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Biscuit -Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! - Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories

This is a really simple book that has flaps on the inside. Biscuit has a lot of books that coincide with many holidays and activities. This would be fun to read to a kindergarten or first grade class before we got out for Thanksgiving and to teach about why we have Thanksgiving. I have a fun "Thankful" turkey activity that would work perfectly with this book. It would give the students a way to take home and share with their parents what they are thankful for.

Boxcar children

Surprise Island - Gertrude Chandler Warner

I haven't read these but I know any child who loves mysteries and reading will love them. I would love to have the entire series in my classroom. This would be a fun book report project or a book for a student to read and then share about it to the class. I would use this for a read to self idea with 3-5 grade. That way if another student hears about the book and they would like to read it they know the background story behind it.

The BoxCar Children

The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner, L. Kate Deal

I have never read this series but I remember the boys in my classes LOVED these. Any kid who loves Mysteries would love to read these. Maybe around a 3-5 grade reading level.

The Mouse and the Motocycle

The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling, Tracy Dockray

I read this book in one of my classes around 3-5th grade and I remember loving it. It would be another great book to read before watching the movie. ages 8-12

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins - P.L. Travers, Mary Shepard

This is just a classic. The book is way different from the movie so this would be a great example on why you should read a book before going to watch the movie so the student can create an image of their own in their head. I would create a chart that showed the similarities and differences between the novel and the movie. I would use this with a 2-4th grade classroom.

A Bear Called Paddington

A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum

This is a sweet book that I read in Eng 310. This also has a movie that kids would love. This would be a fun read aloud and to draw bears or introduce the topic of bears. I would use this in a 2nd or 3rd grade classroom. This would be an easy way to access previous knowledge in children who may have been to the zoo and seen one or to read before a field trip to the zoo.

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Eric Litwin, James Dean

I love Pete the cat books, and although I haven't read this book I could easily find some fun activities to go along with it. A coloring activity or a descriptive writing assignment to use with kindergarten- 2nd grade.

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean

Mrs. Gilmore read us this in 411. This book also has a song that goes along with it. This would be a fun activity to use this book along with some kind of dress up game on how to make school more fun. I would read this within the first few days of 1st grade. I loved this book and I think it would take the edge off of starting school.

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses - James Dean

This would be a good book for that tough "Monday Morning" feeling. This book will brighten up anyone's day and you could read it aloud to the class. I would use this with kindergarten through 3rd grade.You could get the class to predict what is going to happen in the book, take a picture walk and then later have the kids explain or whisper to a neighbor how they could brighten someone's day if they noticed someone was down. This is a great book about feelings and uses descriptive words.

MO Willems

Can I Play Too? - Mo Willems

This book is so great to read to students who are younger and are having trouble sharing or inviting other children to play. This would be a great book to read aloud and have the class come up with ideas on how to include everyone.

Mo Willems

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! - Mo Willems

I love my Pigeon books and Mo Willems. I would love to do an activity with my first graders on all of the books. I would also love to have ALL of Mo Willems books in my classroom, he is an amazing writer and illustrator. I would love to have a student do an Author research on him.

Mo Willems

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems

Another funny book with a great character. I would love to have a stuffed Pigeon in my room for the kids to take home. My CT last semester made the biggest impact on my wanting to teach and she had the best ideas. The kids were so eager to take Pigeon home and read to him.

Mo Willems

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! - Mo Willems

I have a personal love with Pigeon. My CT last semester made Pigeon come to life, I even got to bring him home and read to him then create a  scrapbook page for the class scrapbook. I love the idea of having a take home animal for the kids to read to, it encourages reading and they LOVE IT.

If you Give

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond

This book is awesome. The edition I have has a game in it along with stickers and gift tags. This could be used as a way to get students to follow the rules. A teacher could read this book and say for every 10 cookies you get on the cookie sheet, I will bring in cookies for the class. ( my sister uses brownies in her classroom- brownie points).

If you give...

If You Give a Moose a Muffin - Laura Numeroff

Such a fun book! This would be a fun book to find muffin recipes on and teach about healthy foods. There are a lot of books and cookbooks that go along with this series. And who doesn't love food in the classroom??

Junie B. Jones

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, No. 1) - Barbara Park

This would be a good book to read aloud in the beginning of the year. 2nd grade level. A funny book to get the kids excited about school and a good way to teach about transportation.