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!


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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!


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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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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


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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




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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?




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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



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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!


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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

Looking for the Best Books of 2018 to add to your classroom, library, or even your personal #TBR list? The November Webinars are live! This month there are two: Kindergarten - 6th Grade and 6th - 12th Grades.


If you are a subscriber 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 the new webinars every month!) Happy Reading!




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This week marked the start of award season...National Book Award season. The National Book Foundation announced their longlist (the Top 10) in several categories this week, including Young People's Literature. It is an outstanding list this year, and will be tough to choose a winner. But I decided to give it a go in this week's episode and I offer you my five favorite books from the 2018 longlist. For a full-list of the this year's nominees in all the categories, visit the National Book Foundation website. Happy Reading and enjoy the weekend! #nationalbookawards #FridayFive #awardwinners #newbooks #highschool #middleschool #yalit #nonfiction #memoir

Links to the 2018 books I highlighted: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss Past books I mentioned: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell Ghost by Jason Reynolds Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

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