Secret Santa Review


It’s no secret that I love this book!

Secret Santa by Sabrina James follows several students from North Ridge High as they participate in their school’s yearly Secret Santa activity. Noelle hopes to impress the popular boy-next-door while her best friend, Lilly, can’t wait for the holidays to end after her boyfriend broke up with her for another girl. Meanwhile, dorky Froggy hopes to leave the best presents ever for his crush, the beautiful beach girl Celia, who is too busy perfecting her own gifts for the school’s bad boy. Throw in some catty mean girls and some unexpected love interests and Secret Santa becomes a lot more than North Ridge expected.

Secret Santa is one of those books that bring backs nostalgia for me. My sister and I read this book so much in high school, the book’s spine is extremely cracked. I remember hoping that someone would make a movie of this book because I loved it so much. Reading it again, I had just as much fun reading this book as I did in high school. It definitely should appear on more YA Christmas reads lists!

I think one of the reasons this book is so successful is that it is extremely thought out. Readers get to see the points of views of so many different characters in the book, just like the movies Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve. As a result, we see all the little hiccups and misunderstandings along the way. When everything comes to a head at the Christmas dance at the end of the story, it is resolved in a comedic way that pulls from multiple story lines throughout the book. Just like a Christmas present, this book wraps up all of the story lines in a sweet and satisfying way.

Even though I really enjoy this book, some people may be put off on how stereotypical the characters are or how they book is written (it is very 2007 and includes many media and fashion references that date the book). However, the writing style flows nicely which makes the book a quick read. This book always manages to bring a smile on my face and put me in the Christmas spirit. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book that is not only wintry, but completely about Christmas.

Overall, Secret Santa is a fun and fluffy book that will remind you of your favorite high school movie. I give this book four out of five stars.




Library Book Haul


One of the greatest gifts to any book lover is the public library. You can discover tons of new books before committing to purchasing it. With hardcover books being around $20, it’s nice to pick out a new book without being afraid of disliking it. Here are the four books that I recently checked out of my library:

  • Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Guitar Notes

I never heard of Guitar Notes before spotting it in the YA section of my local library. However, I was looking for a cute, fluffy book and this seemed like it would be perfect! Guitar Notes by Mary Amato follows two students, Tripp and Lyla, as they share a music practice space in school and become friends as they leave notes in the music.

  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

I’ve heard of Under Rose-Tainted Skies, but didn’t know too much about reviews of this book before going into it. Under Rose-Tainted Skies follows Norah, a girl with obsessive compulsive disorder and agoraphobia after she meets a cute boy next door.

  • Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

I had seen Warcross everywhere and heard positive reviews for it, so I decided to pick it up after spotting at the library. I started The Young Elites by Marie Lu, but never finished it because I didn’t particularly care for the story. However, Warcross seems a little more up my alley. Warcross follows a teenage hacker whose identity is revealed after a glitch in a game. She is then invited by the game’s elusive inventor to spy on the worldwide tournament.

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

I’ve seen this book a lot of heard decent reviews for it, so I decided to pick it up when I saw it in my library. Wonder Woman: Warbringer is the origin story for Wonder Woman. I’m not usually interested in books based on comic book characters and super heroes after a movie is released, but I do like Leigh Bardugo’s writing so I thought this could be an exception to the rule. However, this is one book that I checked out that I’m not sure if I will read due to my wavering interest in the plot.


What books have you checked out of the library recently?

Thrift Store Book Haul #12


One thing I’m thankful for is finding books on a budget. Luckily, I have a good amount of thrift stores in my area that always stock great books to add to my library! Here are some of my most recent finds:

  • The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


  • Today is Monday by Eric Carle

Today Is Monday

I love Eric Carle books, so I was excited to find three of his books to add to my classroom library! Even though I think that I already own Today is Monday, it doesn’t hurt to have multiple copies of popular authors in my classroom.

