13 Books to Build Classroom Community


It’s no surpise that Book Whisperer (and Nerdy Book Clubber!) Donalyn Miller’s post, “Books That Build Community,” was last week’s most-clicked ASCD SmartBrief article. In the post, Miller describes 13 books she’ll use to connect her students to one another and to themselves as readers, writers, and thoughtful community members.

If you want more from Miller on this topic, check out “Becoming a Classroom of Readers,” available for free in the Educational Leadership archives. In this article, Miller discusses how dedicating reading time, recommending books, exposing students to a variety of texts and authors, and validating student reading choices has unlocked the avid reader in each of her students.

Do you use a particular text(s) to coalesce your community of learners?