Build Your Stack - NCTE

Previous Build Your Stack® Virtual Events:

(Click on the dates below to watch videos of some of our previous events.)

June 15, 2022

Build Your Stack® Best Books of the 2021-2022 School Year

Books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

Author Meg Grehan also wrote a blog post specifically for this event that was posted on June 14, 2022.

April 25, 2022

Build Your Stack® A Rainbow of Pride Books

Books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

June 15, 2021

Build Your Stack® with the Best Books of the 2020-2021 School Year

Books shared by the presenters can be found on this list.*

May 3, 2021

Build Your Stack® with Award-Winning Authors

Books from these authors can be found on this list.*

April 15, 2021

Build Your Stack® with Multilingual Texts

To see a list of most of the books discussed, to browse or to purchase, please click through to our Bookshop page for this event.*

June 30, 2020

Elementary and Middle Grade Focus

To see a list of most of the books discussed, to browse or to purchase, please click through to our Bookshop page for this event.* A. B. Majmudar’s book, The Torchbearers, is currently available here. You may also contact her directly for more information about how to purchase copies at ami.majmudar@gmail.com.

August 10, 2020

Secondary Focus

To see a list of most of the books discussed, to browse or to purchase, please click through to our Bookshop page for this event.*

*NCTE and local bookstores receive a small commission when you purchase through these links.

TEACHER EXPERTISE + BOOK KNOWLEDGE

We’re building NCTE into the place where you go to meet authors of significance, paving the way for knowledge and relationships that transform students and schools.

Our members’ knowledge of books should be celebrated and recognized, and this initiative offers just the right platform.

But, you might say, there are so many books out there, and I have so little time to explore them all. We know! Build Your Stack will reduce the guesswork that goes into building a classroom library by creating a trusted connection to the best books, recommended by colleagues with deep expertise.

 

 

WHAT IS BUILD YOUR STACK?

1. See our current Build Your Stack Committee roster.

2. A set of dozens of unique sessions in the Exhibit Hall at the NCTE Annual Convention. Each 20-minute session will feature authors and educators talking about their favorite books and how to use them in the classroom.

3. Booklists and recommendations all year long, curated by NCTE members and shared via our member communications.

4. Periodic professional learning experiences in sites across the country and virtually that bring NCTE members together with authors and dynamic educators.

5. Blog posts from fellow educators with information about diverse books for you and for your classroom.

 

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS! SHARE WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA USING #BUILDYOURSTACK.

Build Your Stack
Blog Posts

Check out the most recent #BuildYourStack posts featuring book recommendations curated by NCTE members and submit your own recommendations today.

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WHAT KINDS OF BUILD YOUR STACK SESSIONS CAN I EXPECT AT NCTE’S ANNUAL CONVENTION?

For the 2021 Virtual Convention, Build Your Stack® held over a dozen live and recorded sessions on our virtual platform. Topics included:

  • “Books to Feed Your Mind” by Carol Jago
  • “Supporting ABAR Teaching with Picture Books” by Jillian Heise
  • “Simple, Sentimental, & Sacred Stories of Intergenerational Families” by Aliza Werner
  • “The Healing Power of Intergenerational Picture Books” by Lynsey Burkins and Clare Landrigan
  • “Poetry for Social Justice” by Mary-Kate Sableski and Ryan Colwell
  • “Reclaiming Readers with New Canon in Black Literature” by Paula Chase

Some sessions from our 2020 Virtual Annual Convention included:

“Ever since I joined NCTE in 1991, the many ways in which our organization has connected me with books and authors have shaped me as a teacher. My knowledge of the content of our discipline is deeply intertwined with the powerful learning experiences NCTE has provided and this has had a huge impact on my students. This project serves to take those experiences and connections to a whole new level. Teachers who are readers have students who are readers.”

— FRANKI SIBBERSON
NCTE Past President and 2018 Program Chair