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Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is a good book for discussing individualism and self acceptance. Chrysanthemum is being picked on for being different, but later she is reminded that it's okay to be different because she is perfect just the way she is. It is also good to read when teaching internal and external conflicts. I would use it in a third, fourth, or fifth grade classroom. 

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is one of my all time favorites and will be a book I read to my students every year. I would read this to kindergartners through sixth graders. This is a great book for promoting kindness and sharing with others. After reading a fun activity would be for the kids to make kindness cards that say "Thank you for helping me today" and give them out throughout the year.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

This book is so fun, the kids will go crazy over it! It is a good book to read if your teaching repetition or just reading a book for fun. I would read this to kids from kindergarten to second grade. An activity for this would be for children to use their imagination and come up with other things she might eat and draw a picture. 

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary What Is an Adjective?

Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? - Brian P. Cleary, Jenya Prosmitsky

The title really says it all! This is a cute, simple, colorful, and silly book full of cartoon cats that are here to teach the reader more about adjectives. I would read this to children from first grade to fifth grade, it is a good book to read to them before teaching or reviewing adjectives. As an activity they could make their own cartoon and fill it with descriptive adjectives. 

Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug

Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug - Ellie Bethel, Alexandra Colombo

This is perfect for lessons on recycling and friendship! This would be great to read to children from kindergarten to fourth grade. Michael has to save the day and teach Doug how to recycle and tells the reader of the importance of keeping the world clean. A fun activity would be to set up recycling bins around the school!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle

This book is a great book for kindergartners, it introduces colors and basic animals to the reader. I would use it for my special needs children for repetition and color recognition. It would be fun to read this book to them then have them draw an animal and color it.   

Penny and the Punctuation Bee

Penny and the Punctuation Bee - Moira Rose Donohue, Jenny Law

This is a very interactive text that has children differentiating between punctuation. Each punctuation has their own name and are participating in the spelling bee.  A fun activity for the kids to do would be for the kids to put on a play and be a type of punctuation. This would be a great to read to kids in kindergarten to third grade. 

Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell, David Catrow

This sweet book is a great book for teaching individuality and acceptance because Molly Lou Mellon is different and has a bully her first day to a new school. She is clumsy and very small, but perfect in her own way. This is a great book for kids in kindergarten to second grade.

The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving

The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving - Ann McGovern, Elroy Freem

The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving is a children's book about the struggles of the pilgrims, it is a great way to enter November teaching children the real reason behind Thanksgiving. It brings to life the conditions the pilgrims had to live in. Also shows students that many people have a less than they do and that is why we are so thankful for the pilgrims taking the leap of faith to America. I would read this to my students if I was teaching grades kindergartners to third grade.

The Juice Box Bully

The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson, Maria Dismondy, Kim Shaw

The Juice Box Bully is a great book to read when teaching about bullying. It is a book that teaches students to feel empowered and take action instead of being a bystander when someone is being bullied, just like Pete did in the story. As an activity each student could decorate their own juice box with empowering words! I would read this to children from first grade to fifth grade. 

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie

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

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is great to read to kindergartners and first graders. It would be good for a predictions lesson because you always wonder what the silly mouse will do next! The mouse is full of surprises, which is great to read for fun, too.

Pete the Cat Rocking in His School Shoes

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

This is a great book to read to kindergartners or first graders at the beginning of the school year! They would do well with the repetition and knowing Pete the Cat is finding the lunchroom and library like they are. Can not wait to have this in my classroom someday.

George Washington's Teeth

George Washington's Teeth - Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora, Brock Cole

George Washington's Teeth is a fun book to read during a presidency lesson. It is the crazy story of George Washington's rotten teeth, how he looses them and how he replaces them. The kids are sure to love it! It is also a great lesson when talking about hygiene because if students do not brush their teeth they could loose them. I would read this to children from kindergarten to third grade.    

The President's Stuck in the Bathtub

The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents - Susan Katz, Robert Neubecker

The President's Stuck in the Bathtub is a hilarious book of poems and short stories that keep students involved while reading about the different Presidents. I would read it to students from kindergarten to fifth grade, It will be great for the President's unit.  

Hurty Feelings

Hurty Feelings - Helen Lester

Hurty Feelings is a cute, entertaining book to read to kindergartners and first graders. It is good to teach with a lesson on feelings or bullying because Fragility the hippo is very sensitive and has a bully that keeps making her sad. She finds the courage to stand up for herself which is a great lesson for kids!

A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

In A Bad Case of Stripes Camilla is afraid that if she eats beans people will make sun of her, but when she doesn't something strange starts happening to her. This book is very fun, yet serious way to show anti peer pressure. I would use this book in a diversity lesson to show that everyone is different then, have them draw what they love on three stripes and after putting all the classes stripes together talk about how unique each person is. I can't wait to read this to my classroom someday! It could be read from kindergarten to third grade.