Favorite read alouds

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Book Recommendations by students

Thanks to the thrift store, I was able to find this one!

Wonderful Christmas Book Display

My Flea Market Score

I found these adorable bookends at a flea market, today! I’m so excited to use them in my future classroom with my gazillion books!

Children’s books

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am collecting the books that made my childhood, though, hoping they’ll make my students’, too. I have collected 4 Shel Silverstein books, an assortment of Dr. Seuss & Eric Carle books, the Amelia Bedelia books, and Fancy Nancy. I have also bought a lot of Froggy books. My favorite books when I was growing up were those created by Beatrix Potter. I especially love the original small books for children.

Look what I did with a leaf! Morteza Sohi

I had a fun and beautiful fall day. My class had a celebration of fall by collecting leaves and thinking of different ways to use these leaves. My group made a bouquet of leaves.

Ways to Choose a Book

  • Is it on my reading level?
  • Does it interest me?
  • Suggestions from teachers and friends
  • Covers/pictures
  • Will I learn something from it?

As Donalyn Miller says in her book, “students may not be able to describe what types of books they might like to read, but if I have knowledge of their personal interests, I will be able to find books that match a topic they enjoy.”

Favorite Children’s Book Authors–potential job interview question

  • P.D. Eastman, who wrote Dr. Seuss–Hands down. 🙂 No contest there! (any book, especially The Cat in the Hat & Green Eggs and Ham)
  • Stan and Jan Berenstain (Berenstain Bear series)
  • What a tough one…Eric Carle, or is it mine! I love the illustrations and the stories are so sweet, especially the Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Jan Brett books! (has a great website at www.janbrett.com)
  • Judy Blume
  • Beverly Cleary 🙂
  • Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit)
  • E. B. White (I think Charlotte’s Web is likely the most perfect book!)
  • C.S. Lewis (the Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Kevin Henkes, for being able to capture real childhood moments from a child’s perspecive!
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Roald Dahl
  • My favoite as a child was Don Freeman (I will never forget the joy and happiness I felt when reading Corduroy)
  • Audrey Wood
  • Katie DiCamillo
  • Lois Lowry
  • Mark Twain
  • Tolkien 🙂
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery and the Anne of Green Gables series
  • Martin Waddell
  • Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs
  • Jerry Spinelli (4th graders)
  • Gary Paulsen
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • Robert Munsch 🙂
  • Jon Scieszka … The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is my fav!!!
  • How do dinosaurs…series by Jane Yolen
  • Froggy books by Jonathan London
  • Arnold Lobel–Frog and Toad!
  • Cynthia Rylant (Henry and Mudge)
  • Jane O’Connor–Fancy Nancy books!!
  • Rosemary Wells (Read to Your Bunny)
  • Maurice Sendak (Where the wild things are)
  • Cornelia Funke (Inkheart)
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Laura Numeroff
  • Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • L Frank Baum
  • Audrey Penn
  • Gertrude Chandler Warner: The Boxcar Children
  • Mem Fox
  • Louis Sachar–HOLES is a favorite children’s book to teach (and read.) It’s a new experience everytime. 🙂
  • Lillian Hoban

“I Pick” Process

I Pick Good Fit Books:

I choose a book.

Purpose- why?

Interest- Do I like the author or story?

Comprehend- Do I understand the book?

Know- I know most of the words.

3 Ways to Read a Book:

*Read the pictures.

*Read the words.

*Retell the story.