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Literature Programs and Ideas for Bringing Great Books to Your Students

Motivate students to read with exceptional books! Here you will find great book lists and resources for developing successful reading programs in your classroom and enabling parents to encourage independent reading at home.

Summer Reading
We’ve gathered together book recommendations, activities, tips, and resources to help you motivate all your young readers.
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Award-Winning Books Lists (Updated for 2006!)
We've gathered the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, and Corretta Scott King Awards, including the 2006 titles. Many of these titles have online teaching plans, author biographies, and author interview transcripts. Go Now

Teaching with Illustrators
Bring illustrators into your classroom with these resources, including interviews, a unit plan, and guided tours of favorite books. Go Now

Scholastic BookFiles Reading Guides
Supplement your literature instruction with these enriching guides to
classic books. Designed to supplement -- not substitute -- reading the book
itself, the BookFiles series includes author interviews, analysis of
themes, activities, glossaries, and writing activities. Go Now

Independent Reading Contract (K – 2, 3 – 5)
Use this handout to keep track of student reading, and give kids fun ways to express their reactions to books they read.
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Choosing Books for Your Child
Give parents some tips on choosing books for kids to read.
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Invite an Author to Your Classroom
Sounds like a great idea, but how in the world do you make it happen? Use these tips and instructions to contact great authors and make this event a success in your classroom. Go to Invite an Author in our Authors & Books area of the Student Activity Center.