:: Resources for Teachers and ABB Members ::

This section contains resources ABB receives from Teachers, Librarians, and Educators as well as items of educational worthiness that ABB believes could help with any reading program. If you have developed reading resources that could help other teaches or parents, please contact ABB and request to be added to our resource section. (ABB does not endorse or financially support any of the resource web-links or materials but does believe that these resources could strengthen your reading program and meet student needs.)

If you have developed materials or programs that support reading please contact us. We will be happy to place descriptions of your materials and web links on our resource page. We are especially interested in reading units that teachers develop for teachers that support books we use in ABB.

ABB believes in literature-based education and is committed to children not only learning to read but also liking to read!

“It has been proven over and over again by university studies and independent research that literature-based reading programs, with a strong phonic emphasis and incorporating all ‘four styles of learning’, that students learn how to read more quickly and effectively. Every four years a new style of teaching is promoted by political agendas and government agencies. They almost always do not work nor are they educationally sound. Whatever program you are using for reading, if it does not support the effective methodology of “see, hear, say, do/write” it will not be effective and a portion of students will not learn to read. Spalding is a phonics program that is literature-based, and Great Books is a teaching program based on reading literature. If teachers learn these two methods of ‘teaching reading’ their students will not only learn to read well but will discover the ‘joy of reading’.”
Dr. S. J. Wentland, Ed.D.O.L.


Spalding Education - Home of Scientifically-based Language Arts Instruction

Welcome to Spalding.org! Spalding Education International (SEI) is dedicated to teaching allstudents to spell, write and read. SEI is the home of The Writing Road to Reading, a comprehensive K-6 total language arts program. SEI is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation.

In The Writing Road to Reading, all elements of the language are integrated in spelling, writing, and reading lessons.

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Systematic phonics
  • High-frequency vocabulary
  • Word meanings and usages
  • Word parts
  • Grammar
  • Composition
  • Literary appreciation
  • Text structure
  • Fluency
  • Listening
  • Reading comprehension


The Great Books Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to advance the critical, reflective thinking and social and civic engagement of readers of all ages through Shared Inquiry™ discussion of works and ideas of enduring value. Since 1947, the Foundation has helped people throughout the United States and other countries conduct discussion groups in schools, libraries, community centers, and other venues.

  • We improve reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
  • We train thousands of discussion leaders each year.
  • We publish a wide range of literature anthologies that are catalysts for Shared Inquiry discussion.

Kerry Sherer resources for teachers:

This is how my students receive credit. They complete one page per book.

Here is a classic summary activity

Here is the assessment for Running Out of Time

Here is a link to my unit on Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Foundations of Freedom: Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly & Petition

Foundations of Freedom is an academic incentive program that utilizes student presentations of historical events to enrich the history, social science, fine arts, and literature curriculums for all grade levels in America’s schools.

Its purpose is twofold: first, to enable students to recognize First Amendment influences in American political, social, cultural, and historical life; and second, to allow students to understand and demonstrate the importance and significance religion has played in the development of those rights in American history. Its focus is the protection of all freedoms and preserve historical evidence of how religion has contributed to American literature, historical-sociological events, musical expressions, and the personal lives of its citizens. Its goal is to help students become knowledgeable and experience the protections offered in the Bill of Rights while becoming aware of the need to protect America’s diverse religious beliefs within the public arena.

This program was developed by Pepperdine and Azusa Pacific University students, staff, and faculties and is being offered to public, private, and home schools as well as organizations and political bodies that support our freedoms for the purpose of preserving and educating all individuals in their basic constitutional rights.

Find out more about this program by visiting: www.foundationsoffreedom.org

Battle of the Books Reading Tracker Journal, Reading Log, Story Map


“Helping your child become a better reader has never been easier or more fun than participating in a Battle of the Books challenge!” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WZBZ1R1

Resources include:
*Daily reading log - one page per month to cover an entire year! Students can also include their daily reading goal
*Reading record keeps track of which books were completed - all in one convenient spot.
*Rating pages where students can list rate how well they liked the book, draw a picture of the main character, list characters, and include other important book information.
*Book summary has students think through the story, outlining their summary through writing and art.
*Plot summary pages help teach students how to think through a story.
*Story maps are a different way for more advanced students to define the story arc in easy-to-understand terms.
*150 pages