Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

collage December 13

Ten Alternatives to Book Reports by Mary Catherine Miller

I teach an undergraduate young adult literature course at a large research university. Many of my students take the course as a preparation for their future careers as teachers or librarians, while others come to the course looking for a general education requirement for literature. Throughout the class, my students read ten young adult novels. […]

The Vegetables We Eat November 29

Top 10 Books for Making Lunch (or Dinner, or Breakfast) by Helen Labun Jordan

Three years ago, Bear Pond Books started a series of school year workshops at the store to bring together authors and educators to talk about topics that interest them both. Last November, as part of national Agriculture in the Classroom month, we hosted an event focused on learning about food. Vermont happens to have a […]

dharialibrary November 27

Raising Sharp Readers by Colby and Alaina Sharp

7 years ago, we were elated and terrified to welcome the first of our three little readers into the world.  As parents, we don’t do a lot of things right – Breslin’s gone to school with his pants on backwards enough times to verify that.  But, we have managed to turn out three little people […]

over and under the snow November 22

Ten Ways to Get Primary Readers to Read by Kimberley Moran

As he sounds out the word painfully slowly, he looks desperately to the illustration for assistance. He looks at me. I look back blankly. He says each sound separately, but blends it incorrectly. He shakes his head. He looks at me. I look back with my gentle smile.  He glances over at the boys reading […]

where the stars still shine November 15

Top Ten High School Favorites from Former Students by Sarah Krajewski and some of her former students

Reading is an enormous part of my 9th grade classroom. Students cannot get around it. Thousands of books circle them on all sides, with the newest and most popular displayed proudly. I’m thrilled with how much I can encourage my students to read, but I am in my glory when former students—10th, 11th, 12th graders, […]

Sketch 2011-12-01 14_52_29 November 08

Top 10 Ways to Get a Middle School Student to Want to Read by Meredith Daniels

Middle school students are known for being picky.  Along with being picky, this age group very rarely wants to read “assigned books.”  Here are the Top 10 ways to get your middle school students to read.   CHOICE – This is probably one of the most important things you can do for your MS students. […]

a step from heaven October 30

Top Ten YA Books that Tackle Love and Abuse by Mathangi Subramanian

The teen years are a time to learn skills we rely on for the rest of our lives: how to drive a car. How to cook a meal. How to take a standardized test. How to cope when that standardized test doesn’t come out the way we expected. How to cope with our parents. And […]

the great unexpected October 26

Top Ten Children’s and Young Adult Books About Trees, Woods, or Forests by Holly Mueller

I participated this year for the first time in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, started by Two Writing Teachers.  It was an amazing experience.  I personalized the challenge by writing about childhood memories because my fifth graders were writing memoirs.  In one memory, I wrote about my love of trees and playing in […]

wrinkle in time October 25

Top 10 Books for Reluctant MG and YA Readers by F.T. Bradley

When I set out to write the Double Vision trilogy, I wasn’t all that knowledgeable on reluctant readers, what books appealed to them, and why. All I wanted to do was write a fun, fast-paced thriller. The kind of book I would like to read if I was still twelve (okay, if we’re honest: the […]

cherub October 18

The Need for Big Books: A Top “Ten” List by Stephanie Severson

I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read.  This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom.  However, I have also encountered the opposite problem — the boys that burn through books, boys that read so much they need a new book every few days, boys that crave […]