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December 24, 2015

Best of Blogs: Great Book Lists

By The Scholastic.com Editors
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.

     

    Must-Read Books for Middle Schoolers

    John DePasquale

    December 11, 2015
    Grades 6–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Top 10 Picture Books of 2015

    Brian Smith

    December 7, 2015
    Grades PreK–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Travel New York City Through Fun Summer Reading

    Christy Crawford

    May 29, 2015
    Grades PreK–5

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Summer Reading: It's (Still) Not Just for Kids

    Rhonda Stewart

    May 8, 2015
    Grades 3–12

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Celebrate Poetry With New York City Poems

    Lindsey Petlak

    April 15, 2014
    Grades 3–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    100 Books That Build Character

    Genia Connell

    February 12, 2014
    Grades 1–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Books for the Imagination

    Brian Smith

    January 6, 2014
    Grades PreK–5

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Teacher Appreciation by the Book

    Alycia Zimmerman

    May 8, 2013
    Grades PreK–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

     

     

    The Best Classroom Book List Ever

    Meghan Everette

    January 18, 2013
    Grades PreK–8

    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!

    Read more >

     

    Summertime Reading Goals

    Kristy Mall

    May 23, 2012
    Grades 3–5

    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!

    Read more >

     

    Books About Kids’ Favorite Foods!

    Andrea Maurer

    May 16, 2012
    Grades 1–2

    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.

    Read more >

     

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Super Series for Middle-Grade Readers

    Alycia Zimmerman

    April 11, 2012
    Grades 3–6

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Turning Middle School Boys Into Readers

    Addie Albano

    December 6, 2011
    Grades 6–8

    "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.

    Read more >

     

    Back-to-School Read-Alouds

    Michelle Sullenberger

    August 18, 2011
    Grades PreK–2

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Summer Reading Books High School Girls Will Love

    Nancy Barile

    May 16, 2011
    Grades 9–12

    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.

    Read more >

     

    What Kids Recommend To Read

    Brent Vasicek

    March 2, 2011
    Grades 3–5

    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.

    Read more >

    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.

     

    Must-Read Books for Middle Schoolers

    John DePasquale

    December 11, 2015
    Grades 6–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Top 10 Picture Books of 2015

    Brian Smith

    December 7, 2015
    Grades PreK–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Travel New York City Through Fun Summer Reading

    Christy Crawford

    May 29, 2015
    Grades PreK–5

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Summer Reading: It's (Still) Not Just for Kids

    Rhonda Stewart

    May 8, 2015
    Grades 3–12

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Celebrate Poetry With New York City Poems

    Lindsey Petlak

    April 15, 2014
    Grades 3–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    100 Books That Build Character

    Genia Connell

    February 12, 2014
    Grades 1–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Books for the Imagination

    Brian Smith

    January 6, 2014
    Grades PreK–5

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Teacher Appreciation by the Book

    Alycia Zimmerman

    May 8, 2013
    Grades PreK–8

    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.

    Read more >

     

     

     

    The Best Classroom Book List Ever

    Meghan Everette

    January 18, 2013
    Grades PreK–8

    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!

    Read more >

     

    Summertime Reading Goals

    Kristy Mall

    May 23, 2012
    Grades 3–5

    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!

    Read more >

     

    Books About Kids’ Favorite Foods!

    Andrea Maurer

    May 16, 2012
    Grades 1–2

    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.

    Read more >

     

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Super Series for Middle-Grade Readers

    Alycia Zimmerman

    April 11, 2012
    Grades 3–6

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Turning Middle School Boys Into Readers

    Addie Albano

    December 6, 2011
    Grades 6–8

    "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.

    Read more >

     

    Back-to-School Read-Alouds

    Michelle Sullenberger

    August 18, 2011
    Grades PreK–2

    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.

    Read more >

     

    Summer Reading Books High School Girls Will Love

    Nancy Barile

    May 16, 2011
    Grades 9–12

    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.

    Read more >

     

    What Kids Recommend To Read

    Brent Vasicek

    March 2, 2011
    Grades 3–5

    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.

    Read more >

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