Teachers, this section is just for you! We know how much work you do to turn even the most reluctant of readers into book enthusiasts and we hope the materials on this site help make that job a little easier.

  • Be sure to stop by the age & grade level section to find selections perfect for the students you teach.
  • Try the themes section for ideas of books that appeal to interest your particular reluctant reader already has, like sports or science or action movies. This section is also great for planning genre studies!
  • Make use of the author and series sections!
  • Once a kid finds one thing they like—trust us—they'll come back for more. Look to the printables section for classroom handouts, discussion guides for your literature circles or book clubs, and reproducible activity pages that are great for enhancing any literature lesson.
  • You can incorporate the cool multimedia on this site into your lesson plans or use them as models for projects students can create on their own.
  • The author section is also a fantastic resource for jumpstarting a super fun author study unit.
  • And check out our book club tips & recommendations for even more discussion and book group ideas!

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Real Life in Fiction

Oftentimes, non-fiction can be more captivating than the most fantastic of tales. Here are three books that will engage boys while prompting to think about how real life becomes fiction...

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis is the story of a match fought on the eve of Word War II between African American boxer Joe Louis, an African American, and German Max Schmeling. Identify the major themes of the book; identity and nationality, for example; and discuss how Joe Louis and his big fight addressed them.

In an amazing biography with all the drama of an adventure, Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider, the acclaimed Jean Fritz writes the remarkable story of one of America's most influential and fascinating founding fathers. Use this book to teach students more about the man whose face graces the U.S. ten dollar bill! Explore further by asking the question: What would it have been like to be a founding father? Students can build on what they have read by imagining they are founding fathers to a new country. What would they do? What laws would they create?

From award-winning author Paul Volponi comes an inside look at high school behind bars. Based on the author's own experiences as a teacher on Rikers Island, Rikers High offers students a glimpse into a different life and sheds light on the ways authors use real-life experiences to create fiction. Have your students try their own hand at drawing from life by taking a significant life experience and using it as inspiration for their own fictitious story. What do they change about the experiences to make it story-worthy? What remains true to fact?

Visit Paul Volponi's website to read a note from the author and the exclusive unpublished epilogue to Riker's High.