In January, I made a list of "must reads" for 2017 along with Carrie Gelson of There's a Book for That and a community of other bloggers who have also made #MustReadin2017 lists. Reading over the lists that other bloggers gave me lots of titles to add to my own ever-growing to-be-read list. I am looking forward to reading about the progress others have made on their lists.
My #MustReadin2017 List
Middle Grade Books I Have ReadI have read just over half of the fifteen books on my must read list of middle grade reads. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold has been on of my favorite books this year. You can read more of my thoughts about it here. I also really enjoyed Moon Shadow by Erin Downing. The book was an interesting blend of reality and fantasy with a great message. I'd also put Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan at the top of my list because I found it to be an interesting and meaningful story. I also read Catstronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington. This is a fun graphic novel that is becoming a student favorite. The other books I have read from my list include: The Gumazing Gum Girl! by Rhode Montijo, The House of Months and Years by Emma Trevayne, One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale. I have written about all of these books throughout my weekly It's Monday! What Are You Reading? posts.
Professional Books I Have ReadI have read two of the four professional books on my list.
I read Literacy Conversations in the Classroom: Deepening Understanding of Nonfiction and Narrative by Diane Barone and Rebecca Barone. The book has some useful ideas about engaging students in meaningful talk about their reading.
I also read What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, Grades 3-8: Your Moment-to-Moment Decision-Making Guide by Gravity Goldberg and Renee Houser. This is a fantastic professional read with many ideas and lessons for teaching nonfiction reading. The authors also provide useful insight into how they make decisions about what to teach students next. I am looking forward to reading the companion title that focuses on fiction reading.
Books I Still Need to Read
I still have seven middle grade books on my list to read. Many of these have not yet been published so I am eagerly anticipating reading them. I have a copy of Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinsion so this will probably be part of my reading stack next week. I have two professional books on my list to read. I have a copy of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seidenberg, but have not yet picked it up. In a Voxer book group, I recently read and discussed David Sousa's How the Brain Learns to Read so I would like to read learn more about the brain and reading which I think I will in Seidenberg's book. Vicki Vinton's Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading: Shifting to a Problem-Based Approach because is also on my to-be-read list. I attended the Massachusetts Reading Association Conference (with many wonderful speakers such as Donalyn Miller, Mr. Schu, Steven Layne, and Nancie Atwell) this past week and I got a coy there so I will be getting to it soon.