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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Websites and Resources for Parents/Teachers to Who Want to Talk to Kids About Books

1. Brightly

Brightly is the Penguin Random House site dedicated to helping parents, teachers, librarians, and just about everyone with kids in their lives grow lifelong readers. Brightly offers book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips, author essays, book lists, free printables, and much more!

2. TeachingBooks.net

Teaching Books’s quest is to empower every reader to connect deeply with a book, gain new insights and understanding from authors, and thoroughly enjoy the experience of reading through cultivating an extensive and ever-growing collection of instructional materials about young adult and children’s books and authors.

3. Teaching Guides on Publisher Websites

Many publishers have teaching and/or discussion guides on their website. For example: Abrams Books has a whole teaching guide section, Candlewick Press has an educator resource section, while with Chronicle Books you have to search for the specific books to find the guide (example: Maya Lin by Susan Goldman Rubin). All publishers have guides, so just look around 🙂

4. Activities on Author Websites

Authors also are a great resource because many of them include activities on their websites. For example: Josh Funk has activity kits, Jess Keating has a kids’ magazine and printables, and Deborah Heiligman has information on research and readers’ theater activities. Most authors have something on their website to add to their books–make sure to check them out.

5. Read Write Think from ILA and NCTE

Read Write Think’s mission is to to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

6. The English Companion Ning

This is Jim Burke’s website, and it is free to teachers. The Ning is a great place to post questions, and the forums are filled with ideas.

7. NCTE

NCTE hosts a lot of great pages like the National Day on Writing and the Right to Read. There are a lot of great resources on censorship. Further, ILA hosts a great website about intellectual freedom, and ALA hosts a great pages about banned books.

8. ALAN

Let me count the ways I love ALAN. Stop at this website if you love young adult literature. You won’t be sorry.

9. The National Writing Project

The National Writing Project was life-changing for me (Ricki). It shaped how I look at writing. I highly recommend their program and their Summer Institute if you have a local National Writing Project chapter.

10. The 2ndaryELA Facebook Group

This Facebook group makes me so happy. I love reading the ideas and the support from teachers to teachers.

 

What resources are your go to websites for literacy resources?

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Books I Love to Read with my Mom

from Sarah H., 7th grade

1. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

My mom and I love mysteries and trying to figure out what happened.

2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

My mom and I loved reading the first one together.

3. Save Me a Seat by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks

After reading it for Mrs. Moye’s Lunch Book Club, I recommended it to my mom, and we both loved it.

4. Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

I remember my mom reading these to me at bedtime, and we would both say the lines over and over.

5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

After reading it in Kindergarten, my mom and I read it over and over.

6. Pinkalicious and the others in the series by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann

My mom and I still read these–I love her imagination!

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry

I told my mom I was reading The Giver, and we started talking about it (after she reread it).

8. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My mom and I love the movie, and we wanted to see the differences.

9. Dr. Seuss Books

I still have these in my closet, and we sometimes reread them and look through them.

10. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

My mom and I love all the animals in this book. We read it over and over.

Thank you, Sarah!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Favorite Quotes from Books

by Habiba F., 8th grade (2016-17) now a 9th grader!

1. “Come quickly. I am tasting the stars.” – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is what Dom Perignon said after inventing champagne. I like this quote because it shows how one’s mind can stretch farther than than the clouds.

2. “She is not just an ape…” – Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

This quote sows that even if your eye see only an ape, they are more than that.

3. “Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but its more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.” – A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

This quote shows how Dave, even though he lived in torture with his family and was shown little love, still has hope.

4. “You have to understand that in a person’s life, there are a few precious moments in which decisions, choices that you man now, will affect you for the rest of your life.” – Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer

This quote shows how every move you make affects you later in life.

5. “I loved you when you were 300, 200 pounds. I love you now.” – Skinny by Donna Cooner

I love this quote because it shows true sibling love and that it isn’t about looks, it’s about love.

6. “I could keep running from my battles and live in fear, or I could embrace the fear.” – Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This shows a courageous girl who faces what she has been avoiding.

7. “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly then all at once.” – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

This quote shows how true love can be comforting and soothing.

8. “The things we do outlast our morality, the things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharoahs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re out of the memories people have of you.” – Wonder by R.J. Palacio

9. “People are more than they look.” – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

This quote gives a reason to not judge someone by looks.

10. “Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited.” – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

This quote shows that sometimes there will be things you just don’t understand.

What are your favorite quotes? 

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Thirty Male Book Characters We’d Totally Date

by Clara, Kiersten, Amanda, and Ashley, 7th grade (2016-2017) now 8th graders!

