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review 2017-04-07 06:44
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

This has been one of my favorite books since 3rd Grade when my teacher read it to me. This book tells the story of how a young girl has to show and love the person she is by accepting herself. This book is perfect for students to hear during shared reading to understand accepting others and theirselves for what they like. I think that 3rd grade was the perfect age to read this to, and could be used for shared reading and even for an arts and craft project to understand ROYGBV. The Lexile Level is AD540L. Great read for students dealing with loving themselves. 

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review 2017-04-01 00:58
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

I have had this book read to me, read the book myself, and had it read again in college! It is such a great read at any age to remind us that we are all individually unique and special. The book tells of a little girl named Chrysanthemum, who is happy as can be until she begins getting picked on for her name. All it takes for Chrysanthemum to overcome this is her kind music teacher named Mrs. Twinkle. It is because of her that Chrysanthemum is able to realize her true quality and how special she really is. This book is a great option for carpet reading and could be used in K-2nd grades. The lexile level of this book is 460L. I would read the story to my students then have a discussion about how we are all unique in our own individual ways. I think it would be neat to have an activity where I give them a cutout flower and they write down character traits and qualities they each possess. I would let the students color them and share if they wanted to do so. I could also hang these on the wall in the classroom or in the hall for the other parents and students to see. 

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review 2017-01-25 05:24
Carla's Sandwich
Carla's Sandwich - Debbie Herman

This book was truly a demonstration of creativity and individuality everyone has. I think this is the perfect book for 2nd and 3rd grade students who are beginning to learn more about themselves and making friends. Not everyone is going to be the same and its okay to add in your own individuality! I would use this to promote students creativity in their own ideas in class! I did not find a lexile level for this book, but it has an ATOS reading level of 3.

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review 2016-11-11 01:25
Being YOU!
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are - Maria Dismondy

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is a story every child (and even adult) needs! We all sometimes lose sight and get discouraged about who we are! This story would be perfect in the classroom to talk about diversity and that different is good and judgement and hateful words are bad. I would use this in my classroom to set a positive note in my classroom so every student has the opportunity to learn in a loving and safe environment. I would use this book in lower elementary grades K-3rd grade!

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review 2016-11-11 01:00
There's Only One YOU!
You'll Grow Soon, Alex - Andrea Shavick,Russell Ayto

I just used this book for tutoring and it is one of those books that just keeps getting better and better the more you read it and the more you think about it! Normally, I don't ruin a good story, but for this I will! This book follows a little boy named Alex. Alex is very short and he HATES it. He asks different people what will make him grow. He does all these things, but nothing seems to work. He decides he will ask the tallest person he knows for advice, Uncle Danny. Uncle Danny shows him its not the greatest being tall and he tells Alex to do things that make him happy to grow on the inside and not the outside. I love this book because we all struggle with being self-conscious and wanting what we are not. I would use this book in my classroom as a way of encouraging students to love themselves and to grow on the inside! I would use this for elementary grades 4th grade and below. 

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