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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Classroom Collections to Meet Your Needs

Finding the best books for each classroom and subject can be time consuming and confusing without a helping hand -  one solution is premade Classroom Collections compiled by a third party. Some of these companies have been putting together reading collections to meet school and classroom needs for many years, giving them the time and attention to detail that individual teachers and schools often lack. They group all these lists together so that interested educators may have the opportunity to browse through them and see which may be of use in their individual schools or classrooms.
Some of the most frequently desired collections are on grade level, by subject  -- Preschool, Kindergarten through 6th grade, Middle School and High School,  with subjects including Independent Reading, Science, Social Studies, Teacher Read Alouds, Global Awareness, STEM and Core Curriculum.

Another type of collection that may be of use to teachers, educators and schools are more specialized -- Leveled Readers, Counselor Collections, Professional Collections, Foreign Language Collections, such as Spanish Collections, and Common Core Collections. These Classroom Collections make it simple to acquire books for special needs and requirements.

Other types of collections that makes it easy to set-up or expand a classroom library are Favorites Collections such as Favorite Authors -- including Beverly Cleary, Kevin Henkes, Jerry Spinelli, Jacqueline Woodson, Mike Lupica sports stories, Mo Willems, Shel Silverstein and Roald Dahl, Favorite Subjects -- such as animals, graphic novels, myth and magic, and Favorite Series -- some of the most popular being Elephant & Piggie, Cam Jansen, Harry Potter, Keena Ford, Little House and Percy Jackson.

One of the premier companies specializing in Classroom Collections is Bookworm Central - their collections are available at and are superior to competitors in variety as well as quality. They offer a discount on full collections as well as a discount to educators on any purchase.

Adding books to your classroom doesn't need to be a time consuming experience with experts in classroom collections like Bookworm Central  available to take the reins and expand the learning opportunities for the children in your class and school.

Purchasing your Virginia Readers’ Choice (VRC) Books

Virginia Readers Choice is an excellent program for stimulating excitement about reading among Virginia’s students.  Since 1981, the VRC program has given students across Virginia exposure to the best of contemporary literature. The success of this program is important to the continued rise of literacy for the students of Virginia schools.

Every school year, noteworthy titles from the past three years are reviewed by the Virginia State Reading Association. For each of four levels—Primary, Elementary, Middle and High Schools –ten titles are nominated.  These lists are then shared with Virginia schools, where students can read these titles throughout the year and vote for theirfavorites each March. The reading lists for the upcoming school year are released in the spring each year, to give teachers and librarians time to secure these books.

While most educators choose to participate in Virginia Readers’ Choice, finding the easiest and most cost effective way to purchase these titles for your school can be challenging. While a number of vendors sell these titles, Bookworm Central, at - , offers a 40% discount off Virginia Readers’ Choice titles year round. Bookworm Central wants to get Virginia Readers’ Choice titles into the hands of students and will ship the books, or have them available for pick-up after ordering at their warehouse in Manassas, VA.