Clara A.

1. W.W. Hale the Fifth from Heist Society by Ally Carter

Hale is a combination of bad and sensitive. He is a thief; however, ever since his mom left him, he has been so scared of losing anyone else.

2. Seth Logan from The Lost Heir by Allison Whitmore

Seth is a guitar player who most people hate; however, he never loses sight of those he loves.

3. Alexi from All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Alexi is very protective of those he loves, even when they are over seas. He cares about his friends and always makes sure they are safe.

4. Josh from The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Josh is always willing to do whatever for his friends such as giving them his sweatshirt on a cold, chilly night.

5. Dodge from The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Whether he is a revel, knight, or peasant, Dodge never game up on his one true love even if it means dying for her.

6. Luis from Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Luis is both athletic and smart. He plays track and would do anything to help people.

7. Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas always tries to do what is right. Even if it means breaking the law to save a child’s life.

8. Kyle from The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

Kyle’s ability to make decisions quickly makes him a great leader. He made so many sacrifices to save his friends.

9. Dai from The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

Dai tries to hide his feelings and act tough; however, he cares for people and hates hurting them.

10. Eli from The Summer I Save the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Eli cares for his family, especially his little brother. He doesn’t try and high his feelings but talks to someone about them.

Amanda C. & Kiersten R.

1. Josh from The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

I love Josh’s caring and attentive personality. The fact that he still tried to speak with Emma after 6 months shows how much he really cares for her! -Amanda

2. Alex from Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Alex is a sweet guy who’s very protective over Lena. I love the fact that he’s not afraid to stand out and go against society. -Kiersten

3. Clay from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Even though he didn’t really show it, Clay loved and wanted to help Hannah. After she died, he didn’t want the same thing to happen to Skye. He wasn’t gonna lose someone else. -Kiersten and Amanda

4. Noah from Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

I love Noah’s serious yet geeky personality. Though he’s quiet, he feels comfortable talking to Lex, and I think it’s so cute how he has a quiet and serious side to him but also a sweet and caring side. -Amanda

5. Xander from Matched by Ally Condie

Xander is super caring and nice to his best friend, Cassie. He’s super protective, and he supports Cassie in everything. Normally, he’s the quiet, obedient type, but he never stops talking to Cassie. -Kiersten

6. Peter from The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

We love how Peter has such a friendly personality. He gives off a brave, strong image. He handles emergencies well and doesn’t have much of a temper. We imagine him with a New York accent, too. -Kiersten and Amanda

7. Zander from How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston

Zander has this laid-back personality that I absolutely adore. He knows how to stick with the right crowd. Plus, he’s in a bad which I think is awesome. -Amanda

8. Mfumbe Taylor from The Barcode Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn

Mfumbe is a hardworking and perfect-student type of person, but he has ideas that go against the norm of society. He’s very caring and one of the most good-looking guys in his grade. He’s friendly, too. -Kiersten

9. Eli from The Summer I Save the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz

Eli is a very sweet guy, and the gift he gave to Nina is super cute. The first kiss she got from him on the bench was a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e! -Kiersten and Amanda

10. Jaime from Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

He’s super shy and geeky, but when he’s around Peppy, he can be super adorable. Plus, he’s really intelligent. -Amanda

Ashley F.

1. Harry Potter from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

He is brave, powerful, confident, magical, and cares for others.

2. Tobias aka Four from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.

He is athletic, brave, fearless, loving, caring, and strong.

3. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

He is unique, different, confident, full of spirit, and brave.

4. Peeta Mellark from the Hunter Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

He’s brave, strong, loving, loyal, and cares for the people he loves.

5. Finnick Odair from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

He’s really strong, flirtatious, charming, and works really hard.

6. Evan Walker from The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

He’s mysterious, super sweet, and seems creepy but isn’t.

7. Thomas from the Maze Runner series by James Dashner

He is strong, brave, courageous, and good looking.

8. Newt from the Maze Runner series by James Dashner

He is muscular, supportive, and smart.

9. Sean from Autumn Falls by 

He’s understanding, caring, really sweet, and almost perfect.

10. J.J. Austin from Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne

He’s kind, sweet, smart, loves video games, and adores fictional things.

Who are your book crushes?

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Antagonists

from Christian U., 7th grade (now 8th grade!!)

1. Queen Wasp from The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Queen Wasp attempts to convince Steven to kill his own baby for a new one from a series of dreams. Strategic, Queen Wasp really deserves a spot on the list of the best antagonists.

2. Luke from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Luke was strategic, acting as the hero the whole book but was really the villain. With Luke being able to trick Percy into doing his dirty work, he is one of the most hated antagonists.

