Here are the books I would most recommend from my list of 75 books I've read this year... I tried to whittle it down to one or two per genre, but I read some genres more than others! I'm not going to describe them for you - you can check out the complete list with my thoughts for this year here.
I'm not a Marvel fan, but Jason Reynolds hooked me with Miles Morales: Spider Man
From the Holocaust to Syria, these three refugees in Alan Gratz's Refugee really got to my heart.Mystery
Student-recommended fantasy I had categorized under mystery, Victoria Laurie's When took me on a trip I hadn't imagined as of yet... What if someone could see death dates of people? A bit far-fetched, but awesome to watch unfold.
Poetry / Novels-in-Verse
Oh, I read so many novels-in-verse this year! One stood out as true poetry, written in "Tanka." Read Nikki Giovanni's Garvey’s Choice to learn more about Garvey, or to share a quick read-aloud.
Oh my goodness - how many DBC books did I read this year?? The one I've gotten the most satisfaction from is Shift This. It was crazy surreal opening that first box of books Dave and Shelly sent.
Here are the other professional books I've read and enjoyed in 2017:
Casa-Todd, Jennifer - Social LEADia
Chandler, Amber - The Flexible ELA Classroom
Evans, Robert - The Human Side of School Change
Ferriter, William, & Paul Cancellieri -
Creating a Culture of Feedback
Hasson, Julie & Missy Lennard - Unmapped Potential
Hirsch, Joe - The Feedback Fix
Hogan, Aaron - Shattering the Perfect Teacher Myth
McGee, Patty - Feedback that Moves Writers Forward
Miller, Matt - Ditch That Textbook
Musallam, Ramsey - Spark Learning
Nesloney, Todd, and Adam Welcome - Kids Deserve It!
Sheeran, Denis - Instant Relevance
I found another author I love this year - John David Anderson. Pick up Posted and Ms. Bixby’s Last Day for your classroom!
My favorite (I haven't read many, sadly!) adult realistic fiction this year was A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and my favorite novel-in-prose realistic fiction was Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.
I cannot miss sharing with you three other favorites, however - Restart by Gordon Korman, Bluefish by Pat Schmatz, and Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.
I'm not a big fan, but I did love the adult book, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Thanks to a coworker for the recommendation!
LOVED. Wow. Neal Shusterman's Scythe.
Close call - Either Mitali Perkins' Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices or James Howe's 13.
Again, not a big fan - I'm working on it! Top Prospect by Paul Volponi gets my vote this year. Please suggest more for me in the comments below!
What are your favorites this year? Please share in the comments below or tag your own post so I can add them to my "to read" list!