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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Black History Month: Books and Resources

This month, as teachers nationwide work to include highlights of African American history in their lesson plans, they are also challenged to make sure that themes of diversity and integration are carried through the curriculum year-round.

Schools, more than any other outlet, have perhaps the best opportunity to emphasize that black history is one and the same as American history — as encouraged in these reminders from Teaching Tolerance’s “Do’s and Don’ts of Black History Month.” Otherwise, February will remain the way it’s satirized in former Onion staffer Baratunde Thurston‘s book How to Be Black. Thurston writes “odds are high that you acquired this book during the nationally sanctioned season for purchasing black cultural objects, also known as Black History Month,” going on to suggest other ways the reader can celebrate the month.

We hope our list of books for Black History Month goes beyond February and offers some new sources that teachers will find useful year-round in “shifting the lens” — adding depth and relevance to historical events and periods by beginning with minority perspectives.

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Social Justice Books

We’ve compiled and curated a list of well-regarded books useful as a tool for teaching students to draw direct connections to real world issues and encouraging them to become active global citizens.

The above is just a small sampling of the new paperback titles that we’ve curated on our dedicated Social Justice Pinterest board. Check it out for more ideas for titles to integrate into your curriculum.

SAVE 35% off paperbacks when purchasing 10 or more copies. Explore titles and discounts now at Adams Book Company’s main site.

Spotlight on… New Paperbacks for the Classroom

Whether you’re searching for new books to integrate into your curriculum or just looking to keep your finger on the pulse of publishing, we’ve compiled and curated a list of books, which are well regarded and newly available in paperback. Maybe you’ll see something you’d like to bring into your classroom or maybe you’ll discover your next read. Whatever you decide, just remember: read early, read often.

SAVE 35% off the cover price on paperbacks when purchasing 10 or more copies.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Grades 10 and Up
$12.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9781594485152

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.


Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
Grades 10 and Up
$10.40 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780143120537

Foer’s unlikely journey from chronically forgetful science journalist to U.S. Memory Champion frames a revelatory exploration of the vast, hidden impact of memory on every aspect of our lives.


Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
Grades 10 and Up
$9.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780143121114

Tomboy Alice Bliss life is changed when her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. At once universal and very personal, Alice Bliss is a profoundly moving story about those who are left at home during wartime and a small-town teenage girl bravely facing the future. View the Discussion Guide.

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
Grades 10 and Up
$9.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780385343848

The Tiger’s Wife follows Natalia, a young doctor in a Balkan country that’s recovering from years of war, as she explores her grandfather’s death in a remote village and unravels the mysterious details of her grandfather’s past. View the Discussion Guide.


Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Grades 5-8
$5.19 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780375858291
2011 Newbery Winner

After a life riding the rails, 12-year-old Abilene is sent to live in her father’s hometown where she comes to discover details about his childhood in Kansas during World War I, including prohibition, poor race-relations, immigration, and labor issues.

“Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Grades 11 and Up
$5.84 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN  9780142420591

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. View the Discussion Guide.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Grades 5-8
$5.17 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9781419702006
2011 Newbery Honor

Shipwrecks, whaling, a search for home and a delightful exploration of cultures create a swashbuckling adventure. This historical novel is based on the true story of Manjiro (later John Mung), the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds, becomes a samurai.

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Grades 7 and Up
$9.75 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN  9780385528207

Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. View the Discussion Guide.

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Grades 5 and Up
$4.54 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780142419670

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. The siblings learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Building on the current popularity of fairy tales in movies and TV, students will enjoy these twists on classics.

I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui
Grades 8 and Up
$7.80 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780307589675

Nujood tells her full story of her forced marriage to a man three times her age, mistreatment, and divorce. Fighting the system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age, Nujood’s courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. View the Discussion Guide.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Grades 4-7
$4.54 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9780060760908
2011 Newbery Honor, National Book Award Finalist

Sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern find adventure when they are sent to meet their estranged poet-mother Cecile, who prints flyers for the Black Panthers in 1968 Oakland, California.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Grades 8 and Up
$7.14 for 10+ copies   |   ISBN 9781595141880

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers. View the Discussion Guide.

The above is just a small sampling of the new paperback titles that we’ve curated on our dedicated New Paperbacks for the Classroom Pinterest board. Check it out for more ideas for new titles to integrate into your curriculum. Looking more towards the beginning of the year? We also have a board dedicated to back-to-school ideas.

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

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
by Elie Wiesel
$6.47 for 10+ copies

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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 >