This is a story of a bald trouble-making boy named David. Babies to children aged 6 will be captivated by his bad decisions and countless misfortunes...moreThis is a story of a bald trouble-making boy named David. Babies to children aged 6 will be captivated by his bad decisions and countless misfortunes as David’s mother scolds him for his naughtiness page after page. Each vivid double-page illustration portrays a youthful childhood indiscretion that children will find hilarious. Readers will see David climbing up the counter to reach for the cookie jar, running naked down the street, and what happens when you play baseball in the house. Children will be quick to recite this book, as there are very few words or phases that they have not heard before. Phrases such as: “No, David!” "Come back here!" "Not in the house, David!" are echoed as you read this book to match with David’s poor choices.
I am a big fan of David Shannon’s work. I believe his books are ones that captivate children to want to read at a young age because they are spot on to problems that an everyday child might have. His books are a great way to teach children how to make good decisions and choices. Shannon’s illustrations are not only appealing, but often help children identify why we should not do the things David does creating children to problem solve on their own! (less)
Molly Bang captivates children preschool-grade 2 through language and vibrant colors as she reveals the drama of a child’s emotions after her sister t...moreMolly Bang captivates children preschool-grade 2 through language and vibrant colors as she reveals the drama of a child’s emotions after her sister takes away her stuffed gorilla. With few words, children are left to look at the picture to get the full effect of how Sophie’s emotions are throughout the entire books. When Sophie’s mother agrees that it is her sisters turn with the toy she gets so angry that she runs away. She runs and runs and runs until she reaches a beech tree. As she sits in the beech tree over looking water she calms down and decides she is ready to return back home.
This book has been very helpful in my classroom this year. I have used it for multiple lessons and the students are engrossed in the book every time. It is a great book to use for a feelings and emotions unit, writing activities, and art projects. I even had students act out Sophie’s feelings with musical instruments as I read the book. There are countless things that one can do with the book that no matter what will have a positive affect on students. Bang’s book have a fantastic message that will stick with students each and every day which is why I always have multiply copies available in my classroom library! (less)
PSST…would you love to know what things zoo animals secretly want or need? Well this is the book for you. This graphic picture book will take children...morePSST…would you love to know what things zoo animals secretly want or need? Well this is the book for you. This graphic picture book will take children ages 4-9 on a surprising adventure to find out what happens when a bunch of animals have been cooped up for too long. Adam Rex’s story is funny yet unusual as readers discover the hidden desires of animals and the little girl who is conned into helping retrieve the animals requests for silly things.
This would be a great book to use with younger readers when introducing the concept of a picture walk. Children will have fun guessing what animal the little girl will help next. This book can also be used with older readers when learning about voice and appropriate language since the text is written using word bubbles. (less)
In Cynthia Rylant’s version of Walt Disney’s classic Cinderella, she paints a romantic and elegant story that will captivate reader’s young and old. T...moreIn Cynthia Rylant’s version of Walt Disney’s classic Cinderella, she paints a romantic and elegant story that will captivate reader’s young and old. Together the pictures and the words take you to this far off land where a lonely girl is trapped in a dark house waiting for Love.
Cinderella’s life and house are ruled by her mean ugly stepmother. After her dad died she was left to survive alone with only her beauty and a wish for Love. One day news arrived at the house that the king would be having a grand ball at the palace so that his son, the prince, can find a young maiden to become his wife. Upon this news, Cinderella’s stepmother is determined to make her stepsisters attract great attention at the ball. The stepsister practice their curtsies, their “pleases” and their “pardon me’s” but no one bothers to tell Cinderella. On the night of the ball Cinderella is left in the big dark house all alone.
Scared and upset she goes outside to cry but stops when a luminous creature known as her fairy godmother appears. Cinderella did not have to tell her fairy godmother what she longed for. She was quickly transformed out of rags into a gorgeous dress and driven to the palace in a pumpkin that became a coach with a promise to return home at midnight. Cinderella and the prince danced all night until the hour of midnight rang. Keeping her promise Cinderella ran as fast as she could back to the coach but leaving behind one glass slipper.
The following day, the prince knew what he had to do in order to find the girl he loves. A duke was ordered to travel the kingdom and find the girl whose foot fit in the glass slipper. He went to every home in the land and when he arrived at Cinderella’s house something magical happened! (less)
Nancy Willard’s Cinderella’s Dress is great for girl’s ages 5-9. Children will fall in love with this rhythmically retold story, which is told, from t...moreNancy Willard’s Cinderella’s Dress is great for girl’s ages 5-9. Children will fall in love with this rhythmically retold story, which is told, from the perspective of two Magpie birds. In this version, two Magpies birds who live outside of Cinderella’s window hear news of the ball and decide to make Cinderella a beautiful dress from bits of shiny paper they've collected. Cinderella discovers the dress and hopes to go along to the ball with her stepsisters. But, when the jealous stepsisters see her in the dress they ripe it apart leaving her left in rags once again. While alone and crying, Cinderella finds her deceased mother’s magic gold ring. Her fairy godmother suddenly appears. Coming quickly to her rescue, she gives Cinderella a new dress, a coach made of a pumpkin, and a very happily ever after ending. (less)
The Magic Tree House Series is great for children ages 9-12 years. In each book Mary Pope Osborne packed magic, history, and adventure as readers jour...moreThe Magic Tree House Series is great for children ages 9-12 years. In each book Mary Pope Osborne packed magic, history, and adventure as readers journey with protagonists Jack and Annie on exciting missions all over the world.
In book # 30, The Haunted Castle on Old Hallows Eve, Jack and Annie once again travel back in time to help save Camelot from danger. As “Master Librarians and Magicians of Everyday Magic,” Jack and Annie’s along with their friend Teddy must solve the mystery of the haunted castle. With a castle filled with ghosts and a large army of ravens to conquer these three brave children must figure out a plan to help restore order to the castle. Can they do it?
This book is perfect to read in the month of October leading up to Halloween. As a class students can brainstorm and predict what has happened to the castle and the people who live there. As the story progresses teachers can even challenges students to write their own ending to see how they would solve the mystery of how the castle became haunted. (less)
Mama Says by Rob Walker is a perfect for readers of all ages. It is a simple yet truthful celebration of the wonderful things we learn from our parent...moreMama Says by Rob Walker is a perfect for readers of all ages. It is a simple yet truthful celebration of the wonderful things we learn from our parents as we grow up. Each page is beautifully painted to represent words of wisdom passed down from a mother to her son. This book celebrates people of all nations, cultures, and religions by passing along life long lessons that retold from generation to generation. Some of the lessons include courage, kindness, power, sharing, compassion, faith and love.
I was really captivated by this book because of how well the author and illustrator represented each language and culture. Each page sends a message through the words and pictures to help children understand important lifelong lessons that will help us through the journey of life. Because of the truth behind each message described in the book, it is a great teaching tool to help explain to children why good behavior and actions help bring out the best in ourselves and others everyday. (less)