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I’ve divided this list into four categories. The first one is related to studies showing the importance of books in the home. The second relates to to helping students select books they want to read. Next, I list posts sharing examples of what students can do while reading them (and does not include book reports!). And the last category includes web applications that make it easy for students to share about the books they have read.
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Here are my choices for My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them:
THE IMPORTANCE OF BOOKS:
“Home Libraries Provide Huge Educational Advantage”
More On The Importance Of Home Libraries
Very Accessible Report On The Importance Of Home Libraries
“Free books block ’summer slide’ in low-income students”
Update On Summer Reading Study
“Summer Must-Read for Kids? Any Book”
Study: Reading Books Is Only Out-Of-School Activity That Helps Students Get Better Job Later
A Book in Every Home, and Then Some is a useful article in the New York Times about efforts to get books to low-income families. It contains links to some useful studies.
Image: “Reading Helps You See Further”
Books in the Home Are Strongly Linked to Academic Achievement is from Pacific Standard.
This Is A Great Article On The Benefits Of Reading Books & Here Is How I’m Going To Use It
Statistic Of The Day: It’s Good To Have Books At Home
“Book Deserts” In Many Of Our Students’ Neighborhoods
Why is reading good for me? is from the BBC.
Statistic Of The Day: Reading Helps You Live Longer
Video: “Reading books could help lengthen your life”
Great Article On The Benefits Of Reading – With An Accompanying Writing Prompt!
NEW META-ANALYSIS FINDS THAT READING FICTION IMPROVES OUR “SOCIAL ABILITY”
Here’s a new and good video from Newsy (an article accompanies it):
ANGIE THOMAS HAS A NEW BOOK OUT & YOU’LL WANT TO READ BOTH IT & THIS INTERVIEW
STUDY: BOOKS AROUND THE HOUSE HELP KIDS, EVEN IF THEY DON’T READ THEM
The Case for Reading Fiction is from The Harvard Business Review.
New Research Reveals the Power of a Large Home Library (Even If You Don’t Read Every Book) is from Inc.
“Myths of Independent Reading”
How I Organize My Classroom Library
Concerns About Book “Leveling”
“When Reading Becomes Work: How Textbooks Ruin Reading”
Excellent Info On The Importance Of Reading For Pleasure
New Ongoing Project: Video Interviews With My Students’ Favorite Authors
Teenagers’ book choices ‘go for easier reads’ is a BBC story on a recent study.
One month after T @JenRoberts1 made this chart, “many of my students have stepped out of their reading bubbles … and generally expanded their horizons.” #litchat pic.twitter.com/RoPlBGM5TM
— Teacher2Teacher (@teacher2teacher) April 6, 2018
READING, WRITING & TALKING ABOUT BOOKS:
A3: I asked students, “What topics are trending in their lives?” as a way to give choice and raise voice. Then paired their trending topics with YA Lit. They had awesome ideas! #g2great pic.twitter.com/NF3hLPpsVM
— Andy Schoenborn (@aschoenborn) February 9, 2018
Getting Students To Talk About What They’re Reading &”Book Talks”
What A Great Way To Write A Book Review!
Students Annotating Text — Part Two
“Read A Children’s Book” Form For Students
Do You Require “Reading Logs” For Homework?
I like this reading log created by Ekuwah Moses.
Let’s Talk About Reading Logs Again is by Pernille Ripp.
Reading Logs — Part Two (or “How Students Can Grow Their Brains”)
Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids? is from The Atlantic and discusses important recent research.
Two Ways I’m Using Our School Library
“Book Discussion Group Guidelines”
“Low-Income Students Suffer Greater Summer-Learning Losses”
“Bloom’s Taxonomy According to Pirates of the Caribbean” is a fun video, and in the post I describe how I plan to use it as a model for a student assignment in their book discussion groups.
(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles appeared in Edutopia.
“Myths of Independent Reading”
Talking To Students About Their Reading (& Their Data)
What Should Teachers Be Doing During Student “Free Voluntary Reading” Time?
Summarizing Books In One Picture
Considering the Future of Reading: Lessons, Links and Thought Experiments is from The New York Times Learning Network, as is Beyond the Book Report: Ways to Respond to Literature Using New York Times Models. They are obviously not my posts, but I think the best place to “curate” them is here.
Book Reviews – & Shakespeare – In Three Panels
Here’s A New Reading Activity I Tried Out Today That Went Pretty Well…
Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading is by Catlin Tucker.
TEN WAYS TO DITCH THAT READING LOG is from Middle School Minds.
6 Alternatives to Reading Logs is by Shaelynn Farnsworth.
Could be a fun way to have students summarize a book—pie charts! #engchat #elachat #mentortext https://t.co/dPMtDd17TD
— Tricia Ebarvia (@triciaebarvia) August 19, 2017
My students are in book clubs and they are reading selections all tied to social justice. They will finish this week and I am going to have them write to this prompt (in the picture). pic.twitter.com/1CghxuU4Ql
— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) October 13, 2018
How to talk with a student about a book you haven’t read is the topic of this video and teacher hand-out.
