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Pairing New Titles with Classroom Curriculum

January 4, 2012

Our friends who tweet for @randomhousekids have been running a fun weekly chat that we thought all of you might be interested in. Called #justaddYA, they invite Twitter friends to suggest middle grade and young adult titles that pair well with classroom units or titles featured on English reading lists. Below are some of the titles they suggested, along with some that our group came up with. We know many of our readers are teachers and librarians and we would love to hear your suggestions for books that your students might enjoy reading alongside curriculum titles.

Suggestions for recently published or upcoming titles that pair with popular teaching themes or units:

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE by Christopher Paul Curtis and ALL THE EARTH, THROWN TO THE SKY by Joe R. Lansdale/Great Depression

DAUGHTER OF THE CENTAURS by Kate Klimo (@kateklimo)/Mythology

CROW by Barbara Wright/Civil Rights

BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX by Laurel Snyder, THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE by Christopher Paul Curtis, TURTLE IN PARADISE by Jennifer Holm/Jobs and the Economy

WHAT THE MOON SAW and RED GLASS by Laura Resau, DARK WATER by Laura McNeal, MEXICAN WHITEBOY by Matt de la Pena,  FLESH & BLOOD SO CHEAP by Albert Marrin, DENIED, DETAINED, DEPORTED by Ann Bausum/Immigration, Labor, and Collective Bargaining

 BADD by Tim Tharp,  THE THINGS A BROTHER KNOWS by Dana Reinhardt, BLACK GOLD by Albert Marrin/Foreign Policy – Iraq, Afghanistan, Mideast

FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead, A CRACK IN THE SKY by Mark Peter Hughes, THE DEVIL’S BREATH by David Gilman/Climate Change and the Environment

And paired with specific titles:

GIL MARSH by A.C.E. Bauer paired with the epic of Gilgamesh

 The HECK series by Dale E. Basye (@Go2Heck) alongside Dante’s Inferno

YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME by Brian Meehl paired with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

TIGHTER by Adele Griffin (@adelegriffin) with Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw

JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay (@Stacey__Jay) with Shakespeare’s  Romeo and Juliet

THE COMING OF THE DRAGON by Rebecca Barnhouse with the Beowulf epic

 SASS & SERENDIPITY by Jennifer Ziegler (@zieglerjennifer) with Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

UNLEASHED by Nancy Holder (@nancyholder) and Debbie Viguié (@debbieviguie) with Shakespeare’s King Lear

What would you add to this list? Please share in the comment section below!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2012 10:08 am

    Great list! What a great resource!

  2. January 4, 2012 10:36 am

    How about comparing a new dystopian like Divergent with a classic such as Fahrenheit 451 or 1984?

  3. January 4, 2012 1:21 pm

    So many good books – Crow would be excellent in the classroom. The Mighty Miss Malone looks like it would be too.

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