September 17, 2012

Favorite Literature Circle Books

Recommend YOUR Favorite Book and Enter to Win!

Have you ever used Literature Circles in your classroom?  If so, you know that it can be quite challenging to find just the right books to use with your students. That’s why I decided to invite teachers to join me in a collaborative effort to create a list of favorite Literature Circle books. Read on to find out how to share your recommendations and enter to win a $25 gift card for!

Choosing Great Books for Literature Circles
Literature Circles are a great way to differentiate instruction by offering students a selection of books on different levels. For example, a 5th grade teacher might include book choices that range from 3rd grade to 7th grade reading levels.

However, it’s definitely a challenge to locate a great selection of books for your program. The number of terrific books for kids is almost overwhelming, but not all children’s books are appropriate for Literature Circles. It’s important to choose a variety of books that your students can read independently as well as books that have meaty content for them to discuss in groups. It’s fine for Literature Circle books to be a bit confusing in parts, as long as your students will have plenty of opportunities to meet and discuss what they’re reading so they don’t get completely lost.

Recommend Your Favorite Literature Circles Book
To help teachers locate just the right texts, I’m creating a comprehensive list of Literature Circle books that I’ll publish on Teaching Resources.  This project is too overwhelming to tackle myself, and that’s where I need your help! Do you have a favorite book that you’ve used successfully with Literature Circles and would like to recommend to others?

If you’d like to share your recommendations with others and enter to win a $25 gift card to, please complete the Google Doc form below. If you want to make more than one book recommendation, please submit a separate form for each book.  The submission deadline is Sunday, September 23rd at midnight. After the submission deadline is over, I’ll select a variety of books recommendations to publish on a special page in the Literature Circles section of Teaching Resources.

Literature Circle Book Recommendation Format
Before you complete the form, it’s helpful to see an example of the final format. Each recommendation will include the book title, the author, the appropriate grade levels, a short recommendation, and the name of the teacher recommending the book.  I’ll also include a link to the book on where those who are interested can read more reviews and preview the book online. To see how your recommendation will actually appear on my website if selected, take a look at the three books listed on my Read Aloud Resources page. For example, one of my favorite books for Literature Circles is Hatchet. Here’s how that review might look on the site:

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Recommended for 5th grade and up

Hatchet is the exciting story of a young man who is flying in a small plane when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian has to crash-land the plane in the Canadian wilderness and survive alone for many weeks. Great story to engage your boy readers!
Recommended by Laura Candler

Thanks for Sharing!
Thanks so much for your willingness to share and become a part of this collaborative effort. I’m excited to gather the recommendations of teachers from all over the world into one comprehensive list of Literature Circle books, recommended by teachers for teachers. When you submit your entry below, you’ll automatically be signing up for the Candler’s Classroom Connections newsletter, too. Watch the newsletter for an announcement when this list of Favorite Literature Circle Book Recommendations goes live on Teaching Resources!

Note: The contest is now over and the winner will be announced in Candler's Classroom Connections on September 29th. 

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