How do you confer when you haven’t read the book? Read (and annotate) the #bandsoftextcomplexity instead. Ask questions that coach your reader into a higher level retell. #toolkitatmyfingertips #tcrwp pic.twitter.com/KZPWZcctFR
— Hareem Atif Khan (@hareematifkhan) October 30, 2018
I book-talked Michael Pollan’s in Defense of Food today. Love how he summarizes his entire book in the first seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” My 7-word teaching version: “More reading. More writing. Choice. No worksheets.” Yours?
— Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) November 7, 2018
Reading Logs Should Be Tools for ‘Students to Spy on Themselves’ is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns.
How to Set Up a Virtual Book Club for Students is from Edutopia.
A simple report that students can complete after reading a novel, a short story, or any narrative excerpt. Available both in PDF and editable Google Slides formats! https://t.co/RrvWwXYMho pic.twitter.com/deIOXlXMT7
— Miguel Míguez (@onthesamepagelt) April 7, 2022
When Reading Logs Backfire, What Can Teachers Do Instead? is from Edutopia.
USING TECHNOLOGY TO WRITE & READ ABOUT BOOKS:
#BookTok is a newer way for students to create video book trailers. Read about it in this NY Times article and watch this video:
Students Making Video “Book Trailers”
Making Book Trailers With Fotobabble
“Book Club It” Lets You Easily Create Online Book Discussion Groups
Here’s My Teacher Model For Instagram Video “Book Trailers” My Students Will Be Making
Creating Instagram Video “Book Trailers” With English Language Learners
Using Technology to Inspire Independent Readers is from Edutopia. It joins other resources related to students creating book trailers here.
#BookSnaps – How-To-Videos and Examples is by Tara Martin.
#BookSnaps and Book Creator is from Book Creator.
This isn’t my post, but it relates to book trailers: Common Core, Book Trailers, and Three Good Tools for Creating Them is a helpful post from Richard Byrne that shares several web tools.
I asked my kids to do book talks on @flipgrid and this is the kind of gold I got: https://t.co/pWpyt8ZLeP https://t.co/7jJX9tGpu0
— A.Rose (@betweenmargins) July 11, 2017
Tips for creating Book Trailers! Tech Tips and Content Tips! https://t.co/6V4Qvpfb8k #6thchat #4thchat #tcrwp pic.twitter.com/u64K3FeYYj
— Dana and Sonja (@LitLearnAct) December 18, 2015
“Call Me Ishmael” Is A Neat Site & Model For Student Book Activity
Am I The Only Teacher Who Didn’t Know About “BookTubers”?
HAVE STUDENTS CREATE NINETY-SECOND VIDEOS RETELLING BOOKS WITH THE NEWBERY FILM FESTIVAL
English 101 has a nice guide to having students create online book trailers.
Book Review Videos Made in the Common Craft Style is by Richard Byrne.
Wonderful thread with great examples to show to students as models so they could do their own! https://t.co/Z7D8gi9hVb
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) April 27, 2020
15 Creative and digital book report ideas that will get your students excited to read is from Book Widgets.
WRITING BOOK REVIEWS FOR AUTHENTIC AUDIENCES
Book reviews are great writing opportunities. ELL teacher Jennifer Duartehad some challenges having her students write ones for Amazon (not least of which being you have to buy something before they let you publish a review).Shelfari, though, seems like a very reasonable alternative. Students can create their own virtual bookshelf and write reviews of them.
Library Thing is similar to Shelfari, and is another good place for writing book reviews.
Good Reads is another.
Here is my book review template for those who requested it. There are two versions-I've used them in 1st and 3rd. https://t.co/Tu3w4U87u1
— Dr. Katie Toppel (she/her) (@KatieToppel) December 3, 2022
The Best Places Where Students Can Post Book Reviews For Authentic Audiences
For Those Who Want to Lead, Read is from The Harvard Business Review.
Books: A Living History is from Brain Pickings.
The Power of Purposeful Reading is by Cris Tovani.
Leah Price on the History of Reading is from The Browser.
I’ll Take 90% Student Engagement Over 100% “Compliance” — Any Day
Statistic Of The Day: Books Are Important
Here’s a TED-Ed lesson and video (even though it’s not anywhere as interesting as it could have been):
15 Reasons Why You Should Read was created by Lauren Zucker’s students.
Guided Reading: How to Make Kids Hate (or Love) to Read is by Justin Minkel.
Four Steps to a Magnificent Classroom Library is by Justin Minkel.
The literacy secret that Dolly Parton knows: Free books work. is from The Hechinger Report.
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Thanks for this post … a very helpful collection of articles and resources. As a small contribution: I’ve long been a fan of LibraryThing, but have recently discovered GoodReads. I like LibraryThing for tracking my actual book collection, but I find GoodReads to be more social and to do a better job of encouraging users to share and connect through their reading.
Thanks again. Cheers!
I am searching for a site like Shelfari that can be used with children under 13. I was excited to see your suggestions of Library Thing and Book Army, but both of them have books listed that do not seem appropriate for the under 13 group. I have also checked out GoodReads. Are any of these sites COPA compliant and are okay for children under 13? Please advise! Thank you!
On one of the posts in that list, I talk about using Google Books in a similar way. You might want to check that out. I wonder if Scholastic has anything?