Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Celebrating Read Across America With My Favorite Authors

At my school we love Dr. Seuss! Why? It's all about READING! My teachers and I will do about anything to inspire the love of reading  in our students. Read Across America Day is a great day/week to celebrate reading at school.  Whether it's reading Dr. Seuss books or other favorite authors, my teachers go above and beyond to foster the love of books with our students.

Author studies or author of the month is a favorite activity of mine with my lower grade students. With Kindergarten, First Grade and my Second Grade students I try to have a monthly author focus.  It's a great time to highlight some of my favorite authors with the kids. Some authors get a spotlight in collaboration from the teachers. Others get shoutouts because they are my personal favorites. I love telling the students about favorite books from my childhood as well as introducing them to new and upcoming authors.

I love reading Clocks and More Clocks by Pat Hutchins. The students find it way too entertaining to discover I was four years old when it was written.  As a student I loved hearing it read by my first grade teacher and I want to make it just as exciting for my students.

Another great classic is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, published the year I graduated from high school. I just love all of Eric Carle's books. He's one of my favorite picture book authors/illustrators.

Newer authors I love are James Dean's Pete the Cat books and anything by Mo Willems. 
Students today are blessed with an array of talented authors. As a librarian I'm only limited by my budget to great children's literature,  definitely not the selection available!

Go check out other favorite authors at Primary Chalkboard's linky. 

Happy Reading!!!

1 comment:

  1. I love that you focus on one author a month with your students. My kiddos always get excited when they recognize an author's name on a new book we are reading. I think that is a great idea!! I found your blog through a comment you'd made on another one and just had to come over and check it out because I teach in Southwest VA, so I'm thinking we may be pretty close to each other! I'm glad to have found you.


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