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 Enjoyed That Have Under 1000 Ratings On Goodreads
I avoided new releases because I suspect they will get more ratings!
1. The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas (57 Ratings)
Every time I read this book, I am impressed by it. This is my favorite pop-up book of all time (and I read a lot of pop-up books!). I love the way Llenas captures emotions so vividly, and it is really helping my son learn about all of the different emotions he experiences.
2. The House of Purples Cedar by Tim Tingle (139 Ratings)
This book is an epic. I felt like I’d lived another life after I finished it. It is beautifully written and was life-changing for me. Tim Tingle is one of the best authors out there today, in my humble opinion.
3. Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis (140 Ratings)
This book is an English language arts teacher’s dream. Each page features a hysterical rendition of a literary term. I wish I had known about this book when I was teaching.
4. The Racecar Alphabet by Brian Floca (175 Ratings)
I am stunned that this book doesn’t have more ratings. Everyone I know loves it! This book has accompanied my son to bed (in the bed) for the past year. He won’t sleep without it by his side. The rhymes are very fun, and the racecar pictures are awesome!
5. Quicksilver by Stephanie Spinner (539 Ratings)
This is an older book (2006) that I would still recommend highly to teachers. Whenever I book-talked this book, I only had to read the first page to get a line of readers. It is told from the perspective of Hermes, and the book is hilarious. It teaches mythology through the story. If you love the Riordan books, I promise you will love this one (and the others written by Spinner). She’s awesome.
As I was scrolling through my Goodreads READ list, I didn’t even make it to books with over 100 ratings because I found these and was so shocked that not more people have read/rated them!
P.S. I decided to focus on books published before 2015 & 2016 because with those books it may be more about time they’ve been out than anything.
1. Dolphin Sky by Ginny Rorby (42 ratings)
I cannot believe that any book written by Rorby doesn’t have thousands of ratings. I love everything she writes!
I love the science mixed in with the fiction! It is written by a widow of a Challenger astronaut and hopes to keep kids interested in space exploration and the sciences.
3. How Fast Can You Go? by Kate Riggs (17 ratings)
Trent loved this board book that we checked out from the library! It is a perfect mix of fun illustrations and vehicles.
4. Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson (80 ratings)
This book is a book that all middle grade kids should read. It build empathy, passion, and leadership. I am so surprised more kids and adults haven’t found this amazing resource.
5. Mira’s Diary series by Marissa Moss (#1 301 ratings, #2 91 ratings, #3 37 ratings)
I love this series! It is a wonderful mix of history and science fiction! Mira’s adventures keep you reading, but I personally love all of the history you learn during her journeys.
Which underrated books have you enjoyed?