Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Books I'm Reading in 2020

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. In 2019, I read all of the middle grade books that were on my #MustReadIn2019 list and enjoyed each one. I had some professional books on my list, but I only read one out of four. The one I did read - We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be by Cornelius Minor - is fantastic. This year, I again, made a list of books to read in the new year. I have a list that is "mostly middle grade with a few young adult titles" and, rather than professional books this year, I made a list of picture books. These are all books, publishing in 2020, that have come across my radar and I am eager to read. To find out what others will be reading in the year ahead, follow #MustReadin2020.

Middle Grade/Young Adult

I have a number of advance reader's copies of upcoming 2020 books in my to-be-read stack. Many of these I received when I attended the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in November. These twelve are among those that I am most excited about:
  • The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington
  • Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner
  • Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
  • Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan
  • Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn
  • The Space Between Lost and Found by Sandy Stark-McGinnis
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds
  • Thank You for Coming to My TED Talk: A Teen Guide to Great Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
  • Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson 
  • Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang

Picture Books

Each of these picture books sounds amazing and I can't wait until they publish to read them:
  • Bear Goes Sugaring by Maxwell Eaton III
  • The Bear in My Family by Maya Tatsukawa
  • Dandelion's Dream by Yoko Tanaka
  • Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex
  • Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage by Jerdine Nolen
  • The Heart of a Whale by Anna Pignataro
  • Hike by Pete Oswald
  • In a Jar by Deborah Marcero
  • Nesting by Henry Cole
  • 'Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis
  • A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan
  • The Society of Distinguished Lemmings by Julie Colombet
  • Story Boat by Kyo Maclear
  • A Way with Wild Things by Larissa Theule
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom


  1. Love that we have some of the same titles on our lists! I just finished reading A Place at the Table and absolutely loved it. I love that you included picture books in your must reads. What a good idea! You may have encouraged me to choose some from my TBR and write another blog post. Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

    1. With two amazing authors, I'm pretty sure I'll love A Place at the Table, too. Glad I inspired you to make a list of PBs!

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