Best of Blogs: Great Book Lists

By Editors on June 18, 2012
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

No matter where you're teaching, for how long, which grade -- all teachers have certain favorite book lists. Here we have assembled an assortment of lists that represent all grade levels and cover topics from poetry to series books. We feel pretty sure there is a book list in this collection for everybody, but please tell us in the comment section if there is something more you'd like to see.


Summertime Reading Goals

Kristy Mall

May 23, 2012
Grades 35

Create a student-recommended book list. Ask your class what their favorite books were over the past year and, if you have computers in the classroom, create a survey using SurveyMonkey. The results make for some great reading!

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Books About Kids’ Favorite Foods!

Andrea Maurer

May 16, 2012
Grades 12

Here’s a list of tasty reads for young students’ consumption. Five titles, including Zak’s Lunch and Ice Cream, Including Great Moments in Ice Cream History are annotated and each book is accompanied by a related activity.

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Celebrating Picture Book Poetry in the Classroom

Jeremy Brunaccioni

April 10, 2012
Grades PreK—K

If you have a classroom of nascent readers, here is a list of picture books that celebrates poetry through rhyme, description, adjectives, and onomatopoeia. Beautiful and compelling illustrations offer further interest for young students.

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Super Series for Middle-Grade Readers

Alycia Zimmerman

April 11, 2012
Grades 36

Readers who find it difficult to commit to chapter books can be lured into a love affair with books when matched to the “just right” series. Choose from seven series representing different genres along with recommendations for series books with similar themes.

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Turning Middle School Boys Into Readers

Addie Albano

December 6, 2011
Grades 68

"Over time, I came to find out that it wasn’t that boys dislike the notion of reading, but that they are discouraged and embarrassed by their low reading ability.” If you relate to this middle school teacher’s findings, take heart with her strategies for turning reluctant readers into real readers.

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Back-to-School Read-Alouds

Michelle Sullenberger

August 18, 2011
Grades: PreK2

Reading aloud to young students can be an equally rewarding experience for both teacher and class. Get  titles with characters who match the age of your kindergarteners and first graders. Fun activities and book-related projects help reinforce comprehension.

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Summer Reading Books High School Girls Will Love

Nancy Barile

May 16, 2011
Grades 912

Help students avoid the summer slide with book lists that are relevant to the individual student. To ensure that the girls leaving your class will spend at least part of their summer doing something other than texting and tweeting, send them off with this list of favorites.

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Kid-Recommended Reading

Brent Vasicek

March 2, 2011
Grades 35

What is more compelling than a great series to keep kids coming back to read books? How about a list of series that comes kid-recommended? Here are nine series that 4th and 5th graders came up with to entice their classmates.

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