The Bee Tree
I love most all of Patricia Polacco's books! She writes from her own family experiences and they always pack an emotional punch. I start with this book and nearly every year I cry or get choked up. A great story to share the love of reading.
I won't be surprised if this book is on a lot of lists this year. A great story to read any time of year, but I like to read it during the first month of school. A very realistic story with a very realistic ending.
I use this book every single year as a mentor text in writing workshop. I've used in grades 1-3. Enough said.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Fun, silly and imaginative book. I read it on the first day of school. Then later in the week I use it as a discussion starter about the books we love. We turn it into an art activity. Yes, I still think it's important to do some arts and crafts in the classroom sometimes! You can learn a lot about students while they cut and paste and talk.
Oliver Button is a Sissy
Oliver likes to draw and pretend. He doesn't enjoy sports, but wants to tap dance. Another book relating to bullying, acceptance and being yourself.
I'm always surprised that my second or third graders have not read this book before! It's a classic as far as I'm concerned. Grace wants to play Peter Pan in the school play, but children think she can't because she is a girl.
I found this book sometime last summer and knew I would be adding it to my read alouds. The story of how Jacob convinces his parents to let him wear a dress. It's so hard to find books that deal with LGBT issues for our younger readers. We all have students that don't fit the norm in our schools and classrooms. It's so important that we find books that represent students that are a bit different.
A terrific picture book biography about a young Jane Goodall. My students always enjoy this book. It is generally the first biography I read to my class. Not only does it describe Jane as a young child it connects to the ideas of following your dreams and persevering.
The Most Magnificent Thing
Another great book to read early in the school year! Read and watch as this little girl struggles to create the most magnificent thing. She has to stop and start over many times to get it just right. I use this book to introduce the concept of persevering to my students and we will use it over and over throughout the year.
Wolfie the Bunny
Just because it's funny and I know my students will giggle. It's very important to read lots of humorous books, especially in the beginning of the year. Great for building a community of readers. Just because it's funny doesn't mean it won't have a message and create some conversation.
Happy Reading! And don't spend too much on all those new books.