Come Check Out My Dream Classroom Library // Top Ten Tuesday


This week’s topic is a “School Freebie,” which is fitting since it’s my last first week of classes (next semester is student teaching and then *gulp* real teaching), so I decided to go over the top and pick 28 books I would have in a high school classroom library if I could do whatever I want. I’m going to be an early childhood education major and unfortunately most of these books would probably end up getting some parents mad because what’s school without overbearing parents who have issues with much-needed diversity? – anyway, that’s why this is all an unlikely dream.


Anyway, it’s been a long first day as I write this up at the end of Monday, so I’m just listing the various topics that these books cover that I think all teenagers need to read about.

AskMeHowIGotHere WildSwans AsIDescended IfIWasYourGirl

1. Ask Me How I Got Here (Christine Heppermann)

prose // abortion // QUILTBAG // mental health

2. Wild Swans (Jessica Spotswood)

feminism // self identity // POCs // family // overbearing family expectations

3. As I Descended (Robin Talley)

QUILTBAG // POCs // modern Shakespeare retelling

4. If I Was Your Girl (Meredith Russo)

QUILTBAG // a trans protagonist who is mostly thriving and accepted

NotOtherwiseSpecified ExitPursuedByaBear MyLadyJane MadeYouUp

5. Not Otherwise Specified (Hannah Moskowitz)

QUILTBAG (specifically bisexual) // POCs // eating disorders

6. Exit, Pursued by a Bear (E.K. Johnston)

sexual assault // abortion // therapy // QUILTBAG // cheerleaders taken seriously // modern Shakespeare retelling

7. My Lady Jane (Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows)

modern, fantasy retelling/twist on actual historical events

8. Made You Up (Francesca Zappia)

childhood schizophrenia // ASD (unspecified)

InTheCountryWeLove FindingAudrey Ruby1 World Without Fish

9. In the Country We Love (Diane Guerrero)

immigration // POCs // nonfiction // mental health

10. Finding Audrey (Sophie Kinsella)

mental health

11. Ruby Oliver Quartet (E. Lockhart)

mental health // feminism

12. World Without Fish (Mark Kurlansky)

nonfiction // environmental issues

GirlAgainstTheUniverse Alex+Ada SavingFrancesca TheRevengePlaylist

13. Girl Against the Universe (Paula Stokes)

mental health // school sports // dealing with death

14. Alex + Ada (Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn)

graphic novels // identity issues // possible future

15. Saving Francesca & The Piper’s Son (Melina Marchetta)

depression // mental health

16. The Revenge Playbook (Rachael Allen)

feminism // female friendships // sexual assault // rape culture // football culture

TheInsideOfOut SinceYouveBeenGone BeautyQueens Mediator1

17. The Inside of Out (Jenn Marie Thorne)

QUILTBAG // POCs // Gay-Straight Alliance // being a straight ally

18. Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson)

female friendship // becoming your own person

19. Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)

QUILTBAG // POCs // feminism // capitalism // girl power

20. The Mediator series (Meg Cabot)

girl power // feminine girls can kick ass, too

LockandKey WheretheStarsStillShine TTYL WestingGame

21. Lock and Key (Sarah Dessen)

family issues // parental abandonment // parental abuse

22. Where the Stars Still Shine (Trish Doller)

parental kidnapping // POCs

23. Internet Girls series (Lauren Myracle)

female friendship // bullying // student-teacher relationships (not fetishized or romanticized)

24. The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin)

POCs // large cast of characters, children to adults

ToAlltheBoysIveLovedBefore StealingParker ShesSoMoney PoisonedApples

25. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Jenny Han)

POCs // romantically-inexperienced protagonist

26. Stealing Parker (Miranda Kenneally)

QUILTBAG // religion // student-teacher relationships (not fetishized or romanticized)

27. She’s So Money (Cherry Cheva)

POCs // gifted students being smart but also breaking the rules // money problems

28. Poisoned Apples (Christine Heppermann)

prose // feminism // eating disorders // self esteem issues // fairytale retellings


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