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10 Books That Help Me Hook Self-Proclaimed Middle School “Non-Readers” by Brittany Gendron


Know any Middle-Schoolers? { Perhaps more than a few Adult “non-readers” would also be hooked by some of these books :-)

Nerdy Book Club

As educators, we know that there is no such thing as a non-reader, just a young soul who has yet to find the right book. The book that turns unintelligible ink slurred across a page into a meaning-making guide for the world around us. Sadly, by the time students reach middle school, many still have not had that experience, whether because of topic, access, interest, time or skill.

So for the sake of Book Love, as my idol Penny Kittle would say, I’ve tried to continually grow the reading culture in my classroom. My prior students warn incoming grades of this in their end-of-year advice: “Be ready to read… She’s really serious about that.” And from a young student whose endorsement I finally earned with basketball coaching books: “All the things in her room are mostly books… this class will make you stronger in whatever you want to do.”

Accordingly…

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