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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:
KYP Reading List Christmas 2016
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
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
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
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
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!
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!