Books That Jump Off Shelves

I am a math teacher but I love reading. I've loved it all my life. In fact, my mom read out loud to me while she was pregnant with me. I believe this had a significant impact on my reading and learning abilities. Reading is necessary for every subject, hobby, and job. The better our students can read, the better they will do in ever arena. So, in keeping with that, I plan to have a lot of books available for my students. I have two teenage sisters so it's very easy for me to keep up with what's new. I've made a tentative list that I want to start acquiring by this fall. If anyone has any more suggestions or see's a good deal on any of these books, please let me know in the comments!

Classroom Library Book List

Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
New Moon – Stephanie Meyer
Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer
Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer
Uglies – Scott Westerfield
Pretties – Scott Westerfield
The Specials – Scott Westerfield
The Extras – Scott Westerfield
Impulse – Ellen Hopkins
Burned – Ellen Hopkins
Crank – Ellen Hopkins
The Freedom Writers Diary - Erin Gruwell
Taking Sides – Gary Soto
Don’t you Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey - Margaret Peterson Haddix
Against all Odds - Paul Kropp
Avalanche - Paul Kropp
Caught in a Blizzard - Paul Kropp
Foul Shot - Paul Kropp
Ghost House - Paul Kropp
Hitting the Road - Paul Kropp
Juvie - Paul Kropp
My Broken Family - Paul Kropp
One Crazy Night - Paul Kropp
Playing Chicken - Paul Kropp
Scarface - Paul Kropp
Show Off - Paul Kropp
Street Scene - Paul Kropp
Student Narc - Paul Kropp
Terror 9/11 – Doug Paton
Liar – Winifred Morris
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman - Louise Plummer
Make Lemonade - Virginia Euwer Wolff
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series – Ann Brashares


  1. Consider:

    Sideways stories from Wayside school, Wayside school is falling down and Wayside school gets a little stranger. They're funny, short, cheap and the chapters are a good length for reading aloud. Plus, you can get Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School which has fun, interesting, challenging math problems. They're all by Louis Sachar.
    Also, consider the classic The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster which has some great math jokes.
    The Sir Cumference series is also great.
    Finally(I'll quit soon, I promise) Math and Literature by Jennifer Bay-Williams has some awesome ideas for mixing literature and math.

  2. Thanks for the great suggestions! I have read Sideways stories before but I didn't know about the Arithmetic series. These sound great =)

  3. I had a math teacher in high school who read a Chicken Soup for the Soul story right after the bell rang. Then she gave us a math challenge, be it written or mental that was not graded. This was a great way for her to start the class because the stories relaxed us (and made us forget about the crazy drama of HS) while the math challenge got us started thinking about math.

  4. Brspeer,
    That's a good idea. I have tons of those books already in my classroom. May have to try that.