If my early reading of 2017 is any indication, this year is shaping up to be a powerhouse of a year in children’s literature. And for that I am excited. So what are some of the great books I have read, loved, and now am sharing?
Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by
If you have been within a mile of me and asked for a book recommendation for younger classrooms (1st grade and up you will have heard me mention Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe. After all, this new series written from the perspective of a dog captured my heart last summer and is now a GRA contender. So I am delighted to add the second book in the series as another must read. How can you not love the adventures of Fenway as he tries to navigate the very confusing life of being a dog?
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by
Yes, I am aware that this book was originally released in 1976 and subsequently won the Newbery. It is by no stretch of the imagination a “new” book, but it was for me. As part of our reading identity challenge, I wanted to close some of my classic American children’s literature gaps (growing up in Denmark, there are just some books I have never read), and so I chose this amazing book. I am glad I did.
I may be the only teacher left that had never read Hatchet before, at least that is what it felt like. I now get why it continues to pop up in contemporary classrooms as a must read book. I was hooked once that plane went down.
In my opinion, right now there are three must-read YA books this spring; Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson, American Street by Ibi Zoboi, and The Hate U Give by
As mentioned above, American Street by
I am a sucker for fantasy series that pits good against evil. Throw in a slight romance and I am hooked. I loved the concept of Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga) by Elly Blake, and while there certainly were similarities between this and other books in this type of vein, it didn’t matter. It was a great read; entertaining and worth my time. I cannot wait for the next book in this YA series.
It is not often that a middle-grade novel about a girl who suffers from OCD is this well-written. I simply loved Finding Perfect by
In my book, Dav Pilkey can do no wrong. His genius is one that ensures that so many kids see themselves as readers and I will never be able to personally thank him enough for his dedication to creating amazing books. So Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) was a natural read for me. I laughed out loud, I did the flip-o-ramas and then I book talked it to my 7th graders. I have not seen the book since. This addition to this list also shows me how randomly I read at times, which I totally love.
I grabbed Armstrong and Charlie by
from my ARC book pile on a whim. Two hours later I finally looked up and realized that I was not supposed to be sitting in my chair still reading. I love this middle-grade novel for all of its nuances when it comes to sharing the story of one school’s integration in the 1970’s and so will you. I also hvae two different students reading it right now and they agree; this book is a must add to 4th grade and up.
So there you have it, a small slice of my reading life from the past 7 weeks. To see more up-to-date shares of what I read follow me on Instagram
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If you like what you read here, consider reading any of my books; the newest called Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration, a how-to guide for those who would like infuse global collaboration into their curriculum, was just released. If you are looking for solutions and ideas for how to re-engage all of your students consider reading my very first book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. I am currently working on a new literacy book, called Passionate Readers and it will be published in the summer of 2017 by Routledge. I also have a new book coming out December, 2017 . Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.