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

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

Wednesday is September 11th.


Before I talk about books, I want to highlight an essay by one of my favorite authors, Meg Cabot. Every year she gets requests to re-post it, and every year she does. And every year I read it. I encourage you to do the same. I promise, it is well worth the read. Find it on her blog.


If you want to share books about 9/11 with students this week, this month, or any time of year, here are my #Top10 books about 9/11.



Top Row:

The Day The World Came to Town (Defede). Written for adults, but interested teens (7th - 12th grades) would appreciate this as well.


The Red Bandanna (Rinaldi). Grades 6-12. This is a young readers edition, but you might enjoy the original as well.


The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Gerstein). Picture book biography for all ages or #classroombookaday.


Thunder Dog (Hingson). Adults, and grades 6-12.


Middle Row:

Nine, Ten (Baskin). Grades 5-8. Probably my favorite middle school fiction title about 9/11.


Fireboat (Kalman). Picture book “biography” for all ages and #classroombookaday.


Hope and Other Punchlines (Buxbaum). New in 2019, this #yalit title works for grades 7-12.


Bottom Row:

Towers Falling (Parker Rhodes). Another good fiction title for grades 5-8.


America is Under Attack (Brown). Grades 2-5 (and up!) Illustrated nonfiction.


14 Cows for America (Deedy). Picture book based on a true story. Grades 2-5 (and up!) and good for #classroombookaday.


Do you have a favorite on this list? Or one not on this list? What book or story do you always share with your students to honor the day?


#911 #fiction #nonfiction #tuesdaytop10 #kidlit #yalit #picturebook #classroombookaday #neverforget


It's the middle of summer and typically a time when people (myself included) hit a summer reading slump. Maybe you're still in the queue for the books you put on hold at the beginning of summer. Or you're on vacation and ON THE GO without a break to relax and read. Or, God forbid, you are reading but the books are just "meh."


So, I decided to offer up some of my FAVORITES of the summer to get you through that mid-summer reading slump. Many of the following are 5 STAR books for me so fingers crossed you will also find something amazing to get you through the rest of the summer.


25) This Beach is Loud! by Samantha Cotterill is a great book for kids with sensory issues (sensory processing disorder and/or autism), or who are anxious about new experiences. Great for classrooms and families also. I would pair it with There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi. Grades PreK-2nd.



26) Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan. I REALLY enjoyed this one about a young woman stuck working the worst summer job at an amusement park. Perfect summer vibe, and a fun rom-com. Grades 8-12


27) Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. This one is written for adults, but I could also see interested high schoolers enjoying it also. Based on a frightening episode in American history.


28) War in the Ring by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro. Highlighting Joe Louis, Max Schmeling and the lead-up to their fight. This includes quite a bit of history also. Grades 7-10, or even adults interested in this time period. Pair it with Berlin Boxing Club by Rob Sharenow (YA Lit), or A Nation's Hope by Matt de la Pena and Knockout! by George Sullivan (picture books).


29) NOPE! by Drew Sheneman. Pair this with Dude (Reynolds) for another story that is told basically using only one word. Good for inferring story from illustrations, and hilarious for parents to read as well. Grades K-2 for sharing.


30) The Line Tender by Kate Allen. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Could be because I read it during Shark Week, but this will likely be one of my top picks for Grades 4-7 this year. For fans of The Thing About Jellyfish (Benjamin).


31) Hum and Swish by Matt Myers. YES! What a great book for sharing, storytimes, or encouraging creativity. For anyone that loves to build on the beach. Grades K-3.


32) Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay. There are just no words for how much I love this book. Will likely be one of my top picks for High School for 2019. SO. MUCH. GOODNESS here. A powerful book that will stay with you and give you plenty to talk about. Good for current event tie-ins also. Grades 8-12. All. The. Stars.


33) O Captain, My Captain by Robert Burleigh. I never thought I'd give 5 stars to a biography of Walt Whitman, but here you go. If you read Whitman in your ELA classes, or study the Civil War in your social studies/American History classes, then you need this. It discusses a period in Whitman's life when he volunteered at military hospitals during the Civil War, and why he was inspired to write his famous poem, O Captain, My Captain. Maybe only interesting to history and literature buffs, but very well written!


34) Ink Knows No Borders, various. This includes poems by several YA Lit authors among others. All poems about life as an immigrant or refugee.

Fresh Off the Boat: Six Words, various. These are part of the Six Word Memoir collection with a focus on immigrants. TERRIFIC!

Obvious tie-ins to current events as well as many current fiction titles. Grades 7-12 for both.


35) Sign Off by Stephen Savage. This wordless book creates a story from road signs. I thought it was unique and I love encouraging students to create the story on the pages. Grades K-5.


36) Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali. Loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the cover. A dual narrator story that will find many fans of romance and realistic fiction. Grades 8-12.


What are you reading this summer? Do you have a favorite so far?


#summerreading #yalit #fiction #kidlit #nonfiction #picturebook #biography #newbooks #curriculumconnections #classroombookaday

Every time I see a preview for the movie "Yesterday," all I can think about is how it seems VERY similar to the story in a book I used to book talk with my middle schoolers all the time.


Since the movie is out in theaters now, I thought that this week's 3 on a Theme (+1) would be The Beatles!


The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor. (Grades 6-10)

This is the book that inspired my post today. A girl makes a wish to be as famous as The Beatles. And then wakes up in a world where no one remembers the Beatles except her... and now her band has replaced The Beatles in music history. I vaguely remember this book being "optioned" for a film, so I hope this is the film... and that the author gets credit!


Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams (Grades 8-12)

A teen named John Lennon (nickname Beatle) meets his dream girl: Destiny McCartney. It has to be the perfect match, right?


John Lennon by Elizabeth Partridge (Grades 6-12 & ADULTS)

National Book Award Finalist Partridge's OUTSTANDING biography of John Lennon.


Plus 1: Fab Four Friends by Susanna Reich

If you're looking for a #picturebook biography of the group, this one is it! Perfect introduction for grades 2-5.


#3onatheme #booklist #moviesbasedonbooks #basedonthebook #yalit #kidlit

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


Since our #FeednRead literacy outreach program was just recognized in the paper, I thought I'd highlight the 5 most popular books at this week's event. These five books were popular with kiddos who were able to choose a brand new book or two to take home (for FREE! Thank you Scholastic Book Clubs and First Book for offering low cost titles that allow us to always give new books to all the kids in attendance). And a few of these books even had volunteers reminiscing about reading them in classrooms and for bedtimes. It is fun to share the reading of these stories (some of my absolute personal favorites) with students new to the books...but also with adults who have fond memories attached to the reading of these stories.


Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst


On a side note, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson would have been in the top 5 if we had had more than 2 copies to giveaway. I saw several games of rock, paper, scissors being played for who could take the books we had available. See the photo below of one of the lucky "winners."



Happy Friday and Happy Reading!


#fridayfive #kidlit #feednread #newbooks #graphicnovel #picturebook #chapterbook #favorites

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