Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

Let Me Finish August 27

Top Ten Books to Build a Classroom Culture by Cindy Christiansen

I have a small poster of two sheep in my classroom.  One sheep is white and the other is black, and the quote below them reads, “Choose your socks by their color and your friends by their character.  Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense.  Choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.” […]

the storm in the barn August 20

Ten Books My Friends and Family are Tired of Hearing Me Recommend by Jake Nuckolls

I am often used as a library both physically as well as mentally.  “What should I read next?” or “Is there a book like….?” are both questions I field from friends and family who know my love of literature and specifically children’s literature.  But everyone knows that they may get an unsolicited recommendation that has […]

when you reach me August 18

10 Life Lessons Found in the Pages of Middle-Grade Fiction by Melissa Roske

When writing for children, Madonna said it best: Papa, don’t preach. That means: no heavy-handed moralizing or high-horsey finger wagging. Kids get bossed around enough as it is, so why subject them to further instruction when they’re reading for pleasure? That’s not playing fair. At the same time, finding inspiration in a great book can […]

wild August 13

Top Ten Most Beautifully Illustrated Picture Books by Adriana Fortier

I love reading picture books. They are not long or hard to get through, and have the added bonus of gorgeous illustrations that focus my attention. The best illustrations do not limit your imagination, but give you something to begin with. This list is a collection of picture books with beautiful illustrations that are complimented […]

neville August 06

Top Ten Books for Principals to Read Aloud at Staff Meetings by Matt Renwick

Files are saved, paperwork is completed, and instructions are left for the new principal. As I prepare for a new adventure as principal of Mineral Point Elementary School (Wisconsin), there is one thing left to do for my successor: Provide a list of excellent books to read aloud to staff members to start meetings.   […]

Mock Newbery Book Club (3) August 04

HOW TO HOST A MOCK NEWBERY BOOK CLUB: 10 EASY STEPS by Armin Arethna and Mary Ann Scheuer

Hosting a Mock Newbery Book Club in your school is as easy as 1, 2, 3…..   Welcome all students–don’t limit to high readers! Choose 4th and 5th grades, or only 5th Find two adults to lead book club–librarians or teachers. We have found that having two leaders works best, for our students and for […]

Fiction PBs in Craft Moves July 30

10 Mentor Texts to Lift the Level of Students’ Narrative Writing by Stacey Shubitz

As an educator, I’ve come to believe it’s important to know a small collection of books intimately.  Not only does this make sense financially, but having a handful of mentor texts you know well allows you to use them with students for many purposes. When I was selecting fiction and nonfiction texts to feature in […]

story of seeds July 23

STEM Girls – Ten Books Featuring Girls Rocking Science by Nancy Castaldo

Yes, I was a science geek.  I was a girl who looked under rocks, couldn’t wait for dissections in biology class, and was the president of my college science club. That didn’t mean I didn’t love to read, like most girls. I did. In fact, I entered college as a duel Bio/English major. It wasn’t […]

papertowns July 16

Top 10 Best and Worst Book-To-Movie Adaptations by Natalie Dailey

Today I would like to present to you a list of book-to-movie adaptations. I’m mainly going by how well the movie stuck to the events in the book. I’m also looking at the writing of the movie and the character development. I’ll be considering how well the actors portrayed these characters. I’ll also be considering […]

when penny met POTUS July 09

Top Ten Children’s Books about Presidents and Politics by Rachel Ruiz

Before I worked for President Barack Obama on his re-election campaign in 2012, I never gave much thought to how or what kids think about politics and presidents. It was my then three-year old daughter that changed my mind. She peppered me with questions like What’s the president’s favorite color? Is he allergic to peanut […]