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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by: A. Wolf
This is the classic story of the 3 little pigs, as told from the wolf’s point of view. It’s a comically written story that depicts the wolf as the innocent victim rather than the big, bad wolf. Kids will enjoy the illustrations as well as the story.
This would be appropriate to read after reading the traditional story. This would also be a good addition to a unit on 3 Little Pigs, 3 Billy Goats Gruff, and the 3 Bears. I would recommend this as a read aloud for students k-1, but could be used with older grade levels. You could also read this story within your fairy tale unit. You could do a compare and contrast with the original 3 little pigs.

Big Bird Can Share
by Dina Anastasio
This is a book with the characters from Sesame Street that most young children are familiar with and can easily relate to. It tells how Big Bird received a pail and shovel from his Granny Bird with a note that said, “You’ll know what to do with this”. He takes it to a sand pile and his friends come to join him throughout the story to assist in building a sand city! It shows that working together, much more can be accomplished.
This would be a good read to introduce students to the concept of cooperation or preceding the formation of cooperative groups. This would be a good book for students 1st grade up.

Hanukkah and Christmas at My House
by: Susan Enid Gertz
This book is an excellent way to teach children that families of the Jewish faith celebrate Christmas with different customs than many families. It also shows that interfaith families can celebrate Christmas in meaningful ways by sharing their faith. It explains the traditions of Hanukkah and Christmas in simple terms that children can understand.
This book is a must read at Christmas to encourage the acceptance of diversity. This book could be a read aloud for grades K-1 and grades on up could read the story themselves.






Ten Black Dots
by: Donald Crews
This is a number book that covers the numbers 1 through 10, literally in black dots. The text is simple and rhymes, which is interesting to read and listen to.
This would be a good book for the math concept of 1 to 1 matching and practice recognizing numbers as well. It is another way to connect reading to other curricular areas. I would recommend this book for grades K-1.


Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star
Illustrated by: Sanja Rescek

This is a book of traditional rhymes that have been favorites for many years. Rhyming text is not only pleasing to the ear, but a child can make predictions as to the last word in the sentences because of the rhyming text. It’s a good read aloud so students could have the opportunity to provide the last word in each phrase after repeating readings. This would be a good addition to a poetry unit.

Sometimes it’s Turkey, Sometimes is Feathers
By: Lorna Ballan
This is a cleverly written children’s book on a little old lady, Mrs. Gremm, who finds a freckled egg in April and a turkey hatches from it. Mrs. Gremm and her cat spend months fattening the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a fun book to read with a surprise at the end. It’s a good addition to Thanksgiving books.


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