Category Archives: Top Ten Lists

all the bright places April 30

Top Ten YA Books That Address Teenage Suicide by Michele L. Haiken, Ed.D.

Disclaimer –  This article addresses the topic of teen suicide and includes some sensitive information.   Evan was the class president of his high school. He was a solid student with lots of friends. He started an initiative in elementary school called “Cupcakes for a Cause” to raise awareness and money for hospice care after […]

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Reading Allowed: Ten Compelling Middle School Read-Alouds by Maggie Bokelman

In today’s teach-to-the-test climate, some administrators discourage or even prohibit classroom read-alouds, especially for secondary students. I don’t have to trumpet the benefits of reading aloud to followers of “The Nerdy Book Club,” but what can you do if you’re told there’s no time because there’s too much “important” material to cover, or because the […]

charmed i'm sure April 16

Books Published in 2016 by Ten Authors Who Skyped With My Students by Sandy Otto

In celebration of World Read Aloud Day, my students and I were lucky to Skype with 12 wonderful authors. We even had a visit from a local author. Many of them either just released a new book, or have a book which will be released later this year. Before our Skypes, I ordered as many […]

The Leveller April 09

Top Ten Books for Gamers by Erin Johnson

I can still fondly remember running my little heart out (in place) on the Nintendo Power Pad, desperately trying to beat my neighbor in the 100M Dash. I also remember spending countless evenings throwing ketchup jelly beans to a blob in hopes that he would make it home and I definitely did my best to […]

black and white April 02

A Special Educator’s Guide: Top Ten Books to Interest Your Dormant Middle School Reader by Suzanne Tiffany-Salogub

How can we awaken a dormant reader? They need to be presented with engaging and accessible texts. Always! All the time! We need to get our students reading books that are an appropriate challenge. The problem is our students or children who find reading difficult, also are conflicted with the idea that they are reading […]

Tammylittle free library March 31

Top 10 Reasons to Create Little Free Libraries in Your Community by Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

We often support schools and communities with promoting summer reading.  We want students to continue their “readerly lives” over the summer.  A few years ago, we were researching ideas to get books to students in different communities and we came across Little Free Libraries.   We immediately feel in love!  We were so enamored by this […]


Top Ten Books to Encourage Discussions around Social Justice by Jennifer Orr

As an elementary educator I know the power picture books hold. Such books speak to our hearts and evoke strong emotions. As a result, they are a wonderful tool for starting discussions around difficult topics. Here are ten titles for talking about some challenging but important issues in our world today.   While You Are […]

pax March 25

Books as Connectors by Susie Rolander

“You are a connector!” my friend Angela said to me many years ago.  She had just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point.  “These people who link us up with the world…these people on whom we rely on more heavily than we realize – are Connectors, people with a very special gift of bringing […]

actual size March 19


Whenever I started a new unit or inquiry with my second grade students, I always found a picture book that became a way in, a gateway if you will.  I used the books as a broad introduction before we got into the nitty-gritty details. As our studies continued, I would share more picture books that […]

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom March 05

10 Books That Help Me Hook Self-Proclaimed Middle School “Non-Readers” by Brittany Gendron

As educators, we know that there is no such thing as a non-reader, just a young soul who has yet to find the right book. The book that turns unintelligible ink slurred across a page into a meaning-making guide for the world around us. Sadly, by the time students reach middle school, many still have […]