2021 Reading Goals

I met my 2020 reading goal by keeping it simple: read 50 books. (Truthfully, I read more than 50, but I feel that cookbooks and mountains of picture books don’t particularly count.) This year I’m aiming for 52, but also curating some targeted sub-lists for personal, religious, and professional development. I reserve the right to not read anything on the below list, and to add an egregious amount of books to my to-read list 🙂


  • Hearth: a global conversation on identity, community, and place / Smith, Annick, and Susan O’Connor, eds. (2018)
  • The little work: magic to transform your everyday life / Allon Duriel, Durgadas (2020)
  • The magick of food: rituals, offerings, and why we eat together / Raven, Gwion (2020)

Professional Development

  • Beyond the flannel board: story-retelling strategies across the curriculum / McWilliams, M. Susan (2017)
  • Celebrate: an anti-bias guide to including holidays in early childhood programs / Bisson, Julie (2016)
  • Discovering the culture of childhood / Plank, Emily (2017)
  • The gender-creative child / Ehrensaft, Diane (2016)
  • Roots and wings: affirming culture and preventing bias in early childhood / York, Stacey (2016)
  • Yoga and mindfulness for young children / Heil, Maureen (2020)
  • The hanging of Angelique: the untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of Old Montreal / Cooper, Afua (2007) [supplementary reading for anti-Black racism training]
  • How to be an antiracist / Kendi, Ibram X. (2019) [February Book Club selection]

How about we get these off the to-read list, recognizing that many of them are part of a bigger series: an assorted selection

  • The bear and the nightingale / Arden, Elizabeth
  • Dark age / Brown, Pierce
  • A darker shade of magic / Schwab, V. E.
  • Educated / Westover, Tara [January Book Club selection]
  • The testaments / Atwood, Margaret
  • Two dark reigns / Blake, Kendare

Beans will also be starting his reading challenge, joining 1000 Books Before Kindergarten when it formally launches here.

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