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KYP Christmas 2016 Reading List!!

Dear parents,

There is no greater gift than the joy of reading. I’m not just saying that as an author, I’m saying that as a parent and educator. This Christmas, I am so pleased to present to you my list of recommended reading for children. Some of the books on this list moved me to tears. Others made me laugh out loud. All are literary books, the kind that makes our hearts swell and our minds grow. Please find my recommended reading list here:

<3, Kelly

KYP Reading List Christmas 2016

Ages 6-7

 Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

Clarice Bean, that’s Me by Lauren Child

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

A Dark, Dark Cave by Eric Hoffman

Ages 8-10

 Wonder by R.J. Palacio

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Tales of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

 Ages 10-12

 The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjertson Malone

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Summerlost by Ally Condie

Murder in Midwinter by Fleur Hitchcock

The Road to Ever After by Moira Young

Ages 13+

 The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

I Have A Book Deal!

I Have A Book Deal!

You guys, I have some thrilling news. Last summer, I wrote a middle grade children’s novel for my son Eliot. It was a story that was kind of out there, based on my own bizarre childhood. To my surprise, he loved it and encouraged me to do something with it. So I did and, well, long story short, I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!!!

I’m delighted to announce that my new book will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, the publishers of Harry Potter!! Here’s the announcement in Publisher’s Weekly this morning. It feels amazing and surreal to be able to work with the same world class editors who brought Harry Potter to America! I still remember being 8 years old, a Chinese kid growing up in America, scribbling away, wondering, gee, do I have what it takes? Well, I guess I finally got my answer  :-)  and it just goes to show what I’ve been telling my students for years — writing can take you places!

I so look forward to sharing this book with all of you and with the world!

Much <3,

Kelly

First Post!

Hi guys! This is my very first blog entry! It’s been an incredible summer so far. I’ve been teaching every single day. My students never fail to amaze me! It’s endless fun inspiring them to write, teaching them global thinking, and watching them fall in love with debate and Model United Nations. I love how they’ve all grown leaps and bounds, becoming more confident speakers and insightful writers. This summer, we’ve had students from all over the world come through the doors of KYP, from as far away as Switzerland and England and Australia, and I feel so privileged and honored to teach every single one of them.

On a personal front, my middle son just left for New York with my husband for the summer. My oldest is off at camp in the States (by himself! And loving it! He doesn’t even call me! I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about that!). My daughter is with my mom in California. It’s weird not having my kids around. I miss the endless chatter and giggling. I miss the hyper and the crazy. I even miss the whining. (OK, just a little.)

The house is eerily quiet. The only nice thing about having the house all to myself is I no longer have to hide in the bathroom to read. I’ve been reading some great books recently, like Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick and Lust & Wonder by my favorite author, the almighty Augusten Burroughs who is THE. BEST.

I’d love to hear what your summer reads are!

Cheers,

Kelly