This is the time of year for all those "Top Ten" countdowns, and we couldn't resist sharing our own — the books that teachers taught the most in 2019.

How did we compile it? By looking at the most popular lists on Vocabulary.com, assigned by thousands of middle and high school teachers from across the map.

All of the classics you'd expect are here, plus a diverse array of more recent titles that got us wondering, are these "Top 10 Contemporary Titles" the new classics? We'll be back at the end of 2020 to see which books stay on top, and which new titles gain ground in your classrooms.

 

Top 10 Classics Most Assigned by Middle School Teachers

1. The Outsiders 6. Bud, Not Buddy
2. The Giver 7. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. Hatchet 8. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
4. The Watsons Go to Birmingham 9. Number the Stars
5. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 10. Tuck Everlasting

Explore the entire collection of the top 25 middle grade classics.

 

Top 10 Contemporary Titles Most Assigned by Middle School Teachers

1. The Lightning Thief 6. Refugee
2. A Long Walk to Water 7. Holes
3. Freak the Mighty 8. Tangerine
4. Inside Out & Back Again 9. I Am Malala
5. Wonder 10. Esperanza Rising

Explore the entire collection of the top 25 middle grade contemporary titles.

 

Top 10 Classics Most Assigned by High School Teachers

1. The Great Gatsby 6. Lord of the Flies
2. Of Mice and Men 7. Animal Farm
3. The Crucible 8. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
4. To Kill a Mockingbird 9. Fahrenheit 451
5. Night 10. Frankenstein

Explore the entire collection of the top 25 high school classics.

 

Top 10 Contemporary Titles Most Assigned by High School Teachers

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 6. A Long Way Gone
2. The Hate U Give 7. Into the Wild
3. The Things They Carried 8. Speak
4. The Kite Runner 9. Monster
5. The Book Thief 10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Explore the entire collection of the top 25 high school contemporary titles.

 

Which of these titles are on your class reading list? Chances are, the answer is "several". No matter what you're teaching, Vocabulary.com can prepare your students to understand the unfamiliar language they'll encounter in the challenging texts they're reading in your classroom and beyond.

Start with one of our ready-made lists (we've got thousands based on the most commonly taught texts and topics!), and in just a few clicks you can assign meaningful activities that will boost comprehension. Whether you create a practice assignment, a spelling bee, or one of our famous Vocab Jams, our lists and activities will engage students and teach them the words they need to know to be successful readers. Here's how to get started.