This summer, I participated in the Book-A-Day Challenge created by Donalyn Miller, an inspiring educator from Texas. Normally, I describe myself as an avid reader but sometime life just swirls at such a pace that reading moves to the bottom of the priority list. I love that the Book-A-Day challenge helped me make time for reading. Part of my goal was to chip away at my very long to-be-read (TBR) pile, but alas the Book-A-Day community on Twitter actually made my list much longer as they shared all of their wonderful finds with the Twitter hashtag #bookaday. Although my TBR is much longer than when I started, I’m greatful and inspired by the recommendations and look forward to diving in to them. Many, many thanks to Donalyn!
My goal this year was 75 books in 75 days. I meet the goal and along the way re-read some wonderful books but also had the opportunity to read many new books to me for both kids and adults. Below are some highlights of my summer reading, in no particular order:
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- Library Lion, written by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (picture book)
- Brave Irene, written and illustrated by William Steig (picture book)
Favorite Picture Books:
- The Dunderheads, written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by David Roberts. Ages 6-12
- Hooray for Amanda and her Alligator, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Ages 4-8
- Weslandia, written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Ages 6-12.
- Flotsam, by David Weisner, ageless
Favorite Early Chapter book:
- Marty McGuire, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Brian Floca. Grades 2-4
Favorite Middle Grades Chapter book:
- Room, by Emma Donoghue
“New to me” authors I’m excited about: