A collection of books for the library of my future classroom!
Dr. Suess is a must have in any classroom! His zany, fun books have been enjoyed for many years and will be enjoyed for many more. This book in particular is one his greater known books. Green Eggs and Ham is about a character who is repeatedly offered green eggs and ham by a friend, and he repeatedly refuses it. He does not like them in a box, he does not like them with a fox. He does not like green eggs and ham. Eventually he ends up eatting the green eggs and ham and he like it a lot! This would be a great book in a classroom to read for fun. But this could also be great to introduce a writing prompt on something that they do not like and why.
Pete and Gus are baking cupcakes for the cupcake party and they keep disappearing! The two friends decide to find the culprit and find a clue, sprinkles on the ground. They question multiple friends based on assumptions they make, and eventually find the guilty one. Grumpy Toad apologizes and Pete forgives him and lets him come to the party.
Teachers could use this in classrooms to teach about not jumping to conclusions. They could also use this to teach about forgiveness.
Pete the Cat is back again, and this time he has on some new white shoes. He loves his white shoes so much, even when he keeps stepping in different piles and puddles that change the color of his white shoes. He walks along and sings a song even when things keep going wrong. This story would be great to teach children not to sweat the small things.
This book is all about a dinosaur named Sid who has the loudest roar out of all of his friends. He loves to go behind them and roar and terrify them. His friends don't think it is as funny as Sid does. One day after roaring one too many times, Sid gets a sore throat and loses his voice. After a day of not being able to roar, and a spoonful of honey, the next day he is feeling better. He ends up using his loud, powerful roar to save his friends from a huge, mean T-Rex. This book could be used to teach children to treat others kindly and like they would want to be treated by them.
Spooky Hour is such a cute Halloween themed book! The clock bongs 12 times, and it's officially spooky hour! All of the goblins, monsters, witches, wizards, ghosts and more are coming out. It all ends up at fun birthday party with a huge birthday pumpkin pie! This book would be such a fun story to read during a Halloween celebration. Or it could even be used in a classroom to learn about sequence of events. The students could fill out a story map and write in what happened in the story in the correct order.
The Kissing Hand is a perfect first day of school book for younger students, especially kindergartners. It tells the story of a raccoon who is about to start his very first day of school and is very nervous. His mom kisses his hand and tells him that if he gets nervous to put his kissing hand to his cheek and know that she loves him. This book would be a great book to read on the first day to alleviate first day nerves.
This book is and always will be one of my top favorite children's books. I was read it every year in elementary school and was not shocked to see several of the first graders in my placement class reading it as well. It tells the story of a young boy who gets sent to bed without dinner so he decides to run away. He ends up in a land full of monsters and ends up becoming their king. Before the story end, he begins to miss his family and goes back home. This story could be used for a writing prompt about what students would do if they ended up in the land of monsters that Max found. They could illustrate what they think the land would look like.
Red is Best is a cute book about a little girl who just likes everything red. Her red boots take bigger steps, he red mitts make better snowballs, and her red pajamas keep the monsters away at night. She has a reason for why every red item she has is the best compared to her other color items. The book is written for younger children like 3-5 year olds, but could be enjoyed by children in elementary school just for fun. This story would be great for a class writing prompt about which color students think is the best and why.
This book is another one of my favorites that was read to me in elementary school! The story is about a boy named Alexander who is just not having a very good day at all. He woke up with gum in his hair, his best friend told him he wasn't his best friend anymore, and he got in trouble at school. These are all things that could happen to children any time. The book is very relatable to students and would be great for a writing prompt for older students on what their worst day was or how the make a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day better.
This is such a cute and funny book! The Day the Crayons Quit is a story all about a bunch of crayons who write letters to their person, Duncan about how they hate how they are being used. Some crayons feel unappreciated compared to other colors, and other crayons are arguing with other crayons about how they should be used. It is all quite funny and ridiculous, so kids would love it. I would read this book to an older group of students, like 3rd or 4th graders. I could use this book to teach students how to write a letter. As an activity, students could write a letter to their favorite or least favorite crayon.
Everyone loves Chicka Chica Boom Boom! When I was in kindergarten, they read us this book to help us learn the alphabet through its catchy rhyme. And even in other grades through elementary school, the story returned and was read just for fun. It's truly a classic and a favorite for children everywhere. Obviously, a teacher could use this book in their classroom to teach the alphabet in a fun and memorable way, but it could also be used to teach about rhyming words as the whole book is written in a lyrical rhyming format. I still remember 'A told B, and B told C. I'll meet at the top of the coconut tree."
Another favorite of mine! This story is super cute and funny, and children love it. The story is about a boy who gives a mouse a cookie, who then wants a glass of milk. Then he wants a straw for the milk...and so on. This book would be great for students to make inferences on and to learn about sequence of events. Students can make guesses about what the mouse will want next after the boy gives him something new. As an activity, you could print out a sequence of events story map for the class to fill out with events from the story.
Chrysanthemum is a book about a little girl named Chrysanthemum who loved her unique name all her life. That is, until she started school and her classmates began to make fun of it. She then begins to hate her name and is ashamed of it. In the end it turns out that her teacher has a unique and strange name as well, which gives Chrysanthemum comfort and helps her to love her name again. This book would be great in a classroom to talk about bullying. Chrysanthemum was bullied by her peers and that hurt her feelings to the point that she thought that her once 'absolutely perfect' name was 'absolutely dreadful'. The story teaches children that making fun of others because they are different. is bullying and not acceptable.
Wemberly Worried is a story of a little mouse named Wemberly who worries all the time. Her parents worried about how much Wemberly worried and as the first day of school approaches she worries even more. Her parents tell her not to worry and send her off to school. At school, he teacher introduces Wemberly to a girl who was just as worried as her named Jewel and the two become fast friends. They bond over their worries and she ends up having a great day at school. She even looks forward to coming back the next day. This story would be a great story to read on the first day of school, especially for younger students who may be experiencing some fear about the first day themselves. They may be able to find some comfort when Wemberly begins to stop worrying as much in the story.
Grace for President is one of the cutest books I've ever read. It is all about a little girl named Grace who doesn't understand why there has never been a female president before, so when the grade has an election or 'president' she quickly nominates herself as a candidate. A boy who is quite popular also is nominated from another class and this makes Grace nervous about her chances of winning the election. She begins to work very hard campaigning and eventually she wins the election! She decides that one day she is going to run for president. This book was so cute and gives a child friendly look into the process of a presidential election, right down to the electoral votes from each state (each student was assigned a state to represent in the elections) This book would be great for an older grade classroom who is studying how an election works.
Ten Apples Up on Top is such a cute story written in a similar style to Dr. Suess books. It is about a group of animals competing to see who can stack the most apples on their head. This book is a great way for younger students to practice counting from one to ten. As the animals add more apples to their stacks the other animals in town become upset and try to knock down their apples. The next pages that follow have a lot of exclamatory dialogue and opportunities to read with intonation, so this would be a great practice for that.