Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday. I cannot believe next week is already finals week…time has really flown by! With the holiday, I did not get a bunch of books read but I still did read a few.
Go, Dog, Go! written by P.D. Eastman
Dogs of all types and personalities are busy with all kinds of activities. There are big dogs and little dogs. Red dogs and blue dogs. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and each dog is expressively conveyed throughout. This book would work best for grades 1-2. They could analyze the illustrations and write what they think the story is about before a group reading.
Are You My Mother? written by P.D. Eastman
A hatching bird’s mother leaves the nest to find food for her new baby. While mom is gone, the baby bird falls out of the tree looking for her! Will he find her? This is a great book for Pre-K through 1st grade. This book could be read around Mother’s Day and paired with an activity on writing. Once the book is finished, students could think of a couple sentences to write about their mom or make a small poem for her.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin, illustrated by Eric Carle
What does brown bear see? I can’t say too much without giving away the book haha. It would be best for beginning readers, grades Kindergarten and 2nd. It teaches students how to associate colors and meanings of objects. You could do so much with this book such as counting, sorting colors, repetition, story making, and even an introduction to an animal unit.
Olivia written by Ian Falconer
Olivia the pig is good at many different things but her best attribute is wearing people out. Olivia has a brother named Ian. Ian likes to copy everything Olivia does. Olivia does not like to make decisions…it’s hard for her. She tries on all her clothes before picking an outfit. She does so many activities too! From going to the beach to paining…on her wall! I think this book is fitting for grades 1st and 2nd. Activities such as painting could be used with this book but I think I would use it mostly for a fun read-aloud.
Flora and the Flamingo illustrated by Molly Idle
Flora and the Flamingo is an interactive story complete with flaps and interactive pages. As a young girl, Flora curiously tries to imitate and mirror a dancing flamingo. The flamingo rudely shoos her away but feels bad once he sees her feelings are hurt. Will he help her dance or just let her be sad?
This book is wordless but very fun. You can easily just allow students to think freely about what each picture means and create the story with you. A lesson to be taught could be about making new friends. I would suggest Pre-K through 1st grade for this book.
Green Eggs and Ham written by Dr. Seuss
Sam is very jolly and full of energy. He tries to get his friend to try green eggs and ham but his friend refuses. He states multiple situations in which he won’t try them. But Sam will not give up! Will he get his friend to try them?
I remember reading this book in 3rd grade and then actually making green eggs and ham to eat with my class. I had so much fun with the activity I would probably replicate it in my own classroom. It’s a fun and easy way to incorporate science into a literature lesson. You could also talk about how things are not always as they seem.
Horton Hears A Who written by Dr. Seuss
Horton, an elephant, discovers an entire civilization on a speck of dust! He vows to protect them for the large and harsh world he is aware of. None of the other animals believe him though. What will Horton do?
Very sweet story overall. What a perfect book for multiple grades. I would like to incorporate it in grades Pre-K through 4th grade. This would be a great story to incorporate diversity and even open up to a lesson related to history. Horton defends the rights and identities of others, even against scrutiny.
Hop on Pop written by Dr. Seuss
I cannot really tell much about the book but I enjoyed it! This would be best for beginning readers, grades Pre-K and Kindergarten to learn about rhyming, reading, and alliteration. It is also great for a vowel lesson or phonics.
Thanksgiving on Thursday written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca
Another Magic Tree House book and this one is all about Thanksgiving. Jack and Annie travel back to the first Thanksgiving and gain some valuable lessons along the way. I read this to the Pre-K room where I work and it was well received but not my favorite. I would be good to incorporate into the classroom and teach about Thanksgiving’s history.
I just picked up my new loot from the library but am really excited about these two. Have you read them?