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Hopeful Books to Engage Your Students -- The Long List




In Wednesday's episode, we're discussing books we think would make great recommendations for the students and young people in our lives. These books, including works by some of our favorite authors such as Jason Reynolds, John Green, R. J. Palacio, and Nicola Yoon, would be great books for students to read on their own during this difficult time in our world. Some of these books are middle grade whereas others are solidly YA literature, but they are all excellent books with hopeful messages. What are you reading and recommending? Let us know here or on social media, and be sure to check out our episode!


Our Recommendations

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s What If It’s Us

Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Cece Bell’s El Deafo

John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down

Julie Murphy's Dumplin’ (Don’t miss our episodes where we talked about this -- Ep 63 is about the book & Ep 64 is about the Netflix adaptation)

Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (We discussed the book series and film adaptation on Ep 90)

Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl

R. J. Palacio’s Wonder

R. J. Palacio’s Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories (including The Julian Chapter), White Bird: A Wonder Story

Jason Reynolds’s Track series or When I Was the Greatest (or any of his other works) (Check out Ep 34 where we talked about several of his books that we love!)

Aisha Saeed’s Amal Unbound (We discuss this one, which was a Global Read Aloud pick in 2019, on Ep 39.)

Raina Telgemeier’s Drama and Guts

Angie Thomas’s On the Come Up

David Yoon’s Frankly in Love

Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star (Ep 75 - book to film adaptation)

Ibi Zoboi’s Pride (Check out Ep 61 where we talk about Zoboi’s Pride and her novel American Street)


#bookishfaves #yalit #middlegrade #romance #realisticfiction


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