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!

Selected Activity Suggestions



Picture Book

Chapter Book

High School


Teaching Series

Series can be gold when encouraging students to become avid readers, particularly reluctant readers. Check out each series below for ideas on how to incorporate them into your classroom activities.

Also, be sure to look at the Series page for more great ideas!

For the littlest dudes, consider the Skippyjon Jones series by Judith Schachner featuring everyone's favorite Chihuahua Siamese cat. Each of the six adventures in the series comes complete with an audio CD. Skippy's website even has a section just for teachers, featuring activities, reproducibles, and ideas on how to teach the series.

Tells about your Skippy Skool ideas! E-mail schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com with your Skippyjon Jones lesson plan ideas for your chance to receive a Skippyjon Jones Classroom Activity Kit.

Supplement your social studies lessons with the Who Was? series! From Abraham Lincoln to Elvis Presley, Jim Henson to Johnny Appleseed, each book in this extensive biography collection features illustrations, timelines, and a bibliography. With Who Was? boys are able to dig a little deeper into history and explore the life of an historical figure that interests. Encourage them to write their own Who Was? story or present what they've learned to the class in a speech, art project, or skit.

Young adult readers can get lost in Anara, a world mysteriously crumbling to devastation—where nothing is what it seems—in Catherine Fisher's RelicMaster series. Encourage boys to create their own fantasy world, complete with laws and social norms, history and present day politics and society. Then have them take what they've created off page and bring it to life—either in a written story or by filming their own movie.