New! Junior Great Books for Grades K and 1

This interactive read-aloud program focuses on helping young learners develop three key Shared Inquiry skills: listening, wondering, and sharing. Through thought-provoking content and engaging activities, students develop oral language skills, learn comprehension strategies, and express their ideas about literature. Series K and Series 1 offer a flexible program that provides the challenge and critical thinking elements needed in every balanced literacy program.

Series K and Series 1 feature:

  • High-quality, authentic texts
  • Close-reading movement and choral reading activities to help students explore meaning
  • Research-based target word activities to build robust vocabulary
  • Phonics practice and high-frequency word suggestions
  • Rubrics for drawing and writing
  • Research-informed practices that foster literacy motivation and engagement
  • Skills alignments to national standards for English language arts

Junior Great Books for Grade 2

Our Series 2 program focuses on high-quality literature and student-centered discussion while providing a superb framework for teaching reading comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary, and writing. Teaching tips, sample student work, support for differentiating instruction, and tools for building language arts skills make Junior Great Books readings and discussions engaging and rewarding for students and teachers alike.

Series 2 features:

  • High-quality literature by award-winning authors
  • Stories grouped by age-appropriate social and emotional themes
  • Activities that build understanding and mastery of language arts skills and concepts
  • Vocabulary and fluency activities
  • Phonics and sight-word suggestions
  • Writing and creative activities
  • Strategies to reinforce and supplement students’ reading comprehension
  • Suggestions for differentiating instruction and discussion leader support
  • Cross-curricular activities
  • Skills alignments to national standards for English language arts

Junior Great Books for Grades 3–5

Our Series 3–5 program brings high-quality literature and student-centered discussion to your classroom while providing a superb framework for practicing reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Teaching tips, sample student work, support for differentiating instruction, and tools for building language arts skills make Junior Great Books readings and discussions engaging and rewarding for students and teachers alike.

In our Series 3–5 fiction program, students:

  • Use reading comprehension strategies purposefully
  • Develop their own opinions and claims about a text
  • Support ideas with textual evidence, and weigh evidence for divergent ideas
  • Go beyond initial responses to think deeper about issues
  • Develop social and emotional intelligence through respectful dialogue and collaborations
  • Use a curriculum that is aligned with national ELA standards

Nonfiction Inquiry for Grades 3–5

Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry for grades 3, 4, and 5 helps teachers and students extend inquiry-based learning to informational texts. Each grade-level set features thought-provoking nonfiction texts that yield rich questions. Texts explore historical and contemporary issues and align with national benchmarks in social studies and science as well as national standards for reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Nonfiction Inquiry for grades 3–5 includes:

  • High-quality nonfiction
  • In-depth reading, critical thinking, and writing activities
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Research-based learning
  • Accountability measures
  • Alignments to specific Junior Great Books Series 3–5 literature, allowing students to meaningfully compare texts across genres and curricular areas
  • Unit topic alignments to national science and social studies standards

Junior Great Books Nonfiction Libraries for Grades 2–5

Junior Great Books Nonfiction Libraries add depth and variety to your classroom bookshelves and promote independent classroom reading. Each library includes 30 high-quality nonfiction books, chosen by Great Books Foundation editors, that cover a range of reading levels to challenge and motivate every student in your classroom.

Nonfiction Libraries:

  • Include many CCSS text exemplars and provide students with the opportunity for independent reading on a wide range of subjects
  • Include titles selected for their rich content, complexity, and sound literary quality
  • Come with flexible-use thinking and writing prompts that spur students to think analytically about the books they have read

Guided Reading for Grades K–6

Like Junior Great Books, guided reading programs are an important component of a robust, high-quality literacy curriculum. By adding power questions to your guided reading program, you can ensure that your students are developing their reading and thinking skills while also becoming more engaged, enthusiastic readers.

We offer three different types of guided reading collections—Bookroom, Grade Level, and Guided Reading Level Collections. All these collections include:

  • Award-winning authentic texts
  • A balance of fiction and informational books
  • Our teacher resource, Using Powerful Questions to Enhance Guided Reading
  • Prepackaged six-packs in plastic bags
  • Lesson Plan Cards for each title
  • Classroom-ready storage bins with leveling labels

Using Powerful Questions to Enhance Guided Reading

Using powerful questions in your guided reading discussions helps students build their critical thinking skills and develop their listening and speaking skills across the curriculum. This invaluable resource provides ideas, activities, and practical guidance on:

  • Selecting texts
  • Preparing questions
  • Asking spontaneous questions
  • Encouraging and using students’ questions
  • Extending understanding and increasing comprehension