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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend for Classroom Reading

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is a freebie that can be school themed. As a teacher in the past with a lot of friends who still teach, I’m often thinking about what books I’d recommend to them to use with their students or have in the classroom for any free reading time. I’m going to try to list books for multiple classes, because “English class” is such an easy obvious one and there can be so much more range!!

The Books

The classrooms

History: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I don’t know about y’all, but I had never heard about the Wilhelm Gustloff, but this book is a piece of history where you know the ending and the stories to get there are so bittersweet because of it.

Natural Science: The Year Without a Summer by Arlene Mark

This might be a bit on the nose since it literally takes place in a science class for a lot of it, but it’s so good! There’s a lot about the science, but also the cultural impacts and activism as well.

Languages: Soundless by Richelle Mead

Now, this might seem weird because it’s a story about a deaf village and one girl who regains hearing. But the descriptions of sound are FASCINATING, and sign language is a language that gets overlooked often.

Languages: Love in English by Maria E Andreu

About an Argentinian girl who moves to the U.S. and is learning English on top of everything else a 16 year old has to figure out. As a poet, there’s a lot of interesting play with words in here, plus just a lovely story. ^.^

Sociology / Psychology: Angelfall by Susan Ee

A dystopian book because it would be fun to analyze the ways people react and organize, plus there’s religious ways you could discuss it as well with. It’s also a hella good series.

Biology: Parenthesis by Elodie Durand

A graphic novel memoir about a woman with a brain tumor that causes her to memory gaps where she keeps doing things but has no awareness in the moment or after. A lot of interesting brain stuff in here, as well as the emotional impacts.

Geography: Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds by Ian Wright

A fun and fascinating read! This would allow for a lot of discussion on why divisions happen based on geography and culture, as well as economic differences.

Wellness: The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen

Because this is a wholesome book with nice characters who try to understand each other. It’s a good emotional teaching tool, as well as representation of asexuality for those who might be struggling to figure themselves out.

Wellness / Sex Ed: This is How You Vagina by Nicole E Williams

And no, definitely not just for people who HAVE a vagina. No one seems to have a clue about them, men or women, and we should definitely change that. Let’s just do every high school senior a favor and have them read this (or similar).

English: Macbeth (Manga Version) by William Shakespeare / Stacy King

Okay, it’s very classically English class, BUT ITS SO GOOD. You’re going to read Shakespeare. And in this full original text manga version, you’re going to love and understand it. 😍

English: The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack

Okay, yes, one more English class one with a genuine focus on English language. It’s about puns, so there’s lots of humour and turns of phrase to tease out, but there’s also so much history and culture in here. It’s a truly delightful little workhorse. 🥰

I have so many more I could include here!! But for now this is it 🙂 Drop a link in the comments to your Top Ten Tuesday post and let me know what book you wish was read in school!


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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend for Classroom Reading

  1. The Pun Also Rises sounds like a lot of fun! This is a great list, and I like that you include books for other classes than English class, too. I have to say—a graphic novel version of Shakespeare might be a really good alternative to reading the text of the play by itself. I’m a firm believe that plays are meant to be seen, not read, so a graphic novel might be a good compromise for when watching a stage play wouldn’t work.

    My TTT:

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    1. It’s fabulous! They have other manga adaptations as well like for some Austen titles that are good, but not all are full text. Retaining that in Macbeth was excellent. It doesn’t have that glossary of unknown Shakespeare terms, but it shows them in context which helps a lot on its own. And like you said, plays are visual!!


  2. i was one of those people who actually looked forward to reading Shakespeare in high school, so i wholeheartedly support that, especially if it’s a manga.

    also Macbeth was always my favorite so bonus points there

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  3. Great topic! I love that you explained why the book should be read for school. I’ve only read Angelfall, which I thought was fascinating and definitely would have some interesting discussions in a school setting.

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    1. I think it would be a good sneaky book where kids can just enjoy the story, but then there could be a lot of great conversation around it too. The kind of book where reading it (hopefully) doesn’t feel like a chore to them!


  4. Wow, I love how you’ve interpreted the topic! Definitely creative and I would’ve loved all of these classes had these books been part of the curriculum because they all sound great! Sadly, I haven’t read any of them yet although Sepetys’ book is high up on my TBR. Great list 🙂

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