Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

March 28

Ten Picture Books to Change Your Reading Life by Angie Moore

I would never have thought five or six years ago that picture books would become such an essential part of my reading life. But my life changed four years ago when I decided to go back to college to get my teaching degree. I love to read, but with all of the additional schoolwork I […]

March 14

10 Ways KidLit + STEM Thinking Stimulates Inclusion by Patricia Newman

When I taught remedial math in a rural high school, I knew my students read below grade level. I introduced word problems to help them practice reading comprehension. One freshman named Mark said, “Ms. Newman. What is all this reading $%#@. This is math class.” Mark unwittingly emphasized the boundaries between subject areas that always […]

March 07

Funny Realistic Fiction Novels for Middle Grades by Arianne Costner

We need more laughter in this world. As an author of funny books, I may be biased, but I’ve always extra-appreciated a book that can make me giggle. These stories are worthy of study and acclaim. It’s hard to create humor, and laughter is not only enjoyable, but it’s good for your health! (hyperlink: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm) […]

October 05

Top Ten Quick-Start Books for Middle School by Cindy Christiansen

“Mrs. Christiansen, I need a book that starts fast!  Can you help me?”  I heard that request from my sixth graders many times last year.  They want to be hooked right away when they begin reading, and this is especially true for my reluctant readers.  My students and I created the following list of our […]

September 28

Top Ten Books for Current Foodies and Future Chefs by Kacy Smith Paterson

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are,” stated French politician and gastrome Brillat-Savarin. Food keeps us alive, but it also represents our culture, values, and history.  America’s food culture is expanding, and food is connecting us among our cultures, values, and histories. Whether you have a little kitchen helper […]

August 24

Ten Interactive Books to Engage Little Readers by Megan Overman

There is no denying the importance of reading to a child at a very early age, but how do we engage our little readers?  I have spent the past year reading many children’s books to my one-year-old son and the books he loves the most are the ones that get him involved! Below is a […]

August 17

Ten Ways to Get Reluctant Adolescent Readers Reading by Sherri K. Wilcox

I teach high school English, grades 9-12, on a Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement (DAEP) campus.  Talk about a tough audience!  Many of my kids arrive at our campus with huge gaps in their education from skipping school, being suspended numerous times, or being placed in In-School Suspension repeatedly.  They are in my classroom for approximately […]

August 10

Creating a Reading Culture in the Classroom by Ann Hagedorn

When students walk into my classroom, I want them to see that I value reading and books and that my goal is for them to do the same. There is a sign that hangs in the front of my class that states, We read every day. I have a large classroom library that spans the […]

June 29

Top Ten Picture Books According to Fourth Graders by Kim Haines

For the past two school years, I have embarked on the #classroombookaday challenge. Each and every day of the school year, my fourth grade class reads a picture book, sometimes two, and we end the year having read 180 titles together as a community. I engage in this daily practice for many reasons. Provide mentor […]

June 08

TEN COZY AND MAGICAL BEDTIME PICTURE BOOKS by Megan Wagner Lloyd

I’m about five years old, and my dad has just declared it to be bedtime. But I want to stay up late! After all, a dear family friend, who always spoils us kids with gifts, is visiting. “But I’m not tir—” I begin— And interrupt myself with a massive yawn. My dad and our guest […]