barnes & Noble (or insert local bookstore of your choice). They would make a KILLING that day!

#takemymoney #booknerdproblems



#magicallibrariantour #yalit #feedbackfriday #seminar #bestbooks #teachers #librarians #booknerd

Looking for the Best Books to add to your classroom, library, or even your personal #TBR list? The March Webinars are live! Filled with great new books celebrating "Girl Power" in honor of Women's History Month, and some sports books to get you in the March Madness mood.


This month there are two webinars to choose from: Kindergarten - 6th Grade and 6th - 12th Grades.

If you are have a "Teacher/Librarian" subscription to the website, you have free access to the full-length videos. Click here, choose the "Subscriber Webinar" page, and login.

If you are not yet a subscriber, you can view the sample webinars...see below! (If you like what you see, consider subscribing to get access to full-length, new webinars every month!)


Happy Reading!



#webinar #subscriber #newbooks #womenshistory #sports #girlpower #kidlit #yalit #nonfiction #teachers #librarians

Updated: Jan 31, 2019


This week we wrap up the first #choiceread unit of the semester in my senior Contemporary Lit class. I thought I would highlight some of the books that have made an impact so far.


1) Stephanie Kate Strohm’s Prince In Disguise was such a hit during #booktasting that two of my students played rock, paper, scissors for who would get to read it first!


Both teens self-identified as “non-readers” at the beginning of the semester. The student currently reading this book has enjoyed it so much and is so proud of her progress that she even mentioned it to the principal who was passing by the classroom. “Look, Mrs. Butler, I’m READING a book!”




2) Here’s what one student had to say about April Henry’s The Girl I Used to Be:

“I picked this book because you suggested it last year and because April Henry writes very interesting books about teenagers, which makes the story even better. I like how mysterious and detailed it is. I chose to keep reading because every time I read a new chapter, something unpredictable happens, which makes you want to keep reading it.”




3) There’s one student in class who claims “not to like reading.” Yeah, so that’s an actual lie because he’s VERY well-read and has strong opinions about what he likes. (Which is unfortunately a genre that isn’t my personal favorite). So I’ve recommended books right and left, inside and outside of that genre, that I did like. Three of my suggestions he stopped reading (admittedly he did make a dent in all of them before deciding no) and one I’m pretty sure he finished solely out of spite so he could tell me it was “cliche.” (I love seniors).


But I adore this teen and the conversations we have and I’ve kept at it... and finally my brain clicked: “SCYTHE!!!!” Yesterday as class is starting he says, “so, you’re going to bring in your copy of Thunderhead, right?!”


#myteacherheartisfull

#myworkhereisdone





#studentchoice #choicereading #iteachhighschool #teachers #librarians #yalit #reading #whatiread #amreading #whatireadwednesday #contemporarylit

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