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review 2018-09-10 02:19
I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Ever since I was in Elementary School, this has been a classic fun book to read in the classroom. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of those books that has it’s own little beat as it’s read. As a child, I would beg my mother to read this book to me because she was so good at giving each letter a different voice as well as reading with the beat. A guaranteed win with any classroom during shared reading! This is a fun book to begin the year out with in Kindergarten to help with learning all the letters of the alphabet. Also a fun book for beginner readers to feel confident reading since there is a continuous phrase repeated through the book. 


Lexile Level: AD53OL

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review 2018-09-09 22:57
Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown,Clement Hurd

Lexile Level: AD360L

This picture book by Margaret Wise Brown uses rhyme as a bunny says goodnight to several objects surrounding him. The rhyming element and the detailed illustration make this book a perfect book for teachers to read aloud to kindergarten students. This book would be wonderful for a shared reading exercise in which students and the teacher read in unison while the teacher models fluency. The teacher could use the illustrations to teach students to read pictures as well as text while they are in the early stages of literacy. Students could also read this during small group guided reading as the teacher assesses their growing fluency. This book is calm, happy and comforting which makes it perfect for young students. 

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review 2018-09-09 17:50
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a great story to read in a younger elementary classroom. It introduces each of the letters of the alphabet in a fun and interesting way. There are many activities to use with this book that would keep the students engaged. One of the activities that I love is to cut out trees for each student and have them put the letters in the tree that make up their name. This would be great for Kindergartners to learn the letters of their name. 


Grade K-1

Book Level:

Lexile AD530L


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review 2018-09-09 17:21
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

Lexile Level: AD460L


This classic picture book is loved by many because of its detailed and engaging illustrations. Eric Carle tells the story of a caterpillar with a huge appetite. The caterpillar eats a large number of different foods before making a cocoon from which he comes out of as a butterfly. Teachers can introduce this book through a picture walk before reading it aloud, allowing students to make predictions. This can help them to learn to read pictures as well as text. This is a perfect book for kindergarten students to explore in pairs or independently after it has been read to them in order to develop their print awareness. Beginning readers can work together in pairs to decode words using their developing phonological awareness. There are animated video versions available of this book that teachers may want to play to encourage their students' interest. 

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review 2018-09-08 22:06
Click, Clack, Moo : Cows That Type
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

Lexile Level: AD470L

This picture book by Doreen Cronin tells the story of Farmer Brown and his very opinionated farm animals. Farmer Brown's cows have many complaints about their living conditions and use a typewriter to send letters detailing their issues. This inspires the chickens to do the same and results in Farmer Brown having to write letters to his animals in order for them to do their jobs. This book can be used with early elementary students as a read aloud. The author's use of repetitive phrases would be great to build the students' phonemic awareness. The book also would be perfect to introduce persuasive writing to students. Students could connect to the text and could respond by writing letters to someone, such as their parents or their principle, to get something they want or need. 

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