What We’re Reading in February 2017

20 great reads this month for picture books, middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, and poetry.

What We're Reading in February 2017

For this month’s reading list, we found inspiration in the Notable Books list released each January from the Association for Library Service to Children. They name the Newbery and Caldecott winners each year, so they definitely have great standards in place for recognizing amazing books. For our YA picks, we took recommendations from the recent YALSA Awards (Young Adult Library Services Association). We hope this gives you some new reading material to check out!

 

PICTURE BOOKS

1. Go, Otto, Go! by David Milgrim

Because it’s a Geisel Honor Book, and it involves a lovable robot named Otto.

2. Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman

Because it involves two unlikely friends and the power of forgiveness.

3. Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

Because it’s a Caldecott Honor Book, and it involved a grandmother looking for some peace and quiet.

4. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex

Because it’s this school building’s first day of school…and the nerves are everywhere!

MIDDLE GRADE

5. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Because the main character is determined to learn how to read big chapter books like her friend, Rosabelle.

6. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Because it’s a Newbery Medal Book, and it explores the magical powers of a great main character, Luna.

7. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Because with humor and hope, these kids are trying to find their places in the world.

8. The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

Because a magic watch is involved, and who wouldn’t love to have one of those?

YOUNG ADULT

9. The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

Because women are defending the world from evil forces. Enough said.

10. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Because at the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story.

11. Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

Because it’s a choose-your-own graphic novel about Romeo and Juliet.

12. Arena by Holly Jennings

Because virtual gaming takes us to a whole new world!

 

NONFICTION

13. Brown v. Board of Education by Susan Goldman Rubin

Because it’s a thorough look at the Supreme Court Case that ended segregation.

14. Presenting Buffalo Bill by Candace Fleming

Because you’ll get a whole new understanding of famous William “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

15. Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari

Because it’ll give you a whole new look at coyotes.

16. Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins

Because let’s face it…frogs are pretty fabulous!

 

POETRY

17. When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano

Because this book is filled with diverse characters, beautiful poems, and it celebrates the changing seasons.

18. Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

Because it helps kids figure out what poetry is and how you can find it in the world around you.

19. Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

Because it involves great jazz musicians, New York City, paintings, and poems.

20. Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes

Because it’s a novel told in tanka poems and has a beautiful message about having a love of music.

Posted by Stacy Tornio

Stacy Tornio is a senior editor with WeAreTeachers. Nearly everyone in her family is a teacher. So she decided to be rebellious and write about teachers instead.

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