  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Kissing Hand

  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

The Kissing Hand and Click, Clack, Moo are both popular picture books that I have never read! Due to their popularity, I think these will be great books that I can add to my classroom library that I will enjoy as well.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Plush

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  • Mo Willems Pigeon Plush

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I absolutely love finding stuffed animal versions of my favorite literary characters. I know that I can use these are reading buddies or other motivators during reading instruction. I can’t wait to see how my future students will react to these popular book characters in the classroom!

  • Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald 

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink, #1)

  • Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker by Megan McDonald

Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker (Stink, #2)

  • Stink: Solar System Superhero by Megan McDonald

Stink: Solar System Superhero (Stink, #5)

  • Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald

Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk (Stink, #7)

I read the first book in this Judy Moody spin-off series last year (see my review here). However, I know a lot of students will enjoy this series just as much as the Judy Moody series. Hopefully, I enjoy the later books in this series more than the first!

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series. However, I read all of the books through my local library, so I can’t just pick one of the shelf and reread it. However, I found the first and second book in this series at Half Price Books. I love this series so much, so it makes my happy to have these two books in my collection.


What book deals have you scored recently?

Thrift Store Book Haul #11


With Blogoween in full swing, I decided to write a post on one of the most thrilling things… finding discounted books! Recently, I visited some of my favorite thrift stores in my area and found some great books to add to my collection! Here’s what I found:

  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is one of my favorite pictures books, so I was so excited to find a copy at the thrift store. The jacket on this book was a little beat-up, so I’ll probably just leave it off when I add it to my library.

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Six of Crows is such a popular book that I’ve been interested in reading for awhile, so it was very exciting to find this at a thrift store. Usually, I don’t find books released within the past few years!

  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)

  • A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

I’ve been wanting to read The Chronicles of Narnia series recently, so I’ve been collecting the books as I come across them in thrift stores. On this trip, I managed to find two more of the books!

  • Ruby and the Booker Boys: Brand New School, Brand New Ruby by Derrick Barnes

Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby

  • Ruby and the Booker Boys: The Slumber Party Payback by Derrick Barnes

Ruby and the Booker Boys #3: Slumber Party Payback

I haven’t heard anything about Ruby and the Booker Boys, but these two books immediately interested me when I came across them. First of all, they are printed under Candy Apple which I loved reading when I was younger (see the countdown of my favorites here). However, these books are for even younger readers which would be perfect for my classroom. Plus, I love finding more books with diverse characters to add to my classroom library!

  • The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

  • The Battle of Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)

Like with The Chronicles of Narnia, I’ve been really interested in finding all of the books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. After this trip, I managed find the last two books I needed! I can’t wait to finally read through the rest of this series.

  • I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis

The Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived, #6)

I’m always interested in finding historical fiction books for my classroom, so I was happy to find a book that covered a moment in history that I don’t have yet in my classroom library. I haven’t heard anything about this book or the I Survived series in general, but I’m hoping that is discusses this historical event well in a way that younger readers can understand.

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Tuck Everlasting

  • Flush by Carl Hiaasen


  • The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes: Declaration of Independence by Anne Mazer

The Declaration Of Independence (The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, #2)

I loved The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes when I was younger, so it brought back a lot of memories finding another book in the series at the thrift store!

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • The Twits by Roald Dahl

Besides Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I haven’t picked up any other books by Roald Dahl. However, I know that they are well-loved and great books for younger readers.

  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

How to Eat Fried Worms

I loved this movie when I was younger, so it made me happy to find the book it was based on at the thrift store. Hopefully, I enjoy the book as much as the movie!


What book deals have you scored recently?

Thrift Store Book Haul #10


Even though I swore that I wouldn’t buy any more books after my huge library haul earlier this year… I bought some more! I try to justify my little haul since I found these books on half off day at my local thrift store. Also, I found some great books to add to my collection! Here’s what I found:

  • Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
  • The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

I’ve never read a book by Jojo Moyes, but I know she’s a popular author so I thought it might be fun to try one of her books without paying a lot out of pocket! I’ve read The Cupcake Queen before, but don’t what happens in it. I remember thinking it was an okay read, but I want to read it again and see what I think of it now.

