Resolutions really aren’t my thing. I’m much better at setting goals and working toward them. That way, I’m always making progress.
At school, we always challenge our students to, in the words of Lucy Calkins, “outgrow themselves as readers.” January is the perfect time to check our progress and set new goals. Knowing that many of our students need help choosing titles, we’ve adapted The Strand Book Store’s “Reads-olutions” (I know; I said I don’t like resolutions, but this is too catchy to pass up.) to guide them.
I always tell kids that these categories are only suggestions, and really, as long as they keep reading, they’re achieving their goal. I do share with them my reads-olutions (aka goals), and tell them that I almost never read every book I plan to, but always read many more that I didn’t know about when I made my list.
With that in mind, here are several titles I hope to read in 2019:
- Book about the planet:
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems, by Rachel Ignotofsky
- Book that takes place in Connecticut/by a Connecticut Author:
I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
- Book by a debut author (also covering Book with a one word title):
Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt
- Book about a historical female figure:
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, by Helaine Becker
- Book translated from another language:
Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr (translated from Norwegian)
- A Newbery Award winner:
Although I haven’t read every Newbery winner, I’ve read many of them. Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata is the most recent winner I haven’t read. Of course, if I haven’t read this year’s winner, I’ll add that to my list.
As always, I’ll continue to chip away at the mountains of books already scattered around my house, waiting to be read! Thanks to Betsy Bird for her fabulous blog, A Fuse 8 Production, and her incredible series, 31 Days/31 Lists. Many of these titles came from these posts. The Nerdy Book Club also has wonderful year-end lists if you need more suggestions.
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2019?
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