The Reading (R)evolution’s 2015 Go-To Lists

During a recent PLC meeting our department head leaned over and whispered about this time of year really stressing her out.  I looked back with my nerdy book telepathy and knew exactly what she was talking about – the lists. December is when every publishing house and book review organization publishes their “best of” lists.  

While it may be nearly impossible for us to read each and every book, these lists help to keep our book knowledge current and fresh. We also reference them to create book wish lists for ordering time – a real life saver for end of the year crazy.  They can also make purposeful classroom decorations.  Keep them out for students to easily grab.

In the spirit of making lists, here are our Go-To books when students need a recommendation:

Top 10 Frequent Reads in C31, B31, B4

McCaff’s Go Tos

Jalowiec’s Go Tos

Shupp’s Go Tos

Magazine’s Go Tos

Jago – Kittle – Gallagher Recs – from their NCTE 2015 presentation

In addition to the yearly lists, here are a few trusted websites we frequently use to find new reads:

National Book Awards

Young Adult LIbrary Services Association

Nerdy Book Club blog

Teen Reads

Twitter – follow educational experts and publishing companies

What are your go-to books?  What should we add to our’s?


2 thoughts on “The Reading (R)evolution’s 2015 Go-To Lists

  1. My go tos:

    1. We Were Liars – e. Lockhart
    2. Harris and Me – Gary Paulsen – a bit young for high school but I think it it so hilarious that I enjoy sharing it
    3. Lost in the Barrens – Farley Mowat – perfect for anyone who loved The Hatchet
    4. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
    5. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
    6. America Sniper – Chris Kyle
    7. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
    8. Maus I and II – Art Spiegelman
    9. Anything by Ellen Hopkins
    10. Anything by Carl Dueker


  2. This is a great list – I’m using it to find some new books for my own classroom! Some of my kids’ (freshman and sophomore English students) top books so far this year:
    All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven
    Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
    Boy 21, by Matthew Quick
    Boy Nobody series, by Allen Zadoff
    Dead Girls Don’t Lie, by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
    Denton Little’s Deathdate, by Lance Rubin
    Every Day, by David Levithan
    Extraordinary Means, by Robyn Schneider
    Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick
    I Hunt Killers trilogy, by Barry Lyga
    Killer Instinct, by S.E. Green
    Paper Towns, by John Green
    Room, by Emma Donoghue
    Scott Pilgrim series, by Bryan Lee O’Malley
    Sick, by Tom Leveen
    Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Ten Things We Did (& Probably Shouldn’t Have), by Sarah Mlynowski
    The Program, by Suzanne Young
    The Rose That Grew from Concrete, by Tupac Shakur
    The Walking Dead graphic novels, by Robert Kirkman
    We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
    Winger, by Andrew Smith


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