Best way to spend April Fools‘ Day: Fooling myself that I‘ll read all these books this month! 😉 But it‘s spring break this week, so I should at least get off to a great start. 📚🥳💖
This book was published in 1915, but feels quite modern. A quietly powerful read. Now I want to learn more about its author. I am thankful to Persephone Books for helping me discover this story! This was my July #DoubleSpin pick — finished the last day of the year. 🎊
My oldest & I read the Penderwicks #1 & #2 when they first came out years ago; they were big hits with our mother-daughter book club! I‘d always intended to finish the series, and made it a goal for this year. I did it! The last was as lovely as the first, with the story/setting coming full circle. 💞This was my December #DoubleSpin pick.
My students and I were so excited when this newest John Lewis book became available! Graphic novel format is a gripping way to share history. Excellent back matter includes insights from the artists and authors. This was my November #DoubleSpin pick.
I‘m a huge Margarita Engle fan, and smiled when I saw this was my #BookSpin pick for November. She‘s a genius at sharing historical stories through poetry. Thought this poem from her memoir-in-verse would resonate with the Litsy crowd. 💕
It‘s been awhile since I‘ve spent time with Armand Gamache and the Three Pines community. I‘ve missed them! I especially liked the descriptions of Québec City; I visited once when I was 15 and I‘ve always wanted to go back. I appreciated the author‘s acknowledgments, and that she began this book with them.
This was my October #BookSpin pick.
Like Junie, Darius shows courage as he navigates through life with clinical depression. On his first trip to Iran, he embraces the opportunity to learn about friendship, his family, and his cultural heritage. I loved the gentle pace of this book. This was my September #BookSpin pick.
I‘m a little late with this post, but I wanted to thank @sprainedbrain and the #pemberlittens for inspiring me to pick up Persuasion for re-read in August. I loved it just as much as the first time through — when I bought this clock from the Republic of Pemberley website. ❤️
Volume Two of Beverly Cleary‘s memoir was just as delightful as the first! I especially enjoyed hearing about her variety of experiences as a librarian. And I am so glad she pursued her original goal of being a writer. Her memoir ends with the publication of her first book, Henry Huggins. This was my #doublespin pick for August.
How did I not know about Larry Itliong and his leadership & legacy? He would want our young people to know this history — not of his own work, but of the Filipino farm workers and their important role in the labor movement. He was proud of their impact, and humble about his own. Beautiful illustrations helped me understand and visualize the time, places, and people.
I‘m in the mood for some Mary Oliver poems after reading her Handbook. It is addressed to writers of poetry, but she says readers might get a lot out of it as well. I completely agree! Would be a great foundational text for a class on reading or writing poetry.
(This stack is all the books I am currently reading; the Oliver is my first book finished in August.)
We must listen to Greta, our young people, and climate justice activists. Greta is wise, and so are my students in the Youth Activist Book Club. This was one of their two picks for our summer discussions. It was also my July #BookSpin pick.
@JenniferShepard and I are committed to reading all of Shirley Jackson. This first novel impressed me. Lots of characters to track right off the bat, but once I made this map, the story was easy to follow. And so compelling! This was my May #BookSpin pick.
Summer is just beginning for School Librarian Me; June was a busy month. However, I did end up with a bingo, thanks to a row of free spaces on this month‘s board! I‘m in the middle of the tagged book which was my #bookspin pick. I‘ll finish it up this week.
This book had been sitting on my shelf since I saw Billy Collins speak back in the fall of 2016. He‘s pretty wonderful. These poems were such a treat. If you‘re not a poetry fan, I think Billy Collins could make you one. This was my June #doublespin pick.
This beautiful middle grade novel-in-verse was my #DoubleSpin pick for May. It‘s the story of immigrants escaping from danger and trying to find a place of safety. It‘s a story of the natural migration of people. It‘s a story of how our country‘s immigration policies impact families. I‘m so glad I read it. You all should, too. #BookSpinBINGO
So fun to learn about Beverly‘s childhood and teen years. Echoes of Ramona and The Luckiest Girl.
This is a sweet (if dated) introduction to poetry for young people. I can‘t remember where I first heard about it. Reminded me of the children‘s poetry collection my mom would read from to me. 💕
This book is a masterpiece. Thanks to #authoramonth, I finally got around to reading it! It‘s been on my shelf since 2018 when I was fortunate to here Jesmyn Ward speak. I loved the how the siblings cared for one another. I was wondering if my 11th and 12th graders might be as captivated as I was; this book won an Alex Award in 2012, given each year to “ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults.”
This is the second of two books my librarians book club discussed tonight. We all loved it! Historical fiction that turns to action & adventure in Part Two. The author is a Deaf librarian and you can clearly see her love for the fascinating history of this community and for great stories.
Ha! This one was a lot of fun — a perfect spring break read. Definitely not your typical thriller. Now I‘m debating watching the Netflix series. Anyone recommend?
Thanks to @batsy for the intriguing review, which got me to take a look. 👁
I‘m joining the #AwesomeApril Readathon! School starts again on Monday, so I won‘t have a lot of time to read, but think this will be a nice way to remind myself to pause and refresh. My goals:
📚Finish the book I am currently reading (tagged here).
📚Read the six picture books I have checked out from the library.
📚Read two more books from my April #BookSpinBINGO board.
📚Schedule a curbside library pickup.
Thank you for hosting, @Andrew65 !