Today I found two new FAVORITES for the newest readers.


Bruce's Big Fun Day by Ryan T. Higgins: Bruce is having a day of "fun" is this newest book in the Mother Bruce collection. Young fans of Bruce will appreciate finding a story they can read all by themselves.


Do You Like My Bike by Norm Feuti: Hedgehog loves his new bike and wants his friend Harry to like it also. Why doesn't he? This is a sweet friendship story with more books promised in the series.


Both books have plenty of humor and the colorful illustrations will engage many levels of readers. Brand new readers will find success with the text.


Add these to your classroom library now, especially if you teach grades K-2.


#whatimreading #wednesdayreading #kidlit #beginningreader #series #newbooks


It is the last day of my Spring Break. I wish I could say that I was doing lesson plans, but let's be real, that was never going to happen. Hello, my name is Shauna, and I'm the queen of procrastination.


Luckily, I did LOTS of reading...and even luckier, I had a streak of VERY good books that I read. In fact, when I sat down to record today's Friday Five, I had a hard time choosing "The 5 best books I read over Spring Break." So, it's pooooooosible there's one or two extras. #yourewelcome




Have you read anything good lately? What does your TBR pile look like?


Happy Friday and Happy Reading!



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Updated: Feb 8, 2019

It’s Wednesday, so here’s what I’m reading.


This is is a TOUGH week to be a #booknerd! So many books that I’ve been waiting to read all came out on Tuesday.


To be honest, I’ve had advanced copies of two of these books since December, but I knew I was going to love the audiobooks so much that I pre-ordered from Audible and started the countdown to release date. (And, I have to say, I’m impressed that I didn’t break down and read the books over winter break).


Now to decide which one to finish first...


1) Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers!


The author’s “His Fair Assassins“ trilogy are some of my all-time FAVORITE books. EVER. And to get the chance to go back to this world and the characters? Yes, please! FYI, all three audiobooks were terrific productions, and so far this one does not disappoint.




2) On The Come Up by Angie Thomas


Thomas garnered MAJOR buzz in 2017 for The Hate U Give. I mean seriously, unless you’ve been living under a rock I’m pretty sure that you’ve at least heard of the book...or the movie...or both. I liked THUG, but I’ve been more excited for this story.


Also, the audiobook is narrated by the incomparable Bahni Turpin, so definitely worthwhile.


(Spoiler alert, I decided to finish this one first because I knew it would be a faster read. I’m 3/4 of the way through and it’s AMAZING!).




3) A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese


So, I have friends in town and I needed a beach read today...an actual book I could read and enjoy, but not worry about damaging. Beach days call for galleys. So, I grabbed this one because it was completely the opposite vibe, age group, etc. of the other two.


Scheduled to be released on 2/26, I am really loving this one! After a morning on the beach, I’m about half-way through and I can’t wait for the weekend so I can finish it. I’ll let you know my final thoughts next week!




What are you reading this week?



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The countdown if finally over...Dumplin' has come to Netflix! I have loved this book by Julie Murphy since it first came out. I recommend it to teens and adults alike. I added the movie to my queue the day Netflix posted it.


So, off I go to watch it...and you should too! (After reading the book, of course).


And for your Friday Five this week: Three great #YALIT books that you can binge-watch on Netflix/Redbox (including Dumplin'), plus two books that would make EPIC movie adaptations.


Happy Reading and Watching!

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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




I have been a fan of Jenny Han's "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" trilogy since the first book was published. I had the movie added to my Netflix queue as soon as it was posted as "coming soon." If you haven't read the book(s) yet, run immediately to the library and check out a copy! Because you MUST watch this movie. (Sorry, I belong to the school of "reading the book before seeing the movie"). If you have seen the movie, what did you think? It's possible that I've already seen it more than once. (Which is perhaps odd for a not-teenager to admit?) It is exactly what I wanted it to be. And while every teen girl that has been in the volleyball carpool or classroom lately has been obsessed with the actor they cast as Peter, I'd like to point out that the young girl they cast as Kitty is PERFECT! She is everything I wanted from Lara Jean's little sister. How many times is too many times to watch this movie? #askingforafriend #TeamLaraJean #netflixforthewin

#yalit #series #moviesbasedonbooks #seriessaturday


Why I teach, episode #572: Last week in my classroom...


Tuesday: This student (pictured) says, "Mrs. Yusko, I just don't think I'm going to be able to find books to read for your class. I'm bad at reading." However, she does agree to try a book I suggest (Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova). Wednesday: Same student "sneaks" the second book in the series (Brave) out the door.


Friday: Same student STAYS AFTER SCHOOL, hugs both books to her chest and tells me how much she LOVED them. "Mrs. Yusko, I cried when I read Brave. Jensen is so much like me...everything he went through, I feel too. You mentioned there's a 3rd book? Do you think I can order it from Amazon? Thank you so much for letting me borrow these books!"


My work here is done. 😍📚 (FYI: book #3 is Crush and is published 10/30/18).


#whyiteach #yalit #middleschool #series #graphicnovels #weekataglance #studentstories #welovebooks




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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