Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

knock knock July 26

A Top Ten Featuring the Coretta Scott King Book Awards by Monica Edinger

On a Sunday morning this past June I was sitting in a Las Vegas ballroom with tears in my eyes. Not because I had just trudged through multiple casinos full of fake Roman decor to get there, but because I was listening and watching as one recipient after another gave a heartfelt speech in response […]

love that dog July 12


We are intermediate grade teachers who have learned over the years that there are practices that get kids excited about reading.   We tried to rank them but decided they were all equally important.  We can’t imagine eliminating any of them, so these are not in any particular order. 1.  Know your kids. Did Katie’s hamster […]

Rhyming Dust Bunnies July 10

Eighteen Picture Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud Or At Least Smile by Margie Culver

When this tweet came over my feed during the July 4th holiday, I had to respond.   After a brief exchange of messages between Colby and me, it was decided I would do a Top Ten post.  For more than two days I have been trying to narrow down my Top Ten subject.  The possibilities […]

Rules July 06

Top Ten Schneider Award Favorites of the 2014 Schneider Award Jury by Peg Glisson

The Schneider Award Jury celebrated the Award’s 10th Anniversary at a festive luncheon during the recent American Library Association’s Annual Conference.  Distinguished guests included this year’s honorees (Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet, Merilee Haskell, and Elizabeth Wein) and their publishers, representatives from ALA, and the 2014 and 2015 Schneider Jury members.  Not surprising, there was lots […]

in honor July 05

A Top Ten List: Book that Heal by Caitlin Lore

Part of my reading philosophy lies in the power of story. Since I was a child, stories have shaped me. I’ve listened to how I was created, heard about love that has saved me, and escaped into worlds that have healed me. Most of the stories in my life come back to what Henry David […]

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle June 28

Top Ten Books for Young Readers about Encountering Obstacles by Kristine Mraz

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.” Tim O’Brien   It is June in Kindergarten and we are getting ready to say goodbye. It is one of the hardest times of year, for any grade, as little kids try to manage rather big […]

Top Ten Ways to Research (and why they can make or break a book) by Kathryn Erskine

1.  Books Sure, it sounds old fashioned but there are millions of them from archery to Zen, kid books to scholarly, cookbooks to NOOK books.  In researching the Middle Ages, I read treatises on weapons and battles, medieval medicine, standards of living, even a fourteenth century book on housekeeping (did you know you can kill […]

nerdybookclub book collage June 14

Get Outside! 10 Fresh Air Favorites! by Beth Panageotou

Summer vacation approaches! Fresh air, sunshine and time for kids to say more than once, “I’m Bored!” This is a good thing! Boredom is a good thing! Wait…what? Boredom is a good thing?? It sure is!   The I’m Bored’s lead to mud pies and chalk drawings and pretend.  They lead to nature walks and […]

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Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Reading This Summer by Jami Spaulding

Every year on the last day of school we pile in the car and head straight to our local bookstore, the quaint one downtown with the unique selection of books and authors.  We browse books, play in their outstanding children’s area and grab a homemade snack in their darling café.  Then comes the struggle, choosing […]

The Incredible Journey May 31

The Top Ten Books I Never Wanted to Read (But I’m Glad I Did) by Emily Miller

I am a reader. (Obviously.) And like most people, I like to read what I want to read. However, there have been many times in my life when I’ve had to read things I didn’t really want to. Sometimes it was because of peer pressure. Sometimes it was because a teacher made me. Sometimes it […]