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

Picture Book

Chapter Book

High School

Make 'em laugh!

One way to get boys more interested in reading is to appeal to their sense of what's funny. Start with these two suggestions, but get others from the Humor suggestions in our Themes section.

Goodnight Goon is a parody of a famous classic picture book story—introduce the concept of parody and bring both books into the classroom to compare for similarities and differences. Have your students identify other stories that could be parodied or retold and take it a step further by having them create one of their own!

In the George Brown, Class Clown series by Nancy Krulik, George doesn't really mean to be a troublemaker! Now that he's moved to a new town, he is determined to turn over a new leaf, but a little bit of mischievous magic can mess up even the best of intentions. Talk with the class about the funny things that happen to George and the funny things that he does—what makes them humorous and what are good ways to "make kids laugh without getting in trouble"?

In I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson is a mad evil genius on his way to world domination, but when Oliver's father—and archnemesis—makes a crack about the upcoming middle school election, Oliver takes it as a personal challenge. Use this in reading groups to get students excited about reading. This is an excellent way to introduce different literary styles of humor and bring in other books that represent different types of comedy.