This is a great book for young readers. It would be excellent for introducing or reviewing the alphabet. I like that it has a story line that goes along with colorful pictures. I think it is fun how the lower case letters are children and the upper case letters are older relatives. This book incorporates a lot of rhyming throughout. I would have my class change the wording and try to come up with new rhymes that we could turn into song.
Lexile Measure: AD430L
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle is an outstanding book for young readers to read. The variety of animals in this book allows for a broad representation of animals that can be found in the wild. I adore the illustrations which are simple and clear with a bit of abstract flair. This book also includes many descriptive words. For example, instead of "bear" the character is named "Panda Bear". Each animal has a different verb attached to the action they are completing, allowing readers to build their vocabulary.
I would like to use this book in the classroom by asking students to select one animal from the story and research it. They will read books and use iPads/laptops to find where they live (water, land, in homes as a pet, etc.), what they eat, and more. The students can draw and color their animal as well. After they have gathered all of their research, the students will be encouraged to present their animals to their class.
Accelerated Reader Level: 2.5
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault is an excellent book for young readers. This is an excellent way to introduce or review letters and colors. All the letters of the alphabet are written in order and a variety of colors (both primary and secondary) are on every page. I especially like that the book also has a story line to follow so readers don't even notice that the book serves an instructional purpose as well.
I would read this out loud to my class and ask students to say the letter sounds every few pages. I would especially focus on letter sounds that may be difficult for my students to say. In first or second grade I would ask the students to create their own coconut tree and instead of writing letters on them, they could write their sight words.
Lexile Measure: AD430L