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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 Favorite “Summer” Books

Literally.

Ricki

The five books I list below are very different from one another, but they are all excellent!

1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

2. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork

3. Black Rabbit Summer by Kevin Brooks

4. Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles

5. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Kellee

1. Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman

2. Coyote Summer by J.S. Kapchinske

3. Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

4. Summerlost by Ally Condie

5. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

What “summer” books have you loved?

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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 Books We Love to Read to Our Sons

In honor of Mother’s Day!

Ricki

These are the books my son picks over and over, and I love to read them! I could make a list of a thousand books, but these, in particular, are favorites for specific reasons.

1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Have I mentioned that I threw my son a Goodnight Moon party for his first birthday?

2. Bear Snores On by Clement Hurd

I think this may be my favorite children’s book. I love the way it flows when I read it. My husband and I both have it memorized, and we have recited it in the car when my son isn’t feeling well.

3. Journey by Aaron Becker

I like to change the story a little bit every time I read this book. Wordless books are awesome.

4. Press Here by Hervé Tullet

My oldest has a lot of energy, and this gets him moving! We also own the Press Here board game, which is incredibly fun to play together.

5. I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Musch

I know some people find this book to be creepy, but I love it. I love to rock my boys as I read it to them.

Kellee

1. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR by Don and Audrey Wood

This was my brother’s favorite book, my husband’s favorite book, and is my mom’s favorite book to read aloud, and Trent loves it being read to him. How could I not love spreading the Big Hungry Bear read aloud love?!

2. Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter

I love Press Here, but Larry in Don’t Push The Button! is so easy to love!

3. Race Car Count by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

I love the rhyming in this book, and it can be used to talk about colors or numbers–perfect!

4. Pigeon books by Mo Willems

I do one voice, and it works perfectly for the whiny  Pigeon in Willems’s books.

5. Books that have songs that go with them mostly by Raffi and Sandra Boynton

I love singing books to Trent, and Boynton and Raffi have the best, in our opinion.

Which books do you love to read to kids?

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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 Things on our Reading Wish List

Ricki

1. More multicultural YA books

I will read any book that is multicultural and young adult. I love how many there are, but I always want more, more, more. What can I say? I am greedy!

2. More Native American authors who write YAL

Because I am Native American, I am always focused on this particular concern. There are a few (GREAT) prolific Native American authors who write YA, but there aren’t many.

3. More books that deal with social justice and advocacy

These are my favorite books to teach, and I love reading them.

4. More books by Ruta Sepetys

This woman rocks my world. She makes historical fiction fun for all!

5. A new series by Aaron Becker

Since the Journey series is a trilogy, I can hope for a new series by Aaron Becker, right? My son would be THRILLED.

Kellee

1. More Kristin Cashore books

This one is going to come true soon! September 19th, 2017! Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore from Kathy Dawson Books! I cannot wait!

2. More Seeds of America books

I don’t think this wish will come true, but I love Isabel and Curzon. And I want to know what happens. But maybe if we wait 6 more years, Laurie will get another urge to tell more 🙂

3. More MG and YA graphic novels for 11-14 year olds

My students LOVE graphic novels. We just want more and more and more!

4. More nonfiction that suck my students in

This is the hardest! Middle schoolers generally just have very little interest in nonfiction. It has to be really special for them to like it. The Who Was? series is popular with 6th graders; The Plot to Kill Hitler and a few other WWII books have had some popularity; and some memoirs like brown girl dreaming and A Child Called It are popular, but the other books, even ones I book talk and love, are touch and go. I can get a reader here or there, but they just don’t have the legs my fiction have.

5. More ebooks at my Library

I have a confession. I read almost all ebooks now. I have not found any difference in my comprehension of the story, and IT IS SO MUCH EASIER! I have the Kindle app on my phone, download books from my library, and voila! I have them anywhere I am because I always have my phone. And I can read in the dark!

What is on your wish list?

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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 Covers of the Rainbow

And all books we (or at least one of us) love!
*Click on any book cover to see our review or the book’s Goodreads page*

R O Y G B I/V

NEUTRALS

RAINBOW

What are some of your favorite books with different colored covers? 

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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 Things That Make Us Instantly Want to Read a Book

Ricki

1. It is by an author of color

Most of my research is concerned with multicultural young adult literature. I try to read any and every book that I can find in that category. I read all multicultural young adult books, but I specifically seek out those that are by authors of color.

2. It is historical fiction

I honestly can’t get enough of this genre. I love to be sent to a different time and place.

3. It is a picture book with a great cover.

I love artwork, so great illustrations are a plus.

4. It is by a favorite author of mine.

This list is not exhaustive, but I instantly read any books published by (in random order): Sherman Alexie, John Green, Kristin Cashore, Matt de la Peña, Laurie Halse Anderson, Oliver Jeffers, Aaron Becker, Coe Booth, A.S. King, Gene Luen Yang, David Arnold, Jeff Zentner, Adam Silvera, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Eliot Schrefer, Margarita Engle, Meg Medina, Patricia McCormick, GOODNESS, I am going to quit while I am ahead. I am sure I am forgetting one of my favorite authors, and I will lie in bed tonight thinking, “Darn! I missed ____.”

