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Books to Use in the Classroom

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond

It is a classic.  Timeless and full of real issues that students face.  I remember reading this in the 5th grade.  One thing I personally learned from this book is that it is okay for families not to be perfect.  This was one of the first encounters I had with children's literature that exposed me to characters with real-life problems and struggles.  This book is a reading level of 4.6.  It would be used in the older grades at a time where kids are making the transition out of childhood and into adolescence, when they are discovering that the world is not always a perfect place.  Grief could be discussed.  Finding your identity and being different could be discussed.  This is a great work and there are so many possibilities with this novel.