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Libby | 20 comments The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

This is such a beautiful story that I could read over and over again. It is the story of a china rabbit named Edward Tulane who is very spoiled by his owner Abilene and takes everything for granted - until one day he gets thrown overboard by a group of boys when they were on a cruise. Throughout the story Edward goes from person to person seeing the hardships people go through and learns to love others instead of himself.

The imagery and detail in this story is excellent and the lessons that can be learned are endless. I would recommend this for a read-aloud to students from grades 2 and up. I don't think I could put a limit to it - my college professor read it to my class one semester and we enjoyed it so much that it became one of my all time favorite books.

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Libby | 20 comments The Jolly Postman: Or Other People's Letters

You could do SO many cool things with this book in the classroom! This story is about a postman who delivers letters to common storybook characters (The Three Bears, a giant, Cinderella, etc.). Each time he delivers a story you can pull the letter out of the envelope on the page and read it. Each piece of mail is different though; an add for the witch, an apology letter to the three bears, a letter from the lawyer to the wolf.

This story would be great for K-8, adapted of course. You could talk about the format of a letter, the different characters and what story they come from. The students could pick one of the pieces of mail and write a response to it. It is also a great model for point of view! This is probably high on my list of 'buy this book.'

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Libby | 20 comments When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry

This book is a simple narrative that describes what this girl does when she gets angry. Sophie is playing with her sister and they fight over a toy. As they are tugging and pulling she trips over a truck and gets angrier. She throws a fit and runs outside and calms down.

A twice over award winner, this book is very good to read to a younger audience as it is a good conversation starter of what you can do when you get angry. The illustrations show the emotions of Sophie throughout the short story and how she overcomes her anger.

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Libby | 20 comments Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

When I first heard of the concept of "bucket filling" I was very confused. As I read more about it I realized what a great way to teach students about kind words and actions! Everyone has an invisible bucket and receiving kind words and actions from others can fill it. However, some people, for example bullies, try to fill their buckets by being bucket dippers and trying to take things from others' buckets. This will not work though because taking from others' buckets will empty's yours as well. But, if you fill others' buckets you will fill yours!

The concept is a little confusing at first but the wonderful illustrations helped even my Kindergarteners to understand the concept. Now I can ask them if they have filled a bucket yet today or if what they are doing is being a bucket filler or a bucket dipper. I have seen teachers have physical buckets in their classrooms for each student so students can fill each other’s buckets with kind words. This book would work in any age level because the concept is so easy to refer to! It is amazing to even see the student saying to each other sometimes, “that person is being a bucket dipper not a bucket filler.”

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Libby | 20 comments Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners

This is a very cute book designed to teach students about manners. The rabbit has a family of otters move in next door and he realizes he does not know anything about them. So, he asks himself "how would I want otters to treat me?" Obviously this is a very similar word to others and my Kindergarteners picked up on this right away. The rabbit goes on to discuss specific things he would want otters to do around him and to him and so he should do the same.

I think this is a great beginning of the school year book for any grade. I used it to talk about how we should treat others just the same way we would want them to treat them. It was a great way to teach a simple saying in a silly way!

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Libby | 20 comments A Bad Case of Stripes

Camilla is a little girl who loves lima beans but does not eat them. Everyone else at school hates them and she just wants to be accepted. On the first day of school she could not decide what to wear - she wanted to impress everyone - and ended up covered in stripes, head to toe. After the doctor cleared her Camilla was forced to go to school which only made it worse. They teased her and asked her to make her skin look like other things and her skin automatically changed. After distracting the whole school, the specialists and experts coming in and Camilla being unrecognizable, she finally gets cured by a little helping of lima beans.

Besides being a sweet, fun and silly story this is a great book to include in comprehension and social lessons. In the K-3 level you could talk about problem/solution, beginning/end, etc. You could also have the students come up with their own ending to the story. This would also be a great story to talk about why she did not want people to know she liked lima beans. Students could discuss self-worth and whether caring about what other people think about you is good or bad.

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