Teachers Pick: What Are Your Favorite Books to Teach in Class?

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See which books made the list of teacher favorites!

Teachers, especially those in elementary school or those who specialize in language arts, go through an extensive list of books every year. We were curious about their favorites! As a part of our 2015 Summer of Literacy program, we asked educators on Facebook to share about their favorite books to teach in class.


Here is the full list of books recommended by teachers, for teachers:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

The Kissing Hand*

Do Unto Otters


Koala Lou I Do Love You

Maniac Magee

Ten Apples Up On Top

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Tops and Bottoms


Tuck Everlasting

The Secret Knowledge of Grownups


The Chocolate Touch

Alexander and the Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

The Giving Tree

The One and Only Ivan

Justin Fisher Declares War

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

James and the Giant Peach*

The Snowy Day

Number the Stars

Short History of Nearly Everything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

The Hundred Penny Box

The Twits

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

If You Give a Pig a Pancake

Miss Rumphius

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

Lost and Found


The Napping House

I Have a Sister


First Day Jitters

The Thing About Georgie

*These books were recommended more than once!

Sometimes, it’s hard to choose a single individual book. A few of teachers pointed out their favorite authors and book series to read in the classroom:

Dr. Seuss

Patricia Polacco

The Magic Tree House

Pete the Cat


See all the comments and the reasons why these books are such a hit by visiting our original Facebook post here.

Win free books to teach in class!

In celebration of National Literacy Month, BookPal is giving away box full of books to one lucky teacher. Find new favorites to teach in class by entering for a chance to win here*:

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* This contest has ended as of October 2015.

4 Responses to “Teachers Pick: What Are Your Favorite Books to Teach in Class?”

  1. Wendy Ricedorf

    Hachiko Waits should be on the list–I read it every year to my fifth graders–not only is it a true story, but it teaches so many lessons of love, honor and commitment.

  2. Camille Wilson

    Books by Arnold Lobel is my favorite children’s author.

  3. Jeanne Johnson

    The Wishgiver, The Bear’s House, The Hundred Dresses, Enemy Pie, Miss Hickory……


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