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Daisy Rain's 2022 Book List

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Hello all,

Even as the world toils and spins with the hostile literary rhetoric, the book bans and the daily threats against librarians and teachers, this public middle school teacher and aspiring fiction writer's enthusiasm to share this list of books with you is UNDAUNTED!


Please note that the authors who are or have been associated with Hamline University's MFAC Program are listed in red, and this Hamline alumna will continue seeking representation (right after I finish Elana K. Arnold's 'Revision Season' class because this girl still has work to do) and I hope to be on someone else's book list in the nearest possible future.

Books I read in 2022:

Young Adult

* Dear Martin by Nic Stone (2017 - YA)

* Queer Ducks (And Other Animals) by Eliot Schrefer (2022 - YA)

* Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (YA - 20212)

* Black Birds in the Sky by Brandy Colbert (2021 - YA)

* Split by Swati Avasthi (2010 - YA)

* The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins (2020 - MG/YA)

* All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson (2020 - YA)

Middle Grade

* Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj (2019 - MG)

* The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan (2021 - MG)

* Merci Suarez Plays it Cool by Meg Medina (2022 - MG)

* My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi (2019 - MG)

* The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu (2021 - MG/YA)

* The House That Wasn't There by Elana K. Arnold (2021 - MG)

* Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido (2021 - MG)

*Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly (2022 - Multi-Vocal MG)

Graphic Novel

* The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat and Joanna Cacao (2022 - Graphic Novel)

* American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2006 - YA)

* Boxers by Gene Luen Yang (2006 - YA) * Saints by Gene Luen Yang (2006 - YA)

Young Reader

* Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2020 - Young Reader)

* She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor by Meg Medina (2021 - Early Reader Chapter Book)

Picture Book

* Don't Let the Pidgeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003 - PB)

* Celia Planted a Garden by Phyllis Root & Gary D. Schmidt (PB - 2022)

* Big Wig by Jonathan Hillman/Levi Hastings (2022 - PB)

* Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry/Jessica Curry & Brittany Jackson (2021 - PB)


* Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope by Kwame Alexander (2020 - Poetry)

* Ain't Burned All the Bright (2022 - MG/YA) by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin


* Manuscript WIP by Caitlin Lore (Hamline 2022 - MG)

* Manuscript WIP by Justin Minkel (Hamline 2022 - PB)

* The Constitution of the United States of America by The Framers (1878)

Daisy Rain Martin has spent over 25 years in the classroom and has managed to preserve her sanity—mostly. Actually, she feels quite fortunate to be doing all that she loves--teaching, speaking, writing and, as often as possible, laughing. She has earned three degrees: Bachelor of Sociology (1990), a Master of Curriculum and Instruction (2004) as well as a Master of Fine Arts in writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota (2021).

In the summers, you can find Daisy in her gardens with her husband or in her office writing. As often as she can, though, she loves spending time with her grandson, Wiggle, who was born on her birthday and her grandniece, Giggle, who was born on Christmas Eve. Truly, she writes for them.

If you are interested in having Daisy speak for your school district, provide professional development for your staff, or visit your school to talk to students, please contact her through this website.


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