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Debbie’s Reading Journal

Posts about books I’m reading, book recommendations, illustrated book posts. Also see my Bookstagram!


How To Find Time To Read More Books In 2020

The best way to get young people to invest their time in reading is being willing to invest time in it ourselves. At the beginning of every year, I reevaluate my reading habits. I love to read but sometimes I find that reading gets put on the back burner more . . .



Donalyn Miller’s 2019 #BookADay Challenge Has Launched!

(Shortcut to this page, until next year’s updated post here. Also see my #BookADay archives and Donalyn Miller’s official #BookADay post on the Nerdy Book Club site.) Donalyn Miller’s 11th Annual #BookADay Challenge has officially launched! You can read about the history of #BookADay, guidelines and more via Donalyn’s #BookADay post on the Nerdy Book Club . . .



#BookADay: BREAKOUT by Kate Messner, illustrated by Ellen Lindner

Although I’ve been embracing Donalyn Miller’s #BookADay challenge year-round, I don’t always have a chance to post about what I’m reading. You can see my archive of my #BookADay and book recommendation posts here. One of my #BookADay reads: BREAKOUT by Kate Messner, illustrated by Ellen Lindner (Bloomsbury). Also see Debbie’s Reading Journal as well as . . .



#BookADay: THE VERY LAST CASTLE by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett (Abrams)

THE VERY LAST CASTLE is written by Travis Jonker and illustrated by Mark Pett, and I adore the main character, Ibb! This picture book came out from Abrams Books For Young Readers last October. Read the *starred review* in Kirkus! SYNOPSIS: “A curious little girl watches the man who guards the last castle . . .



#BookADay: EMBRACE THE CHICKEN by Mahtab Narsimhan (Orca Currents)

Reading any of Mahtab Narsimhan’s books always make me hungry for Indian food! EMBRACE THE CHICKEN is part of the Orca Currents collection: “short, high-interest novels with contemporary themes written specifically for middle-school students reading below grade level. Reading levels from grade 2.0 to 5.0. Interest level ages 10-14.” A thoroughly enjoyable . . .



How To Find Time To Read More Books In 2019

Now that my eyes are fixed (woohoo!), I have started reading print books again, in addition to other formats. I’m also reevaluating my reading habits. I love to read but sometimes I find that reading gets put on the back burner more often while other activities take priority. Sometimes these activities, . . .




MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press)

Yay, my copy of MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press) now has a signed bookplate! Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂 This book about a young boy’s refugee experience in the Syrian Civil War has received many accolades, and deservedly so. From the New York Times: “If you’ve been wondering how to present the . . .