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The Books Teachers Need Most in 2020, at Every Grade Level

Whether you’re teaching from home or in your classroom, one thing hasn’t changed during this unusual back-to-school season: Books are still an essential learning resource for students everywhere. Some teachers are sending books to kids at home, some are doing read-alouds over video chat, and others are trying to make sure each kid can have their own copy of key books in the classroom.

Now is the perfect time to get that perfect page-turner for your classroom. When you create your project, you can choose from any of these book vendors: AKJ Education, Kaplan Early Learning, Lakeshore, MahoganyBooks, School Specialty, Teachers’ School Supply, Amazon Business.

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To help you come up with your next perfect project idea, we’ve compiled the most requested books on DonorsChoose this back-to-school season. One big trend? Books by authors of color. Ms. Hill, a high school teacher from California, explains why this is so important for her students right now:

“My classes are made up of more than 85% students of color, and I believe it is important for everyone, but especially them, to read books by authors of color. The majority are also self-identified hesitant readers, so I hope that by seeing themselves in the books we read, they will feel — perhaps for the first time ever — the joy of getting hooked by a book and not being able to put it down.” 

Top Books for Grades Pre-K to 2

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline WoodsonI Am Enough by Grace BeyersOur Class Is A Family by Shannon OlsenHair Love by Matthew A. CherryAll Are Welcome by Alexandra PenfoldThe Name Jar by Yangsook ChoiSulwe by Lupita Nyong’oJust Ask! Be Different Be Brave Be You by Sonia SotomayorSkin Like Mine by Latashia M. PerryFry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble MaillardTop Books For Grades 3 – 5

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline WoodsonI Am Enough by Grace BeyersThe Name Jar by Yangsook ChoiHair Love by Matthew A. CherryNew Kid by Jerry CraftJust Ask! Be Different Be Brave Be You by Sonia SotomayorSulwe by Lupita Nyong’oOur Class Is A Family by Shannon OlsenFry Bread A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble MaillardDreamers by Yuyi MoralesTop Books For Grades 6 – 8

Just Mercy by Bryan StevensonNew Kid by Jerry CraftDear Martin by Nic StoneStamped: Racism, Antiracism, And You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason ReynoldsClean Getaway by Nic StoneMarch: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew AydinGood Kind Of Trouble by Lisa Moore RaméeHidden Figures: Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee ShetterlyThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasOne Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-GarciaTop Books For Grades 9 – 12

Just Mercy by Bryan StevensonDear Martin  by Nic StoneStamped: Racism, Antiracism, And You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason ReynoldsClap When You Land by Elizabeth AcevedoThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Poet X by Elizabeth AcevedoAll American Boys by Brandan Kiely and Jason ReynoldsI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika SánchezMarch: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew AydinLong Way Down by Jason ReynoldsGet Books for Your Students

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