Heir of Illaria – Dyan Chick (Review) *Blew Me Away*

Title: Heir of Illaria (Illaria #1) Author: Dyan Chick Publisher: Illaria Publishing, 2017 (Jan 23) Genre: YA Fantasy **I received a copy of the ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: First things first....HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THIS COVER?? I'm … Continue reading Heir of Illaria – Dyan Chick (Review) *Blew Me Away*

Are We Failing Students by Not Turning Them into Readers?

This is incredibly important: we need to keep the students reading and keep books in the hands of young readers! Please read.

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The Benefits of Reading

It’s commonly known among teachers that students who read more or who are read to at home are more successful at school and write more successfully than their non-reading peers.  This probably should not surprise us as, of course, not being able to read at grade level would make studying any subject more difficult.  Furthermore, reading extensively can help students gain a larger vocabulary and become more comfortable with more complex syntaxes.  It can also provide students with models for their own writing and provide them with evidence to support their own arguments when they write.  And, of course, we are now exploring the possibility that reading literary fiction can make a person more empathetic, and help socialize children.

The Depressing Statistics

However, despite the widely-known benefits of reading, all of us know plenty of individuals who do not read and do not like to…

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (Review and #HPBlogateers)

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) Author: J.K. Rowling (as if you didn't know!) Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001 (Reprint) Genre: YA Fantasy, MG Fantasy This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page This read was done with Megan @ bookslayerreads, Jasmine @ howusefulitis, Jodie @ forthenovellovers, Sammi @ onebookishgirl and Tiff from Tiffthebooknerd! We … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling (Review and #HPBlogateers)

Raven Song – I.A. Ashcroft (Blog Tour/Review)

Tile: Raven Song (Inoki's Game #1) Author: I.A. Ashcroft Publisher: Lucid Dreams Publishing, 2016 Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction **I received a copy of this book free from Lucid Dreams Publishing in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: I will always be honest with you … Continue reading Raven Song – I.A. Ashcroft (Blog Tour/Review)

And the Winner is…

I am so grateful and I’m happy for ReadsandReels’ blogoversary! Thank you so much!

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Congratulations Stephanie of Teacher of YA’s Book Blog! You have won a $25 Amazon gift card!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Reads & Reels very first giveaway. It has been a wonderful first year of blogging and I hope for many more 🙂 Thank you for your continuing readership and support! Don’t forget to check out Stephanie’s awesome blog which is exclusively about… you guessed it young adult books!

Happy reading Stephanie and don’t forget to check your email for your prize!

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Frostblood – Elly Blake (Review)

Title: Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) Author: Elly Blake Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, 2017 (Jan 10) Genre: YA Fantasy **I received a copy of this book free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: First off...I love … Continue reading Frostblood – Elly Blake (Review)

Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven (Review)

Title: Holding Up The Universe  Author: Jennifer Niven Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016 Genre: YA Contenporary, YA Fiction This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page* My Review: This is my first ever contemporary read. I'm shaking because I'm so excited to write this review! When it comes to contemporary, I'm … Continue reading Holding Up The Universe – Jennifer Niven (Review)

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman – Brady Stefani (Review)

Title: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman Author: Brady Stefani Publisher: SparkPress, 2016 Genre: YA Science Fiction **I received a copy of this book free from the author and Booktasters in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: This book was...different than what I was expecting. … Continue reading The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman – Brady Stefani (Review)

Illusion (Song and Shadow) – Annie Oldham (Review)

Title: Illusion (Songs and Shadows, #2) Author: Annie Oldham Publisher: Annie Oldham, 2016 Genre: YA Paranormal **I received a copy of this book from from Ebooksforreview.com and the author in exchange for an honest review** This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page My Review: Don't worry about spoilers for the first book … Continue reading Illusion (Song and Shadow) – Annie Oldham (Review)