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

Middle School

High School

Mysteries and Problem Solving

Kids love to delve into a good mystery—start off with these two great titles and then move on to other titles from the Mystery and Thriller suggestions in our Themes section.

With Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, you can bring the courtroom to the classroom when you're teaching about American government. Study the roles of the members of the court during a trial to gain understanding of how each person involved contributes to the events that need to occur in order to determine a verdict. Have students learn essential courtroom and law terms and write down sentences or create a dialogue-rich short story using each of the words. Put on a mock trial in the classroom to help students understand the application of the knowledge they've gained. Download a free copy of the Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer Guide for Teachers and Librarians.

In Paper Towns, the mystery is linked in to literature and research—have students identify something from the book that they want to learn more about (for example, paper towns, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Robbie Coltrane) and write about how knowing more about the subject helps to enhance their understanding of Paper Towns. To help start a great class discussion about the book, download the Paper Towns Discussion Guide for more ideas.