  • One-Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

One-Handed Catch seemed like a really interesting historical fiction book with an even more interesting main character. In this book, the main character really loves baseball, but after an accident at his parents’ store, he sustains an injury that leaves him with one hand. I saw One Crazy Summer on Goodreads and I was intrigued by the plot and the amazing cover… not to mention all its awards! One Crazy Summer takes place in the 1960s and follows three girls as they spend one month with their mother that they barely know and who also wants them to attend a Black Panther summer camp.

  • Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
  • A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin

I’ve seen Also Known as Harper a few times, but never ended up buying it. It follows a girl named Harper Lee who enters a poetry contest at her school. It sounds like a good story, so I’m glad that I scored it on half off day! I don’t know much about A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin, but I’m a fan of a lot of her other books, so I’m excited to give this one a shot!

  • Magic Tree House Research Guide: Sabertooths by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

I absolutely love finding Magic Tree House research guides, especially ones that correspond with books that I already own! I know these will definitely come in handy when I have my own classroom. I was also excited about finding The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe because I really want to read through The Chronicles of Narnia series. I found two of the other books in this series earlier this year, so I’m glad I found another one to add to my collection!

  • Pet Trouble: The Loudest Beagle of the Block by Tui T. Sutherland
  • The Puppy Place: Muttley by Ellen Miles

I couldn’t put down these two adorable dog books once I had them in my hands! The beagle books reminds me so much of my grandma’s dog and it sounds so cute, so I’m really excited to read it! The other book look like a great book to add to my future classroom collection.

  • Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Time for Kids Biographies: Clara Barton by Anna Prokos
  • Hopscotch Love by Nikki Grimes

I’m so happy that I have another book by Ezra Jack Keats in my collection. I’m also excited to find another non-fiction book to my collection featuring a diverse hero of American history! Just looking through the biography on Clara Barton, it looks like an easy to read book perfect for my classroom library. I’m not a big poetry person, but Hopscotch Love looks like a cute collection of poems, so I’m hoping that I enjoy it!

  • Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  • Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg

I was so excited to find these two books at the thrift store. Officer Buckle and Gloria is an award-winning book that I found in PERFECT condition at my thrift store! While my copy of Zathura has a tiny tear on the front cover, I’m really excited to find a Chris Van Allsburg book to add to my collection.

  • Big Nate From the Top by Lincoln Peirce 

I’m always looking for more graphic novels to add to my collection, so it was great finding a Big Nate book to add to my collection.

  • The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad

I have the first book in the L.A. Candy series and actually thought this was the second book in the series. Since it’s the fourth, I’m going to have to scour some more thrift stores to find the other books in the series!

  • Surviving High School by Lele Pons and Melissa De La Cruz

Since this is such a recent release, I was surprised to find it in perfect condition at my thrift store. I wasn’t impressed with the last Melissa De La Cruz book I’ve read and am always wary of books by social media celebrities, so hopefully this book exceeds my expectations!


What book deals have you scored recently?


Library Book Sale Haul 2017 Part Eight: My Library Book Sale Experience

Library Book Sale

We’ve finally reached the end of my eight part series on my largest book haul ever from my library’s annual book sale. This was definitely a crazy sale for me… my sister and I walked away with 223 books for only $65! Like I mentioned in my first post, this does seem a little excessive. However, my sister and I use this sale to mostly stock up on books for our future classrooms.

Last year, I found the original price of every book we purchased to see how much we actually saved. This year, that process was a little too difficult. With so many books, many with old editions or prices not easily located online, it wasn’t possible to find an accurate percent savings or even the original price of every book. Instead, I calculated how much we paid per book and compared it to the average price for a children’s book, a middle grade book, a young adult book, and an adult book.

Since we paid $65 dollars for 223 books, we paid about 30 cents for book. To determine the prices of a standard book, I use the prices created by the School Library Journal. Let’s get into the savings!

