Category Archives: Book Lists

December 25

Nerdy Winter TBR Stacks!

Thank you to everyone who shared their reading plans with us!

August 21

It’s a Wide World by Donalyn Miller

Tomorrow morning, our younger daughter, Sarah, starts her senior year of high school. After two decades of first days with our daughters, this marks our final first day of school as parents. Shopping for school supplies, Sarah joked that this was the last time she would need a cart full of folders. I suppose our […]

June 18

The Top Ten Books for Hamilnerds by Sarah Gross, Donalyn Miller, and Melissa Posten

Hamilton: An American Musical has taken the world by storm. Based on Ron Chernow’s 2005 comprehensive biography, Alexander Hamilton, the musical has garnered a Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Album, eleven Tony Awards, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Fans of all ages listen to the songs, engage with the cast on […]

October 11

Beautiful Books That Are Beautifully Made by Donalyn Miller

We own a lot of books. I know you’re not surprised. For unexplained reasons, my mother acts surprised by our books every time she visits. Waving toward our new (and already full) bookcases, she sighs, “What are you going to do with all of this?” Embarrassed by her teasing, I sigh just like her, “Mom, […]

February 28

Books That Make Us Cry (Part Two) Collected by Donalyn Miller

Grab a tissue. We pick up where we left off in yesterday’s post–sharing our sad book favorites. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard I bought And We Stay last summer because it earned a starred review somewhere. Knowing that the book was a tear-jerker, I never seemed in the right mood to go into the […]

December 25

Merry #WinterTBR!

    For those of you who want to look at the images a little more closely, I have created a folder of the images that you can check out.

Titles That Have Legs by Katherine Sokolowski and Donalyn Miller

Curating classroom libraries demands that we offer students books that stretch their imaginations and thinking, broaden their reading experiences, and engage them with reading. While we continually add new titles to our fifth grade classroom libraries, there’s a core list of books that we replace every school year because the books become so worn our […]

Celebrating Books

No matter who wins the ALA Youth Media Awards, the whole event is about celebrating the best titles. And celebrate we did. Many of us were watching from home (on unexpected inclement weather days off from school) or watching at school with our students. The cheers and gasps – and even the nail-biting – could […]

Top Titles Seen in My Classroom

What a wonderful assignment, to look around to see what my high school students were reading this week. Even more wonderful was looking through my list of messages about what they had been reading lately. And, try as I might, I cannot cut this down to a Top Ten list. It’ll just have to be […]