Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

nerdy-bookcast September 24

Top 10 Podcasts to Use in the Classroom by Liza Lauter

After 11 years of teaching, here’s what I know about 8th graders:   They like a good story. They think they hate non-fiction. They love any time they can sit and listen. They (I’m sure) get sick of hearing my voice, even when it means they get to sit and listen.   So whenever I can […]

nerdcampjr September 17

Top Ten Things from nErDcampMI We Want to Try in Our Work by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

We attended nErDcampMI for the first time this summer.  It was not only our first time at nErDcampMI, it was our first edcamp.  Given that we are not only book nerds, but also PD nerds –we loved everything about it!!  We have been trying to capture what made this experience so powerful for us.  How […]

Round Trip September 10

Away We Go: Ten Picture Books About Transportation by Jake Nuckolls

There are so many ways to move about in the world and so many wonderful authors and illustrators creating stories and pictures about every type and style.  There are the classics, the unknown gems, and the steady-eddie’s.  Here is a list of some of my favorite picture books about transportation.  Could there be a separate […]

pirate7 September 03

Ten Pirate-y Picture Books for International Talk Like a Pirate Day by Jenni Frencham

International Talk Like a Pirate Day started out as an inside joke among friends, but recently has exploded across the internet. Even Krispy Kreme has gotten in on the pirate action, offering free donuts to people who visit their stores dressed as pirates on September 19th. There are plenty of great pirate novels and movies […]

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 […]