For a hardcover children’s book the average price is $17.77 and the average price for a paperback is $7.29. That means we saved about 98% on each hardcover children’s book and about 95% on each paperback children’s book. Each hardcover young adult book averages at $19.12 and each paperback young adult book averages at $12.09. For each hardcover young adult book, we saved 98.4% and for each paperback young adult book we saved 97.5%. Each hardcover adult book averages at $26.98 and each paperback averages at $16.06. We saved 98.8% on each hardcover adult book and 98.1% on each paperback book. Overall, we saved an average of 97.6% off of regular retail price on the books we purchased at the sale.

Compared to last year’s sale, I found that I picked up more picture books, early chapter books, and middle grade books. I think this year’s selection of young adult books was smaller than last year and the books available were ones that I already had in my book collection. This year I really scored with picture books by finding several books on my wishlist, including Pinkalicious and Aqualicious.

During last year’s sale, my percent savings was a little higher at 98%, but due to possibly inaccurate book pricing, the savings may actually be slightly different. Either way, those savings are pretty high of the regular retail price. I think I paid slightly more for books this year due to finding more hardcover books on the first day of sale and inconsistent pricing across the book sale employees.

Consistent with previous years, the $5 bag sale was the craziest day of the sale. If you are looking for DVDs or books in a series, I suggest scoping out the location of these items the day before. The line outside of the library is extremely long before the sale opens and these tend to be the first items of the sale to go. I’ve seen people not even look at the DVDs before sweeping a whole pile into their bag.

Since the library most likely will give you a bag to ensure consistency, you might want to bring your own tote bag to stash items as your walk around the sale. The flimsy plastic bags won’t be able to hold everything that you will end up stuffing in them and it is difficult to maneuver around the sale with a stack of books in your arms. After you secure your most desired items and scope out the sale again for any books you missed, it’s a good idea to find a less crowded area away from the sale too review the books you picked up, take back any that you accidentally grabbed and don’t want, and to carefully organize the books into as few bags as possible. For more information on how my library sale worked and what to expect on different days of your library book sale, check out my experience post from last year here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this year’s sale and can’t wait until next year! I walked away with a lot of books that I’ve been wanting to read and supported my local library at the same time. I recommend library book sales to any book lover looking to add quality books to their collection for a fraction of the cost while supporting their local reading community!


Library Book Sale Haul Part 7: Bre’s Books

Library Book Sale

Over the past six weeks, I’ve talked about all the books I scored at my library’s annual sale. This week, I’m going to switch it up and talk about the books that my sister found. During the library book sale, my sister primarily searches for young adult and adults books. Usually, she finds great deals on new releases and pricey hardcover books. Here’s what she found:

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I’ve seen The Maze Runner movie and definitely have a lot of questions after watching it. I’m hoping that I’ll understand it better once I read the book, but I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this series.

  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I feel like Cassandra Clare is one of the bigger YA authors out there right now and I’ve never read a book by her! Now that my sister owns a copy of the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, hopefully I can enjoy her books like so many other people!

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

I’ve always wanted to read Number the Stars,  but I’ve never picked it up so I’m glad that my sister found a copy at the library book sale. I know so many people love this book, so I’m very excited to read it.

  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

This is another book that I feel everyone reads when they’re younger, but I never got around to reading! Luckily, it’s always easy to find these types of books at library sales!

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Bounce by Natasha Friend
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This was definitely the #1 book people were looking for at the library book sale… and my sister found it! Not only is this book in perfect condition, but it’s a newer release and a great find at the book sale.

  • Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  • The Sweet Far Thing Libba Bray

I read Beauty Queen by Libba Bray, but wasn’t a huge fan. However, I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews from close friends of this series, so I definitely plan on giving it a try.

  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

My sister and I love these books by Barbara Robinson, so I’m happy that she finally found one of her books to add to her own book collection!

  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Debs by Susan Bride
  • Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steigg Larsson
  • The Girl who Played with Fire by Steigg Larsson
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I remember seeing the trailers for the Memoirs of a Geisha movie when I was younger. Since I’ve never seen the movie, it will be cool to read the book before I watch it!

