It’s that time of year — when the children’s library staff go out to the local schools and talk about the summer reading — and some books the kids might enjoy reading.
I need to make a list of the books I’m booktalking, with covers, so that when the kids come to the library and can’t remember the title, they can browse the list. A fun place to put that is my blog. I will provide links to my reviews — though since this was my Newbery year, not all the reviews are posted yet.
[Just a note: Last year I couldn’t publish a list because of being on the Newbery committee. Many of my favorites and 2018 Sonderbooks Stand-outs got booktalked last year.]
My list is more ambitious than I actually end up having time to talk about. But here are the books I booktalked this year, very loosely organized by grade:
Kindergarten to 1st grade:
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins
Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales
Kindergarten to 2nd grade:
Two nonfiction books about chickens:
Two nonfiction books about geography:
1st to 2nd grade:
Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits, by Jason Gough
(Reading about why rabbits eat their own poo is a sure-fire hit!)
2nd to 3rd grade:
Three picture books about inventions:
The Boo-Boos That Changed the World, by Barry Wittenstein
Like dragons? Both of these begin new series:
Two chapter books for animal lovers:
4th to 6th grade:
For these grades this year, I start with “my” Newbery winners!
Merci Suarez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina
The Night Diary, by Veera Hiranandani
The Book of Boy, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The winner for our own library’s Newbery Book Club:
The Flight of Swans, by Sarah McGuire
Two about Escalator Trades:
Two partly told in pictures:
Two about space for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing:
Two for Inventors:
Two great graphic novels:
Two more wonderful novels:
As you can see, I had far too many favorites to get to talk about them all at each school. But it was fun to share those I could, and maybe they’ll check a few more from this list.