Starting and Developing Classroom Libraries

You can look at this episode as an overview of how to start and develop a classroom library, or you can look at it as my own version of “Desert Island Discs.”  If you’re looking for any of the authors or books I talked about during this episode, here’s the complete list:

REALISTIC FICTION
Authors: Judy Blume, Rachel Cohn, Gary Paulsen, Angela Johnson, Sue Limb, Robert Cormier, Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Louise Rennison, and John Green

  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
  • You Don’t Know Me by David Klass
  • Everything is Fine by Anne Dee Ellis
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

MYSTERY AND SUSPENSE
Authors: Lois Duncan and Joan Lowery Nixon

  • What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles
  • Trapped by Michael Northrop
  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Die by William Sleator
  • Ten by Gretchen McNeil

HISTORICAL FICTION
Authors: Karen Cushman, Ann Rinaldi, and Avi

  • Death and the Arrow by Chris Priestley
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Witch Child by Celia Rees
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION
Authors: William Sleator and Scott Westerfeld

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Beta by Rachel Cohn
  • All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

HORROR

  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
  • Anna Dressed in Bloodby Kendare Blake
  • Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Tales From Lovecraft Middle School series by Charles Gilman

ROMANCE

  • Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

SHORT-STORY COLLECTIONS

  • Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
  • The Rumplestiltskin Problem by Vivian Vande Velde

POEM-FORMAT NOVELS
Author: Sonya Sones

  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  • Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

LETTER-FORMAT NOVELS

  • Letters From the Inside by John
    Marsden
  • The Internet Girls series starting with TTYL by Lauren
    Myracle

DIARY-FORMAT NOVELS

  • The Secret Blog of
    Raisin Rodriguez by Judy Goldschmidt
  • Click Here (To Find Out How I
    Survived Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega

GRAPHIC NOVELS

  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot
  • Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield

POETRY

  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones (poem-format novel)
  • Cool Salsa edited by Lori Carlson
  • Things I Have to Tell You: Poems and Writing by Teenage Girls edited by Betsy Franco

PLAYS

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers (screenplay-format novel)
  • The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel

NONFICTION

  • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
  • Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food
  • Outbreak: Plagues That Changed History by Bryn Barnard
  • Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing by Paul Janeczko
  • The Emperor’s Silent Army by Jane O’Connor
  • The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
  • Dear Diary by Lesley Arfin.
  • King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher
  • Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights From the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice by James Lileks

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