Books and Recommendations

Here are some of the resources I use when I am making book recommendations, as well as professional texts I refer to frequently (bottom).

Book Riot: The editors and writers of this site collect many different types of information about books, and not just young adult literature. This is the most recent podcast I’ve started listening to, and I absolutely love it.

Book Speed Dating: An activity I’ve done with my students to expose them to a high volume of books in a short amount of time.

The Centurions on Facebook: A group of readers who talk about what they read. It’s essentially a book club where everyone reads what they want, talks about what they read, and adds a million books to their TBR lists every month.

My Library: This page has the young adult books in my collection divided into genre or topic. It also has links to Feature Shelf, a video blog on book recommendations.

The Nerdy Book Club blog: I think the name of this blog speaks for itself, really.  There’s also a #nerdybookclub on Twitter.

Reading Rants! Book lists and reviews by a librarian.

Short Middle School Read Alouds from Christopher Lehman

Text Messages: A podcast of themed book recommendations and author interviews by ReadWriteThink and Thinkfinity.

Twitter hashtags good for talking about books:

Windsor High Booktalks: A blog of student-made book talks.

Wonderopolis: A collection of short non-fiction articles that answer questions about myriad topics.

Professional Texts **NEW**

Atwell, N. (1998). In the middle: New understanding about writing, reading and learning. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Burke, J. (2000). Reading reminders: Tools, tips and techniques. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Cart, M. (2011). Young adult literature: From romance to realism. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Daniels, H., & Zemelman, S. (2004). Subjects matter: Every teacher’s guide to content-area reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Harvey, S. & Goudvis, A. (2007). Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension for understanding and engagement (2nd edition). Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Keene, E. O. & Zimmermann, S. (2007). Mosaic of thought: The power of comprehension strategy instruction (2nd edition). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Meyer, R. J. & Whitmore, K. F. (Eds.). (2011). Reclaiming reading: Teachers, students, and researchers regaining spaces for thinking and action. New York, NY: Routledge.

Miller, D. (2011). The book whisperer: Awakening the inner reader in every child. New York, NY: Scholastic.

Morner, K. & Rausch, R. (1991). NTC’s dictionary of literary terms: The comprehensive, easy-to-understand reference to critical and literary terms. Chicago, IL: NTC Publishing Group.

Probst, R. E. (2004). Response & analysis: Teaching literature in secondary school (2nd edition). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Rosenblatt, L. (2005). Making meaning with texts: Selected essays. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Young, T. A. & Hadaway, N. L. (Eds.). (2006). Supporting the literacy development of English learners: Increasing success in all classrooms. Newark, DE: The International Reading Association.

Zemelman, S., Daniels, H., & Hyde, A. (2012). Best practice: Bringing standards to life in America’s classrooms (4th edition). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


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