Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

April 22

10 New Books Highlighting the Diversity and Strength of Girls & Women by Brittany Gendron

Far too often girls are shortchanged in literature. They deserve to see the beautiful wide world of humanity, and more definitions of ‘girl’ than just girl-chases-boy, clique-drama tropes. Here are 10 recent favorites of mine showing the beautiful wide-open world of what it is to be female!   Non-Fiction Strong is the New Pretty: A […]

April 15

Top Ten Picture Books for Read Alouds by Kate Olson

As an elementary school librarian, I am always looking for ways to connect my read alouds with other books I have shared with students, and build a community of books, reading and readers. One way I do this is by choosing specific picture book “series” for each grade level and making sure to read EVERY. […]

April 01

Top Ten Books to Inspire Inventors, Engineers, Tinkerers, and Those of Us Who Wish We Were! by Kristin Schweitzer

You know that kid, the one who doesn’t understand why he can’t record Lego instructions on his reading log?  Or the one who disassembles her mechanical pencils, just to see how they work?  As a teacher, I have not always recognized this child.  You see, my teaching life was shaped by my reading life.  As […]

March 25

Ten Refugee Stories by Jenny Siebring deGroot

Reaching out in friendship to new arrivals is the best way to learn about the hopes and fears of individuals and families leaving or fleeing their homelands. However, picture books, especially ones based on true experiences, are a great way to engage children and adults as well.  Below are my ten best picks from among […]

March 02

Top Ten Historical Fiction Titles to Encourage a Diverse Understanding of the Past by Rebecca Redinger

When teachers and librarians encourage students to read historical, they not only provide a way to understand the past, they also promote an enjoyment in learning. Historical fiction has not always been used in this way, however. For centuries, children’s literature, and historical fiction in general, failed to accurately reflect and include global humanity.   […]

February 25

5 Series My Emergent-Bilingual Readers Are Loving by Priscilla Thomas

Over the past 11 years, I have defended the necessity of independent reading in a wide variety of high school English classrooms. Whether my students were 9th grade boys in a vocational school or honors-level 11th graders, I have always believed in the value of reading for joy, reading by choice, and reading on your […]

February 11

Twofers: Top Ten Titles about Twins for Teens and Tweens by Maggie Bokelman

Twins—especially identical twins—have a certain mystique about them. In her book Two, or the Book of Twins & Doubles, children’s author Penelope Farmer, a twin herself, argues that our society’s fascination with twins reflects deeply rooted yet conflicting desires.  On the one hand, we yearn to be unique and special, and the existence of identical […]

February 10

Have you heard of these? by Larissa Juliano

At this time, there was a great roaring and trumpeting and screeching as the animals ran from the table to find hiding places. “Halt in the name of the law” shouted the policeman.   ~Arnold Lobel from A Zoo for Mister Muster   Children (but really all of us) love animal stories. Animals can elicit this […]

February 04

Ten YA Books About Characters Shaped By Their Families by Melinda Wallace

We all have an origin story.  Life begins with a family, large or small.  Sometimes that family nurtures us as we grow and helps us to understand the world around us.  Sometimes that family provides struggle and resistance against which we learn to push.  Family provides a basis for comparison, the bar against which we […]

January 28

​Ten Books About Climate Change by Nancy Castaldo 

One of the most important issues our world faces today is climate change. Scientists across the globe agree that our planet is in the throes of a dramatic change. As our Earth warms, every organism on the planet from insects to plants, from polar bears to humans are impacted. Here is a list of books […]