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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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.

Spotlight on Nonfiction: Books and Curriculum Resources

Mark Twain famously stated, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” This month we’re embracing the strange by spotlighting nonfiction books and teaching tools. We’ve curated a list of new releases, established nonfiction favorites, and curriculum resources on our dedicated Pinterest board. Peruse below for a teaser and then visit our board and website to explore further.

New Nonfiction Book Releases

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

$10.40 for 10+ copies
Breaking Night
Homeless to Harvard
by Liz Murray
$9.74 for 10+ copies
Almost Astronauts 
by Tanya Lee Stone $11.69 for 10+ copies
The Warmth of 
Other Suns

by Isabel Wilkerson
$11.02 for 10+ copies

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Established Nonfiction Favorites

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
$9.07 for 10+ copies
The Color of Water
by James McBride
$10.40 for 10+ copies
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
by Michael Pollan
$14.45 for 10+ copies
Night
by Elie Wiesel
$6.47 for 10+ copies

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SAVE 35% off paperbacks when purchasing 10 or more copies. Explore more titles at www.adamsbook.com.

Lesson Plans & Tools

Introducing the Essay: Twain, Douglass, and American Non-Fiction
This lesson plan serves as an intro to American literary nonfiction writing and focuses on persuasive effect in essays and non-fiction. Grades 9-12. View the Lesson Plan >

Edith Wharton: War Correspondent
Using Edith Wharton’s book, Fighting France, From Dunkerque to Belfort, students will explore an American correspondent’s experiences during World War I. Grades 9-12. View the Lesson Plan >

Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
Using a strategy called THIEVES, which is an acronym for title, headings, introduction, every first sentence in a paragraph, visuals and vocabulary, end-of-chapter questions, and summary, students are guided through a preview of a nonfiction text. Grades 6-8. View the Lesson Plan >

Can You Convince Me? Developing Persuasive Writing
This lesson explores techniques used in oral and written arguments. Students then apply them to persuasive writing activities and analyze the work of others. Grades 3-5. View the Lesson Plan >

Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands
This lesson supplements your students’ reading of The Diary of a Young Girl by connecting the diary to the study of history and inspiring students to use writing to deepen their insights into their own experiences and the experiences of others. View the Lesson Plan >

The Library of Congress has some great lesson plans for amplifying students’ experience of historical fiction through exploring related primary sources. View the Lesson Plans >

Book Lists for Further Exploration

International Reading Association (IRA) Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards >

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children >

American Librarian Association (ALA) Robert F. Sibert Information Book Medal >

School Library Journal’s List of Best Nonfiction Books of 2011 >

The Library of Congress organizes booklists by historical figures and topics >


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