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Mentor Texts for Urban Students

What texts work best for students with urban backgrounds? Shari Frost has suggestions for teachers.

Mentor Texts for Word Choice (BOOKLIST)

Choosing words in writing is a key to effectively communicating ideas. Franki Sibberson finds that the best way to introduce and extend conversations about words is through the use of picture books.

Books That Invite Thoughtful Conversation in Grades K-2

Nothing beats an engaging and fun text to spark conversations among young children. Here are some suggestions of terrific read-alouds to get the chatter started in classrooms.

Picture Books for Shared Reading

Shared reading builds skills and community in Katie DiCesare's 1st grade classroom.

Book Basket Idea: Cars and Trucks

Katie DiCesare remembers books that were fought over among the boys in her 1st grade classroom, and this leads to creating a new basket for the fall on cars and trucks.  She shares a booklist of fun titles in the basket.

Not Available in a Six-Pack: Books to Place Alongside Leveled Texts for Our Youngest Readers


Teachers of young children often face the difficult choice of using leveled books that aren't necessarily engaging, or children's literature that isn't as easy to peg for readability.  Franki Sibberson is on the hunt for wonderful children's literature that can easilysupplement or replace those lowest level "six-packs" of texts.

Choosing New Books for Comprehension Strategy Studies with Young Children

Ruth Shagoury and Andie Cunningham share a wealth of books appropriate for comprehension study with young children. The booklist is especially useful for work with English language learners.

Books That Invite Conversations About Perspective (BOOKLIST)

Students need to understand perspective (or point of view) if they want to comprehend what motivates a character.  In this booklist, Franki Sibberson highlights some terrific children's literature for helping students grasp the concept of perspective.

Books for Strategy Studies

Andie Cunningham has some thoughtful recommendations for books to use in strategy studies.

Literacy Learning on Presidents Day (BOOKLIST)

Here are some books to spice up your teaching in February on Presidents Day, or any time U.S. presidents come up in your curriculum.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) Books that Celebrate Language, Family and Culture

Stella Villalba shares her favorite bilingual (English/Spanish) books for helping young English language learners feel at home in new classrooms early in the year.

Accurate But Not Quite Fluent: Books for Second-Grade Readers in Transition

Many second-grade readers are in transition – they can decode almost any text and are eager to read chapter books.  Yet many don't have the stamina for reading even very short chapter books on their own. Katie DiCesare presents a booklist of her top picks of new fiction and nonfiction books that might engage and challenge her second-grade students.

Step by Step: Integrating Nonfiction into Primary Classroom Instruction

Nonfiction texts require different reading skills than fiction, and you can’t introduce nonfiction genres to children too early. Katie DiCesare shares how she moves between whole-class, small-group, and individual instruction to help all her first graders master the text features in nonfiction.

Characters We Love (BOOKLIST)

Nothing hooks kids on books more than a favorite character. Franki Sibberson presents some series books with intriguing characters that will delight your students.

Teaching Economics with Children’s Literature

Mandy Robek shares some of her favorite children’s books for teaching economics.

Multicultural Books for Beginning Readers

"Why isn't there an African-American Henry and Mudge?" asks a teacher. This question leads Shari Frost on a quest to find the best early readers for multicultural students. In this booklist, she highlights her top picks.

Getting the Most Out of Picture Books

If you are a fan of Mo Willems’ picture books (and who isn’t?), you’ll enjoy Katie DiCesare’s ideas for integrating his popular stories throughout the literacy curriculum. From read-alouds to mentor texts, these books are wonderful tools for engaging students.

Novels in Verse (BOOKLIST)

Franki Sibberson provides a booklist of "novels in verse" – a genre intermediate readers enjoy, especially those who struggle with longer texts.

If You Like Captain Underpants: Related Books for Students (BOOKLIST)

Franki Sibberson has suggestions for sustaining the interest of kids who love silly and gross fun in this booklist.

Fairy Tales for Middle Grade Readers (BOOKLIST)

This booklist is on fairytales, and there are a range of reading levels and styles to support readers of different ability levels.

Books for Phonics Instruction – Accomplishing More Than Just Sounding Out Words

Shari Frost finds herself appalled at some of the "books" children are reading in the name of phonics instruction, so she sets out to create a booklist of high quality children's literature that does more than just help children sound out words.

A Workshop Model in the Library: Time for More Than Book Checkout

Franki Sibberson shares ideas for library browsing baskets, as well as ways to integrate minilessons into the school library routine.

New Versions of Old Favorites (BOOKLIST)

Recently there has been less interest in retelling of classic tales by children’s book authors. Franki Sibberson’s booklist highlights some of the best new twists on favorite children’s stories.

Build Fluency with Books That Are Fun for Kids to Read Aloud Over and Over and Over Again

Here’s a booklist of delightful titles that will build fluency skills for students — both as read alouds, and during independent reading.

Books that Invite Student Participation

Franki Sibberson has suggestions for read-alouds that encourage kids to participate.

Community First: Using Read Alouds to Strengthen Classroom Connections

Mary Lee Hahn plans her read alouds for double duty, using them to build the community and a love of reading.

Nonfiction Books for Independent Reading: Moving Beyond Content Connections (BOOKLIST)

Franki Sibberson explains how she boosted the amount of nonfiction texts her grades 4 and 5 students were choosing for independent reading by focusing more on interest than on content connections.

Literary Nonfiction: Models for Writing

Literary nonfiction is emerging as a popular genre. In this booklist, Franki Sibberson shares mentor texts for writing literary nonfiction.

Strong Girls (BOOKLIST)

If Nancy Drew was an important literary role model for you when you were a preteen, you might enjoy a peek at the sassy new gals who are influencing our tweens.

Beyond Matt Christopher (BOOKLIST)

Franki Sibberson finds many boys who are reluctant readers love the sports novels of Matt Christopher. So what is the logical next author or genre for these boys to keep them reading voraciously?

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