My Top 13 Reads of 2013

Two thousand thirteen has been a great year for readers. The variety and quality of books sent me down a rabbit hole of reading unlike any I’d ever experienced before.  I’d like to thank my colleagues, fellow nerdy book club members, and authors everywhere for the inspiration. As there were many books to love, I thought it would be fun to celebrate my top 13 reads from 2013.

Picture Books

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Journey ignites the imagination with each turn of the page.

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I read this one to a group of fourth graders and a group of first graders.

Their reactions were hilarious.

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Beautifully crafted and an empowering read for children everywhere.

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Locomotive was one of my favorites this year.

Middle Grade

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I am in complete awe of this lovely story of great depth and humor.

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Lovely debut novel that my students and I have both enjoyed!

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Magical. Oscar’s journey was simply unforgettable.

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After reading this story in the summer, I knew Willow Chance’s influence would grow throughout the school year.

I’m pleased to find so many students enjoying her heartwarming tale.

Young Adult

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This is a book very close to my heart.

I’ve enjoyed watching students explore and discuss this complex tale.

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Powerful. Honest. Funny. Heartbreaking…All describe Ryan Dean West’s story

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Myers writes about running in a way that was totally realistic.

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I was extremely satisfied with the end of Felton’s journey. I look forward to introducing students to him for years to come.

Adult

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Months after reading The Ocean at The End of The Lane, I am still thinking about it.

What books made your top 13?

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