Association of Texas Professional Educators

Check out the books we’re reading for the ATPE Book of the Month Club, ATPE Book Circle and the new Teacher Support Program by connecting with us on Goodreads. Discussion questions created by past Guest Readers for each Book of the Month Club selection are featured in the review section of each book.

ATPE Book of the Month Club

Want to encourage your students to read for fun and get more out of it?

Six months out of the year we’ll choose one book from each of three reading lists compiled by the Texas Library Association (grades three through 12) and provide printable questions you can use for reflection or discussion with your students.


Give students who have finished reading an ATPE Book of the Month selection a certificate for their efforts. ATPE Book of the Month Club Certificate

*** ATPE Guest Reader Program ***

Are you interested in reading one of the 2013-14 ATPE Book of the Month Club selections with your class?

Guest Readers will take ATPE's Book of the Month Club to the next level.

  • Engage your students in higher-order thinking skills.
  • Help them get more from their selections.
ATPE will select one teacher and class per grade level and category to read an upcoming book selection and create discussion questions. We’ll post a picture of your class on our website along with your discussion questions, and we’ll send you a free copy of the book! Your class will also receive a special certificate upon completion.

Teachers can also nominate individual students to be Guest Readers! In this case, the student will receive a free copy of the book that they select to read, and their discussion questions will be published online. Parental permission and a photo release form are required.

ATPE members, sign up today to reserve your spot as one of ATPE’s Guest Readers for the upcoming school year. Guest Readers who complete the program successfully will be entered in a drawing to win a set of books for their classroom! Click Here for drawing rules.

Congratulations to the 2012-13 winner: Dianna Espinoza, Birdville ISD!


If you are interested in this invaluable learning experience, please complete the guest reader application and submit to

Special thanks to this month’s Guest Readers! Dianne Espinoza’s third grade students from Parkway Elementary in Crowley ISD created discussion questions for the book Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon.

Preschool - Grade 2
2x2 Reading List and activities
Grades 3-6
Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List

Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon
“I am more than a fish. I am a storyteller and a story.” –Jangles. Tall tales of the biggest fish ever caught are centuries old. David Shannon has created a colorful tale from the fish’s point of view. Readers will be hooked by Shannon’s lively illustrations and exaggerated text.

Grades 6-8
Lone Star Reading List

Legend by Marie Lu
June, a prodigy and government “golden girl”, is on the hunt for Day, a famous criminal and hero of the people. But when she finds him, he is not what she expected.
Enjoy this book guide for Legend provided by the publisher (includes discussion questions).

High School
Tayshas Reading List

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

Arn is just a Kid when the Khmer Rouge comes to power in Cambodia, but he has to grow up quickly and draw on all of his courage to stay alive in this turbulent, violent time.
*Enjoy this book guide for Never Fall Down provided by the publisher’s school & library blog (includes discussion questions).


Preschool - Grade 2
Grades 3-6
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre Questions
Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern Questions
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet Questions
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Questions
10 Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits Questions | Guest Readers
Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo Questions | Poster
Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell Questions | Poster
Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hotdog by Adrienne Sylver Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor by Emily Arnold McCully Questions | Poster
Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback Questions | Poster
The Uglified Ducky: A Maynard Moose Tale by Willy Claflin Questions | Poster
The Hallelujah Flight Phil Bildner Questions | Poster
Black Elk?s Vision: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Balarama: A Royal Elephant by Ted and Betsy Lewin Questions | Poster
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm Questions | Poster
The Witch?s Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan; Questions | Poster
Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott by Yona Zeldis Mcdonough; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer; Questions | Poster
Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker; Questions | Poster
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
The Uglified Ducky: A Maynard Moose Tale by Willy Claflin; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
14 Cows for America by Carmen Deedy; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Mudshark by Gary Paulsen; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
That Book Woman by Heather Henson; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Surprises According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Grades 6-8
Wonder by R.J. Palacio Questions
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal Questions
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall Questions
How They Croaked: the Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg Questions
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall Questions
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen Questions | Guest Readers
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine Guide
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz Questions | Poster
Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas by Gary Paulsen Questions | Poster
Divergent by Veronica Roth Questions | Poster
Hidden by Helen Frost Questions | Poster
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor Questions | Poster
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander Questions | Poster
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Questions | Poster
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman Questions | Poster
Brain Jack by Brian Falkner Questions | Poster
Heist Society by Ally Carter Questions | Poster
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper ; Questions | Poster
Countdown by Deborah Wiles ; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart ; Questions | Poster
The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil ; Questions | Poster
The Roar by Emma Clayton; Questions | Poster
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
The Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg; Questions | Poster
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink; Questions | Poster
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead; Questions | Poster
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker; Questions | Poster
Graceling by Kristin Cashore; Questions | Poster
The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong; Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
High School
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Questions
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Freaks Like Us by Susan Vought Questions
Variant by Robison E. Wells Questions
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews Questions
Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein Questions | Poster
White Cat: The Curse Workers by Holly Black Questions | Poster
Chime by Franny Billingsley Questions | Poster
Hot Lunch by Alex Bradley Questions | Poster
You Don?t Even Know Me: Stories and Poems about Boys by Sharon G. Flake Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
The Musician?s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap Questions | Poster
The Firefly Letters: a Suffragette?s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
Candor by Pam Bachorz Questions | Poster
Happyface by Stephen Emond Questions | Poster
The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell Questions | Poster | Guest Readers
We Were Here by Matt de la Pena Questions | Poster
You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys by Sharon G. Flake
Questions | Poster
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway Questions | Poster
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas Questions | Poster
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Questions | Poster
The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley; Questions | Poster
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin; Questions | Poster
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson; Questions | Poster
Reality Check by Peter Abrahams; Questions | Poster
*This book contains language that some readers might find offensive.
Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein; Questions | Poster
The Year We Disappeared by Cylin Busby and John Busby; Questions | Poster
*This book contains language that some readers might find offensive.
The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti; Questions | Poster