This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.
Elementary students love series titles. They enjoy the comfort of familiar characters, settings, and structures. This is especially true for emergent and newly independent readers, whose reading success with these titles encourages them to seek similar books. (Me personally, I learned to read thanks to Matt Christopher’s sports books.)
TeachingBooks.net recognizes the power of series in the lives of readers. To aid educators in their search for inspiring multimedia resources that can be easily integrated into literacy activities, our team has created a free “Curriculum Resource Center” devoted to those series popular with elementary students: http://TeachingBooks.net/Series
The collection includes hours of audio interviews and hundreds of online resources to support the enjoyment of 40+ favorite series, including fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, and biography. Just click on the links below, or scroll through the digital collection at your leisure.
The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich (Hyperion, 1999)
The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau (Random House, 2003)
The Doll People, Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin (Hyperion, 2000)
Welcome to Dead House, R.L. Stine (Scholastic, 1992)
The Mystery of the Frozen Brains, Marty Chan (Thistledown, 2004)
A Picture Book of George Washington, David A. Adler (Holiday House, 1999)
Redwall, Brian Jacques (Hutchinson Children’s, 1986)
The Field Guide, Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi (S&S, 2003)
Knights of the Kitchen Table, Jon Scieszka (Penguin, 1993)
The Buried Bones Mystery, Sharon M. Draper (Just Us Books, 1994)
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net