Which books in your classroom library are the most popular?

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These are going to sound cliche, but I give students freedom in choosing books for projects and these are things I have observed:

1. A lot of my male reluctant readers have been choosing sports-related books by authors such as Kwame Alexander and Jason Reynolds.

2. A lot of my female students lean towards books about relationships - especially romantic relationships. Popular ones lately have been Everything, Everything and Before I Fall. (Just make sure to have some titles that are inclusive of LGBTQ+ students.)

3. Teens as a whole are more likely to read something that they see as edgy or even controversial. Go Ask Alice and Rule of the Bone have remained popular throughout the years due to the topic of drug use. The Rose That Grew from Concrete has been popular in recent years because they see the presence of a book by Tupac in a classroom as edgy.

4. Anything by John Green is usually an easy sell.

5. A lot of students are enjoying books by Nic Stone and Angie Thomas.

6. If going for non-fiction, students want something about people their age. I Am Malala has been pretty popular in recent years.

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