By Laura Matheny, 7th grade language arts teacher
The National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature was released last week. It was a treat to see some familiar books on the list – both Laurel Snyder’s Orphan Island and Rita Williams-Garcia’s Clayton Byrd Goes Underground are in our Junior Unit library, and our middle school students have been voraciously reading Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, which is in their library. You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins will be in the Middle School library (as soon as I finish it!)
A library is never “finished” – we are always adding new books. Check out the National Book Foundation's complete list for 2017.