Updated: Sep 2, 2019

Hard to believe, but we are 20% of the way through #60DaysofSummerReading.


Time flies when you're reading books.


I thought I would pause and list my first 12 Summer Reading Suggestions. Check out Instagram for suggestions each day.


1) The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring-Blake. ALL THE STARS (or hearts) for this one! A must-read for grades 5-8.



2) Handimals by Silvia Lopez and Guido Daniele. Besides being gorgeous to look at, and filled with animal facts, this will likely inspire many wannabe artists to try their hand (no pun intended) at recreating the hand art. Gorgeous! A must for all elementary library collections.

3) Don't Date Rosa Santos by Rita Moreno. A refreshing #yalit rom-com with a strong sense of place and community. Grades 8-11.


4) Liberty Arrives by Robert Byrd. Engaging, informative, and beautifully illustrated. A look at the gift that was the Statue of Liberty. MUST READ. Grades K-5.


5) Saving Fiona by Thane Maynard. I ADORE this true story about baby Fiona, a hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo and the efforts to save her. WITH PICTURES OF THE BABY HIPPO. Grades K-2


6) Rocket to the Moon by Don Brown. This title launches (wink wink) Brown's new graphic novel series: Big Ideas that Changed the World. This is fantastic, done by a master, and you will want multiple copies. For science and history fans alike, and anyone that enjoys the Hazardous Tales series (Hale). Grades 4-8.


7) 25 Fun Things to do For Your Neighbors by Paul Mason. Random acts of kindness meets Sunday Funday in this guide to community service projects. Grades 3-7 (or family projects with slightly younger kids).


8) Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes. This is one of my Top picks of 2019 and the PERFECT summer reading book for grades 4-6. Lety chooses summer camp at an animal shelter in this book filled with friendship, finding your voice, and furry critters needing new homes. Classroom teachers will want to check this out for the read-aloud rotation. Important for all readers, and a window for ELL, immigrant, and bilingual kids.


9) Girls of July by Alex Flinn. Four girls from different walks of life learn to live with each other over the course of one July in the Adirondacks. A great summer vibe! Grades 7-10


10) The Quiet Boat Ride by Sergio Ruzzier. Another in the Fox + Chick series, this is a summer adventure story for the newly minted reader that has graduated from Elephant & Piggie. Grades K-3


11) The Rest of the Summer by Sarah Dessen. A NEW SARAH DESSEN BOOK. Enough said. Grades 8-12 (and adults)


12) Let Er Buck by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Gordon C. James. A picture book biography of rodeo champion George Fletcher combine outstanding writing and illustration to bring Fletcher's spirit and this moment in history to life. One of my few 5 star books this year. Grades 2-5, and secondary teachers doing #classroombookaday.


Happy Reading! What are you reading this summer?

#kidlit #yalit #summerreading #newbooks #mrsyuskofavorite

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


If you saw last week’s Friday Five, you know that I’m currently reading an advance copy of “Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling.


This book, scheduled to be published in September, is the sequel to one of my TOP picks for middle school last year: "Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus."


I adore Aven, and highlighted the first book in my #yalit seminars all year long last year. In addition to being inspiring, with lots of discussion potential, it is also a humorous and utterly charming read. There are MANY ways that you could use the book in your school, library, or classroom with students in grades 5-8.


I know that I should have finished this book in one sitting, but I just want to savor the experience as long as possible...so I’m only reading it a chapter at a time. Stay tuned for my final reactions!

FYI, Bowling’s 2018 book “24 Hours in Nowhere” is a TOP middle school pick in my #kidlit and #yalit seminars this year. Hooray for authors that write great MIDDLE SCHOOL books!


What are you reading this week?



#amreading #mrsyuskoreads #mrsyuskofavorite #sequel #middleschool #yalit #top10 #whatimreading


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

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.


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For the past week or so, I've been posting #mustread book reviews on social media that were written by my students (6th & 7th graders). I love reading what they write about books, and why they think a book is a "must read." Well, I interrupt these posts to include one of my own #mustreads: Lu by Jason Reynolds. This is the 4th book in the Track series, that started with "Ghost" in 2016. "Ghost" has been my "go to" book recommendation for ANYONE in grades 5-10, especially those students who say, "but I hate reading..." I'm not even sure that I can accurately describe the perfect magic that is Ghost and how it resonates with SO MANY of my readers. The fact that it was nominated as one of the 100 Great American Reads on PBS (I may have voted for it every day), and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2016 should begin to clue you in. I have been a huge fan of Jason Reynolds since I heard him speak in 2014, while promoting the publication of his first book, "When I was the Greatest." HUGE. FAN. It is a testament to the power of his stories that my 16 year old daughter just finished WIWTG and is telling all of her friends to READ. IT. NOW. (I'm not sure that I will ever see my prized autographed copy again, but... #booknerdproblems). If you ever have the opportunity to hear Jason Reynolds speak, in person or on television, DO IT! Drive hours if you have to, you will not be disappointed. Look up his interview on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and then hope that his segment on PBS' Great American Read series will be replayed. And, of course, read all of his books! Start with Ghost. (If you're a teacher with Scholastic Book Clubs, several of his books are currently available there). I have been anticipating this 4th book in the series that began with Ghost...but also dreading it. I don't want to see the stories of Ghost, Patty, Sunny, and Lu come to an end. And honestly, neither do my students. Because I do not want to giveaway anything about this last book, I will simply say this:

WOW!


Lu is the perfect final lap to the story of these kids that have become so much a part of our lives. I'm not embarrassed to say that I cried when this book was over. And that I regret not reading it more slowly in order to savor it. My only hope is that someday we will get another story of these kids. I would love to see what their lives look like during their senior year of high school. Thank you Jason, for giving us this series of sports stories that are so much more than "sports stories." That appeal to fans of track just as much as they do to readers who could care less about running. That introduced us to real kids, with voices and lives that provide mirrors and windows. That are authentic and meaningful. That are NOT boring. 💛🧡💚💙 #bookreview #yalit #series #mrsyuskofavorite #favoriteauthor





What my Labor Day weekend should look like: READING! WRITING! MORE READING! Why? My 200 page "What's New in Young Adult Literature" seminar handbook due to the printer on 9/21/18. Have I started putting it together? No. (This is not surprising to anyone that knows me). Have I read all the books I wanted to before starting it? No. (It feels like there are still 100 books on my TBR pile). What my Labor Day weekend actually looks like: Am I binge watching all the Harry Potter movies on SyFy network? YES! Of course! Always!

#becausewhynot #harrypotter #moviesbasedonbooks #series #mrsyuskofavorite


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