Top 10 All-Time Favorites from the Last Three Years

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a book feature hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s themed list is Top 10 All-Time Favorites from the last three years. For me, an all-time favorite has to be a book I’ve read more than once–and if I’ve read it more than once in the past three years, you know I like it. (I rarely give myself the pleasure of rereading. Too many new books to get to for the first time.) It’s a book I’ve pushed on everyone I know, a book I’ve made space on a syllabus to teach, a book that has stayed with me, a book that has changed me. This list is a reasonable snapshot of my reading over three years too: picture books, middle-grade, nonfiction, young adult lit, professional development books.

liar and spy

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

story of fish and snail

 Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

what you know first

What You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan


Moonbird by Phillip Hoose

code name

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

this is how you lose her

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

reading in the wild

Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller

mr putter and tabby tea

Mr Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea by Cynthia Ryland


Why School? by Will Richardson

this one summer

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki





10 responses to “Top 10 All-Time Favorites from the Last Three Years”

  1. BookishIlluminations Avatar

    Now I’ve got to add some more books to my TBR! I started Reading in the Wild awhile back and still need to finish it. It’s fantastic! I loved The Book Whisperer. Also, Liar and Spy was wonderful too. I have Code Name Verity as well–that’s definitely a new favorite of mine. Great list, Elisabeth!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I like Reading in the Wild even better than Book Whisperer–if that’s possible, LOL. Her ideas in that book have really helped me improve my Children’s Lit course. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  2. caitlinstern Avatar

    Code Name Verity made me tear up a bit. A good book, though.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes, there were tears for me too–and I’m not much of a crier. Loved that book.

  3. Scott Day Avatar
    Scott Day

    Isn’t Deborah Freedman marvelous. . .all her books! Moonbird is also fascinating. What You Know First is a book I’m not familiar with. It is now on my search list. Thank you

  4. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

    I’m so looking forward to Freedman’s new book this year. Moonbird…. when I read a report last fall that B95 was spotted on his journey–still alive, still migrating–I burst into tears. I can get teary just thinking about it now! I have no idea why I find that so powerfully moving, but I do! Gorgeous writing in What You Know First–a favorite for me to use as a writing prompt in my Comp classes. Inspires some wonderful writing from my students. (Especially since we live on the prairie, which is described so vividly in some of MacLachlan’s books.)

  5. donalynm Avatar

    Thanks for including Reading in the Wild on your favorites list. I am honored to see it alongside some of my favorite books like Phiilip Hoose’s Moonbird!

  6. carriegelson Avatar

    Love that Code Name Verity is here. And Liar and Spy. Loved both of these titles. A lot.

  7. jaydenelizabeth13 Avatar

    I loved what you know first!

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