December 16, 2018

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Read a New Book Month

December is Read a New Book Month, making it the perfect time to delve into Reading Treks, TogetheRead, CurriConnects, and Reading Suggestions collections to discover new books for your students to enjoy.

Grades K-12

Reading Treks - Make Learning a Journey

Students can journey through fiction and information books with Reading Treks. Each Trek includes maps, a downloadable PDF with standards, grade levels, plus ideas and tech activities for using the Trek in class. Check back often as new books are added.

Grades K-12


Each month, TogetheRead offers a new theme along with a book list and activity suggestions for all grade levels. The themed book lists include questions and activities based on reading strategies for effective readers.

Grades K-12

Reading Suggestions

Use this list to help students find a new book to read this month! Simply click on the grade level to explore and a book list will be provided. Most books offer a short description and some link to other titles by the same author.

Grades K-12


Find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce curriculum concepts in other contexts, and encourage students to connect what they read to prior knowledge.

Find a Book, Read a Book

Narrow down reading choices with a book matching engine, online audio books, and helpful book reviews!

Grades 8-12


This site, for ages 13+, asks a few questions and then suggests some titles that you may enjoy. You can click the "Previously Read" button, and new books will be shared. There is also an option to "Don't Show Again" if you are not interested.

Grades K-8

Unite for Literacy Library

Skim through the many online books with audio for young readers. Choose books to read from the library shelves, then narrow down choices using picture icons for different themes. Click to choose the title. Many languages are available for readings.

Grades K-12

Share What You're Reading

Write a review of your favorite book and read others' reviews, too! Advice for writing a good review is easily accessible. Find your next book by reading the reviews or selecting grade level and genre to discover titles of interest.

Create Books for Others to Enjoy

Find three book creation tools for all grades. Elementari is new to the TeachersFirst collection, check it out! Book Creator is one of our editor's favorites, find out why. And Bookemon has been around for awhile, but has made some innovative upgrades. 

Grades 3-12


Create interactive stories with drag and drop features, illustrations, and more. Choose from image filters and a variety of fonts to personalize your story. Follow the prompts to add images, backgrounds, and audio. When finished, preview and publish.

Grades K-12

Book Creator

Follow prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. When finished, publish and share your book using the site's web-based reader for access on any device. The free account allows for 40 books to be saved and includes a helpful tutorial.

Grades K-12


Bookemon offers books to read and an area to create your own book. This versatile tool allows you to add images, audio, and create an interactive story. You also have the option to have your book READ to you! Read our full review for ideas!

This Week at TeachersFirst

Registration is open for our Winter Book Study -- see details below. With the holiday break quickly approaching, keep students' attention with timely, seasonal activities. And, tell us about your favorite type of book to read in our weekly poll.

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The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning

Winter Book Study

Our winter book study features The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning by Tom Whitby and Steven W. Anderson. Come and learn simple tools educators can use to get connected. Space is limited to 40 educators.

See our Winter Book Study requirements »

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Holiday Fun

Season's Greetings

Our features next week highlight December-themed observances. But if you're planning activities for this week, when students may be a bit excited and unfocused, these holiday-themed tools may be just what you need! Find logic, math, writing, and more.

Find logic, math, writing, and more »

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Reading Preference

Weekly Poll

This week's poll asks: what is your favorite type of NEW book to read? Do you enjoy fiction (comedy, romance, mystery, etc.), informational readings (travel, self-help, animal training, etc.), or do you prefer informational books related to education?

Share your thoughts and read the choices of other educators »

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