Books: Technology That Never Goes Offline

Books: Technology That Never Goes Offline

Written by: Lena Darnay

December 11, 2020

Reading is an activity that we as educators can always rely on as a solid back-up plan. 

Wi-fi out? 


Zoom froze? 


Want to help your child stay connected to learning while in quarantine? 

Read to them, read with them, have them read.

Readers, however, fall on a scale somewhere between cereal box and Harry Potter, so how do we help them find books they will enjoy? 

Martie Hoofer, 7th Grade English Teacher at Guion Creek Middle School in Indianapolis and I teamed up this year to create some kooky Read Alike lists that will help.

These lists use some uncommon methods to help get the right book in the hands of the right reader. From video games to cartoon characters, we’re finding books and making connections! 

This week we feature elementary and high school lists. Next week Martie unveils the books for our pickiest readers, the middle schoolers! 

All books are linked to the Amazon page for easy access to reviews and sample pages. However, your public library, local bookstore, or other favorite book retailers should have copies of these titles. We hope you share these books with your readers and continue finding ways to create connections to reading.

Teacher Tip: These book lists are in Google Slides format so you can easily copy and use them with your students! Imagine the great book lists your students could create! Share student-created book lists in our Keep Indiana Learning Facebook group or tweet them to us @KeepINLearning for a chance to have them featured on one of our upcoming blogs!

Book Lists to Include: 

Book Recommendation List for Elementary

Book Recommendation List for Young Adults



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  • Lena Darnay

    Lena Darnay is a Professional Learning Specialist of Digital Learning for CIESC. Before joining CIESC, Lena served as a District Technology Integration Specialist, elementary and secondary School Library Media Specialist, and College and Career Academy Coordinator. She is passionate about thoughtful technology integration, project based learning and inquiry education. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Google Certified Trainer, and Canvas LMS Advocate.

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