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Twenty-Twenty Class Favorites

 It's been a year. I think it's safe to say that if you published a book, especially your debut novel, in 2020, your book deserves to be on all the lists. For this list, I'm including the MG books published in 2020 that have been the most widely read in our sixth grade classroom. Hopefully, you'll find a few books that slipped under your radar this year. May the new year bring you joy, peace, and books!

Flight of the Puffin Review

Synopsis:  One small act of kindness ripples out to connect four kids in this stirring novel by the author of the beloved  The Benefits of Being an Octopus . Libby comes from a long line of bullies. She wants to be different, but sometimes that doesn’t work out. Now she's suspended again. On the opposite side of the country lives Vincent, a kid who loves the mathematician Katherine Johnson and being a non-conformist, who’s trying hard not to get stuffed into lockers at his new school. But that’s not working out too well either.   Nearby is T, who couldn’t take living at home anymore and is determined to survive on a rainy sidewalk. And then there’s Jack, a big-hearted kid so engaged in the fight to keep his small rural school open that he’s lost focus on the ones who need him most. Four kids. Four different lives. And then… one card with a message of hope takes flight and starts a chain reaction, helping each kid summon the thing they need, whether it’s bravery, empathy, or underst

Sophie Washington - Middle Grade Short Series

  Sophie Washington Book Series By: Tonya Duncan Ellis Tonya Duncan Ellis loves to travel and has visited 49 American states, 20 countries, and three continents, but some of her best journeys have been between the pages of a novel. As a girl she could always be found with a book in her hand, and reading is still one of her favorite hobbies. When she's not reading or writing, the author likes to ride her bike, swim, and spend time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.   Find out more at Sophie Washington is a book series all about Sophie and the things she goes through as a typical 5th grade student. Sophie Washington My BFF is the 10th installment in this wonderful series.  *Click the image to purchase. Affiliate link from Amazon.  An entertaining series that celebrates friendship, diversity, and anti-racism, these engaging, illustrated, middle grade chapter books are a great addition to classroom and homeschool libraries and deli

The ABCs of Black History - Review and Recommendation

  A MUST HAVE IN YOUR CLASSROOM!  TEACHERS OF ALL GRADE LEVELS K-12  USE THIS PICTURE BOOK IN SO MANY WAYS:  DISCUSSION RECREATION ILLUSTRATIONS RESEARCH KNOWLEDGE GROWTH UNDERSTANDING  “ An impressive array of names, events, and concepts from Black history are introduced in this alphabet book for early-elementary readers . . . Readers will feel pride and admiration for the resilience and achievements of Black people and a call to participate in the ‘unfinished . . . American tale.’” - Kirkus  starred review   "Be prepared to learn more than 26 nuggets of information from this rendition of the alphabet...The layers of history are plentiful and complex....A useful mentor text for writing projects, a springboard for research, and an essential addition to classroom libraries." - Booklist Written by  Pushcart-nominated- poet ,  Rio Cortez and illustrated by  newcomer  Lauren Semmer,  THE ABCs of BLACK HISTORY   uses the alphabet as a frame to introduce Black history.  Beginning w


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