Keeping kids excited about reading is a major part of my job. If they like the books they will read. This means that I keep up a steady diet of reading during the year. Enough that the site of me heading for the book store makes my husband shudder.
As much as I read I can’t possibly read everything that my students are reading. Yet, I am constantly trying to bring new books into the classroom. This is why I rely on a variety of resources to help me select new books for my classroom library. Here are some of my favorites.
Welcome to my Tweendom: Stacey Dillon is a school librarian and always has her finger on the pulse of what tweens are reading these days. I really love her blog because I’m often concerned that I’m giving my tweens books that they can read but that aren’t too mature.
Planet Esme: Esme Raji Codell, author and former teacher, maintains a website and a blog that has amazing book lists. I often visit her site when putting together book order.
Choice Literacy Newsletter: This free newsletter has great ideas on a variety of literacy related topics and every once in awhile an article that has some fantastic text suggestions like this one.
Kids Momo: I love this fun site. Book reviews, book trailers, and fun podcasts with great recommendations.
I hope these sites help you find some great books to add to your classroom this year!