Do you know about Donalyn Miller’s Book-a-Day Challenge for educators?

This challenge has actually been going on for 8 years but I am just discovering it.

Here are the guidelines as stated by Donalyn:

  • You set your own start date and end date.
  • Read one book per day for each day of summer vacation. This is an average, so if you read three books in one day and none the next two, it still counts.
  • Any book qualifies including picture books, nonfiction, professional books, audio books, graphic novels, poetry anthologies, or fiction—children’s, youth, or adult titles.
  • Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking site like goodreads or Twitter (post using the #bookaday hashtag), a blog, or Facebook page. You do not have to post reviews, but you can if you wish. Titles will do.

Want to know more about the challenge?  Click here.

You can find my #bookaday list on Goodreads.  Goodreads is a great site that keeps track of what you have read and provides space to include what you thought about each book as well.  Follow me on Goodreads here.

I have a long list of books I want to read this summer!  Most of the titles have come from recommendations posted on Nerdy Book Club or other teach Blogs that I follow.  I used to try to buy all the books that looked good but now I check them out of the library (both audio and text versions).

This week I finally got two audiobooks I had to wait a LONG time for.  These are definitely YA books:

ClickHandlerThis book is about a boy who has severe anxiety.  For 3 years Solomon’s anxiety has confined him to his house.  Then a young girl Lisa attempts to cure him.  The text is written from both Solomon’s and Lisa’s perspective switching off between chapters.  This is definitely a YA book as Lisa discusses the desire to have sex with her boyfriend and Solomon comes out that he is gay in the book.

thDumplin’ is overweight high schooler living in Texas where football and the yearly beauty queen pageant are the talk of the town.  This book is filled with typical YA topics fights with friends, boyfriends, death, bullies, sex, and sexuality.  Dumplin’ starts a revolution when she applies to be in the beauty pageant.

I gave both of these books 3 stars (I liked them) but I would not recommend them to anyone below high school.

Will you accept the #bookaday challenge?  Let me know!



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