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Teachers’ Choice: The Most Popular Books for Every Grade

March is National Book Month, so what better time to uncover our teachers’ favorite books? Check out these five most requested books from each grade level, and learn why you should bring them into your home or classroom.

Grade PreK-2

Mrs. Skolnik’s personal goal is to teach students that character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.”  In her book The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig tells a beautifully illustrated story that demonstrates life lessons like respect, friendship, and the importance of being nice to one another.

  1. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  2. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  3. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  4. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  5. Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Grades 3-5

Mrs. Turner chose Wonder for her 25 students to practice creative and critical thinking. Wonder is a warm, uplifting story that stirs different emotions and teaches students about life, discovery, perseverance, and respect. “I picked this book for our book study because not only can we use it for reading strategies, but also for lifelong lessons.”

  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  2. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  3. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  4. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Grades 6-8

The true story of a refugee from South Sudan, A Long Walk to Water has become a conversation starter for teachers and their students. They’re using it to discuss global issues including sustainability and the refugee crisis. Ms. Schiavone found this book a perfect match for students in her diverse community: “Having such a large military population in our classroom, I have students that come from all around the country and world. Reading this book and learning about the accounts of two children will help promote awareness and understanding not only for what is going on around the world but will also create understanding and awareness for each other in our own classroom.”

  1. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park
  2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hilton
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  4. Refugee by Alan Gratz
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Grades 9-12

The Hate U Give has been one of the most requested books on our site for several years. Teachers like Mr. Perkins use this book to empower their students to discuss shared experiences and envision social change.“This novel has so many key pieces that they struggle with each day. My hope is to not only find something they can relate with but to allow them to feel comfortable and empowered to share those struggles to empower each other.”

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  2. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  4. All American Boys by Nic Stone & Brendan Kiely
  5. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

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