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.


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If you follow me on social media, or here on the blog, you know that I'm currently teaching a Contemporary Lit class of high school seniors. And I love every minute of it.


This is a class that started out with 3 avid readers, and the rest of the students were shocked to find out that their schedule included a "literature" class on it. Many failed a semester of Literature at some point in their high school career, and were proud of the fact that they didn't read.


One girl remarked at the start of the semester, "Mrs. Yusko, I haven't read a book since 4th grade." (Please don't even get me started on that one).


But I am happy to report that they are READING! And as we wrap up April, here are the most popular books with this group:


1) ANYTHING by April Henry! I haven't seen any of my classroom library copies of her books in months, and I even purchased a few more for those that were patiently waiting. Ms. Henry has done so much for growing readers in this class.


2) We are currently having a classroom "discussion" about which is the best John Green book: Looking for Alaska is taking on An Abundance of Katherines. It has been a little heated, but most of us agree that if you say TFIOS, then you aren't a true John Green fan :) (FYI: Mrs. Yusko falls strongly in the Abundance of Katherines camp).


3) The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is making the rounds in class. Girls AND boys are reading this one. And it has led to several great discussions, including "don't judge a book by it's cover." This book is one of my Top 10 picks of 2018 and I ADORE everything about it. I'm so glad my students are enjoying it as much as I did!

4) The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Several students have read this one and have created fantastic response projects. The audio of this one is great (read by the author), and we are currently looking forward to her new book which comes out next week!


Have you read any of these? What are your students reading?

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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?



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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?



#whatimreading #mrsyuskoreads #series #newbooks #yalit #kidlit #mglit

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