Do you teach with a reading program such as Houghton Mifflin? I do not, my current school doesn't even have sets laying around. We all use picture books, magazines, A to Z printable books, etc. At my first school we didn't use basals at all but we had class sets to use occasionally if we wanted. It was discouraged, though. At my second school, we taught 90% basals with a few pieces of literature thrown in. Just wondering what it's like at other schools. It's certainly more work to teach without one, but I find it's better for kids because it's more interesting for them and can be really tailored to fit their interests.