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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This feature allows us to make lists, which may be one of our favorite things to do!

Today’s Topic: Twenty 2018 Books We Look Forward to Reading

So many wonderful books are coming out in 2018! It was hard to even narrow it down to 20!
(We didn’t include any books that were on our #mustreadin2018 list as to not double up and highlight more titles 🙂 )

Young Adult

1. Cruel Prince by Holly Black

January 2nd, 2018

2. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

October 2nd, 2018

3. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

May 22nd, 2018

Middle Grade

4. Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold

March 27th, 2018

5. Breakout by Kate Messner

June 5th, 2018

6. The Lifters by Dave Eggers

April 24th, 2018

7. The Lost Rainforest: Mez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer

January 2nd, 2018

8. Sunny by Jason Reynolds

April 10th, 2018

9. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

March 6th, 2018

10. Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson

January 2nd, 2018

11. Rebound by Kwame Alexander

April 3rd, 2018

12. Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai

January 2nd, 2018

13. The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter H. Brown

March 13th, 2018

14. Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August

February 6th, 2018

15. HiLo Book 4: Waking the Monsters by Judd Winick 

January 16th, 2018

16. Amulet 8: Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi

September 25th, 2018

Picture Books

17. How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk, Illustrated by Sara Palacios

May 15th, 2018

18. Square by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klass

May 8tn, 2018

19. IslandbornLola by Junot Díaz, Illustrated by Leo Espinosa

March 13th, 2018

For Everyone

20. For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

April 10th, 2018

Which books are you looking forward to reading?

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Every year, I promise myself that I will get my list down to ten books. And every year, I goof up and end up with more than ten books. Forgive me, but here are my favorite 13 books that I read this year. Please note that the age categories below are superficial. These are books for readers of all ages. 🙂

Picture Books

La La La by Kate DiCamillo (Illustrations by Jaime Kim) (2017)

Love by Matt de la Peña (Illustrations by Loren Long (2018)

Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares (2017)

Windows by Julia Denos (Illustrations by E. B. Goodale) (2017)

 

Middle Grade Books

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (2016)

Refugee by Alan Gratz (2017)

 

Young Adult Books

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (2017)

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (2016)

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2017)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (2017)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (2016)

 

Professional Development

Pose Wobble Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction by Antero Garcia and Cindy O’Donnell-Allen (2015)

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Books We Hope Santa Brings Our Kids

Ricki

1. Love by Matt de la Peña

This book is at the top of my list…I mean, Henry’s list. Ah, it’s so beautiful! I read the ARC, and I know my boys will love it. It requires a good snuggle.

2. Islandborn by Junot Diaz

If this book doesn’t win the Caldecott, I will be disappointed. It’s gorgeous! I was so impressed by it, and I can’t wait for it to be released in March. The Spanish translation is called Lola!

3. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

We don’t own this book, but we talk about it often (every time Henry eats tacos!).

4. We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio

I love everything Wonder-related, and this book is no exception.

5. Growl with the Animals by Discovery Kids

And this book for my Benny. He loves to growl, and he loves sound books. This would be a hit!

Kellee

Santa and I have already met up, and here are five books I know Trent is getting for Christmas:

1. Love by Matt de la Peña

This is one of my favorite books of all time. Matt read the poem to us at ALAN, and I cried then. And when I saw the finished book this year at NCTE, it took my breath away. Beautiful. Important. Special. I am so glad Santa was able to get a finished copy at NCTE!

2. Charlie and Mouse and Charlie and Mouse and Grumpy by Laurel Snyder

I was so lucky to be able to see these books early in their creation because I had the honor of writing their teaching guide; however, Trent has not read them because I didn’t have the hard copies, but we will soon! Yay!

3. What Makes a Monster? by Jess Keating

Trent loves learning about animals and all things science and nature related–I am so glad Trent will be receiving this fun and informative book from Jess Keating. (He is also getting The Big Book of Animals!)

4. Double Take by Susan Hood

I’ve seen so much goodness about this book; I am so glad Trent and I will be able to read it.

5. Read! Read! Read! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Any book that celebrates reading is a book that we want.

Which books do you hope Santa brings you?

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top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

Today we let TTT be taken over by one of my students as the post she wrote at the end of last year was focused on Christmas, so we held on posting it until now!

 Today’s Topic: Ten Favorite Christmas Books

from Maria N., 7th grade (now 8th grade)

1. Letters from Father Christmas

It is unique because it is written in letters.

2. The Snowman

A traditional book that every kid dreams of hearing.

3. Father Christmas 

Something you would not expect from Santa.

4. A Christmas Carol

A traditional Christmas book.

5. The Polar Express

This is a unique Christmas book that kids love. 

