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Spring Into New Book Recommendations

Earlier this week, Executive Director Emily Kirkpatrick and NCTE President-Elect and Program Chair for the 2018 NCTE Annual Convention Franki Sibberson traveled to Houston, Texas, to meet with teachers from the Houston Independent School District. Franki is a huge proponent of reading and student-driven reading choices, so it came as no surprise that her presentation focused on sharing some of her favorite books.

With spring break just around the corner, we thought you might be interested in checking out some of her recommendations too!



Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López

Read! Read! Read! by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke


Wordless Picture Books

Small Things by Mel Tregonning

Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin


Picture Books with Important Messages

Love by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

Come with Me by Holly M. McGhee, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

Windows by Julia Denos, illustrated by E. B. Goodale

The Digger and the Flower and Rulers of the Playground by Joseph Kuefler


Recent Award-Winning Books I Love

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James (Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Honor Book)

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Newbery Medal Winner)

Shelter by Céline Claire, illustrated by Qin Leng (Huck Award Recommended Book)

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green (Schneider Family Book Award Winner)

Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman (Sibert Medal Winner)


Middle Grade Novels

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern


Brand New/Hot off the Press Books

Islandborn by Junot Díaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor


Nonfiction Picture Books

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison

I am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland

The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Wechsler

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris

How to be an Elephant by Katherine Roy

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw, photographs by Matt Carr

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale, illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare


My Recent Recommended Adult/YA Reading

Eleanor Olipant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Tradition by Brendan Kiely

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Heart Talk: Poetric Wisdom for a Better Life by Cleo Wade


2018 Books I Am Excited to Read Soon

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

Good Rosie! by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illustrated by Nicholas Gannon

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt


How Do I Find Books?

We Need Diverse Books


Nerdy Book Club

A Year of Reading

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