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review 2017-04-08 05:12
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

In this book, the main character, Camilia Creme loves to eat lima beans. But she does not like to eat them in fornt of her friends at school, because they make fun of her. This book shows readers how if someone cares about what people think, it can show effect that person. I would use this book in my classroom if I were to teach about confidence or bullying. 


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review 2017-04-08 03:05
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell,David Catrow

The book Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell is one of my all time favorite books and there is no doubt that this will be a book that I will read with my future students. This story is about a little girl named Molly Lou Melon who was short, had teeth she could stack pennies on and a voice that sounded like a frog being squeezed by a boa constrictor (and so on). Her grandmother gave her so many words of encouragement and she felt so confident with herself. Sadly she was made fun of in school for those charactoristics but eventually made friends after the stunning snowflake she created. I just adore this book. Something that I would do with my students would be to have them draw and color self portraits. I would then have my students write three things they like about them selves to attach to the bottom f the portrait.I would rate this book a five out of five stars and it is listed as a ad560L on the Lexile scale.

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review 2017-04-07 21:39
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

This book is perfect for the classroom because it is all about loving yourself and being confident in your own skin. The main character, Grace, loves to tell stories, and when Peter Pan is the play being done at her school she wants to play the character of Peter Pan. Although, she is told that she can not play Peter Pan because she is a girl. Then, her grandmother reminds her that she can do anything she wants. I would read this book in my classroom to empower my students and remind them that they are capable of anything. 

Grade Level-K-2

Lexile Level - 680L

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review 2017-04-07 06:25
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This book tells the story about a young mouse that loves her name, but when she attends school she begins to be bullied about her name she feels outcasted and different. Then, she meets a teacher that has a different name as well so this makes her feel valued, included, and special. This book is the perfect choice for a shared reading lesson, and to start a group discussion about what makes us feel valued as people and the people that do that. Another idea for this book would be to have the students write down ideas on how to be nice to other people and share them with the class. This book is perfect for ages K-2nd grades, and the Lexile level is 460-L. A great read for the classroom and for discussion. 

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review 2017-02-25 22:22
Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae,Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae is a funny story about a giraffe who is made fun of because he cannot dance. This story shows children that it is important to always have confidence because it will help you in the long run! I think that students would love this book because it is so colorful and I think that they will think Gerald the giraffe is funny! If I were to use this book in my classroom I would ask the students to write about a time they had courage and how they overcame that fear.


Reading Level: K-3

Lexile Level: 450L

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