  • The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker 


What book deals have you scored recently? Stay tuned for next week to see my final post for this year’s annual book sale!

Library Book Sale Haul 2017 Part #6: Books in a Series

Library Book Sale

One of the best parts of the library book sale is finding several books in the same series to add to my collection. I remember when I was in elementary school, I love reading books apart of the same series. I can remember American Girl books and A Series of Unfortunate Events books being just two of many series with books constantly checked out of the library. Finding books in a series will be great for my future classroom because it provides several books that cater to a student with a specific taste. Here are some of the books apart of a series that I found at my local library’s book sale:

Hardy Boys hardback books by Franklin W. Dixon

  • #2: The House on the Cliff
  • #10: What Happened at Midnight
  • #11: While the Clock Ticked
  • #12: Footprints Under the Window
  • #25: The Secret Panek
  • #51: The Masked Monkey
  • #58: The Sting of the Scorpian

Hardy Boys paperback books

  • #6: The Crowning Terror
  • #10: Hostages of Hate
  • #33: Collision Course
  • #35: The Dead Season
  • #45: In Self-Defense
  • #46: Foul Play


I’m always looking for books primarily targeted for boys in my classroom library since I usually gravitate towards books marketed for girls. I know that I loved reading Nancy Drew throughout second and third grade, and since The Hardy Boys is a similar series targeted towards boys, I thought it would be great to snatch a few up for my collection.


Dear America

  • I Thought my Soul would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen
  • Color Me Dark by Patricia C. McKissiak
  • The Great Railroad Race by Kristiana Gregory
  • The Girl who Chased Away Sorrow by Ann Turner
  • The Picture of Freedom by Patricia C. McKissiak
  • The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory
  • Dreams in the Golden Country by Kathryn Lasky
  • So Far from Home by Barry Denenberg
  • My Heart is on the Ground by Ann Rinaldi
  • A Line in the Sand by Sherry Garland
  • A Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse


loved the Dear America series in elementary school! I remember reading The Wide and Lonesome Prairie in second grade during silent reading time. Something about these hardcover books with ribbon bookmarks just felt special. Even though I typically wait to purchase hardcover books until the $5 bag day, I couldn’t pass these up on the first day of the sale. Every book was in perfect condition and the books that I found featured a wide range of diverse characters with unique points of view.


The Royal Diaries

  • Elizabeth I by Kathryn Lasky
  • Cleopatra VII by Kristiana Gregory


Even though I never got into The Royal Diaries series, I’m sure students that are fans of historical fiction, especially revolving around royalty, will really enjoy these books.


My Name is America

  • The Journal of William Thomas Emerson by Barry Denenberg


I was so excited to find this book and will have my eye out for similar books in the future. Since the Dear America series and Royal Diaries series focuses mainly on female characters, I was happy to find a book in a similar style featuring a male main character.


The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin

  • #1: Kristy’s Great Idea
  • #23: Dawn on the Coast
  • #27: Jessi and the Super Brat
  • #70: Stacey and the Cheerleaders
  • #77: Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever
  • #89: Kristy and the Dirty Diapers


The Baby-Sitter’s Club was one of my favorite series growing up. I actually had a ton of these books before selling them when I got older. Now, I’m trying to rebuild my collection. Luckily, I found six books from the series on $5 bag day!


Stay tuned for next week when I discuss my sister’s library finds of young adult and adult books! What book deals have you scored recently?

Library Book Sale Haul 2017 Part #5: Young Adult Books and Miscellaneous

Library Book Sale

This year at the library book sale, I didn’t pick up as many young adult books as usual. I think the selection was limited than years in the past or the books on the table were ones that I already had in my library. However, I did find some great resources that I could use in my future classroom. I also branched out and picked up a few graphic novels and poem anthologies! Here’s what I found:

  • Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

My sister already owns a paperback copy of this book, but I couldn’t care up a copy of this hardcover book in perfect condition! I remember only thinking this book was okay a few years ago, but I want to read it again to see if my opinion has changed.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Student Companion by David E.E. Sloane

Even though this isn’t a book that I would read in my classroom, I couldn’t pass up finding a copy of the book and a student companion on $5 bag day. I’ll pass these two books off to my sister who plans on teaching middle or high school English.

  • Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  • Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater
  • Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
  • Gabby and Gator by James Burks

I had never heard of the four books above, but they all looked pretty interesting. Since it was $5 bag day when I found these books, I couldn’t help but throw them in my bag!

  • A Children’s Anthology of Poetry edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword

I was really happy to find this book because it contains a lot of classic children’s poems which will be perfect for my future elementary classroom.

  • Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • More Poems to Go by Highlights magazine

I was so happy to find this cute little poem book! I think this smaller poem book will be more interesting and less intimidating to younger readers. I will be a great resource for my classroom.

  • Map Skills by Jan Kennedy
  • Daily Warm-Ups Grade 3 by Shelle Russell
  • Scholastic Science Dictionary by Melvin Berger
  • The Usborune Big Book of Experiments edited by Alastair Smith
  • The Kingfisher First Picture Atlas by Deborah Chancellor

I was really happy to pick up the science dictionary, book of experiments, and picture atlas on $5 bag day. These are books that I wouldn’t normally purchase on my own, but could be really helpful for when I have my own classroom. The library book sale is the perfect place to stock up on resources that I wouldn’t be my first choice to buy!

  • The First Ladies by published by Greenwich House

When I saw this book on $5 book day, I knew I wanted it. I thought it would be a great non-fiction addition to my classroom library! This book is HUGE, but I made sure to get in my bag. While this book is unfortunately older and only goes up to Barbara Bush, I still think it’s a great start to adding more non-fiction books about women in my classroom.


Stay tuned for next week when I discuss the books apart of series that I found at the library book sale. What book deals have you scored recently?

Library Book Sale Haul 2017 Part #4: Middle Grade Books

Library Book Sale

For the past few weeks, I’ve talked about my biggest book haul ever (over 200 books!) at my local library’s book sale. This week, I’ll be talking about middle grade books that I scored at the sale. I definitely have a soft spot for middle grade and I was lucky to find some great reads at this year’s sale! Here are the middle grade books that I purchased and my thoughts on them:

  • Confessions of a Bitter Secret Santa by Lara Bergen

This is a part of the Candy Apple Collection which is a collection of middle grade books targeted towards girls which I absolutely adored when I was younger and now! To see my current ranking of Candy Apple Books, check out my Final Countdown Friday!

  • Heroes of America: Martin Luther King Jr. by Herb Boyd
  • Heroes of America: Benjamin Franklin by Jack Kelly
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

I’m always on the lookout for Diary of a Wimpy Kid books to add to my collection. I know these will be popular books in my classroom library one day!

  • The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes: The Best is Yet to Come by Anne Mazer
  • The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

This is a book that I was extremely excited to find at the book sale. This is a newer book and the copy I found was in excellent condition. I didn’t see this on the first day of the sale, so I’m glad that I snagged it on the $5 bag day.

  • Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale
  • Six Innings by James Preller
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • The Meanest Doll in the World by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  • The School for Cool by P.G. Kain
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • 4 Kids in 5E and 1 Crazy Year by Virginia Frances Schwartz
  • The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell

I’ve seen this book everywhere and remember friends reading it when I was younger. I’m glad that I finally picked it up and can read it for myself!

  • The Roald Dahl Quiz Book by Richard Maher and Sylvia Bond
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Lunch-Box Dream by Tony Abbott
  • Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
  • Socks by Beverly Cleary
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson 
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

I really want to read The Chronicles of Narnia series, so I’m happy that I found two of the books at the library book sale.

  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

I read both The Wednesday Wars and Walk Two Moons for a course in college and absolutely loved both of them. I’m very happy to add these two books to my collection!

  • The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
  • Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit by Paula Danziger
  • Time Warp Trio: It’s All Greek to Me by Jon Scieska


What book deals have you found recently?