8 Teacher Instagram Accounts to Follow for YA & MG Book Recommendations

October 16, 2020

With so many great books out there, following Instagram accounts that highlight middle grade new titles to read and recommend to students.
With so many great books out there and so many other things on teachers' plates these days, following Instagram accounts that highlight middle grade novels and young adult literature is a great way to find new titles to read and recommend to students. Here's 8 accounts to follow if you are looking for titles to share with your students and add to your classroom library.


1. @BayeringWithFreshmen
Allie Bayer, a career long freshmen English teacher, with just enough humor and honesty to “sell” younger generations on the magic and importance of reading. Allie reads primarily young adult literature, with her favorite genres being YA thriller & mystery and YA romance.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? Circe by Madeline Miller
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? Illuminae, All American Boys, Dear Martin
  • How do you select the books you read? Sometimes price, sometimes by the cover art alone. Sometimes I take others’ recommendations. Sometimes I chose based on the color of the spine (Read the Rainbow). Sometimes I pick an unknown by an author I like. Sometimes I let students choose for me. Sometimes I get talked into a buddy read, and sometimes I choose by genre and the mood I’m in! 
  • How do you make time for reading? I don’t make excuses. I put my phone where I can’t reach it and pick up a book. I prioritize it and want my own children at home to see me read frequently. I find it’s an important hobby to model for my kids and for my students. I always SHOW them how much/often I read. 
2. @englishelixir
Amanda is a middle school English teacher with a passion for reading. In addition to teaching, she also is a TpT Author. Amanda reads a mix of young adult and middle grades novels. Her favorite genres are realistic fiction, crime/mystery, and graphic novels.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? The Prince and the Dressmaker
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? The First Part Last by Angela Johnson, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • How do you select the books you read? Generally, I’ll select a book based on reviews from friends online or I will be interested by the cover!
  • How do you make time for reading? I’m a big morning reader when I’m not at school, and when I am there, I read with students during silent reading time.
3. @tiplerteaches
Megan is an Indigenous educator who is committed to decolonizing her teaching practices, disrupting the curriculum and including more representative texts in English Language Arts. She is particularly passionate about Indigenous literatures and #ownvoices. Aside from teaching, she enjoys coaching basketball, crafting and drawing, and collecting sneakers! Megan reads primarily young adult literature and her favorite genres are realistic fiction and novels in verse. She curates a list of indigenous texts here.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? Just one?! Most recently I loved Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. 
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? Anything Jason Reynolds, The Prince and the Dressmaker, and The 57 Bus.
  • How do you select the books you read? Mostly recommendations from fellow teachers (in real life and Instagram) and student recommendations.
  • How do you make time for reading? I resisted audiobooks for a long time, but I find they're a huge asset during the busier parts of the year with teaching and coaching. I always have a novel or audiobook with me and try to squeeze in reading time. That being said, I prefer being able to sit down and power through a book in one sitting. I have to consciously set that time aside, or else I find a million other things that "need" to be done.
4. @rileyreadsya
Kara Wojick is a middle school teacher with experience in grades 6-8, and works especially closely with reluctant readers. She blogs about how to create engagement around reading and design systems to help teachers maintain a robust independent reading program all year long. Kara reads a mix of young adult and middle grades novels. Her favorite genres are realistic fiction, particularly coming of age, and dystopian novels. Kara shares her book review on her blog, https://www.rileyreadsya.com.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? Genesis Begins Again 
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? Ghost Boys, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Everything, Everything
  • How do you select the books you read? I look for award-winners, read amazon reviews, and like project lit titles, but I’m very picky! I also like to read a diverse range of characters and authors. 
  • How do you make time for reading? I set weekly goals! (Page goals— just like I do for students!)
5. @elaclassroom
Lauralee Moss has taught middle school and high school English for over a dozen years. She blogs at Language Arts Classroom and reads a new book to her students every Friday for First Chapter Friday. Lauralee reads primarily young adult fiction and her favorite genres are romance and dystopia. You can find even more book reviews on her blog, https://languageartsclassroom.com/blog/educational-books.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? Frankly in Love
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? Speak, So B It, and any graphic novel.
  • How do you select the books you read? I stay current with hashtags on Instagram. I pay attention to new releases, but I also look at popular writers. If students often like a writer, I'm likely to read another book by that author. 
  • How do you make time for reading? I snag five minute periods of time, often between classes in the halls.
6. @secondaryurbanlegends
You can always find Samantha sharing about books and all things engaging literacy. Samantha reads a mix of young adult literature and middle grades novels. Her favorite genres are realistic and historical fiction.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? No way!!! I read like 100 a year and this year alone I would give five starts to like 10. 
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? Crossover, Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie, and A Long Walk to Water.
  • How do you select the books you read? Start with popular then do classics. 
  • How do you make time for reading? It’s second nature to me. It’s how I relax, it’s how I clear my head, and it’s also where I find my purpose.
Kristy Avis, 2 Peas and a Dog, is a Canadian middle school teacher. When she is not teaching, she loves creating lesson plans to help other ELA teachers. She reads a mix of young adult and middle grades novels. Her favorite genre is realistic fiction. Kristy also reviews books on her blog, www.2peasandadog.com.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Refugee by Alan Gratz, and any graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier
  • How do you select the books you read? I read the back of the novel (book summary) and decide if it would interest my students. If so I will read it, if not I will leave it for another teacher to read. 
  • How do you make time for reading? I make time to read by listening to audiobooks while doing chores, cooking, or commuting. I also set a bedtime and read before bed. 
That's me! I am a former high school English teacher turned 6th grade ELA teacher, which might explain why I favor young adult literature over middle grade novels. My favorite genres are historical fiction and dystopia. You can find book reviews here on my blog and book recommendation lists here.
  • What is the best book you've read so far this year? It's a tie between Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust and Mirage by Somaiya Daud.
  • What are three of your favorite books to recommend to students who claim they don't like to read? Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper, Girl, Stolen by April Henry, and anything by Jason Reynolds
  • How do you select the books you read? Because of the reviews I do here on my blog as well as on social media, I am fortunate enough to receive ARCs from a number of publishing companies, so many of the books I read are gifted to me. Otherwise I read popular new titles on my Kindle through Overdrive or books in my classroom library that I haven't read yet.
  • How do you make time for reading? This has been tough for me with three little ones at home. I got into audiobooks in the last year and that has helped tremendously. I always have a book with me at school or in the car when I might have a few minutes to squeeze in a few pages. I also try to read before bed at least a few nights a week.
With so many great books out there, following Instagram accounts that highlight middle grade new titles to read and recommend to students.

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