Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

story of seeds July 23

STEM Girls – Ten Books Featuring Girls Rocking Science by Nancy Castaldo

Yes, I was a science geek.  I was a girl who looked under rocks, couldn’t wait for dissections in biology class, and was the president of my college science club. That didn’t mean I didn’t love to read, like most girls. I did. In fact, I entered college as a duel Bio/English major. It wasn’t […]

papertowns July 16

Top 10 Best and Worst Book-To-Movie Adaptations by Natalie Dailey

Today I would like to present to you a list of book-to-movie adaptations. I’m mainly going by how well the movie stuck to the events in the book. I’m also looking at the writing of the movie and the character development. I’ll be considering how well the actors portrayed these characters. I’ll also be considering […]

when penny met POTUS July 09

Top Ten Children’s Books about Presidents and Politics by Rachel Ruiz

Before I worked for President Barack Obama on his re-election campaign in 2012, I never gave much thought to how or what kids think about politics and presidents. It was my then three-year old daughter that changed my mind. She peppered me with questions like What’s the president’s favorite color? Is he allergic to peanut […]

yarn schmidt July 06

10 Podcasts That Teachers — And Readers — Will Love: A Summer Listening List by Kevin Carlson

End of Year lists typically come out around, you know, December.  However, this is the perfect time for an End of School Year list. I have listened to a LOT of podcasts in the last year since launching the Teacher Learning Sessions and reviewed over 100 of them in our weekly newsletter.   For this […]

becoming billie holiday July 02

Ten More Novels in Verse by Lauren Strohecker

Several years ago, I shared ten of my favorite verse novels in celebration of National Poetry Month. Since then, the novel in verse has remained one of my favorite storytelling formats, and I’m so glad to share ten more that have stuck with me since then. Happy reading!   Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger Sam […]

curveball June 25

Top Ten Titles That Promote Summer Fun by Jennifer Sniadecki

When you think of summer, what motivates you? For some, it’s getting outside and enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. For others, it’s going on vacation – traveling to exotic places. For you nerdy readers, it’s reading good books. It’s so hard to choose the top ten (my class and I created this list several […]

hamilton June 18

The Top Ten Books for Hamilnerds by Sarah Gross, Donalyn Miller, and Melissa Posten

Hamilton: An American Musical has taken the world by storm. Based on Ron Chernow’s 2005 comprehensive biography, Alexander Hamilton, the musical has garnered a Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Album, eleven Tony Awards, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Fans of all ages listen to the songs, engage with the cast on […]

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender June 11

Ten YA Books That Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Everything In Between by Naomi Bates

Books can be a powerful emotional vehicle.  Anger, passion, joy, deep dislike, humor, pain…those are just some emotions young adult books and authors can pull from you.  One minute you’re fine, the next you’re bawling in front of an audience (only if you read in public, that is).  As a book lover and reader, I […]

stand off June 04


  Ok…so here’s a scary thought: our students are going to have jobs that do not currently exist, solving problems that we do not currently know are problems, using skills we do not currently know how to teach and technology that does not yet exist. For the past several years, I have wondered about how […]

marvelous cornelius May 28

10 Books that Inspire Kids to Take Action and Change Their World by Marcie Flinchum Atkins

I’m a librarian in a Primary Years Programme (IB) elementary school that is also a Title 1 school. All students participate in our PYP programme and one of the big take-aways for kids is how to take action. Once you see an issue or a problem in your world, how do you make a difference? […]