2015 Books: First Quarter

I read 76 total books during the first quarter of 2015.  Officially, that’s: 48 picture books, 18 middle grade novels, 5 adult books, 3 young adult books, and 2 audiobooks.  Here’s my top ten reads from this quarter:

10. I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson.  My fifth graders this year love this series and I hadn’t read it before, so I’m filling that gap.  This was funny and sad at the same time.  I loved how inspiring Jamie is.

9. The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena.  I am in love with how diverse children’s literature has become.  This was a beautiful picture book with a beautiful message.

8. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.  I can’t keep graphic novels on the shelf and I know my students will clamor for this book.  Great story of empowerment and never giving up.  

7. Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony.  Beckham and I loved this tale of a panda trying to give away his box of doughnuts.  Great reminder that manners are important.

6. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.  I devoured this in two days during our snow week.  I love books told in flashback and this was so engrossing.

5. The Way to Stay in Destiny by August Scattergood.  How can I resist a book that mentions Boone County, Kentucky as the main character’s former home?  This was a beautiful snapshot of life in the 70s and how politics can tear a family apart.

4. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  I am sorry I did not read the 2015 Newbery winner sooner.  Novels in verse are one of my gap areas and I am working to fix that.  I love the unique voice in this book.

3. A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins.  I loved this so much that I borrowed it from the library two different times.  Beautifully illustrated with lots of uses in the classroom.

2. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan.  I.  Love.  This.  Book.  I expect to hear the title a lot at various book award ceremonies throughout 2015.  Don’t be intimidated by its 600 pages.  It reads swiftly.

1. The Truth about Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh.  I liked this book at first because it included recipes.  Then the story grabbed me and wouldn’t let it.  I literally read the last 100 pages with goosebumps amid shouts of, “What?! No way!” 

I’m looking forward to some great reads in spring and early summer! 

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