Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

April 20

Ten Picture Books to Engage Special Needs Students by Jill De Farno

My favorite part of being a school librarian is reading to students. I regularly read to kindergarten and first grade students. Once a month I have storytime with all kindergarten, first, and second grade classes. During this time I read a story and then do an activity or make a craft. However, there is one […]

April 13

10 Ways to Make Home Reading a Path to Lifelong Literacy by Kyla McDonald

Home Reading is ideally a time for your reader to unplug and instead connect to the world of stories, information and adventures. Unfortunately, the ideal is not always possible. Busy households can make home reading a chore, or worse a battlefield. As a mama, a teacher and a librarian, I have come face to face […]

March 31

Why We Need Summer Stories by Gillian McDunn

Toward the end of first grade, my son started wearing glasses.   Once we got past certain logistical issues, such as: where to store them? (not on the floor!) and when to wear them (not while swimming!)–he loved his new, improved vision. Reading had always been his favorite activity, and with the new glasses he […]

March 30

Top Ten Book Basket Labels Created by Kids by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

When students help us organize the classroom library ownership changes.  Students know which books are in the classroom library. They know where to find the books they love and can tell us which books they wish we had in our collection.  Organizing the library doesn’t need to wait until a long break.  It can happen […]

March 16

Ten Picture Book Biographies You Can’t Experience in a Textbook by Kirsten Leestma

I’m a firm believer in learning about our world by learning about the people who have left their mark on it. The problem is that there are too many people that get overlooked. There are countless scientists, activists, writers, inventors, and dreamers that never get mentioned in a textbook. In second grade, we learn about […]

March 09

Top 10 Books Middle Schoolers Love (As Decided by Middle Schoolers) by Olivia Myers

I am, by no means, an expert on the middle grade psyche. They deal in ultimatums, and I find that their opinions are fast, fierce and at times, flippant. However, I love everything about middle grade students. They are so funny, smart and at a unique place where they are coming into themselves.   As […]

Top Ten Reasons School Counselors Want Students to Read: Social-Emotional Learning Opportunities! by Sarah Scheerger

Cultivating Empathy When we read, we climb into the minds and bodies of our characters. We feel with them and we feel for them. I explain empathy to students as follows: Empathy is the experience of walking in someone else’s shoes and imagining how you might feel if you were in a similar situation. This […]

February 09

TOP 10 YOUNG ADULT NOVELS WITH MULTIPLE POINTS OF VIEW BY ELLA LEE

Many books are told through the eyes and mind of one person, whose opinions sway the storyline in to what the events and situations were like for them. But there is more than one side to every story. The following books are told by two or sometimes more perspectives. Each one of these books also […]

January 26

Ten Middle Grades Books with LGBTQ+ Characters by Dr. Donna Bulatowicz

When children read literature that reflects their own identities and/or those of their families, they can feel as though they have a place in the world. The written word is powerful; seeing oneself reflected on the pages of a book sends a message of value and belonging. Unfortunately, some children may not find texts that […]

January 19

Our Top Ten Tastiest Board Books by Kathy Anne Cowie

It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I truly appreciated board books. I’d collected picture books since I was old enough to buy them, so I had quite a few by the time I was in my 20s. (Possibly related to why I didn’t get married until I was almost 35…but that’s […]