5. It is a good fit for my older son

My older son goes through crazy obsessions: vehicles, the color yellow, Paw Patrol, superheroes. When a book matches his current obsession, I feel compelled to get it. (My younger son hasn’t shown strong preferences yet.)

Kellee

1. Favorite Authors!

Unlike Ricki, I am not even going to try to list my favorites, but if it is an author I love, I will definitely pick up the book.

2. Road Trips

I am a sucker for road trip books! They are my favorite! They usually include humor, romance, identity searching, hi-jinx, and other things I love.

3. Kids recommend it to me or are passing it around at school

I cannot tell a student no if they recommend a book to me. I also really want to read books if I see that students are recommending it to each other.

4. Graphic Novel

I love graphic novels! All kinds!

5. I think Trent will love it

This means usually vehicles or monster or firemen or animals, but if I see a book that I know Trent will love, I definitely want to read it!

What makes you instantly want to pick up a book?

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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: Unique Books I Recommend

Check out our 2014 post on the same topic: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=2639

Kellee

Some of these books are unique in story, others are unique in format, but they are all great reads.

1. Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The combination of unique science fiction setting and story and the character’s ability to hear thoughts that cloud their mind makes this one of the most unique and brilliant books I’ve read.

2. Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz’s story is not only unique (with magical god dogs and farting dragons) but he set it up as a story that is being told to a character. Each chapter gives a different point of view.

3. Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Who Change the World Biographies

I love nonfiction that switches it up and helps students find interest in our history. Meltzer’s series mixes graphic novel and narrative nonfiction to give kids a wonderful introduction to such a diverse group of people.

Review of I Am Lucille Ball

Review of I am Jackie Robinson

4. Meatloaf is Worth than Middle School by Jennifer Holm

Jenni Holm tells the story of middle school with so much truth in this book yet it isn’t told in prose–it is told in stuff. All the stuff that a middle schooler accumulates. But that stuff shows one of the most truthful depictions of middle school of any book.

5. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

The book begins with the end- Min and Ed have broken up and Min delivers (threw actually) a box onto Ed’s door with all of the “treasures” from their whirlwind relationship. Each section begins with an illustration of the object painted beautifully by Maira Kalman and then the story of the object within their relationship unfolds.

6. History News books

These nonfiction texts are set up as newspapers making history news again!

7. Color Monster by Anna Llenas

This pop-up book is one of our favorite picture books here at UR because of its message and its beautiful artwork. The personification (monsterfication?) of the emotions were so well done. Llenas did a beautiful job making entire scenes and monsters that embodied the emotions. I also liked the uniqueness of the pop ups. They were multimedia with collage and rope.

Review of The Color Monster

8. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

There are a couple of books out there that make the narrator say funny things (We’re in a Book by Mo Willems for example), but this one is unique in that the whole premise revolves around that idea. It is hilarious!

9. Hervé Tullet books

Hervé Tullet is the original when it comes to interactive (using your imagination) books!

Review of Press Here

Review of Mix it Up

10. Oliver Jeffers books

Um, if you have not read any Oliver Jeffers books, do so now. His picture books are some of my favorites because they are not stereotypical in any way. He just has these amazing ideas that are brilliant and smart and well executed. I also love his illustration style–just a bit funky 🙂

Review of A Child of Books

Review of Once Upon an Alphabet

Which unique books do you love?

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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: Many Reading Without Walls Recommendations

View the Reading Without Walls announcement by Gene Luen Yang at http://read.macmillan.com/mcpg/reading-without-walls/

About Reading Without Walls

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang calls us all to READ WITHOUT WALLS, exploring books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried.

READING WITHOUT WALLS promotes diversity and opens readers’ eyes to new ideas and experiences. In this divided time in our nation’s history, READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Take the Reading Without Walls Challenge this April

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.

What can YOU do to read without walls?

Once you’ve finished reading, complete the challenge by challenging someone else! Use #ReadingWithoutWalls to tell all of your friends on social media what books you chose and challenge them to do the same.

Kellee

In addition to Gene Luen Yang’s books, here are just a few handfuls of titles that I can recommend to help us and our students & children read without walls. I know this is quite an extensive list, but I tried to include a variety to help have a recommendation for any reader (though I mostly stuck with middle grade and YA texts).

 

Diverse Character Reccomendations

1. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

2. Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

3. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

4. Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle

5. The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson

6. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

7. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

8. Kiki & Jacques by Susan Ross

9. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

10. Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

11. Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

12. Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina

13. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

14. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

15. Zack Delacruz by Jeff Anderson


Interesting Topics Recommendations

1. The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

2. Bot Wars by J.V. Kade

3. Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

4. Risking Exposure by Jeanne Moran

5. Revolution by Deborah Wiles

6. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

7. Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

8. The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

9. Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie

10. Girls Like Us by Gail Giles


Different Format Recommendations

1. Audiobook: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

2. Audiobook: Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

3. Audiobook: All Fall Down by Ally Carter

4. Audiobook: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

5. Graphic Novel: HiLo by Judd Winick

6. Graphic Novel: The Underground Abductor (and the rest of the Hazardous Tales series) by Nathan Hale

7. Graphic Novel: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

8. Graphic Novel: El Deafo by Cece Bell

9. Novel in Verse: Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

10. Novel in Verse/Vignettes: Moo by Sharon Creech


Which books do you recommend others read to Read Without Walls?

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