This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts
and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers.
It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.
Happy belated New Year's to all! I can't believe this is my first #IMWAYR post since August! I had to slow down blogging because life was getting to be too much of everything. Between school (and that word is a loaded statement because anyone dealing with working with children in any capacity during this ongoing pandemic knows that it's more than we could ever sit down and write) and my daughter's junior year of high school and ongoing college search and our home renovations, it was TOO much. It still is. I can't go back to regular blogging, but I can do some. I'm not even going to say it will be a regularly posted amount. When I can, I will, and when I can't, I won't.
I've also gone back and looked at my posts from the year and seen what readership is. I can say that blogging readership has gone done. I think with the rise of social media, it's very easy to find book titles in quick social media posts instead of reading through a blog. Keeping that in mind, how I blog may change. In a list post such as this, I'll try and keep descriptions to a minimum so quick scanning can occur. Unless I feel like you really need to know more! When a post is spotlighting a book, there will be some longer descriptions, including how it can be used.
And we'll see where 2022 takes us! I still have stacks of books to get through and when I blog, that takes up reading time. Have to find a balance and when the book stacks are tipping over, it definitely means I need more reading time!
The second week of Winter Break had me plowing through book stacks. And as much as I read, I have more stacks to get through! Here are some favorites.
Recent Picture Books
Let Me Fix You a Plate by Elizabeth Lilly
Sam Is My Sister by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
There's a Ghost In This House by Oliver Jeffers
The Longest Letsgoboy by Derick Wilder
Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham
From the Tops of the Trees by Kao Kalia Yang
Aaron Slater, Illustrator - by Andrea Beaty
Off-Limits by Helen Yoon
Wildfire! by Ashley Wolff
Three Ways to be Brave by Karla Clark
Fly by Brittany J. Thurman
Recent Nonfiction Picture Books
Pura's Cuentos by Annette Bay Pimentel
Battle of the Butts by Jocelyn Rish
With Great Power: the Marvelous Stan Lee by Annie H. Eriksen
What's in Your Pocket? by Heather L. Montgomery
A Dinosaur Named Ruth by Julia Lyon
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson
I'm Trying to Love Garbage by Bethany Barton
The Genius Under the Table by Eugene Yelchin
Recent Middle Grade and Young Adult
Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee
When Winter Robeson Came by Brenda Woods
Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed (publishes Feb. 1st)
Alias Anna by Susan Hood (publishes March 22nd)
Stuntboy In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera
You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (publishes Feb. 1st)
Hope you found a book or two to add to your reading pile. Now it's time to get back to mine!