Happy Monday All! Sticking to my reading challenge of books from the Fuse 8 Productions Top 100 Lists and any additional books I find captivating here is what I finished this week.
The Giver written by Lois Lowry
If I could start re-reading this book without getting behind on my challenge I would. This is one of those books that seems like the more you read it the more you will understand and figure out. This book is beautiful but also deeply disturbing at the same time. It makes you really think. I really don’t want to give away much of this book so everyone who decides to read it can enjoy.
Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
This Caldecott Medal winner is about a child’s first time searching for owls with her father. While they wait anxiously to hear an owl they both have to stay silent so they don’t scare the animals away. I really enjoyed this book and remembered reading it in my childhood.
This book is full of imagery! It would be great to have students start understanding setting. They could close their eyes while they are listening the story and try to describe the scenes as we go through. You could also use this book in relation to a silent exercise for students to practice being quiet.
Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
This is such a soft and comforting book. I also had this book read to me when I was younger and I remember liking it. It is a story of a character that is going to sleep and wishing most of the items in their room a goodnight.
In my opinion, this book fits best for grades PreK-2nd. You could do a few things with this book and your students. If they are younger, would have my students make lists of items in their own rooms that they say goodnight to before going to sleep. If they were older, this is a great book to have them try and tell time from the clocks in the photos and figure out how much time has passed.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly written by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared Lee
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book as a child. I have very vivid memories of this story that flooded back to me once I started the first passage. This book is a great and comedic rhyming book that kids will enjoy.
I would use this book in grades K-2. In my classroom I would have the students cut out a printed picture of the Old Lady. They could them put all the animals into her stomach by either cutting them out or drawing them.
Knuffle Bunny A Cautionary Tale written by Mo Willems
This book is a very popular children’s picture book. It is extremely creative with the illustrations. I really liked the colored cartoon characters on a black and white photo. The way Willems decided to do this makes the characters stand out. This story would be very relatable for children who are attached to a toy but I am not sure I would implement it in my classroom.
So, what are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments below and maybe even chip in your two cents of what I should read next!