Writers, speakers, and well-respected educators, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst have partnered with American Reading Company to engage students in independent reading and help students read fiction and nonfiction with more enjoyment and deeper understanding.
Hook Book Libraries offer you the books most enthusiastically read by our most reluctant readers. Why are these high-interest books important? Research reveals that the highest performing nations on the PISA (an international test of student achievement) also report the highest level of reading for enjoyment. These collections are carefully curated to include the types of books every teacher needs as part of a classroom library to nurture the reading enjoyment and development of students in his/her specific grade. Read more
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These 100-book collections are the result of many conversations that took place this past year with folks at ARC and many more longer discussions between us. We all wanted to find that group of books that hook kids on reading. After a lot of “What about this book?” and “We can’t have a set for seventh-graders without that book” and “Is this genre/author/topic represented strongly enough?” and “What would kids read next?” we finally agreed on what these first collections will look like.
What’s in each collection? You’ll find many titles that are the first book in a popular series because we know the critical value in series-book reading. You’ll also find titles by highly acclaimed and wildly popular children’s/YA authors because we wanted kids to know those folks and easily find more books by the same author in their school or classroom library. What we really like, though, is that each set of 100 books contains both easier and more challenging books, and as kids find a topic or genre they like (sports or mysteries or friendship, for example) they’ll be able to “read up the ladder” as they move to more sophisticated books. So, you’ll find books for your struggling readers and for your advanced readers. And on the ARC website, you'll find short videos from us that will be released a few at a time about issues around struggling and reluctant readers. Our goals were simple. First, when kids finished one book, we wanted them to have enjoyed it enough to want to read another. Second, when you have questions, we wanted you to have easy-access to information that might help.
Will these collections contain your particular favorites for your specific kids? Maybe. Maybe not. That’s why this is a collection to add to what you have, not replace. Smaller sets of 50 books will also be offered if budgets are really tight. But, when it comes to books, more is always better!
These collections are designed to nurture a love of reading. If kids, on their own, decide to read some parts closely, good for them. But pushing kids through exemplar texts wasn't our goal. Nurturing a love of reading was. We're excited. Can you tell?
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