Is your student struggling to find a book they are interested in reading? Does your student say, "I hate reading!" or "Books are boring!" Below are links to sites that I have come across with various book recommendation lists to help you guide your student in the book picking process. Please keep in mind that I have not read every book on these lists nor do I endorse all of the suggested titles. Think of these lists as a starting point when you are helping your student look for their next great read!
-The Book Wizard from Scholastic.com allows you to type in your favorite author or book title to find books that are similar. You can even adjust up or down reading levels to find suggestions that are appropriate for your reading level. Also available is a mobile app that allows you to scan a books bar code!
AR Book Finder from Renaissance Learning
-Even though we aren't using the AR system for independent reading tests this year, Renaissance Learning offers a great site to help your student find a book they are interested in. The site offers 2 different ways to look up books- quick search & advance search. If you use the quick search option you can type in the title or author to find out more about a specific text. If you use the advance search option you can narrow your results using reading level and additional criteria such as topic and fiction or non-fiction.
Great Books for Middle Readers from CarnegieLibrary.org
-The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has compiled a list of books covering a wide variety of topics and reading levels. Each entry has a picture of the book as well as a brief description.
I-Hated-to-Read-Til-I-Read-This Book List for Boys from James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead.com
-Best selling author James Patterson has compiled a list of books geared specifically toward boys. He has organized his lists into several catagories- Advanced Reads for teens and tweens ages 11 and up, Pageturners for ages 8-12, and Transitional books for ages 7-10.
Book Lists & Recommendations from Scholastic.com
-Scholastic is known for young adult books & this link is no exception! These 140 (!!!!) different book lists & recommendations cover a wide variety of topics such as Newberry Winners, Beyond Harry Potter, Read-Them-If-You-Dare Horror Tales for Tweens, and Top Picks for Middle Schoolers. Take some time to puruse this link & find your next great read!
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