Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

To the Sea February 13

Ten Books for Teaching Kids the Importance of “Taking Care of Others” by Laura Weakland

Every Thursday, teachers across our building read aloud a picture book to their students with themes of “taking care of ourselves, each other, and our world.” As an educator and parent, I am strongly committed to the idea of teaching the “whole child.” This means not only educating them in how to think and learn, […]

give a boy a gun February 06

Top Ten Books That Hook Reluctant Teen Readers into Reading Again by Melissa Sethna

We all have those students – the ones that never found reading to be the cool thing to do and avoid books at all costs.  For the past two years I have coached our 9th and 10th grade reading intervention teachers along with other 9th-12th grade English teachers to promote reading choice in their classes. […]

nerdybookclub-transitionalreaders January 30

Top 10 (or so) Chapter Books for Transitioning Readers by Arika Dickens

As an elementary teacher-librarian and a mother of two young readers ages 6 and 8, finding entry-level chapter books that have both a kid-friendly design (white space, font size, spacing, illustrations) and engaging characters/plot has been daunting.  But it can be done.  Below are 10 sure-fire hits in my school and home for the transitioning […]

please ignore vera dietz January 23

Ten Great Openings to Recent YA and MG Literature by Jim Woehrle

The student slammed the book down on my desk and said, “I dare you to read that first sentence of the book and not want to read the entire chapter!” He had just spent the previous 10 minutes browsing through our school library for his next book of choice reading. He certainly was bright but […]

bees January 19

Ten 2016 Books That I Think Are Pretty Great by Colby Sharp

I cannot believe that it has already been more than a week since the American Library Association handed out the Cadecott and Newbery Medals. Time flies. The awards announcement are a good bridge to book for the new year. I’m excited to share with you today 10 books that I think are going to help […]

Sketch11319220 January 16

Top Ten Ways to Match Books to Readers by Dana Johansen and Maureen Mooney Corbo

A child comes up to you, hope in her eyes. She asks the one single question that has the power to strike simultaneous excitement and fear in a teacher, parent, or librarian- “Can you recommend a good book for me?”   We know our students, children, and the books we have on the bookshelves. So […]

all american boys January 10

Top Ten Books That Colored My Whitewashed World by Beth Shaum

There have been many moments in the past few years of my life that have helped me to examine my own prejudices and privileges. I think back on my worldview back in my teens and early twenties and I am ashamed of myself for how I perceived people who were different from me. So I’m […]

Revolution January 09

Ten Texts I Never Would Have Read–Had It Not Been for a Recommendation by Shawna Coppola

I take great pride in being the sort of person whose essence can be difficult to “nail down.” Take a look at my Twitter feed and you’ll see that I post about everything from education reform, to inequality, to literacy learning, to The Bachelor. My iPhone’s music library is filled with a wide spectrum of […]

croccover1 December 19

Five + Fives = 2 Generations of Books to Share by Phyllis Sutton and Jen Traub

We are a family of readers.  My husband is an editor, and my eldest daughter is a teacher. It is not unusual for my middle daughter, when in the midst of a good book or series, to stay in bed all day reading.  And my youngest son is planning on getting a PhD in English […]

relish December 17

Top Ten Books for Foodies by Erin Johnson

With the advent of the holidays soon to be upon us, I felt this post was very timely for those of us who crave, yearn for, and generally think about food all day. I was fortunate to grow up in a house where a home-cooked meal was a given and the smell of warm baked […]