This book is for: 3-5 Reflection: This book of poetry is a great book that has been around since I was a kid. The great thing about this book is that sThis book is for: 3-5 Reflection: This book of poetry is a great book that has been around since I was a kid. The great thing about this book is that some of the pieces do not follow the traditional poem formats. It shows that you can have artistic freedom and play with your words and illustrations. My kids enjoy hearing the silly concoction of words and stories. I'm sure you could find all different grade level examples to share with your students that could be used when introducing writing poetry. ...more

This book is for: K-3 Topic: Iguanas Reflection: Great book for introducing persuasive writing. Also, great illustrations that show perspective and emotThis book is for: K-3 Topic: Iguanas Reflection: Great book for introducing persuasive writing. Also, great illustrations that show perspective and emotions of the characters. This book could also be used to introduce cold blooded reptiles....more

This book is for: PreK-5 Reflection: Great for text-to-self connections (being sent to your room for not behaving, felt like you wanted to run away...)This book is for: PreK-5 Reflection: Great for text-to-self connections (being sent to your room for not behaving, felt like you wanted to run away...) and for the reader to be text analyst/critics. Why were the monsters acting that way. What was the Mom's perspective? ...more

This book is for: ESOL, 3-5 Science: Islands Reflection: This is a great book about introducing Spanish vocabulary. Lots of vibrant illustrations about iThis book is for: ESOL, 3-5 Science: Islands Reflection: This is a great book about introducing Spanish vocabulary. Lots of vibrant illustrations about island life and culture. Students can see how the Spanish vocabulary pairs with the English words and make connections with the pictures. ...more

This book is for: PreK-2 Reflection: This book is great for word families, teaching vocabulary, and about being a text user. There is a glossary of commThis book is for: PreK-2 Reflection: This book is great for word families, teaching vocabulary, and about being a text user. There is a glossary of common items that students can reconize and should be familiar with.

This book is for: K-5 Topic: Spiders Reflection: This book has some great little information about spiders. Very cute for engaging students in discussioThis book is for: K-5 Topic: Spiders Reflection: This book has some great little information about spiders. Very cute for engaging students in discussions about spiders and classifications. Spiders are not insects. Also, I like the diary format. This would be a great book to read to introduce the idea of a diary and point out what you write in a diary, how you write it, and who sees a diary. ...more

This book is for: PreK - 1 Topic: Butterfly life cycle (Have students create life cycle charts of butterflies from various pasta) Math Activity: Have stThis book is for: PreK - 1 Topic: Butterfly life cycle (Have students create life cycle charts of butterflies from various pasta) Math Activity: Have students count how many things he ate on the different days Reflection: This book engages readers with his beautiful illustrations and simple text. Readers follow along with the caterpillar as it eats up various things and eventually turns into a butterfly! The pop-up book would be great for younger students but the board book is just as wonderful. ...more

This book is for: PreK-5 Reflection: Mo Willems does a great book engaging his readers with simple text and illustrations. Readers are guided to thinkThis book is for: PreK-5 Reflection: Mo Willems does a great book engaging his readers with simple text and illustrations. Readers are guided to think about how books make us read! How they make us think and all the things we need to do as readers!...more

Who this book would be for: K-5 Activity: Let students use geoboards to create the shapes as you read the book Reflection: I think I would read this booWho this book would be for: K-5 Activity: Let students use geoboards to create the shapes as you read the book Reflection: I think I would read this book to my younger grades while I am introducing the names of various shapes the triangle becomes. Students would be guided as to how to create these shapes on their geoboards. For my older students I would have the students create the shapes with no assistance and hold them up so I can assess where my students are as far as their knowledge of geometric shapes....more

Who this book would be for: K-3 Activity: Decomposing Numbers Reflection: This book is great when talking about decomposing numbers! It is a great visualWho this book would be for: K-3 Activity: Decomposing Numbers Reflection: This book is great when talking about decomposing numbers! It is a great visual for students to see that larger numbers are made up of smaller numbers. Sometimes these numbers are easier to work with or think about..especially when you introduce the idea of friendly 10's and 1's!...more

Who this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: Terrific Trains is a great book which talks about all the different parts of a train, where the train stoWho this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: Terrific Trains is a great book which talks about all the different parts of a train, where the train stops, the rails is rides on, tunnels it goes through, or bridges it has to go over! Great glossary in the back that describes all the parts and their jobs. Code-breaking: Students could decode words based on the pictures...more

Who this book would be for: K-5, code breaking Reflection: How do you wokka-wokka? I loved the title and was curious to find out what wokka-wokka meant!Who this book would be for: K-5, code breaking Reflection: How do you wokka-wokka? I loved the title and was curious to find out what wokka-wokka meant! Young readers will love the silly rhyming and different ways the author describes kids wokka-wokka in their socka-socka! I also like the message that some kids wokka-wokka in their own way and just have fun and be a little silly with your friends. Students will see all different nonsense words that they will need to decode and make meaning...more

Who this book would be for: K-3 Topic: Hibernation/Seasons Math activity:PreK-K Have the students act out the book adding and subtracting the items thatWho this book would be for: K-3 Topic: Hibernation/Seasons Math activity:PreK-K Have the students act out the book adding and subtracting the items that fall on hedgehog. Introduce the idea of adding and taking things away (addition and subtraction). Reflection: This books is about a hedgehog who is about to crawl into it's nest for a long winters nap when suddenly an apple falls on its back! Hedgehog and its friends try different ways to get the apple off but more and more things keep landing on it! There are lots of different emotions in this book from sad to frustrated, frustrated to angry, angry to hopeless, hopeless to ecstatic! In the end, hedgehog feels light as a feather and ready for a long winter nap in her cozy nest. Great to talk about emotions, preparing for hibernation, and even some math! Addition and subtraction! ...more

