Franklin's New Friend by Paulette Bourgeois is one of my childhood favorites. It is a wonderful story about friendship and making new friends. It teaches a valuable lesson on not "judging a book by its cover" and instead getting to know someone for who they are. I believe this would be a great read for children of all ages. The storyline is easy to follow and the vocabulary is great for all ages.
I would use this lesson to emphasize the importance of accepting those who are different from us instead of discriminating against them. I would encourage people to embrace their differences and the difference of others. This is a great character building book. I would also use this book to inspire students writing. I would ask them to write a story about a time they misjudged something or someone and turned out to enjoy it or like it/them in end.
Lexile Measure: 380L
This book is so ridiculous - and that is what makes it great! B.J. Novak dared to be different. He created a funny and interesting book for children, but he wanted to make it with no pictures! This book is designed to make grownups sound incredibly silly. The text itself is bright and exuberant, and will hold the attention of young readers. I would allow my students to write an advertisement for this book and present it their peers, the school librarian, or the principal. I think it would also be fun to write letters to Mr. Novak and thank him for writing this crazy book!
Read aloud by author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiiS2NDkfI4
Guided Reading - L
Lexile - 380L
DRA - 20
Consider me booked for the next few months! Remember a while back when I told you guys that I went to my first book signing and that I wanted to participate in more? Well my favorite little cozy book store here in Houston has released a great lineup of author meet and greets and book signings for the upcoming months. Just in the next few months I am planning to attend at least 4 events of some of my favorite authors: Miranda James, Walter Mosley, Lisa Gardner, and Jeffrey Deaver. I am way too excited and definitely looking forward to these events.
I am looking forward to see what other events they have in store for the rest of the year.
Let's chat: Have you ever attended an author meet and greet or book signing? Who would you like to meet?