Teacher Review for LitPick

A wide-range of reading material for student book clubs or lit studio exploration.

Eric W.
Classroom teacher
West Ottawa High School Campus
Holland, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Litpick is a site that provides students free e-copies (PDF in my experience) of new books. It seems to be advanced reader copies as the titles I saw were unfamiliar to me. I teach a class that allows students to choose their own reading material to explore various genres. Next year, I plan to create a group account for my students. Students can download books from Litpick based on their interests. Litpick provides graphic organizers and video instructions for writing book reviews. I'll have students find books they find interesting and review them. There is a social aspect to Litpick that allows students to meet other readers with common interests. They can also find new books based on their past favorites.
My Take
I really like the potential of Litpick. I showed the book review graphic organizer to my students, and they were disappointed that I didn't find the site until the end of the semester. I wish there were more recognizable authors/titles on the site, but it could be cool for my students to become trend-spotters and talent scouts. It did take a little exploration for me to figure out the site, too. I had to create a group for my students and act as their sponsor. They need to wait a day or two after replying to the invitation in order to be approved, too. I couldn't figure out a way to get books without jumping through several hoops. I'm excited to teach my students more about review books and evaluating new authors. Litpick provides a wealth of structure for this process as well as many examples for modeling.