Pairing New Titles with Classroom Curriculum
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:
DAUGHTER OF THE CENTAURS by Kate Klimo (@kateklimo)/Mythology
CROW by Barbara Wright/Civil Rights
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
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!