Best of Blogs: Great Book Lists
- 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.
December 11, 2015
Tween readers often straddle the line between children's literature and young adult books. Finding the right fit for this population is not often easy, so New York middle school teacher John DePasquale goes straight to the source for his list of must-reads: the middle schooler.
December 7, 2015
Picture books are not just for early readers! This collection will have appeal to a wide grade range. Take a look at kindergarten teacher Brian Smith's top picks, and see whether you agree that this current crop represents the top picture books of the year.
May 29, 2015
Send your kids on a tour of New York City without having to book a flight or pack a bag. From Harlem to Chinatown, they can experience the charm and flavor that make up unique New York. And they will meet unforgettable characters such as the Plaza Hotel's ever-so-elegant Eloise and one of the biggest little heros of 9/11, the John J. Harvey.
May 8, 2015
If your summer reading is divided between bestsellers and professional development fare, consider throwing in a category that can be pure fun while strengthening you as a teacher. Read what your kids are reading and you will have a built-in conversation starter in the fall when you let them know from the onset that you have something important and fun in common.
April 15, 2014
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.
February 12, 2014
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.
January 6, 2014
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.
May 8, 2013
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.
January 18, 2013
The best classroom book list? 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!
May 23, 2012
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!
May 16, 2012
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.
April 10, 2012
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.
April 11, 2012
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.
December 6, 2011
"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.
August 18, 2011
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.
May 16, 2011
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.
March 2, 2011
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.