Who this book would be for: PreK-K This book talks about Mouse's first Fall and jumping in and playing with his sister in the leaves. A cute book withWho this book would be for: PreK-K This book talks about Mouse's first Fall and jumping in and playing with his sister in the leaves. A cute book with simple words for beginner readers and bright colorful pictures for young readers to take a nice picture walk. ...more

Who this book would be for: PreK-K, ESOL Topic: Farm Animals and their homes Reflection: This book is great for young readers and small children learningWho this book would be for: PreK-K, ESOL Topic: Farm Animals and their homes Reflection: This book is great for young readers and small children learning about the different animals that live on farms. The book talks about the different sounds the animals make, where they live, what the baby animals are called, and the different foods they eat. ...more

Who this book would be for: K-5 Science Topic: Sound Reflection: A great book talking about doing what you believe is right and standing up for what youWho this book would be for: K-5 Science Topic: Sound Reflection: A great book talking about doing what you believe is right and standing up for what you believe in. This book is about Horton, an elephant, who hears the voice of a Who, on a speck on a flower. Horton carries the speck through many adventures and never gives up, even when others tell him he is crazy. I also use this book when talking about sound. I talk about how Horton heard a sound. Hmmm...how did he hear it? What made the sound? How does sound travel? I make a "sound sandwich" which can be found online. Very simple and easy!...more

Who this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: I love this book for young readers and ESOL students. The book shows the different parts of a rocket andWho this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: I love this book for young readers and ESOL students. The book shows the different parts of a rocket and shows a journey into Space. Also, at the end of the book is a glossary with all the terms used to describe a rocket and the job of each part.

Who this book would be for: PreK-5 Reflection: Great Dr. Suess book about a bird looking for his mother. The bird falls from his nest and goes on an advWho this book would be for: PreK-5 Reflection: Great Dr. Suess book about a bird looking for his mother. The bird falls from his nest and goes on an adventure in search of his mother. This book is great for prediction as well as meaning-making. I would introduce this book to the younger grades first taking a picture walk and then adding words. ...more

Who this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: Excellent book when talking about differences between people and their families. Soon Elmo and his friendWho this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: Excellent book when talking about differences between people and their families. Soon Elmo and his friend realize that even though they may look very different, they are still very similar. Great book to use to open up a discussion about similarities and differences. Also could be used to get the kids thinking critically about the text. ...more

Who this book would be for: K-5 Topic: Habitats (talk to young students about where these animals would live and what the environment are like) ReflectiWho this book would be for: K-5 Topic: Habitats (talk to young students about where these animals would live and what the environment are like) Reflection: This book is a relaxing read. To talk about the day coming to an end and all the animals drifting off to sleep. This book would be good to read right before nap time for PreK and kindergarten. The older grades could use this book to find inspiration from the illustrations and words and how to apply it to their own work....more

Who this book would be for: K-5 Reflection: This book is a great way to introduce young students to addition, the numbers one to ten, and sight words! MWho this book would be for: K-5 Reflection: This book is a great way to introduce young students to addition, the numbers one to ten, and sight words! Math Activity: There are so many great activities you can do with young students after reading this book. Children could draw a picture of themselves and glue/draw 10 apples on top, children could try to balance ten bean bags on their head and be a little silly while trying! The students could count how many bean bags they were able to balance and the results could be graphed by the students or the teacher. I might also use a creative prop to act out the book while I read it to the students to engage them and let them see the apples balance and accumulate on top of my head! Lots of creative things teachers and students could do after reading this book!...more

Who this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: This book is a great book to introduce or build on an adjective lesson. As a teacher you could read the wWho this book would be for: PreK-K Reflection: This book is a great book to introduce or build on an adjective lesson. As a teacher you could read the whole book once through and then concentrate only one page or on several pages over the course of the week. Some ideas would be to have the students talk about the describing words on each page. Students could draw a picture of something they really liked in the book and then use words verbally or in print to describe the picture. I really enjoy reading this book to my children and letting them act out the different words like "fast, slow, high, low". ...more

Who this book would be for: PreK-5 Reflection: Another Dr. Suess classic! I have always loved the illustrations, rhyming text, use of words and imaginatWho this book would be for: PreK-5 Reflection: Another Dr. Suess classic! I have always loved the illustrations, rhyming text, use of words and imagination that Dr. Suess brings to each of his books. This book is great for doing a lesson about positions words, practicing sight words, learning adjectives, meaning making, or teaching children about rhyming. ...more

Who this book would be for: K-5 Reflection: The Mixed-Up Chameleon is a great book for talking about unique qualities and how those qualities make eachWho this book would be for: K-5 Reflection: The Mixed-Up Chameleon is a great book for talking about unique qualities and how those qualities make each of special in our own way. That we just need to be ourselves and appreciate our differences. Colorful illustrations! I would have students use this book to critically think and analyze the text. Some may feel this book was written for certain audiences and/or make different meaning of the book. It would be great to open up a discussion of what the book means to different students....more

Who this book would be for: PreK-5 Reflection: This is a great book to read when introducing phonemic awareness, rhyming words, and animals sounds. TheWho this book would be for: PreK-5 Reflection: This is a great book to read when introducing phonemic awareness, rhyming words, and animals sounds. The audience will be engaged in the book due to the puppet characters and fun rhyming text. If read enough, the audience will begin to participate and predict the text. Children could also help the teacher read the book by using their fine motor skills to move the mouth of the puppet. ...more