In January, I made a list of "must reads" for 2018 along with Carrie Gelson of There's a Book for That and a community of other bloggers. Now that we are a few months into the year, the #MustReadin2018 community is sharing the progress they have made on their reading lists. I am sharing my progress along with them. Check Carrie Gelson's blog or the Twitter hashtag to read about others' reading and get ideas to add to your own to-be-read list.
My #MustReadin2018 List
Middle Grade Books
The twelve middle grade titles on my list this year are all 2018 releases. So far I have read nine of them.
- Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender is a beautifully written book about a young girl in the U.S. Virgin Islands dealing with struggles with friends and family.
- The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani, The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson, and Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O'Connor are all historical fiction books with important and relevant themes.
- Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana Arnold is as wonderful as the first book in the series.
- Maggie & Abby's Neverending Pillow Fort by Will Taylor is magical and clever. If I was a kid, I think I would build a pillow fort immediately after reading this one.
- Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers is an fun and imaginative story for early chapter book readers.
- Breakout by Kate Messner, written completely in letters, text messages, poems, and other short forms of writing, is a compelling read that addresses prejudice and racism.
- You Go First is anther fantastic book by Newberry Award Winner Erin Entrada Kelly. It's a book about the challenges of friendship in middle school that many readers will be able to relate to. I enjoyed all of these reads for various reasons.
This year, I put four professional books on my list. I read the following:
Culturize: Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes by Jimmy Casas
I am currently reading:
Literacy Essentials: Engagement, Excellence, and Equity for All Learners by Regie Routman
Still on my list to read:
Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers by Ruth Ayres