Countdown to NCTE/ALAN: Two Books We’re Going to Make Sure to Read Before the New Year


As 2018 comes to a close, we were discussing books that we plan on reading before the year ends (that aren’t on our #mustreadin2018 list).


The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Published March 6th, 2018 by HarperTeen

One of the gaps in children and young adult publishing I speak of often are books that reflect my students. Over 60% of my students are from Latin America, primarily from Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, and they do not often find books that reflect them (most books with Latinx characters are from Mexico or Cuba), so when I learn about one that does, I definitely mark it as a book I want to read. Then if I hear that this book is so wonderfully amazing, I move it up to the top of my list and have my teacher book club read it.


Dream Country
Author: Shannon Gibney
Published September 11th, 2018 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

I finally snagged my copy back from students, and I am so excited to read it. This book follows the lives of five youth within a family tree from the early 1800s to present day. It tackles issues such as slavery and immigration (from my understanding). I am so thrilled to read it, and I’ve heard it is phenomenal.

What book do you hope to get to before the end of the year? 


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