Hook Book Libraries by Kylene Beers & Bob Probst

“They will need you to put the right books in their hands, books in which they can lose themselves and books in which they can find themselves.”

― Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst,
Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading

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 Collections 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

Robert Probst

Educator, Speaker, Author

Robert (Bob) Probst is the author of Response and Analysis; coeditor (with Kylene Beers and Linda Rief) of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice; and coauthor (with Beers) of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading

Bob began his teaching career as a high school English teacher and then became a supervisor of English for a large district in Maryland. He spent most of his academic career at Georgia State University, where he is now Professor Emeritus of English Education. After retiring from Georgia State University, he served as a research fellow for Florida International University. He now consults with Kylene Beers in school districts across the United States.

Bob has served as a member on the Conference on English Board of Directors, as a National Council of Teachers of English journal columnist, and as a member of the NCTE Commission on Reading. He speaks nationally and internationally to administrators and teachers on literacy issues, particularly issues surrounding struggling readers and meeting standards, including the Common Core State Standards.

Kylene and Bob’s years of experience helping teachers improve the literacy lives of students has informed their collaboration on the creation of American Reading Company’s newest Hook Book Collections, which offer the best 50 or 100 titles for each grade (5–8) across a wide range of reading levels. These collections are carefully curated to include the types of books every teacher needs as part of a classroom library to nurture the reading development of students in his/her specific grade.

Kylene Beers Ed.D.

Author, Speaker, Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University

Award-winning educator Dr. Kylene Beers is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice; and Elements of Literature, the literature textbook read by the majority of middle school and high school students across the U.S. Since beginning her teaching career in 1979, she has become an internationally known and respected authority in literacy education. Kylene works tirelessly to help parents, teachers, and national policymakers understand how to best help struggling readers.

In 2008-2009, she served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and in 2011 she received an NCTE Leadership Award. She has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association Education Committee, was the editor of the national literacy journal Voices From the Middle, taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, held a reading research position in the Comer School Development Program at Yale University School of Medicine, and has most recently served as the Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Grades 5-8

100-book Libraries include 30 copies of the Notice & Note Skills Card

To learn more about the Hook Book Collection offered per each grade level, we've created a visual guide which includes representative titles. Click on any grade level below to view more details.

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