Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2019

For the past few years, I have joined Carrie Gelson of There's a Book for That and a community of other bloggers to make a must-read list for the year ahead. Again, I am joining in the literary fun! I have made a list of middle grade novels, which will publish in 2019, that I am looking forward to reading. I also have a list of professional books that I either have not finished reading or have yet to start. My goal is to finish these before I buy any others! Visit There's a Book for That or check out #MustReadin2019 on Twitter to find out what others will be reading this year.

Middle Grade Reads

These are the middle grade books I plan to read in 2019:

  • Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1 by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth and Illustrated by Robb Mommaerts
  • To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer 
  • Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (A Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) by Carlos Hernandez
  • Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
  • Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-Mcginnis
  • The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander
  • Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron
  • Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
  • Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • The Story Web by Megan Frazer Blakemore
  • Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain

Professional Books

  • Beyond Literary Analysis: Teaching Students to Write with Passion and Authority About Any Text by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O'Dell
  • Understanding Texts & Readers: Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts by Jennifer Serravallo
  • We Got This.: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be by Cornelius Minor
  • What's the Best That Could Happen?: New Possibilities for Teachers & Readers by Debbie Miller


  1. Oh my, except for Shouting In The Rain, all your books are new to me, Lisa. I'm copying so I can look for them. Thanks!

  2. Oh dear, heading off to Goodreads to grow my TBR list. Thanks Lisa!

  3. There are so many good books on your list! I’m also interested in reading Pie in the Sky and Because of the Rabbit. Happy reading!

  4. I am not familiar with any of these titles so it will be great to hear your thoughts about them. Have a great year of reading. I am most interested in the Cornelius Minor. I believe he'll be speaking at a conference I'm attending soon.

  5. All of your middle grade books are new to me so I'll be looking forward to reading your thoughts on them.

  6. Those are some great professional reads. I have a few of those to get to as well! I can't wait for you to read Maybe a Mermaid. I loved it so much!

  7. I am simply repeating what many of our friends have said here. Many of these titles are new to me, and I've just bookmarked this site. Thanks for sharing these!

  8. Thank you so, so much for including Pie in the Sky, Lisa!

  9. To Night Owl from Dogfish keeps popping up in my searches, so I'll be hopefully getting to that one soon. And I'm going to have to check out the professional books on your lists. They look great! I'm new to the community, so I'm grateful to already know so many of you through the #imwayr group! :)