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The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14

The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14
As we enter the last stretch of summer before school starts again, we present our big annual book list — and this year, we're focusing on great reads for kids. Back in June, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you, the NPR audience, to nominate your favorite books for kids age 9-14. More than 2,000 of you replied, giving us hundreds and hundreds of titles to consider. So we turned to our expert panel (read more about them — and their Newbery honors! The final 100 has a little bit of everything: tales of trying to fit in, escaping to magical lands, facing prejudice, coming of age and fighting to survive. So if you're looking for a new book for the young readers in your life — or you want to relive that age yourself — please stick around and browse our bookshelf. Related:  Middle School Book Recommendations and Activities

Book Recommendations for Middle School Boys Behold!!! The newest book post by RecipeBoy is here. There are so many great books that I’ve read, but to make a book post like this, I had to narrow it down to the best of the best. These books are all addicting. Even if you don’t like reading, you’ll find yourself reading one of these books all day long. These are Book Recommendations for Middle School Boys. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (paperback $6.99, kindle $8.89): Keeper of the Lost Cities is about a 12 year-old girl named Sophie that is a kid genius… by human standards. A Place Beyond the Map by Samuel Thews (paperback $13.49, kindle $2.99): A Place Beyond the Map is an extraordinary book by Samuel Thews. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (paperback $5.99): Ender’s Game is a great book by Orson Scott Card. Shooting Kabul by N.H. Infinity Ring by James Dashner (hardcover $10.39, kindle $6.50): Infinity Ring is a great series. Disclosure: Amazon affiliate links are included on this post.

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30 Very Funny Books--Seriously It's a dreary day, so I thought I'd indulge myself and come up with a list of my favorite comedies. A caveat, however: this is not a fancy English-professor-y list of the finest, most exquisitely crafted, most erudite or intellectually sophisticated works on paper in the language. This is a list of the books that make me laugh until my mascara starts to run. These are books to read over your first cup of coffee or just before you go to sleep . Remember: a day you've laughed is day you haven't wasted--even if you didn't get out of bed. Some days you need a jump-start to get to the funny parts of life. You've probably heard of most of these titles, and maybe you've already read several of them. You ready? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. And of course this is just the beginning.

The Perfect Book for Every Type of Reluctant Reader I See in Middle School I love reluctant readers. Finding the right book for them is like waiting for the long, skinny brick in a game of Tetris when you have the perfect spot for it and then BOOM!!! You did it!! (Does anyone know what I’m talking about?) Anyway, you won’t be able to turn all your students into the type of readers who read so much they forget to eat, but with some work, you can find a book that even your students who are staunchly opposed to reading will want to pick up. Here are my go-tos for the main types of reluctant readers I encounter. 1) The “I Would Rather Be Gaming” Reluctant Reader When I find out that I have a reluctant reader who likes video games, I lower my voice and tell them, “I know the best. Other titles: The Halo series (various authors), Armada by Ernest Cline 2) The “Reading is Too Mainstream, Man!” Other titles: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, The Magicians by Lev Grossman (like a darker Harry Potter), The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie,

Laura Candler's Teaching Resources - Free Printables and Lesson Ideas for Teachers! 30 Books I'm Glad I Read Before 30 In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives. I honestly credit a fraction of who I am today to each title. Thus, they have indirectly influenced much of what I write about on this site. A medley of both fiction and nonfiction, these great reads challenged my internal status quo, opening my mind to new ideas and opportunities, and together they gave me a basic framework for living, loving, learning and working successfully. If you haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend doing so. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – Gilbert, a Harvard professor of psychology has studied happiness for decades, and he shares scientific findings that just might change the way you look at the world. What are your favorite books? Photo by: Katie Harris

Projects to Engage Middle School Readers It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature. Peanuts raises some interesting questions about the value of reading projects. In middle school, we ask students to dissect texts and perform literary analysis. Demonstrate understanding of the plot elementsExplore the role of tone and themeIdentify significant scenes or events and their impact on the storyAnalyze a character and show an understanding of that character's motivationsExplain the relationship between the author's life and the story . . . does it have to be an essay or book report? Book Trailers In the spirit of movie trailers, book trailers allow students to create video advertisements to entice new readers. Students could use iMovie or Animoto to create and publish their videos.

Appetite for Change: Teaching Kids About Organics & Gardening Food plays an important role in the curriculum at our school, an alternative public elementary school in Olympia, Wash., which enrolls just under 300 students. We have a large organic garden and greenhouse, and during the school year, our students dig, plant, weed, water, compost, harvest, and cook fresh produce. All classrooms use the garden to help teach measuring, graphing, and weighing. Three years ago, our school piloted a new lunch program for our school district. Inspired by reading two provocative essays, "The Oil We Eat," by Richard Manning, and "Lily's Chickens," by Barbara Kingsolver, (see sidebar, page 32), I decided to take our learning about food a little deeper. We are privileged to have our own school garden and to have access to a variety of locally grown, organic produce in our lunches; but I wanted my students to have a deeper understanding of why we garden organically at our school, and why we would choose to make these changes in our lunch program. The Field Trip

The Ultimate Guide to Books for Reluctant Readers Ages 12 to 13 Here in New York City, I’ve observed a distinct mood change around the schoolyards. Decibel levels have crept into the danger zone, kids are literally bouncing off the walls (scuffed sneaker prints on the walls to prove it), and teachers are gulping down Advil. Something is coming. While some of us welcome summer (more relaxed schedules, wearing tank tops, going to the beach), others dread it (kids are not in school, family reunions, it’s hot!). And for many kids, reading takes a huge backslide during the summer. Here at Book Riot we’ve had a lot of questions come in about this very topic, especially among kids ages twelve to thirteen. Book Suggestions After a school year full of analyzing texts, drawing sentence diagrams, and writing persuasive first paragraphs, kids need books that will draw them in and keep them interested. *Note: For books in a series, the series name links to the book series set (if available), and the photo and blurb refer to the first book in the series. Fiction:

CAFO - The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories 16 Great Middle Grade Books to Read in 2016 As we bid 2015 adieu and say hello to 2016, it’s time to start looking forward to the plethora of books that await us in the new year. Sure, there are fantastic picture books and a host of great YA novels, but for my money, middle grade is where it’s at in the next twelve months. Whether your child’s tastes run to fantasy, mystery, humor, the classics, or stories based on real life experiences, we promise your middle grade reader will find something to love in this list. Secrets of Valhallaby Jasmine RichardsIf your son or daughter isn’t old enough for Rick Riordan’s re-telling of the ancient myths, Secrets of Valhalla is a wonderful substitute. The Rat Princeby Bridget HodderThe rats in the Cinderella story never got a lot of credit and The Rat Prince aims to rectify that oversight. See something you like?