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review 2018-09-09 19:49
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat loves his new white shoes and sings his song as he walks down the sidewalk. But does Pete get upset when he steps in strawberries and his shoes turn red? Goodness NO, Pete continues to sing his song as he goes on his way. 


A great read aloud for younger grades. Students can then come up with new colors for Pete's shoes to turn into. This book is also a great book for students to practice retelling. 

Lexile: AD240L

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review 2018-09-09 19:43
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

Sharing your cookie with a hungry mouse couldn't cause any problems could it? Follow one boy as he share his cookie and then spends his entire day following the whims of his new friend. After a day of fulfilling the mouse's needs the boy might have an idea of what its like to be a parent. 


Students can come up with other things the mouse might want and practice their writing skills. Multiple sequels make this series a great addition to your classroom library. 


Lexile: AD410L

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review 2018-09-09 19:09
I Hear a Pickle: and Smell, See, Touch, & Taste It, Too! - Rachel Isadora,Rachel Isadora

Perfect for the youngest readers! Our senses allows us to experience the world - seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting. We feel the rain on our skin and learn not to touch the hot stove. We hear the birds singing and smell the stinky cheeses. We see the sun, moon, and stars in the sky and sometimes glasses can help us to see better. Children will love the charming illustrations as they learn about the power of each sense. 


A great activity for the beginning of the school year in kindergarten as they can come up other things they use their senses for and begin to practice writing. 

Lexile: BR240L

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review 2018-02-23 21:52
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
Miss Nelson Is Missing! - Harry Allard,James Marshall

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard tells a valuable story on being respectful towards your teacher/adults and being grateful for what/who you have. This is such a fun story for students to read or hear read aloud to them. It is light hearted and funny but still teaches a moral lesson. The students will learn the importance of being grateful for the people in your life and treating them with the respect they deserve. 


I would have students create a "Wanted" or "Missing Person" poster to find the two teachers, Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp. In the poster they would draw a picture of the missing character of their choice and write a brief description on the character. 

Guided Reading: L
Lexile: 340L
Accelerated Reader Level: 2.7
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review 2018-02-23 20:37
I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley
I Love My Hair! - Natasha Tarpley

I really enjoyed reading I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley. This book serves a greater purpose than just a good story. It teaches young girls (and even boys) to love their hair (or any other characteristic) and its uniqueness. Specifically, this book tackles the long history of young, black girls disliking their hair because it is "different" from everyone else hair. This book highlights all the great things her hair can do and all the different ways she can wear it as well as the heritage and culture of her hair. I also love the use of positive similes and metaphors when comparing the main character's hair to objects. 


I would read this book to the class, pausing to discuss with students the ways her mom does her hair, the different styles she wears her hair in (and ask the student what their favorite hairstyles are), and feelings towards her hair (compared to the student's feeling towards their own hair), etc. After reading I would ask students to write a paragraph that connects the book to themselves or their own hair. I would ask them to use evidence from the text to support their connection.

Lexile Measure: 670L 
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