Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reading List 2015

Here's an archived copy of my reading list for this year. I'll be keeping up the new list here: http://mlisunderstanding.blogspot.com/p/reading-list.html

I would recommend the bolded titles with enthusiasm, and I enjoyed the italicized titles but probably wouldn't read them again.

[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling]
0.5.* Travel Advisory: Stories of Mexico, by David Lida

1. The World's Strongest Librarian, by Josh Hanagarne
2. When Rabbit Howls, by The Troops for Truddi Chase
3. Mortal Coils, by Eric Nylund
4. Closer to Home, by Mercedes Lackey
5. Unstoppable Octobia May, by Sharon Flake
6. Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars, by Daniel Pinkwater
7. Slaves of Spiegel, by Daniel Pinkwater
7.5.* The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, by Daniel Pinkwater
8. Hild, by Nicola Griffith
9. A Matter of Souls, by Denise Lewis Patrick
10. Let Me In, by John Ajvide Lindqvist 
11. Kinda Like Brothers, by Coe Booth
12. Trans-Sister Radio, by Chris Bohjalian
[The Outcast, by Jolina Petersheim]
13. A Hopeful Heart, by Amy Clipston
14. An Unlikely Alliance, by Patricia Bray
15. God Still Don't Like Ugly, by Mary Monroe
16. The Night House, by Rachel Tafoya
17. Among Others, by Jo Walton
18. Earth Unaware, by Orson Scott Card
19. The Full Cupboard of Life, by Alexander McCall Smith
20. Fall of Giants, by Ken Follett

21. Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson
22. Dad is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan
23. When You Make It Home, by Claire Ashby
24. The Candy Shop War, by Brandon Mull
25. Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, by Laura Bates
25.5.* Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan
26. Son, by Lois Lowry
27. Little House on Rocky Ridge, by Roger Lea MacBride
28. Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson
29. Firebirds Soaring: An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction, edited by Sharyn November
30. The Elite, by Kiera Cass
30.5.* Precocia: The Sixth Circle of Heck, by Dale E. Basye
31. The One, by Kiera Cass
32. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, by Terry Ryan
33. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini
34. Her, by Harriet Lane
34.5.* xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, by Kate Bernheimer
35. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life,  by Annette Lareau
36. Fire in the Streets, by Kekla Magoon
37. Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland
38. Goodhouse, by Peyton Marshall
39. What I Thought was True, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
40. grl2grl, by Julie Anne Peters
41. The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
42. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
43. Hate List, by Jennifer Brown
44. The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
44.5.* Clever Girl, by Tessa Hadley
45. War Brides, by Helen Bryan
46. Before I Go to Sleep, by S.J. Watson
47. Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League, by Jonathan Odell
48. One for the Murphys, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
49. The Way Back from Broken, by Amber J. Keyser
50. Never Said, by Carol Lynch Williams
51. XVI, by Julia Karr 
52. Gabi: A Girl in Pieces, by Isabel Quintero
53. The Queen of Water, by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango
54. We Could be Brothers, by Derrick Barnes
55. House of Thieves, by Charles Belfoure
56. Fat Angie, by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
57. The Kid, by Sapphire
58. Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown
59. The Porcupine of Truth, by Bill Konigsberg
60. Hungry, by H.A. Swain
61. Bindi Babes, by Navinder Dhami
62. Cruel and Unusual, by Patricia Cornwell
63. I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister, by Amelie Sarn
64. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
65. More Happy Than Not, by Adam Silvera
65.5.* The Crazy Horse Electric Game, by Chris Crutcher
66. Herb of Grace, by Adina Senft
67. Colman, by Monica Furlong
68. Earth Afire, by Orson Scott Card
69. The Accident Season, by Mo├»ra Fowley-Doyle
69.5.* Young, Poor, and Pregnant: The Psychology of Teenage Motherhood, by Judith S. Musick
70. Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar, edited by Mercedes Lackey
71. Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar, edited by Mercedes Lackey
72. Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar, edited by Mercedes Lackey
73. No True Way: All-New Tales of Valdemar, edited by Mercedes Lackey
74. Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary D. Schmidt
75. The Islands at the End of the World, by Austin Aslan
75.5.* Earth Awakens, by Orson Scott Card
76. Stotan! by Chris Crutcher
77. Period 8, by Chris Crutcher
77.5.* Leaving, by Richard Dry
78. Dime, by E.R. Frank
79. First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover, by Mitali Perkins
80. Viral Nation, by Shaunta Grimes
81. Stranger, by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith
82. Rebel Nation, by Shaunta Grimes
83. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
83.5.* Are You My Mother?, by Alison Bechdel
84. ROAD to Fatherhood: How to Help Young Dads Become Responsible and Loving Parents, by Jon Morris
85. Dangerous, by Shannon Hale
86. Ruthless, by Carolyn Lee Adams
87. Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby
88. Court of Fives, by Kate Elliott
88.5.* The Youngest Parents, by Robert Coles
89. Damage Done, by Amanda Panitch
90. The Storyspinner, by Becky Wallace
90.5.* Armada, by Ernest Cline
91. Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, edited by Ann Angel
92. Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley
93. Raising Heaven, by Patrick Jones
94. Guarding Secrets, by Patrick Jones
95. Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older
96. Bridge, by Patrick Jones
97. An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
97.5.* Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson
98. Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
99. NEED, by Joelle Charbonneau
99.5.* Best Boy, by Eli Gottlieb
100. After the Red Rain, by Barry Lyga
100.5.* Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker
101. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King 

101.5.* This Monstrous Thing, by Mackenzi Lee

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reading List 2014

Here's an archived copy of my reading list for this year. I'll be keeping up the new list here: http://mlisunderstanding.blogspot.com/p/reading-list.html

I would recommend the bolded titles with enthusiasm, and I enjoyed the italicized titles but probably wouldn't read them again.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Read Aloud Roundup: December 2014

It can be hard to find winter holiday books that are appropriate for public school. Naturally, many of them are explicitly religious. Our community foundation is the arm of a church (admittedly one that recognizes many faith paths), and I'm sensitive to the appearance that we're preaching to the classroom. At the same time, most of the students are African-American or Latino and celebrate Christmas with their families, which I want to acknowledge. Additionally, some of the winter-themed stories focus a lot on snow... which San Francisco kids just don't have. So I usually use the December Read Aloud to introduce diverse or interfaith/intercultural holiday traditions. This year it falls in the middle of Hanukkah, and several of the books are about that celebration. Discussion usually centers on family traditions and what the children will do over their winter break.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Read Aloud Roundup: February 2014

Black History Month came again, with a new round of children's books! Some favorite authors and illustrators made their appearance -- Jacqueline Woodson, Andrea Davis Pinkney, and Kadir Nelson are always excellent choices. My wife reminds me that I should seek out biographies of activists like Bayard Rustin (watched this documentary today) and Malcolm X (for kids? maybe middle school) for next year. I had an overflow of books about African-American women, so a couple will be featured in March for Women's History Month.

I had some trouble finding accurate and thoughtful books suitable for our youngest students, so both kindergarten classes were assigned poetry -- one short poem per book, which was closer to the usual picturebook experience than the anthologies I'd tried earlier this year. Still, the big ideas behind the little words means more work for the volunteer reader leading the discussion. If I'd had unlimited time and funds, I would have tried to find something better for kindergarten.




Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Reading List 2013

Here's an archived copy of my reading list for this year. I'll be keeping up the new list here: http://mlisunderstanding.blogspot.com/p/reading-list.html

I would recommend the bolded titles with enthusiasm, and I enjoyed the italicized titles but probably wouldn't read them again.