Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

staying fat for sarah byrnes May 23

Top 10 Authors My Students Read Everything By – by Shana Karnes

Every year around October, I find a few students in my 11th-grade classroom whose to-read lists are depressingly barren.  Despite the fact that by that time I’ve booktalked nearly 100 books, I begin to despair when I can’t help them fill that list and make a reading plan.   And then, every year, I find […]

top10 May 16

Top Ten Things Lit Lessons I’ve Learned from Students by Arika Dickens

As an elementary teacher-librarian, I instruct many students over the course of the year. More important, though, may be the lit-lessons I’ve learned from students.  Over the last 10+ years, here are ten that stand out:     Series are King “Where are the My Weird School books?”  “Do you have Piggie and Elephant?”  “Is […]

rumpelstiltskin May 09

The Top Ten Fairy Tales Fractured in 2014 by Emily Andrus

Fairy tales are as important to the literary world as bacon is to life—they’re foundational, ensconced in our societal psyche. Modern stories still thrive on this foundation, including the ever popular “fractured fairy tales,” which present the traditional tale with an unexpected twist. They make for an excellent unit in the classroom with a few […]

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes May 02

Top Ten Books for Harry Potter Fans (aka Adventure-Fantasy Seeking Readers) by Kari Ness Riedel

So, your student or child just gobbled up all of the Harry Potter books, spending hours in pure reading bliss. Now, they are stuck on what to read next and you don’t want them to lose the reading bug they’ve finally caught. Has this happened to you? I experienced this firsthand when my two sons […]

Ten Princess Books April 25

Ten Princess Books For Kids Who Could Use a Break from Disney Princesses (Whether They Realize it or Not) by Elizabeth Dillow

The magical reach of the Disney princess extends far and wide: sleeping bags, clocks, toothpaste, Campbell’s soup, tennis shoes… but nowhere more than the bookshelf. It’s possible to browse over 100 pages of princess books on—even Belle’s palace library would be hard-pressed to hold them all.   Despite the many voices warning of princess-induced […]

For Students & Teachers April 18

Top 10 Blog Post Ideas for Students (and Teachers!) by Casey Robertson

Student blogging is a growing practice within the classroom. With district & parent permission and the right privacy settings in place, this is an excellent format for students to express their ideas to an authentic audience. Blogging incorporates the use of technology and writing, helping to bridge the gap between student interest and classroom assignments. […]

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia April 11

Ten (Plus Two) Tried-and-True Read Alouds for Middle Grades by Melanie Roy

Before becoming a librarian two Septembers ago I was a fourth grade teacher for seventeen years.  My favorite part of the day, the non-negotiable, the very best way to build classroom culture, was read aloud time.  My kids knew that no matter what our day looked like we would carve out 20 minutes every day […]

1 April 04


Book pairing is not just a Common Core tool for teachers; it’s a way to stimulate reading in all readers.  There are many types of pairings – fiction and nonfiction, historical fiction and nonfiction, YA lit and classics, and even YA titles with TV shows. As a writer and an environmental educator, I’m pairing nonfiction […]

The Detective's Assistant tagline cover April 03

Top 10 Pulse-Pounding, Nail-Biting Historical Fiction Adventures by Kate Hannigan

Historical fiction doesn’t have to be a hard sell. For some young readers – my own kids included – it conjures up images of wooden-toothed men in white wigs or dusty, musty storylines. Often, however, it is anything but. I first fell in love with heart-pounding historical fiction when I got my hands on Scott […]

it's okay to be different March 28

Top Ten Picture Books Celebrating Diversity by Jennifer McLaughlin

Culture refers to the “traditions, rituals, beliefs, and values that are shared amongst a group of people.”  The classroom is the first place many children encounter cultures other than their own.  Educators have a responsibility to assist children with recognizing differences, as well as similarities, among all cultures.  Allowing children to explore varying cultures through […]