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In support of our Ambitious Instruction Plan for reading, each month we will feature on the MPS website suggested titles for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. The goal is to

  • assist teachers, librarians, parents, and others in finding interesting books that will encourage and excite students to read more literature and informational text;
  • suggest titles that allow students to see themselves, explore other cultures, and discover more about the world in which they live;
  • increase the volume of books students are reading independently to ignite a passion for reading.
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October 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for October 2019. Titles include Lucy's Light/La luz de Lucía, Monday's Not Coming, and Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different.

September 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for September 2019. Titles include Carmela Full of Wishes/Los deseos de Carmela, The Invisible Boy, and Touching the Spirit Bear.

August 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for August 2019. Titles include The Kissing Hand/Un beso en mi mano, We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success, and Milk Goes to School.

July 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for July 2019. Titles include Jabari Jumps, La niña invisible, and Proud: Living My American Dream.

June 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for June 2019. Titles include The Crossover/El crossover, Flora and Ulysses, and Summer of the Mariposas/El verano de las mariposas.

May 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for May 2019. Titles include The Secret Life of Squirrels, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and How It Went Down.

April 2019 Selections

April is National Poetry Month! Learn about the book selections for April 2019. Titles include Daniel Finds a Poem, Retratos de lo invisible/Portraits of the Invisible, and Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems.

March 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for March 2019. Titles include Mapping Sam, When Dimple Met Rishi, and The Dreamer/El soñador.

February 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for February 2019. Titles include My Lucky Day, Maybe Something Beautiful, and Harbor Me.

January 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for January 2019. Titles include Finding the Music, As Brave as You, and Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do.

MPS Reads

In support of our Ambitious Instruction Plan for reading, each month we will feature on the MPS website suggested titles for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students.

Wisconsin Literacy StandardsMission

The mission of the Milwaukee Public Schools Department of Curriculum and Instruction is to develop students’ understanding and thinking through the integration of reading and writing, which will prepare all students to become critical consumers of information as well as to convey sophisticated and complex ideas. The district will achieve this by implementing the following practices:

  • Creating a culture for learning that engages all communities of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals
  • Using culturally and linguistically responsive dispositions that honor our students’ native languages to build bridges to standardized English
  • Building socially and emotionally safe environments that promote risk taking and a diversity of perspective
  • Designing and engaging students in rigorous and relevant lessons that are aligned to the curriculum
  • Implementing research-based instructional practices and instructional frameworks grounded in a high-quality, balanced assessment system that offers a tiered system of support for all students


The vision of the Milwaukee Public Schools Literacy Department is to educate all students to proficiency and beyond in order to prepare them for success in higher education, careers, and responsible citizenship. The ultimate goal of literacy education is to celebrate and utilize the language and literacy practices of our culturally and linguistically diverse learners as a tool to bridge, foster, and add academic literacy to students’ repertories.


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  What is the Ambitious Instruction Plan?

The Ambitious Instruction Plan outlines the goals, vision, essential skills, strategies, and professional development in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. All classrooms will ensure that student learning experiences are aligned with high-quality instruction that prepares all learners for proficiency.  

  Should all teachers be implementing the Ambitious Instruction Plan?

It is recommended that all teachers follow the best-practice frameworks that are outlined in the plan. The plan fits nicely with many different approaches, is flexible to accommodate a variety of teaching and learning styles, and ensures a high standard of care for every learner.  

  What does the Ambitious Instruction Plan mean for my child?

The Ambitious Instruction Plan ensures that all students are receiving high-quality instruction to support their academic growth in literacy. The plan guarantees that teachers plan for multi-layers of support based on individual student need.

  Where can I find out more information about the Ambitious Instruction Plan?

There is detailed information by grade level on the MPS website, including a copy of the plan. Additional resources can be accessed on the MPS website, in district offices (contact information is listed on this page), or by contacting your child's teacher. The school principal or classroom teacher is able to provide further information and resources if requested. 

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