When it comes to literature, teaching the classics is important. But it’s a good idea to add contemporary titles to your curriculum, too, especially if your students sometimes have trouble connecting with older texts.

That’s why we created the Discovering Literature collection, a curated selection of noteworthy books that are capturing the attention of teachers and students across the country.

We’re closing out our 2021 Discovering Literature Digests by showcasing four critically acclaimed books by bestselling authors. Varying in genre and subject matter, these books will resonate with your students, whether it’s Shadow and Bone, the dark fantasy novel that inspired the popular Netflix show; the hit middle-grade short story anthology Flying Lessons and Other Stories; Emmanuel Acho’s Conversations With a Black Boy, a young readers edition of his breakout work; and Amanda Gorman’s highly anticipated collection of poetry, Call Us What We Carry.

Find even more exciting books in the Discovering Literature collection!