Favorite read alouds


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


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.