Guide Round-Up

The back-to-school season can be an exciting time, but also hectic. We’re saving you time by gathering our most popular Educator’s Guides all in one place. From classic curriculum books to new titles there is something on here for every classroom. You can also head over to this blog post for book recommendations to start your year off right. 

Early Reader

Picture This: Illuminating the World Around Us

This STEM picture book guide features three great titles to inspire your students to explore the world around them.

Spark, Shine, Glow
By Lola Schaefer
Illustrated by James Yang

The Book of Turtles
By Sy Montgomery
Illustrated by Matt Patterson

We Are Branches
By Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Beth Krommes

Kevin Henkes Author Study

This guide to teaching art and writing using Kevin Henkes features perennial classroom favorites like Chrysanthemum and Kitten's First Full Moon.

That Flag

By Tameka Fryer Brown
Illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

That Flag is a powerful picture book for teaching the history and lasting affects of the Confederate flag.

"An essential book for every American home and classroom."
  — Renée Watson, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

Magnolia Flower

By Zora Neale Hurston
Adapted by Ibram X. Kendi
Illustrated by Loveis Wise

Magnolia Flower was adapted by Dr. Kendi because he didn't want children to have to wait until high school or college to be introduced to the amazing Zora Neal Hurston.

Middle Grade

Voice of the Wilderness

Rosanne Parry is the beloved author of A Whale in the Wild and A Wolf Called Wander. Teach students about the challenges of survival in the natural world with one or both titles.

The One and Only Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan was published in 2015 and became an instant classroom classic. As Applegate has introduced us to new characters, we've built a guide to all of the amazing titles in the One and Only collection.

The Monkey Trial

By Anita Sanchez

The Monkey Trial is the true story of the fight that took place almost 100 years ago to allow the teaching of evolution in public schools in Tennessee. Written in a dynamic and engaging way, this is a great way to introduce middle grade readers to the legal challenges still facing schools today.

Inside Out & Back Again

By Thanhhà Lai

Inside Out and Back Again and it's recently released stand-alone companion novel, When Clouds Touch Us, are novels in verse detailing a young girl's experience leaving Vietnam and immigrating to the United States. Inspired by the author's own experiences, this book is used in classrooms across the country.

Amari and the Night Brothers

By B.B. Alston

The first book in the heartpounding series, Amari and the Night Brothers is part Men in Black, part Artemis Fowl and all action. This is a great pick for reading groups - especially one with reluctant readers!

New Kid

By Jerry Craft

New Kid was the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Award and as soon you start reading, you'll know why. This is a great book for teaching visual literacy while also talking to students about friendship, bullying, and the challenges of fitting in.


America Redux

By Ariel Aberg-Riger

America Redux is a one-of-a-kind history book that will change how your students view the subject. With SO many ways to use in the classroom, this book and guide are a must have.

The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give spawned instant conversation in classrooms everywhere, winning awards and garnering starred reviews left and right. Both this title and the prequel, Concrete Rose, are now available in paperback making them perfect classroom reads.

Author Study: Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany Jackson has proven that she can master every genre and there's a book for every reader among her list. We've put together a comprehensive guide to start discussions with each of these amazing books.

Punching the Air

By Ibi Zoboi

Co-Written with Exonerated Five member Yusef Salaam, Punching the Air is THE book to use when talking about the justice system with teens. It's enthralling, infuriating, and accessible and our guide will help you to start powerful conversations.

Also by Ibi

“This book calls for deep discussions about the roles of Black women in the Black freedom struggle as well as the role of young people in these movements…. An opportunity for teen readers to begin grappling with their own ideas of what the revolution looks like.”
  — Horn Book (starred review)