The best haiku books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom libraries

Best Haiku Poetry Books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Kids

Haiku poems are short, making this form of a poetry great for introducing 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to poetry.  Sometimes poetry can be overwhelming, but the list of haiku books for kids below are perfect for a non-scary introduction. This form of poetry is about using precise language to describe a brief moment in time or an insightful …

Tips for stocking your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom library with quality literature without breaking the bank

How to Stock Your Classroom Library with Quality Literature – on a Teacher’s Salary

Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans It can be a challenge to stock your classroom library with quality literature, especially if you are living on a teacher’s salary – with no additional side hustle or supportive spouse and no one is offering to give you money to buy books.   I’ve been in your shoes and here is how you solve …

Multicultural Read Alouds for third, fourth, and fifth grade students that will encourage them to be resilient and overcome obstacles

3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Books About Overcoming Obstacles

Helping children learn to become more resilient and be able to overcoming any obstacles or challenges that might come their way is an important job for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers.  The book list below will help you add multicultural, inspiring books to your classroom library and read alouds. Written by guest blogger Amanda Bletsh From a very early …

A list of other books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to read if they loved Harry Potter

Books Like Harry Potter for Upper Elementary Classroom Libraries

Do you have a 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade student that loved the Harry Potter series and is now wondering what to read next?  The book list below is a great place to start. Written by guest blogger Cindy Koopmans It’s the perfect time to escape into the pages of a good book. Set down the remote, get off …

8 Authors that will bring diversity to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom library

8 Upper Elementary Authors to Help You Build a Diverse Classroom Library

As teachers, you already know the value of making sure your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are exposed to diverse, multicultural literature.  Unfortunately, books are expensive.  And when you are trying to stock your classroom library with books you find at garage sales and dollar sales, it can be hard to find quality, multicultural books. (Side note: These tips …

Nonfiction Picture Books / informational books that upper elementary students (third, fourth, and fifth grade) will love

Nonfiction Picture Books that Upper Elementary Students will LOVE

Engaging fiction picture books are easy to find.  3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers usually have plenty of them in their classroom libraries.  However, nonfiction and informational text picture books that are actually engaging and on an appropriate grade level are much harder to find. If you are trying to be intentional about doing more nonfiction read alouds with your …

Organize your classroom library with this checkout system that is free and great for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms.

Rethinking Your Classroom Library: A Checkout System Worth Checking Out

Wanting to organize your classroom library?  Check out the tips below for using a free check out system that will make it easier for you to keep track of all your books. Written by Guest Blogger Kipp Martin As a child I used to enjoy playing library with my sister.  We had our own “classroom” library checkout system.  We would …

Nonfiction books / informational text that 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will love

The Best Nonfiction Book Series for Upper Elementary

Most 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers I know could easily tell you their favorite fiction books to read aloud to students, but choosing a nonfiction book is harder.  We just don’t read nonfiction or informative texts as much as we read fiction texts because it is harder to find engaging books and series. We lean on fiction books with …