Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard of Favorite Books!

As I sit here on my third sick day (flu and strep!), I was browsing through the Firefly and SeeSaw flyers and got to thinking about my favorite books!  I have a serious book addiction   My classroom library contains thousands of books (not including the boxes of chapter books in storage!)  valued at over $10,000!  I started buying in college and never stopped!  It's a crazy addiction but it's worth every penny!!!

I definitely credit my parents with my love of books.  They read to me all the time as a kid.  In fact, when I was little I had night terrors so I had to go see a therapist (yeah...even as a little kid I needed special help!)  and he suggested my parents read me 3 books every night before bed! And I have been a lover of books every since!

And here are a few of my favorites!


Curious George is how I learned to read!  He was one of my first books!  And get this, I still have one of the first Curious George stuffed animals ever made!  How cool is that?!


I discovered this book 2 years ago by accident and it became a favorite!  My kids love this story.  This is a great text for persuasion and debate!!  Is it a cow?  Is it a chicken?  HILARIOUS!


I love the message that we are all beautiful!  I know this is a favorite of many!  


I read this story on the last day of school and always get emotional.  I love seeing my monsters achieve great success and surpassing every milestone and meeting every challenge I set before them.  I know they can and I hope to instill that sense of achievement in my monsters.


This is one of my favorite chapter books!  I actually read this aloud to my kindergartners every year!  It's just a classic and a must read!  And who doesn't need a spider cheering you on?!  Come on, we would all love to wake up to such inspiring messages every morning!  Even on a spider web!



OMG!  I remember my 3rd grade teacher reading this story to us and laughing so much.  Now when I read it as an adult, I laugh so hard.  I usually laugh until I cry!  The story of the cat is one of the funniest things in print EVER!  



Of course, who doesn't love underpants!  

And finally, a controversial one, but it's important to me and one of my favorites! 



Of course all of these books lend themselves to amazing lessons in writing, friendship, tolerance ( a biggie for me!), acceptance and perseverance!  How could you use these books in your classroom?


There ya go!  A kindergarten smorgasboard of a few of my favorite books!  There are many, many more and I will continue to share over time!  

What are your favorite books?





This is what I am currently working on!  Coming soon!!









14 comments:

  1. Hope you're feeling better soon Greg! Charlotte's Web is one of my all time favorite read alouds. Your new products look great. I can't wait to see them when they're finished! :-)

    Karyn

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  2. My boys are going to LOVE your train packet!!!

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  3. Feel better soon! I'm just getting over being sick.

    I am starting my book addiction hard core now too. I have over 500 books and still counting. I've been working on my inventory for days but there are just so many books!

    ThePolishedTeacher

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  4. I'm the same way with books. My assistant is always teasing me about how I keep buying more books. I love curious george. I ordered a stuffed curious george from a book order when I was in kindergarten. i still remember getting it. My dad found it and cleaned it for my niece who loves george.
    I might be stealing this idea for a post tomorrow if we're out of school again.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Klass

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  5. Greg,
    I love books and often buy them- recently I was in Chapters(big chain here in Canada) and they had hardback picture books on sale 3 for 10 dollars. I came home with 12 new books that are beautiful stories- some by authors I knew like Emma Dodds and David Weisner and others I was less familiar with- It didn't matter- it was a quick read and I knew whether I would be able to use it in my class.
    I have bought many books over the years from Scholastic too- My favorites- anything by Mo Willems ( Leonardo the Terrible Monster is my favorite), Skippy Jon Jones stories ,some Dr. Suess, Margaret Wise Brown's and Jan Bretts books, Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin, Eric Carle's books especially any of his bug stories ( the very Busy Spider and the very Hungry Caterpillar) and the list could go on and on and on..
    Kids need great stories- We read to our son from the time he was a baby until he was almost a teenager.. It was a nightly routine and some of my favorite memories.. he is now and adult and will often skype us and share something he has read on the internet - while fiction was not usually his choice he does enjoy reading non fiction.
    Feel better soon...
    Regards from Alberta, Canada,
    Anna

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  6. That is exactly what I had!!! I know how miserable you must be. Feel better soon!
    I also have a serious book addiction! One of my kiddos last year threw away one of his books in my trash can Because it didn't have a cover and I dug it out! I couldn't let it be thrown away. :(
    Heather
    Thirdgradesthecharm.blogspot.con

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  7. What a fabulous addiction to have. LOVE The Crayon Box that Talked. It's a favorite. Get healthy soon-so not fun!
    ~Christy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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  8. I have the same addiction...could be worse right? LOL! I have an author's chair in my classroom. It's a director's chair that I have signed by authors when I go to conferences or local book signings. My kids LOVE it. I also keep a photo album of the author's I've met so I can show the kids. Some authors on my chair are Jeff Kinney, Lois Lowry, Sharon Creech, Patricia Polacco, Judy Schachner. I'm a stalker! LOL! You shared some books I haven't seen yet and I would use with my 3rd graders. I believe picture books are great for all levels! Charlotte's Web is near and dear. My big sis read it to me when I was about 6 and I remember crying at the end. It was one book I read over and over as a kid. Thanks for sharing Greg and FEEL BETTER!!
    Gina
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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  9. Book addiction? I am so part of that club. Both children and adult books. I have a LIBRARY at home and it is taking over my life. LOL

    Have to say I LOVE the cow that laid the egg. :) I too found it a few years ago and use it every year when we do farm animals. A riot.

    Hope your feeling better lv.
    Melissa

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  10. BTW, that beginning sounds packet looks soooooo cute. I will have to purchase that one when it's ready. Anxiously awaiting it's release.
    Melissa

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  11. Oh my word-The Cow That Laid an Egg is the best book ever!!! It is SO funny. Great minds think alike! :)

    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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  12. I totally understand and support your book addiction! If buying lots of pictures book is wrong, I'm fine being wrong! :) My favorites are Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, I Need My Monster, and Dog in Boots. Feel better soon, Greg!

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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  13. Right now I am in love with pete the cat! Any book that gets kids THAT excited is awesome. But I have to say my favorite children's book is Stone Fox. I had to read it for a children's lit class in college, and I was in my boyfriend (now husband's) dorm room BALLING my eyes out and he was looking at my like I was absolutely INSANE...."it's only a book" he said.

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  14. I love books by Jon J Muth like "Zen Ties", "Zen Shorts", "Three Questions", and "Zen Ghosts." I just ordered "A Different Kind of Dragon, and I'm always shopping in dollar book stores for children's books. My class really enjoys "The Wizard of Oz" so I downloaded the ENTIRE collection (14 books) onto my kindle and we read it every day.

    I also love books with good rhythm like "Wet Dog" by Elise Broach and David Catrow and "Book Book Book!" by Deborah Bruss.

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