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The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

This is such a cute and fun book to read. This book teaches students to use all colors and not just one. I used this activity with kindergartens and they loved it. I had my students go over colors before we read the book then afterwards they colored on a sheet that said Dear (color of their crayon) please don't quit I need you when I want to draw a and they drew a picture underneath. The pictures they drew were super cute! This is a great activity for kindergartens.

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch

This book would be great boo to use in a 2nd grade though 5th grade classroom. After reading this book the students could watch the movie peter pan or in 4-5th grade the students could act out a play or act out peter pan. These activities would be engaging, but fun!

Pumpkin Pumpkin - Jeanne Titherington

This book would be great to use in a kindergarten or first grade classroom. I would read this book before a trip to the pumpkin patch. This book talks about how a pumpkin grows. After reading this book I would make a chart and ask the students to tell me how a pumpkin grows. I would draw the order then hang it up on the wall so we can see how our pumpkins that we will pick at the pumpkin patch grows.

We're Going On a Ghost Hunt - Kris Hirschmann, Bryan Langdo

This book is fun and can be engaging. I would ask to use the gym or an area outside. I would make an obstacle course for my students to go through while I read this book. I would use this book up to 5th grade. and read it around Halloween. This would be a fun activity for students to participate in and it could be related to a non-fiction and fiction  learning aspect of books.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey! - Lucille Colandro, Jared D. Lee

This book should be read around thanksgiving. I would read this book up to 2nd grade. The students could do a sequencing activity. I would design a box with the old ladies face and have the students put the things she swallowed in order of how they were in the book.  you could also have them write in their daily journals. I would have the sentence If I was on old lady I'd swallow a______. Then they would draw a picture of a big mouth and what they swallowed inside the mouth.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

This is a cute book to use for helping students practice the parts of the letter. The teacher could teach a song to this book called parts of a letter which goes to the tune of The Adams Family song. That is a fun way to learn the part of a letter and students are more likely to remember it with a tune or song. I would use this book in K through 2nd grade.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean

I would use this book up to 4th grade. I would read this the first week of class and have my students complete a class book. After I have read the book I would ask my students to think of what they do in their school shoes. For my younger grades I would have them draw a picture and I would let them explain it to my and write a sentence about what they told me. For the older kids they could still draw the picture but I would get them to write 3-4 sentences on what they did in their school shoes.


Two eggs, please. - Sarah Weeks, Betsy Lewin

This book is about diversity. This book could be read in K-5th grade. In this book everyone in the book wants eggs, but in different way. At the end the chef cracks two different color eggs and what comes out, is the same thing. I would read this book to my students and then after reading I would pass two different color eggs around and let them talk about the similarities and the differences. Then I would crack the eggs and they would see how they were both the same on the inside.

Chick-o-Saurus Rex - Lenore Jennewein, Daniel Jennewein

This book could be used in K-3rd grade. This book teaches about bullying. Students need to know that that is not okay. I would use this book in the first couple of weeks of school. for an activity I could make a chart with characteristics of a good friend and have the students provide me with examples and reasons of why being a good friend is so important.

Dad's First Day - Mike Wohnoutka

I would use this book at open house and meet the teacher or ask my principal if I could read it at meet the teacher meeting with everyone’s parents in the room. I would display pictures on the big screen as I read it. This is a book to help ease parents minds about sending their child to school. As a follow up from my classroom I would have the kinds draw a picture of what they did the first day of school or hold up something fun they did and take a picture and upload it to my classroom blog. This will show the parents how they had a great first day. This could be used for K-2nd in a classroom setting.


Hooray for You! A Celebration of You-ness (Marianne Richmond) - Marianne Richmond

This book would be great for K-2nd grade. This is a book about you. How we are all different, but that’s what makes us you. With this book you could talk about self-awareness. We all are different colors, have unique shape, learn different, and have different talents but that is what makes you, you. You could explain how we should accept who we are and be proud. The students could decorate a self-portrait and write words that describe themselves around it. I would use this activity at the beginning of the year and have it displayed in my room or outside on the walls of my classroom so everyone could display their beautiful self.


A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

I would use this book for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I would use this book for identifying character feelings in a story and writing connections. I would use a sentence starter to outline the activity and then the students could decorate a face and diagnosis themselves with a bad case of____. They will use the first, next, last writing format. This will help them review writing , but also let them get creative.



Shelby Needs a Home - Dinah M. Shorter

I would use this book for kindergarten-3rd grade. This book talks about different animals and were there home is. This book could be introduced when learning about different areas that animals spend their day or places that animals sleep at night. Shelby is a turtle who goes about her day trying to find her home. In the end the wise owl ends up telling him “you have the best home of all, because you can carry it with you.” An activity that can go along with this book for the 2nd-3rd graders is the teacher writes down the names of some animals and the kids draw an animal from the bowl and they write a paragraph about the animals home. This gives a chance for the kids to practice writng skills and learn something new. For the K-1st graders I would tell them to write a sentence in their journal and draw a picture Ex. If I was a bear cub I would live in a cave. Then they would drae a picture of them in a cave. The students could choose which animal from the book they wanted to be. I would also make an example smetence from each over on the board with an image of the animal beside it, so they could know how to write the sentence about which animal they chose.

That Is Not a Good Idea! - Mo Willems

This book is a great book to show students. I would use this book up to 3rd grade. Everyone thinks that the bad animal in a book would be a fox rather than the rabbit, but not in this case. This book teaches a child not to assume who is bad, but wait and read how its going to end. A teacher could use this book to have the students right another script. The book is more of cartoon writing so each student could take a page or a group of students good and come up with their own original story based on the pictures.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a great book for kindergarten. This book can be introduced at the beginning of the year when they are learning the alphabet. The book talks about each letter in order and then recaps at the end of the book to go over the letters again. You could also make up an alphabet song using this book. Providing a song or hands on materials will help the students learn their alphabet faster.

The Lion Inside - Rachel Bright, Jim Field

This book could be used from K-5th grade. This book is about overcoming your fear. The mouse was afraid of the lion and the lion was afraid of the mouse. But with strength the mouse went towards the lion and they finally could talk to one another. This book could explain about getting over your fears and being brave. The book could also be about strengths and weakness. An activity for 3rd -5th grade students would be to read the book and ask some follow up questions like: The mouse is so tiny that nobody ever notices him. How do you think this makes him feel? And for this question The mouse overcomes his fears and goes to the lion for help. Can you think of a time when you have overcome your fears? How did you feel? What was the outcome? What advice would you give to others? Have them write a paragraph or two explaining their thoughts and feelings. For the younger grades we could create some animal puppets to retell the story.