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!