Ann Marie and I thought we would keep it simple! Our theme this year is : Books on the top of our happy pile at the beginning of the year!
Antoinette Portis wrote Not a Box and Not a Stick, two favorite books by readers in the classroom. Her new book Wait is perfect for all of us. With just two words to tell the story, we see the importance of slowing down. I am so excited to hear what my kids think as we read this book.
I bought Oliver's Tree a year and a half ago before heading to third. I loved it then because it was about young friends (Oliver, LuLu and Charlie) playing--disagreeing and trying to figure things out.It also touches on sadness and kindness. I just love @Kitchase's illustrations and was so happy to see she has another in the series called LuLu's Party and it is available Aug 11!
Early Bird bird is a great early in the school year read. It is simply written but has opportunities for kids to think--Will early bird find her breakfast? Will she eat it?
Tony Yuly also wrote Night Owl which is also simply written and has a great message about listening
Ballet Cat is adorable and relatable to her readers. I was fortunate enough to read the second in the series at nErD camp thanks to Jillian. Book 2: Dance! Dance! Underpants! I think it is even funnier than the first. Look for it in February!
Buck is just like us...loves things about himself but also dislikes things--like his BIG FRONT TOOTH! This early chapter book will be perfect for transitional readers.
Fly is my favorite find this summer. This little guy is just trying to figure out how to be. He watches ants march, grasshoppers hop, caterpillars chomp, and butterflies flit but is frustrated when he fails at trying their moves. His persistence pays off as he finds his special talent at the end. To learn more about Karl Newson Edwards and his decisions when creating this book check out Mr.Schu's post from May.
Ann Marie's Picks:
This book feels right for the start of the year in my room. I want my kids to know how to love themselves and feel the joy and pride in loving themselves.
I love this book for so many reasons but the title spoke to me this weekend as I planned for my kids. I know there are so many possibilities for growth and hoping this read aloud speaks to my students.
I found this book last year and loved it. It is about joy and kids with boundless imagination. I hope this read aloud will help my kids believe anything is possible.
Amy's book is on the top of my books to share because I love to start the year with poetry. It is also a good way for my kids to see the people we read are also our friends who we can connect with on twitter.