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Go, Dog. Go! - P.D. Eastman

This book is fun and great for young and beginning readers. It contains quite a bit of three letter words which is what makes it so great for beginning readers but also makes it fun with animals and the pictures show the rest of the story. This book is great for kindergarten and 1st grade and would be great to use at a reading and listening center. This is also great for a small group lesson for reading since its great for beginning readers.

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

This a great book for young readers. They will think they are reading which will encourage them to read more! This book has great for textile learners are children with IEP plans because there are textures throughout the book that explore the sense of touch along with the story. Students who may be struggling readers might benefit from this book. Intended for this purpose for K-12 for students with certain IEP plans. Also could be used in a kindergarten center for the listening and reading center.

The Lorax - Dr. Seuss

I love, love, love this book. It was a fun and cute way Dr. Suess had of telling children to save the planet because if they don't it won't be around long if not, also that things don't change unless we step in. We can't rely on someone else to do it. This is great to use for earth day. The students could write about a way they could "save the planet" and make it better. Then as a class, we could all plant one plant together and encourage students to take it home and replant at home. It's a fun way to teach earth day using literacy and science all in one lesson! Intended for 2nd-4th grade.

Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

This book could be used when trying to teach students to write. This book is full of fun graphics and words to describe the graphics. This could be a great book to start about a lesson on fiction and fiction writing. The students could then start brainstorming ides for their own story. Something totally random and fun, but also talking about using descriptive words in their story to describe it the best that they can.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

This book would be used for 2nd grade. This is just a cute, fun story and could be simply used for centers for reading and listening. The students could read the story to themselves during the reading center, or could be used while learning about words that are used to make sounds. Cute book

The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney, Hans Christian Andersen

Personally this book makes me sad for the majority of the story but it is a great book to teach a moral lesson that someone may look different or seem different than us but that doesn't mean they aren't capable of something great! After reading this to the class, the class could tell about a time they felt like an ugly duckling but how the overcame feeling like that! It's a cute story how the little duck proved everyone wrong. 

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud

This book seems great. The moral of the story being that treating each other nicely can go a long way. This would be a great book to simply read and discuss how we can make a better day for someone and treat one another with respect and kindness because we never know what they are going through. Students could tell or write about a time that someone "filled their bucket." Intended audience being 3rd-5th. 

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Colandro, Lucille [Cartwheel Books, 2010] Paperback [Paperback] - Lucille Colandro

This is a fun text to use for a sequencing activity during fall time! Kindergarten and 1st grade is the intended audience for this activity. You can create a box with the old lady's mouth open and then have a picture of all the things she swallowed and have students come up at the end of the book and put the stuff inside her mouth(box) in the order that she ate them in the book. For more reinforcement you could have them complete a chart with pictures where they cut the pictures out and glue them on the chart in the order she ate them. Fun text for fall.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig: A Pop-Up Storybook with a Twist in the Tale! - Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury

Fun to add to the compare and contrast lesson of the three little pigs. Intended audience is 2nd-4th grade.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss

Children love this book mainly because they have already seen the movie! Intended grade level or levels for this activity could be 3rd-5th. You could read the story to the class and then have the class watch the movie(during the holidays of course, finding something else for children who don't celebrate to do, use your school's guidelines there) then have then complete a compare/contrast on how the book and the movie were similar and different. That would be fun :) 

The Three Little Pigs - Elizabeth Ross, ROFry

This book can be used to do the comparing and contrasting with the book The True Story of The Three Little Pigs activity. This book would be read first, the the trust story after. They would complete a compare/contrast chart. This is a fun lesson! Intended for 2nd-4th grade.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith

This book is so neat. It shares the wolf's side of the story of the story the three little pigs. This is so fun to read after already having read the original story of the three little pigs. This is a great book for using to learn about comparing and contrasting and using a vin diagram. After reading the book the students could complete a vin diagram showing the difference and similarities in the two stories. So fun to see that things could have been different than told the first time! Intended for 2nd through 4th grade.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

This can really be read for any grade level but for this particular activity, I would say 4th-6th. Since using it for older grades it would be a fun way to read a picture book again since they have already transitioned to chapter books, also because most students will be able to catch the metaphors. You could read this book to your class, maybe after having had a career week, maybe even red ribbon week since that is about saying no to drugs. That has a lot to do with making a better person out of yourself. After reading the book to the students they could write a short paper about what they want to be when they grow up and why they want to do that particular job. This is a great gift for graduation!

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Children love this book because green eggs seem impossible to them! The teacher could read this book to the class and then have green eggs and ham ready for them to try and eat! Watch for allergies, of course! This is a great book for a time you might be learning about rhyming words. After reading the students might could write down all the words they remember from the book that rhymed and then come up with some more words that rhyme with those. The food would just be to make the lesson  stick ;) intended audience would be 1st-3rd grade.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Ray Cruz, Judith Viorst

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!! The teacher could read this book to the class maybe if she thought the class was just having a bad behavioral day and then have students write a short essay on how they can make their own personal day better. This would be great to keep handy for a day like this, or the teacher could do this lesson in this same manner at the beginning of the school year and explain her behavioral system to the class and remind them that if they do get in trouble and it seems to be a bad day, there is always a way to make it better and continue with a short writing on how they could make their day better if they ever have a bad one. Intended audience would be 2nd-4th.

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch

This book is great if you see your class having trouble getting along or two for cultural pride, or three for a lesson before auditioning for a school play. This book is great because it tells a little story of Grace and how she plays an "unexpected" role in the school play. In the end of the book, Grace believes she can do anything and so does everyone else. You could read this book to your class before auditions for a school play or even a small production in your room to help students realize no matter what role your play, you are important. The students could draw a picture of the person they would like to play and write underneath why they would like to play this character. The intended audience for this particular lesson would be 2nd-4th.