This page contains links to excellent resources for recommended and notable booklists, book award lists, book recommendations, reviews, teaching strategies, and more!

Highly Recommended, Notable, and National Award Winning Books

MIDL221 Goodreads Group
YA Must-Reads Goodreads Group
American Library Association (ALA) Book and Media Awards
Child Lit Wiki
Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) Book Award Lists
School Library Journal: 2012 YALSA and ALSC Book Picks
All About Adolescent Literacy
Jacket Flap
Book Lists! From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grades Authors
Persnickety Snark: Top 100 Young Adult Books
Banned and Censored Books
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction

Literature with Math Concepts

SMaRT Books: Math-related books by math strand
Middle and High School Math
Living Math Book list (very useful!)

Literature about Multicultural/Diverse Populations

Multicultural Children's Literature
How to Select the Best Multicultural Literature

Literary Elements

Story Map
Interactive Story Map (very cool!)
Literacy Graphic Organizers (lots o'organizers!)
Even More Graphic Organizers (interactive)

Literature Response Activities

Before Reading
  • Ask the class what they think the story is about just by knowing the title and seeing the front dust jacket and use Wiffitito have them respond (Brian)
  • You could also have a list of possible themes for the students to choose from and use Poll Everywhere to calculate class response (Brian)
  • Choose five or six different quotes from the book. Split students up into groups, giving each group a different quote. Allow the students to discuss what the quote means and predict what the book will be about from just that one quote. Then, come together as a class and have all groups share ideas, letting the students know afterwards that all of these quotes came from the same book. (Alex)

During Reading
  • Use a Thinkmark to record thoughts and connections. TheThinkmark is a way to increase participation and bring accountability to literature circles and discussions.
  • After reading a chapter, or in the middle of a story, have the students close their books and write a quick idea of what they think is going to happen next. Then when they read on in the story they will see if they were close or, interestingly, far from what actually happened. (Leah)
  • Use Post-Its throughout the mark to note interesting ideas or questions about what is going on. (Alex)

After Reading
  • Have students bring in materials that are closely related to the novel. Have the student explained to the class why they chose those praticular items. (Kristen)
  • You could also have students draw their favorite scene from the novel and write a sentence or two describing the scene. (Kristen)
  • Have the class create a poem that describes one of their favorite scene from the novel. (Clint)
  • Have students choose a character they can most relate to. Have students pretend to take on the role of that character and write a short sequel to the novel they just read. (Jessica)
  • Write about or discuss how the story would differ if the characters were something other than they are in the book. Ideas include a different occupation, race, gender, and so on. (Alex)

Literature Response Activities by Genre