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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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September 2020 Selections

Learn about the book selections for September 2020. Titles include Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, American as Paneer Pie, and Tomorrow I'll Be Kind.

August 2020 Selections

Learn about the book selections for August 2020. Titles include Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color, and Ways to Make Sunshine.

July 2020 Selections

Learn about the book selections for July 2020. Titles include Antiracist Baby, Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.

June 2020 Selections

Learn about the book selections for June 2020. Titles include Rickshaw Girl, Clap When You Land, and Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (Arabic and English editions).

May 2020 Selections

Learn about the book selections for May 2020. Titles include The Book Thief, Hurricane Season, and Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug.

April 2020 Selections

April is National Poetry Month! Learn about the book selections for April 2020. Titles include Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons, Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice, and Yes, We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose about the Latino Experience.

March 2020 Selections

Learn about the book selections for March 2020. Titles include The Only Road/El único destino, I Want My Hat Back, and We Are Water Protectors.

February 2020 Selections

February is Black History Month! Learn about the book selections for February 2020. Titles include March: Book One, 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World, and The Undefeated.

January 2020 Selections

Learn about the book selections for January 2020. Titles include Patron Saints of Nothing, Rumple Buttercup, and Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky.

December 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for December 2019. Titles include The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Found (The Missing, Book 1), and Unicorn Day.

November 2019 Selections

Learn about the book selections for November 2019. Titles include Scars Like Wings, Five Feet Apart, and We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga.

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.

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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