Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mr. Schu's Reading Road Trip

Donna, Ivan, and I spent eleven marvelous days touring the South. We visited independent bookshops, small and large libraries, interesting museums, historic landmarks, and offbeat attractions. I, of course, always had one of my favorite books inside my bag. I would pull it out, start reading, and Donna would quickly snap a photograph.

I hope you enjoy this year's Reading Road Trip video. Maybe it will inspire you to read one my favorite books in the wild. Happy watching and reading!

If your school or library blocks YouTube, please click here to watch the video. Also, you can view the books below.

The One and Only Ivan. By Katherine Applegate. HarperCollins, 2012.

The Great Unexpected. By Sharon Creech. HarperCollins, 2012.

hello! hello! Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Hyperion, 2012.

The Cloak Society. By Jeramey Kraatz. HarperCollins, 2012.

Marty McGuire Digs Worms. By Kate Messner. Scholastic, 2012.

The Lunch Lady series. Written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Knopf.

Bigger than a Bread Box. By Laurel Snyder. Random House, 2011.

Wonder. By R.J. Palacio. Random House, 2012.

Babymouse for President. By Jennifer L. Holm. Illustrated by Matthew Holm. Random House, 2012.

Boy + Bot. By Ame Dyckman. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Random House, 2012.

Hound Dog True. By Linda Urban. Harcourt, 2011.

C.R. Mudgeon. By Leslie Muir. Illustrated by Julian Hector. Simon and Schuster, 2012.

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5). Written and illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi. Scholastic, 2012.

The Chicken Problem. By Jennifer Oxley. Illustrated by Billy Aronson. Random House, 2012.

Glory Be. By Augusta Scattergood. Scholastic, 2012.

Small Medium at Large. By Joanne Levy. Bloomsbury, 2012.

The Lions of Little Rock. By Kristin Levine. Penguin, 2012.

Chained. By Lynne Kelly. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2012

Hattie Big Sky. By Kirby Larson. Delacorte Press, 2006.

Backseat A-B-See. Written and illustrated by Maria van Lieshout. Chronicle, 2012.

Turtle in Paradise. By Jennifer L. Holm. Random House, 2011.

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. By Barbara O'Connor. Square Fish, 2010.

How Many Jelly Beans? Written by Andrea Menotti. Illustrated by Yancey Labat. Chronicle, 2012.

The Plant Hunters. By Anita Silvey. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012.

The Gentleman Bug. Written and illustrated by Julian Hector. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.

A Dog is a Dog. Written and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan. Chronicle, 2011.

Good Night, Laila Tov. Written by Laurel Snyder. Illustrated by Jui Ishida. Random House, 2012.

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen. By Donna Gephart. Delacorte Press, 2012.

Rocket Writes a Story. Written and illustrated by Tad Hills. Schwartz & Wade, 2012.

Mudville. By Kurtis Scaletta. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009.

Summer's Vacation. Written by Lynn Plourde. Illustrated by Greg Couch. Simon and Schuster, 2003.

We Are Not Eaten by Yaks. By C. Alexander London. Penguin, 2011.

The Wheels on the Bus. Adapted and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Dutton Juvenile, 2000.

Darth Paper Strikes Back. By Tom Angleberger. Amulet Books, 2011.

The Lonely Book. Written by Kate Bernheimer. Illustrated by Chris Sheban.


  1. I'm so honored that you took SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE on your road trip with other such very fine titles. It looks like you had a GREAT time, and I'm so glad books were a part of that.
    Thanks for being awesome, Mr. Schu (& Donna)!

  2. Wow! What a bonanza! Thank you for the terrific Animoto and the great links.

  3. Love your Reading Road Trips. Thanks for showing us the good old USA and books we all want to read now. Love the South!

  4. It's so cool to have been a part of this, John! Thank you!!!

  5. Thanks, Mr. Schu for sharing your love of books and reading! You are a reading inspiration! I can't wait to share all of these awesome books with my own students!

  6. So.jealous. :)


  7. That rocked! And now two new books added to my TBR pile, thanks as always!