Each year, I crowdsource the titles on my #MustReadin2019 list from the other #MustRead lists. It’s my favorite way to put together my own list, and it keeps me reading much more happily and willingly than I would if I consulted only myself. I find plenty of books that would have made it onto my own list anyway; I get the nudge I need to move other titles higher on the TBR list; and I always discover a few new-to-me titles that end up being well worth reading.
So far, I’ve finished 6 titles on my list, abandoned one (probably permanently), and am currently reading two more.
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga is an excellent picture book written by a Cherokee author that shows how members of the Cherokee Nation practice gratitude and celebrate throughout the year. Colorful illustrations and interesting back matter add to the appeal.
Meet Yasmin is the first in a new early reader series. I enjoyed the bright illustrations and Yasmin’s zest for life.
Tahereh Mafi’s National Book Award nominee, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, is a YA novel that has stuck with me. I loved the main character, Shirin, who is observant and fierce. Her breakdancing hobby and the post 9/11 setting were interesting. I could have done with less romance, but I imagine the target reading audience will enjoy that part of the book too.
New Kid will definitely be on my list of favorite graphic novels of the year. I especially loved how funny and thoughtful Craft was in depicting the racial microaggressions that many students faced daily, especially from their teachers.
Even if you think you know everything about book access for all kids, you should read Game Changer! Short chapters incorporate all the important research teachers need know if they’re going to build and support powerful independent reading programs in their classrooms. This is one I would consider requiring of my preservice teachers.
My son and I just finished Tight for our latest read-aloud. I loved the strong voice, close connections with parents, and exploration of friendships.
I abandoned A Man Called Ove and doubt I go back to it. The writing style is not for me. I balked just a few pages into the novel when a character “nods pedagogically.” What does that mean? I kept going for another thirty pages or so but couldn’t get past the feeling that these characters were more caricature than character.
I am in the middle of Aida Salazar’s The Moon Within, which keeps surprising me, and very slowly listening to Michelle Obama’s Becoming on audio.