I was never one for the classics. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t forced to read as many as I should have in high school. Maybe it’s because I can’t connect to them on some level. Whatever the case may be I wish that school’s would teach some modern-day, young adult literature. And if I had my way these are the top ten books I wish were taught in schools today:
1. Splintered by A.G. Howard – a great read-along to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
2. Eleanor & Park – quite frankly, it’s just a darn good read, that touches on very realistic subjects.
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – do I really need to explain why this should be taught in schools?!
4. Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti – Bullying is at an all time high it seems. The world could benefit from more books that shows readers and the world the effects – physically, mentally, and emotionally – of bullying.
5. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley – it’s full of yummy recipes and I think it would fit into a home economics type class.
6. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer – a smart, emotional book that I feel readers will gain a sense of what life is like in a war-torn country.
7. The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman – a really great historical fiction that focuses on a time period and a subject that I feel goes overlooked in the history text books: the Chinese immigration into America.
8. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley – it’s a book that will drum up a lot of questions and will provoke us to question, not only the world around us, but how we view the world.
9. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I think this would just be cool to teach in a biology class to show students that changes that happen to our bodies as we grow.
10. Revolution by Jennifer Donnellly – another great historical read to teach readers about the French Revolution.
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