Sunday, August 20, 2017

Books You'll Want to Preorder for Fall

Just in time for back-to-school, these are books I read and loved...
and predict you'll be wanting to read and share with your students this fall. 
Go ahead and preorder them now!

Picture Books


Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson - Sept 5
Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee, illus by Pascal Lemaitre - Sept 5
Sarabella's Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner - Sept 5
Smoot: A Rebellious Shadow by Michelle Cuevas - Sept 12
Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illlus by Selina Alko & Sean Qualls - Sept 12
There's Nothing to Do! by Dev Petty, illus by Mike Boldt - Sept 19
It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk, illus by Edwardian Taylor - Sept 19
Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin - Oct 1
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat - Oct 3
That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes, illus by Daniel Miyares - Oct 3
La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo, illus by Jaime Kim - Oct 3
Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi - Oct 10 (wordless)
Blue vs. Yellow by Tom Sullivan - Oct 10
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider by Barbara Herkert, illus by Lauren Castillo - Oct 24
Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, illus by Bryan Collier - Nov 14

Early Readers

King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse
by Dori Hillestad Butler, illus by Nancy Meyers - Sept 1
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate 
by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale, illus by LeUyen Pham - Sept 5
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes - Sept 19
That's My Book! and Other Stories by Salina Yoon - Sept 19
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder, illus by Emily Hughes - Oct 3
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading: It's Shoe Time! by Bryan Collier - Oct 24

Middle Grades

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. PĂ©rez - Aug 22
Patina (Track, book 2) by Jason Reynolds - Aug 29
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson - Sept 5
Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm, illus by Matthew Holm - Sept 12
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate- Sept 26
And a bonus middle grade (since I apparently only read advanced copies of books with girl main characters) that is already out, but I only just read it: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Young Adult

Warcross by Marie Lu - Sept 12
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds - Oct 17
Dear Martin by Nic Stone - Oct 17

*When possible, please support independent bookstores or your local library.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 #pb10for10 (Picture Book 10 for 10)

I always love participating in Cathy & Mandy's #pb10for10 event to celebrate picture books that are must haves for my classroom to share with students and seeing what picture books everyone else shares. These would all be fabulous #classroombookaday choices also! I inevitably end up with a longer wish list and shopping cart and a maxed out hold list at my library. So get ready, and then go check out other educators lists today! 

The thing is, I have such a hard time limiting things to just 10, so as you know if you've seen my posts before, I always get a bit creative with my numbering. And this year is even more special because I have a new job!
I'm transitioning from being out of the classroom as a literacy consultant into a new role as a K-5 school library media specialist.
I am beyond excited, especially to be back sharing books with kids again, and I approached this year's list a bit differently because I've been thinking so much about the picture books I'm eager to share with students once we get back to school, but I also know the books I might choose to read with my K-2 kids might be different from what I choose for my 3-5 kids.
So with all of that in mind, I'm sharing my 10 books for K-2 AND my 10 books for K-5, PLUS my 5 I'll for sure share with both grade level groups, so there's another 10 when shared twice (I told you it was creative counting this year!). I know Cathy will call me out on this (I know, I know, I make it my own, but I love the concept!), but that's ok, because it's more love for picture books, which is always a good thing! :)

You can see my previous year's #pb10for10 lists by clicking on the year:
  2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Podcast Interview About #classroombookaday

I was honored to be invited to participate in a Books Between podcast by Corrina Allen last week. It was a great conversation on the start of #classroombookday, why it was so successful, and includes MANY book recommendations! I wasn't expecting the final version to be an hour, but it is, so make sure you have time if you're sitting down to listen.

You can find the podcast & a typed list of all of the book recommendations right here.
*Corrina also asked me about some non-picture books I've been reading and loving lately (and that starts around 55:00 on the recording).

Happy (listening &) reading!

 
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