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Book Recommendations for the Holiday Break

I’m sure that it will come as no surprise to you that I love books! I love to read! I love talking about books with students, teachers, parents, and friends. I love discovering new books for our library and finding resources for our classroom teachers. Nothing pleases me more than to hear about a student who has come across a new favorite book. It is sharing their excitement that really makes my day!

I came across an article the other day on a website and blog for teachers that talks about “How to Stop Killing the Love of Reading” by educator Jennifer Gonzalez. She says that if she had “to pick one thing that makes the biggest difference in the quality of any person’s education, the quality of their life, really, it would be reading…I’m talking about reading for pleasure, to satisfy curiosities, to understand how people work and find solace in knowing we are not the only ones who think and feel the way we do”.

I whole-heartedly agree with this belief. This is why I love the library at Oakhill. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to help facilitate this kind of reading for our students. There is no grade for library on their report cards. I feel strongly about being there to provide support in academic areas of their school life. However, it is my passion to help connect them to the books and the stories that will make a difference in their lives.

Encourage your students to read for the fun of it. Enjoy reading with your children – even if it is the same book over and over again. We’re never too old to be read to ~ take turns reading with your older students. Reading is a great way to exercise the muscles of our brains. A book is a wonderful workout! Looking for something to read over the holidays? Check out these lists for young and young-at-heart readers.

-Mrs. Feaster

Great Picture Books – 2017

  • We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio
  • Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
  • A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins
  • The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  • Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell
  • After the Fall by Dan Santat
  • Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Animal Ark by Kwame Alexander
  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
  • Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley and Stephanie Graegin
  • Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Read it before you see the movie!)
  • Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey
  • Hey Baby: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature’s Nursey by Stephanie Warren Drimmer
  • Click, Clack, Moo – I Love You by Doreen Cronin
  • Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
  • North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Barnyard Boogie! by Tim McCanna
  • Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds
  • Curious Constructions: A Peculiar Portfolio of 50 Fascinating Structures by Michael Hearst
  • Go Sleep in Your Own Bed by Candace Fleming
  • Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall
  • Nope! by Drew Sheneman
  • Fergus and the Greener Grass by Jean Abernethy
  • What the Dinosaurs Did at School by Refe and Susan Tuma

Great Chapter Books

  • Puppy Pirates #6: Pug vs. Pug by Erin Soderberg
  • The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
  • The Crystal Caverns series by Katrina Charman and Jeremy Norton
  • The Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma by Kelly Thompson
  • Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice by Kristi Yamaguchi and Karen Chen
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Great Books for 4th Grade ~ Middle School

  • The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barlcay Moore
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Auggie and Me by R. J. Palacio
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
  • The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  • My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
  • A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander
  • Restart by Gordon Korman
  • Dollmaker of Krakow by RM Romero
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz

Great Books for Moms and Dads

  • The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma
  • Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom
  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son by Martin Sheen & Emilio Estevez
  • The Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life by Richard Paul Evans
  • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel
  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent, and Ron Hall
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  • Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
  • Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Locket by Richard Paul Evans
  • The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
  • The Christmas Box Collection – The Christmas Box, The Letter, and The Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans
Posted by in Recommendations on Thursday December, 14, 2017


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