Seriously, I read some great books last week. I couldn't pick just a couple to blog about. This might be my longest post to date. I have to mention Monet Paints a Day by Julie Danneberg, illustrated by Caitlin Heimerl.
This one is just a terrific way to introduce art/artists to our students. Basically, Ms. Danneberg has recreated a day in the life of Claude Monet. It's wonderful. Ms. Heimerl's illustrations are perfect. Would work well with a sequencing activity. Maybe I should make one. (Another reason not to dust!)
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka is another standout.
Our math teachers could incorporate a little multiplication with this one. Little Mary does a good deed and it spreads all around. Could be used with cause and effect, manners, multiplication... Reminded me a little of another great book that I read a couple weeks ago - Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein.
Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic
This one I have to read to a certain group of 2nd graders this fall. Oh my, they love to tattle. Our school councilor will love this one. I may just save this one for her to use first. The characters are pigs.... It's the best tattletale story I've seen a while.
King Hugo's Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen
Adorable little story about people who brag. Maybe they only go/teach at my school.... The class I mentioned is going to get this one read to them also! Might have to pull this one out for a certain group of 8th graders also. It's pretty funny.
Fortunately, Unfortunately by Michael Foreman
Perfect for cause and effect. I had seen this one on Pinterest. It's as cute as I had heard.
Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by John Manders
Yes, it's a fractured tale of Goldilocks with a totally different ending. Librarians will love this one, but so will reading teachers. No nasty porridge, just great books in this house.