Happy late Monday! I meant for this to be posted yesterday but I was crazy busy with work and extra trainings for childhood development. I got to attend a training last night where we talked about why lullabies are important, how to incorporate music into your lessons, and how to make reading more interactive and fun! It was soo great!
Sticking to my reading challenge I have read another six and a half books. I am currently at 120 of my 150 overall goal so I might need to pick up the past slightly to get all my books read. This week only three of the books I read came from my Top 100 lists since some were books I read to the children where I work. Let’s dive in…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets written by J.K. Rowling
Harry is getting ready for another year at Hogwarts with the strong desire to move as quickly as possible away from the Dursley family. The Dursley’s are hosting a dinner party, where Harry is expected to be silent and hide, when all the sudden…a strange creature shows up at his house….a house elf! Dobby (the house elf) tells Harry he must not go back to school because he is in danger. After a jail break, a mishap with getting on the Hogwarts Express, and making the headlines of the paper Harry finally arrives back at Hogwarts. What will happen at Hogwarts this year? What is the Chamber of Secrets? How is Harry involved?
I would not use this book in the classroom unless I used multiple books from the series throughout the year. One idea would be to focus on themes with 5th grade classrooms or you could even turn the room into Harry spotters world. I can see a lot of fun connections with this book and a classroom.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban written by J.K. Rowling
With the second book done, now comes the third book. I just started this book and am so excited to delve more into the Harry Potter world. A full review will be posted next week once I have completed the book.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons & Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes written by Erick Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
Okay, I am going to combine these books this week because they are very complimentary. Honestly, what kid doesn’t enjoy Pete the Cat? And what great books these are! They encompass strong, positive messages in a fun and cool way.
Both books would be perfect for Pre-K to 1st grade. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is a great book to start an introduction to simple subtraction. Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes would be great to go over lessons about simply to just keep walking and singing your song. Here is the fun song and read-aloud from YouTube!
Chick ‘n’ Pug Meet the Dude written by Jennifer Sattler
Chick n Pug are best friends so when Pug’s squeaky toy goes missing, Chick (and Pug) try to solve the mystery. Chick discovers a big, scary dog (the Dude) has taken it! What will Chick and Pug do? Does it all work out in the end?
This book would be bet for Pre-K students. The characters are exciting and the book has a lot of superhero references the kids will enjoy. You could incorporate this book into a lesson on problem solving or just have it as a fun read aloud.
Neck & Neck written by Elise Parsley
Leopold the giraffe is the star of the zoo and he LOVES it. One day a giraffe shaped balloon comes along and steals his spotlight! Leopold decides he has to take matters into his own hands and get rid of this rival. What will happen? Who will win the battle?
This book was an incredible fun read and the kids really enjoyed it. It would be a great book for Pre-K through 1st grade to talk about emotions, jealousy, and making the right choices.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day written by Judith Viorst
We have all had one of those days when the world is against us. It puts you in a bad mood which seems to make everything worse. Well Alexander is going to just move to Australia. How will that go for him? Will it help?
This book is a good classic. It would be good for any grade honestly and I would use it as a fun read-aloud and then talk about the moral of the story.