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If You Like Goosebumps . . .

Students still love the Goosebumps series, and teachers can build on that passion by introducing them to other texts with similar appeal. Franki Sibberson shares books at a variety of reading levels which tap into student fascination with things that go bump in the night.

Preparing Students for Summer Reading (ROUND-UP)

This round-up includes suggestions from Choice Literacy contributors Julie Johnson, Beth Lawson, Cathy Mere, Donalyn Miller, Colby Sharp, and Karen Terlecky.

Book Matchmaker: Teaching Theme in the Intermediate Grades

Students need strong mentor texts for understanding the concept of theme. Franki Sibberson shares many of her favorites in this Book Matchmaker.

Perspective as a Component of Text Complexity: A Common Core Booklist

Franki Sibberson tackles the connections between text complexity and perspective in this Common Core booklist.

Mentor Texts for Nonfiction Writing

Beth Lawson and Heather Rader meet to plan and share mentor texts for nonfiction writing in Beth’s fourth-grade classroom.

Book Matchmaker: Texts for an Advanced First Grader

Joan is a first-grade teacher who has one reader in mind – a student who is reading well above grade-level expectations. Franki Sibberson has many intriguing book suggestions to help her.

Beyond Harry Potter: Tapping Student Interest in Fantasy

Franki Sibberson taps into the fantasy craze among students with this booklist.

Book Matchmaker: Intermediate Read-Alouds

Franki Sibberson shares some of her favorite read-alouds for the intermediate grades.

Book Matchmaker: Graphic Novels for a 6th Grader

Franki Sibberson has graphic novel suggestions for 6th grade girls.

Book Matchmaker: 5th Grade English Language Learners

Robin Heist is an elementary teacher looking for books for her older English language learners who are reading below grade-level expectations.

Unpacking the Common Core Standards: Compare and Contrast Nonfiction

Franki Sibberson highlights texts for teaching compare and contrast in nonfiction texts.

Unpacking the Common Core Standards: First Grade Information Texts

Franki Sibberson designs a booklist for tackling information texts in first grade.

Books that Make Kids Squeal

Shari Frost shares books with “squeal appeal” — here is a booklist of texts that energize and delight kindergarten learners.

Mentor Texts for a Writing Study in Graphica

Graphica readers often want to become graphica writers. Franki Sibberson weeds through the books and leaves us with the "good stuff" for mentor texts.

Book Matchmaker: Texts for 5th Grade English Language Learners

Finding high interest books for English language learners in the upper elementary grades can be a challenge. Franki Sibberson shares some of her favorites.

Books that Invite Students into Poetry Writing

Are your students stuck on writing poems that rhyme?  Franki Sibberson shares some of her favorite mentor texts for lifting the quality of student poems.

Nonfiction Favorites for Boys (BOOKLIST)

What boy can resist a book titled How They Croaked? If you're looking for some books to fascinate and delight the boys in your classroom, Tony Keefer has some terrific suggestions of recent nonfiction titles in this booklist.

Caught in the Middle: Tween Books to Excite Readers

What does research tell us about tween readers and capturing their interest in books? Teri Lesesne’s tween booklist integrates the research with recent publications sure to interest young readers.

New Fiction for Boys (BOOKLIST)

It takes a kid at heart to share what young boy readers would take to heart, and Tony Keefer is just the guy for the job.  Tony loves whonunits, blood ‘n’ guts, and cliffhangers, and he shares that passion with his tween students in this fiction booklist for boys.

Books Struggling Readers Can and Will Want to Read: Building the Classroom Library

Sammy is an avid reader in the classroom, but his teacher Cathy Mere notices he “accidentally” is always leaving the backpack with his intervention books behind.  The challenge for classroom teachers is stocking books with titles that will interest Sammy, but still provide enough challenge and support to move him forward as a reader.

Mentor Texts to Help Students Monitor Their Actions

Mandy Robek has a delightful list of books that help students reflect upon and monitor their behavior in the classroom.

Books with Overlooked Potential for Launching the School Year (and Ideas for Using Them with Students)

You know those books that cause us to say, “Aww…I love that book.” Well, the team at Literacyhead has us thinking about using old favorites in new ways.

Books for Launching the School Year (and Ideas for Using Them with Students)

We all want students starting school with intention, confidence, community and more. These books from the team at Literacyhead can help.

Favorite Short Mentor Texts for Demonstration Lessons

For teacher leaders who are called upon to do demonstration lessons, here is a “must-have” list of short, potent books.

Organizing a Classroom Nonfiction Library with Students

Organizing nonfiction so that kids will gobble it up is an art. Andrea Smith knows how important it is to include students in this process.

Injecting Writing into . . . Everything: Ellipsis Stories

"DOT DOT DOT" – a phrase made famous in Mama Mia, it's also the spark for some writing instruction linked to read alouds from Heather Rader.

Save the Picture Books!

Are picture books endangered species? Sales are plummeting, in part because parents and teachers are pushing students into chapter books at ever-younger ages.  Shari Frost turns a critical eye on her own practice, and brainstorms practical ways to promote the value of picture books in classrooms.

Primary Series Study

Katie DiCesare describes the primary series study unit she completes with her 1st and 2nd graders, combining reading, writing, and community building.

Books and Activities from Around the World to Celebrate the Holiday Season

People around the world celebrate the holidays in different ways, and that diversity provides wonderful learning opportunities this time of year.  Stella Villalba shares literary holiday projects and a booklist around the themes of “peace” and “wishes” that might help students find common ground in family traditions.

Injecting Writing into Everything: Prediction Stories

What happens between kindergarten and upper elementary grades to make students more hesitant about making predictions? Heather Rader has books and teaching suggestions for building prediction skills.

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