Summer Reading 2016

School may be coming to a close, but as summer starts we want to echo Mr. Bennet’s encouragement to READ ON! Read On Mr Bennet

Okay, so that line isn’t in the book, but it is in the BBC miniseries, and that’s the best adaptation. And it’s totally within Mr. B’s bibliophile nature as something to say. Always looking for a peaceful moment in which to read his book; could Mr. Bennet be the most relatable character in Jane Austen’s works?

In any case, as you encourage your students to take on summer as a season of reading, you can fulfill your Summer Reading list with books from Adams Book Company! Here is a list of all kinds of books that would be great for summer reading.

A Lesson Before Dying, Angela’s Ashes, 1984, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Cold Mountain, Friday Night Lights, Great Expectations, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, The Bean Trees, The Color Purple, The Joy Luck Club, The Kite Runner, The Road, The Tiger’s Wife, Fast Food Nation, The Alchemist, Salvage the Bones, The Beautiful Struggle, How to Read Literature like a Professor

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Yes! We Have Your Mockingbird.

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The publisher of the smaller, less-expensive version (mass market edition) of the classroom classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” has announced it will no longer be publishing that edition. Adams Book Company has always stocked titles that schools need, and “To Kill a Mockingbird” remains one of the most popular.
We still have the mass market edition available, and while you may have seen it in the news as “the $8.99 version,” our everyday discount for 10 or more copies means you can still get it for $5.84 each (35% off), while they last.

Going forward, there will still be several editions in print, the least expensive of which will be a $14.99 trade paperback that Adams will sell for $8.99 each when ordering 10 or more copies; this represents a 40% discount from cover price. But if you prefer the mass market version, now is your chance to get new copies in class-size quantities.

Call today or visit us online. Lots of other titles are in stock for quick shipment, and we can get any book in print.

Call: 1-800-221-0909           Email:orders@adamsbook.com

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Mass Market edition (now out of print). Currently still available from Adams:
$5.84 for 10+ copies.
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Trade Paperback – second most popular for classrooms. In print and available.
$9.74 for 10+ copies.
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eBook: $10.99 for the perpetual license (shorter-term license pricing available upon request.)

Give the Teachers What They Want! Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers are the ones interacting with the kids every day — those very individual, often vulnerable young people at the ideal center of a school’s focus. And not merely interacting with, but guiding, hearing, interpreting, counseling, correcting, encouraging, alloparenting, and instructing.

Teachers’ names and faces are the ones kids remember as they move through school and into their adult lives.

So if schools want to serve kids, let’s face it, what’s good for teachers is good for schools.

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Engage ELLs With These 17 Books of Poetry This April

April is National Poetry Month, and poetry is a great tool for teaching English Language Learners.

As a form that intentionally slows down in order to explore language, poetry provides a context appropriate for many levels of readers to learn phonics, structure, and oral fluency. Also, blended language, especially Spanish and English, is a favorite device of many poets, offering ELLs familiar vocabulary and a different level of interest.

In the book list below, there are not only poetry collections, but also evocative novels in verse addressing the immigrant experience or culture relevant to ELLs.

Search for more poetry or nonfiction or textbooks at www.adamsbook.com. And, if you want more ELL resources, you should check out our ELL Pinterest board.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the best books by or about the great civil rights leader. There are biographies, in-depth histories, collections of Dr. King’s words, and books to engage young readers. Below is a sample of books that can help students understand King’s monumental work and connect it with the continued efforts for justice and peace needed today.


Save 35% off list price when ordering 10 or more copies. Search Adams Book Co. to find the titles you need.

Banned Books Week, September 22−28

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read and battle censorship. The National Council of Teachers of English provides resources for teachers facing challenges to works used in their classrooms. They’ve also compiled a list of titles that have been challenged between 2004 and 2013. We’ve highlighted just a few of those that are popular classroom reads:

Fig. 1. This graph shows the number of book ch...

Fig. 1. This graph shows the number of book challenges from 2000-2005 and the most popular reasons for the challenges. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Reading Tracker Printable – Students and Teachers Editions!

We’ve produced a reading tracker worksheet for students to use to document their daily readings and for teachers to track progress. This serves to hold students accountable for their reading and gives them a tool to share with peers.

We’ve also produced a tracker for teachers to use to evaluate student progress. It contains several  rubrics with space to add your own.

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