3. The Warden from Holes by Louis Sachar

The Warden tricks a group of kids to dig holes just for her to try and find a buried suitcase of money. Sneaky, the Warden is one of my top 10 antagonists.

4. Coastal Guard from The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke

The Coastal Guard tries to fight off the experiments who try to make it to an area with others of their kind. Fearless, the Coastal Guards are actually the enemy.

5. The Animals from Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

The animals of the forest are infected and start to pick off the humans. One by one. Unstoppable, the animals kick everyone out of their way.

6. The Witches from Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin

The witches disguise themselves as school teachers just to eat their students. Strategic (and kinda gross!), the witches are surely evil antagonists.

7. Giant Cyclops from The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Giant Cyclops captures Grover and threatens to eat him up. The Giant Cyclops is fearless and will take down anyone in his path.

8. The Government in Bot Wars by J.V. Kade

The U.D. Government tries to take away Trout’s dad because he supports bots (who didn’t do anything wrong). The U.D. Government bombs bot territory and is bad to the good bots.

9. Hitler and the Nazi Party from Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Hitler affected Fredrich’s future in music and sent his dad to prison for him not following the Nazi Party. Hitler is pure evil.

10. The Poacher from Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

The poacher killed Sukari’s mother which was the reason why Sukari went to Charlie. The poacher caused many of the problems and is a dangerous antagonist.

Thank you, Christian!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Unbelievable Moments in Books

from Courtney B. and Yasmine P., 8th grade

10. Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

When Meg betrays Apollo. Throughout the book, Meg is the sarcastic and feisty sidekick to Apollo, but at the climax of the story, she betrays him.

9. My Life with Liars by Caela Carter

At the end when all of reality is brought to Zylnn, and it really makes the reader rethink reality and humanity.

8. How to Speak Dolphin by Ginny Rorby

When Nori is realsed back into the wild. Nori had cancer and was miraculously released.

7. Blue Exorcist by Kazue Kato

The most unexpected character is also a pervert and is a double spy for the Illuminati. He also kidnaps his friend.

6. Into White by Randi Pink

When Toya turns Caucasian. It was very unexpected as this is something that can’t happen in real life, and the book seems realistic fiction.

5. Black Butler by Yana Toboso

The backstory of the main character is that he murdered his family and other people, and he has a demon serving him as a butler.

4. Warrior by Erin Hunter

When the unexpectedly dies making Fireheart leader (though she dies later, too!).

3. Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate

In a match between two high school teams, Karasuno against Nekoma and the tension while reading was unbelievable.

2. The Neptune Project by Polly Holkyoke

When Nere’s mom is shot! Through the frantics of the scene, Nere’s mom is shot and is most likely dead.

1. Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

At the end of Naruto when there is a literal battle to the death and even though they are all beaten up and their arms are cut off, making a sort of heart shape with blood, they still become best friends again.

Thank you, Courtney and Yasmine!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Graphic Novels

from Luke S. and Amar A., 8th grade

Luke S.

1. HiLo by Judd Winnick

HiLo is about a boy from space, and he is such a funny person and would be a good friend. It is a fun and adventurous book.

2. Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie

A boy and his dog and his amazing inventions. He has to keep his inventions to himself.

3. Bird and Squirrel by James Burks

Squirrel and bird are funny and go on fun adventures.

4. Dogman by Dav Pilkey

Dogman has a dog head and a man body who is the best crime fighter.

5. Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate is a middle schooler who is struggling with popularity.

Amar A.

1. Sidekicks by Dan Santat

This book is very funny and has action and comedy mixed together perfectly.

2. Nnewts by Doug TenNapel

I like this book because it has a sort of mysterious/action plot to it.

3. Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

This book is great because it has a plot twist.

4. TeenBoat by Dave Roman 

This book is no where near normal which makes it hilarious.

5. Explorer: The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi

This book is very mysterious and has many great stories in one.


 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Graphic Novels

from Omar B. and Ethan F., 6th grade

Omar B.

1. The Simpsons by Matt Groening

I like this book because it is funny.

2. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

I like this book because it is about a superhero.

3. The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

I like this book because it is dramatic.

4. HiLo by Judd Winnick

I like this book because it is funny.

5. The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin

I like this book because it is funny and dramatic.

Ethan F.

1. Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

This is a great adventure book.

2. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

This book is very funny.

3. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

This book is very interesting.

4. Bird & Squirrel by James Burks

This book is very funny.

5. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

This book is very deep for a graphic novel.

Thank you, Luke, Amar, Omar, and Ethan!

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