Teachers, this section is just for you! We know how much work you do to turn even the most reluctant of readers into book enthusiasts and we hope the materials on this site help make that job a little easier.

  • Be sure to stop by the age & grade level section to find selections perfect for the students you teach.
  • Try the themes section for ideas of books that appeal to interest your particular reluctant reader already has, like sports or science or action movies. This section is also great for planning genre studies!
  • Make use of the author and series sections!
  • Once a kid finds one thing they like—trust us—they'll come back for more. Look to the printables section for classroom handouts, discussion guides for your literature circles or book clubs, and reproducible activity pages that are great for enhancing any literature lesson.
  • You can incorporate the cool multimedia on this site into your lesson plans or use them as models for projects students can create on their own.
  • The author section is also a fantastic resource for jumpstarting a super fun author study unit.
  • And check out our book club tips & recommendations for even more discussion and book group ideas!

Selected Activity Suggestions

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High School

Writing and Children's Books

As a teacher you know how important writing is to your curriculum. The books below provide an excellent chance to discuss different writing styles (poetry vs. prose) and have your students try their hand at writing pieces of their own.

The new compilation, Nasty Bugs, features poetry written by children's literature favorites. Read the book aloud with your students and discuss the concept of rhyme. Then have your students write their own poems about bugs, other animals, or any topic of their choosing!

Zorgamazoo, by Robert Paul Weston, is a novel written in verse. Discuss this concept with your students and how the novel would be different if it wasn't written in verse. Finally, have your students imagine a new scene for the book and draw it. Then have them explain in one stanza what is happening in the scene. You can also have them write the description in prose and talk about how the two differ in tone.

After reading Playground by 50 Cent, consult the Educator's Guide and encourage your students to do one or two of the activities listed. Students can examine lyrics and of their favorite songs and discuss style, tone, rhyme, and deeper meaning. They can also make a music video and focus on turning written lyrics in to visual imagery.

Playground by 50 Cent Educator Guide