Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

the enemy August 27

The Top Ten Books “On Hold” Books in My Classroom Library by Katie Sluiter

This past school year, I was moved from teaching eleventh and twelfth grade English–a gig I’d had for over a decade–to teaching eighth grade ELA. It was a bit of a culture shock for me, to say the least. I wasn’t prepared for EVERYTHING TO BE A BIG DEAL to this age group. Everything except […]

challenger deep August 22

Ten YA Books You Don’t Want to Miss by Elizabeth Zdrodowski

As part of the Florida Teens Read committee, I have reviewed and discussed over 100 YA books in the last year. I thought I would highlight some of my favorite reads for a Top Ten Nerdy Post. This list contains fantasy, magical realism, contemporary fiction, mental illness, disabilities, mystery, SuperWhoLock (Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock), religion, […]

tiger's curse August 15

Oregon, My Oregon: 10 Fantastic YA Books Set or Written in the Beaver State by Wendy Gassaway

I love how reading takes you places you’ve never been.  But I also love reading something that I connect to.  One way to connect is by reading a book set in your area, or even a book written by a local author.  My students feel the same way.  Here are ten books that make me […]

abe lincoln at last August 08

For the Love of Jack and Annie! (Ten Reasons to Love the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne) by Adrian Stevens

I have fallen in love with the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne during my eighteen years as a public school librarian.   Here are my ten reasons for loving this series: Jack and Annie are typical children from Frogcreek, Pennsylvania. Jack and Annie remind me of some of my students. Jack likes […]

hesitant readers recs August 01

Top Ten Authors Recommended for Hesitant Young Readers by Tiffiny Spire

During the twelve years I spent teaching elementary school, I made it a personal goal to help each of my students discover the joy of reading. I always had a few authors up my sleeve to tempt those hesitant readers.  With the help of librarians and fellow teachers, I’ve added more to my list.  In […]

10-Should I Share My Ice Cream July 25

Top Ten Lessons Elephant & Piggie Have Taught Us by Jen Terry & Jacquie Eckert

Elephant & Piggie books are favorites amongst our classrooms of readers. They are picked up and read and shared and shared again each day. Not only do Elephant & Piggie books make us laugh out loud, they also cleverly teach us lessons. Children’s picture books are a key component in helping kids connect to authentic […]

Top Ten Books on My Summer To-Read Pile by Matt Renwick

For the first time, I am participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal is 50 books in 2015, or about one per week. As you can see, I’m a bit behind schedule. Maybe by posting the titles I plan to tackle this summer, I will be more motivated to catch up. Creative Schools: The […]

Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Villains by Ben Kuhlman

A while ago, I started thinking about the connection between a good sci-fi/fantasy story and a good villain.  A really scary, truly evil villain can make a story.  I thought it would be fun to think about these villains and their worlds and try to explain how it sometimes seems like the villain is more […]

wendy 1 July 11

We Are Family: 10 Picture Books About Adoption by Wendy Falconer Gassaway

One of my greatest joys as a parent is reading aloud to my children. The way they lean into me as they look at the pictures, the surprise, laughter, or wonder we share as a story unfolds–it’s blissful, which is not something you can always say about parenting.  My kids, adopted at 6 and 8 […]

Sketch11319220 July 05

Just One Book Top Ten by the AllWrite Dinner Crew

When you get a group of literacy educators together at a table over dinner, what does the conversation turn to? Books! The problem is how fast our “to be read” stack grows when we get together. So. Many. Books. How to help? We each decided to pick just one book (this is really hard!) released […]