6. One Wintry Night

Betters the Christmas Story.

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss!

8. The Christmas Tree

A traditional Christmas book that has a good theme behind it. 

9. 12 Stories of Christmas

This book has different stories in it, and they are all perfect. 

10. The Night Before Christmas

The perfect traditional book that kids love.

Thank you, Maria!
And happy holidays, everyone!

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top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten New Authors We Met at NCTE/ALAN 2017

Ricki

Kellee’s list is almost identical to mine. We see so many authors at the conference, and it’s funny that the authors that I took pictures with are similar to hers. I regret working on this post after her! I am going to go with my gut and stick with the folks I planned before I saw Kellee’s list. I was going to start with Rashani Chokshi, but I will try to shift my list slightly from Kellee’s!

In no particular order:

1. Varian Johnson, Author of The Parker Inheritance and many others

2. Rick Riordan, Author of The Lightning Thief and many others

3. Julie Murphy, Author of Dumplin’ and many others

4. Angie Thomas, Author of The Hate U Give

5. Joseph Bruchac, Author of Code Talker and many others

Kellee

I am so lucky to be able to meet and hang out with SO MANY authors at NCTE and ALAN. Here are a couple of authors I met for the first time (and remembered to take photos with!).

1. Rick Riordan, Author of The Lightning Thief and many others

2. Angie Thomas, Author of The Hate U Give

3. K.A. Holt, Author of House Arrest, Knockout, and Rhyme Schemer

4. Rashani Chokshi, Author of Aru Shah and the End of Time

5. Joseph Bruchac, Author of Skeleton Man and many others

What authors have you met before?

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I was aware of several of these books before I went to NCTE/ALAN, but attending the conference and speaking with the authors and publishers made me even more excited about them. I could make a list that has dozens of books on it, but these ten came to my head first, and I am genuinely excited about all of them!

1. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The topic is of utmost importance. I am really looking forward to reading this one.

2. Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callendar

Hearing this author speak… wow, wow, wow. And Lizette said this book is incredible, and I trust everything out of that woman’s mouth.

3. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

I was fortunate to meet Jewell at the conference. She is such an inspiring woman. I am really looking forward to this book.

4. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Katie Halata said this book is incredible and lives up to the hype. And I trust everything that Katie says.

5. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The premise of this book is very intriguing to me. I am really excited to crack the cover.

6. Spliced by Jon McGoran

Everyone is raving about this book, and I am really interested to read it. The cover is really neat, and the story idea sucks me in!

7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Who doesn’t love Laini Taylor? She is an incredible writer, and I am excited to read her newest series!

8. A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

I will read any book featuring another culture, and I am looking forward to reading about the refugee experience in this book. I’ve heard it is excellent.

9. Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

I heard a section of this book read aloud at the conference. It took everything in me not to cancel my next meeting and just read this book!

10. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

This author was one of the kindest people that I’ve met. She has such a warmth about her. I am very, very excited about this book. The premise is really neat, and I think it’s going to be a favorite.

If you attended NCTE or ALAN, what books are you most excited to read?

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Books We Hope to Read This Winter

Ricki

1. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

This book has been on my to-read list for far too long.

2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I am interested in incorporating this book into my Adolescents’ Literature course next year. I think it might be a good fit for our week that we talk about grief.

3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The only reason I haven’t read this sooner is that I can’t find the box that I packed it in. We moved this summer, and this is really cramping my reading style. 😉

4. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

I am quite intrigued by this book, and I want to read it this winter.

5. Refugee by Alan Gratz

I just got this book on Audible, and I can’t wait to listen to it!

Kellee

These are all books my students have asked me to read “soon!”

1. Young Elites by Marie Lu

Students keep on trying to spoil this one for me because they just want to chat about it, so I need to read it so I can be as excited as they are!

2. Rebels by Accident by Patricia

One of my students is Egyptian and says very rarely does she feel reflected in a book but that Rebels by Accident does just that. How can I deny reading this when she sells it to me that way?!

3. Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Mark of the Dragonfly is on our state list for this year, and I have tried listening to the audiobook, but I was just not having much success; however, a student who I’ve had for 3 years swears to me that I will love it. I promised her I’d read it during break.

4. Randoms by David Liss

Randoms is the longest book on our state book list but it is also the one book I haven’t heard anything negative about. I will finish all 15 books on the SSYRA list, but I want to read this one soon because I want to promote it to help get it more readers who will love it, and I also promised a few of my readers I’d read it soon.

5. Prisoner of Ice & Snow by Ruth Lauren

One of my 7th graders is so enthusiastic about this book, and I promised her that I would find time for it soon.

What books do you plan to read this winter? 

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