Podcast Episode 34: Books in the Classroom with Sara Hildreth from @fictionmatters

books in the classroom

In Episode 34, Sara Hildreth of Fiction Matters (also a high school English teacher at an all-girls school) talks about how she tries to encourage her students to love what they’re reading, how she feels about classic and contemporary literature in the classroom, and…of course, shares her book recommendations!

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  • Sara’s passion of helping her students read books they’re actually going to love
  • How bookstagram pushed her to think about how she could get her students to enjoy reading outside of school.
  • How much say Sara has in the books she includes on her curriculum.
  • The volume breakdown of classics vs. contemporary literature she teaches in her classes and whether she’s happy with that number.
  • How Sara feels about the idea that there are certain books every single student needs to read.
  • Sara’s favorite contemporary books that she teaches.
  • Contemporary books Sarah would love to teach, but can’t for whatever reason.
  • Classics that Sara thinks should always be taught in classrooms.
  • Classics Sara thinks should be eliminated from school curricula.
  • Whether Sara and I actually did our high school reading.

Sara’s Book Recommendations

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T Love

One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Sara

Sara Hildreth from Fiction MattersBlog | Instagram 

Sara is the bookstagrammer and blogger behind @fictionmatters. She teaches high school English at an all-girls school and lives in Denver with her husband and their puppy, Mr. Bingley.

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Mini Episode…featuring Sarah Bohl (airing Wednesday, October 23).

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