Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

Sketch11319220 April 19

My Students’ Top Ten “Essential Digital Reading Tools” List by Sara Kajder

From the first day of class in August, students in Room 6 work to develop their identities as readers.  And, as eighth graders who have had a variety of experiences which have shaped their identities and Some enter our room with their “Books to Read” list in-hand, ready to pillage the shelves of our classroom […]

cinder April 12

The Top 10 Reasons Why I Can’t Stop Reading Children’s & Young Adult Literature by Emily Meixner

For the past ten years, I have been teaching college courses on children’s and young adult literature.  Even after a decade, it’s still a thrill, and every semester I look forward to new books and new students.  Occasionally, usually around mid-semester, a student will ask why I love these texts so much: “Don’t you want […]

the younger days March 29

A Thief and a Liar: Ten Short Stories for Young Male Wanna-Be Readers by Mike Hays

Back in 1980, in a public high school in Kansas City, Kansas, a young football lineman, a junior at the school, took a semester course called Short Story.  The young man took this course either because he was incredibly interested in literature, OR, it sounded like an easy class to take (You know, a SHORT […]

photo 1 March 08

The Top Ten Favorite Picture Books So Far in Mrs. Sokolowski’s class

In our fifth grade classroom picture books are revered for the amazing art form they are. Today I asked my students a question: If you had to pick one picture book that every classroom should own, what would it be? When I limited the number to ten, groans were heard across the room. Comments ranged […]

boot and shoe March 01

Top Ten Illustration Mentors by Shawna Coppola

For the past year I have been obsessed with visual language and, in particular, illustration. My living room at home is littered with my favorite picture books as well as such titles as The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd, and The Best American Infographics 2013 […]

the infects February 22

Ten Zombie Books To Turn Your Stomach by Karin Perry

Sometimes our mood determines what we want to read. Every once in a while you might need a good cry, so you’ll pick up something like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Sometimes you really need to laugh, so you choose Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. AND, for those times you really want […]

Ten Treats For Your Ears by Teri Lesesne

I bought a car after the first of the year.  It was time to retire my old SUV and move to something a bit scaled down.   The car came with a 90 free trial of Sirius XM radio. I will not extend beyond the 90 days, though. You see, I hardly listen to the radio […]

My Students’ Top Ten (11) + 5 Favorite Books They’ve Read So Far This Year by Jillian Heise

Teaching adolescents can be so fun, and 7th & 8th graders definitely have opinions on books. Another great part about working with the kids I spend my days teaching is the books that are available for that age group. I talk daily with my students about the books they’re reading and what they’re thinking about […]

New Teacher’s Reading Guide: Ten Steps to Turn High School Students Into Readers by Sarah Krajewski

Congratulations, newly minted English teacher!  After ____ months/years of trying, you have finally found a teaching job!  Now comes the task of training the youth of America on how to be successful, remarkable citizens that want to contribute to society.  How does one do that?  Well, it all starts with reading. Reading is the key […]

Letting Go of the Reins: Ten Ways to Host a Read Aloud Volunteer in the Middle School Classroom by Brindi Anderson

Anyone who has ever worked with middle school children will understand my reaction when the local coordinator for the elementary school Read Aloud volunteers asked if any of the middle school teachers wanted a Read Aloud person – I gulped back a wad of fear.  I envisioned a sweet, little retired librarian with a teeny […]