Best of Blogs: Great Book Lists

By Editors on June 16, 2014
  • 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.


Celebrate Poetry With New York City Poems

Lindsey Petlak

April 15, 2014
Grades 38

If you believe poetry belongs in the classroom all year long, you may appreciate a different way to teach it. Take a look at exploring the many benefits of reading, writing, and discussing poetry through the lens of a great American city.

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100 Books That Build Character

Genia Connell

February 12, 2014
Grades 18

Use this helpful list to find just the right book when you need a story that sends the message that good character counts. Find titles and lesson resources on compassion, courage, tolerance, bullying, responsibility, honesty, and more.

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Books for the Imagination

Brian Smith

January 6, 2014
Grades PreK5

Twenty-first century tools are awesome and invaluable, but the power of books to ignite a child's imagination remains our greatest resource. Here are titles that help promote critical and creative thinking in young readers.

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Teacher Appreciation by the Book

Alycia Zimmerman

May 8, 2013
Grades PreK8

You probably know a teacher (or many) who deserves a ticker-tape parade — including you! Here are some great children's books that give a literary high-five to the teachers in your life you appreciate all year long.

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The Best Classroom Booklist Ever

Meghan Everette

January 18, 2013
Grades PreK8

The best classroom booklist? Ever?? Well, that's how one teacher titles her choices. You might have other books in mind that don't appear here, but with 24 titles on this list, you are sure to find some favorites. And if one of your personal "bests" is missing — share it with us here!

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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 PreKK

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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What Kids Recommend To Read

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 fourth and fifth graders came up with to entice their classmates.

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