This weekly post comes from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. It's a great source to find new books to use with your students.
Last Week's Adventures
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April is National Poetry Month. Here are some great new poetry books for your collection.
I made a #mustreadin2016 list this January. Here is my April update!
Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller
I think this book has a great idea - I love that it's about being different and that's ok. Instead of picking something realistic, Diller made the character a unicorn/octopus mix. By making it something imaginary, it can be transferred to anything. I like how there were a lot of layouts that concentrated on the great things about being different. There was some humor of it that worked better than other. My favorite was the end - I'm not going to give it away, but it was funny!
Horrible Bear by Ame Dyckman
The duo of Ame Dyckman and Zachariah Ohora is a combination that equals great picture book! I enjoyed reading this out loud - expression is a must! But my favorite is seeing the special cameos.
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
This book is just gorgeous. Alas, the author/illustrator lives in the U.K., which means it's not eligible for the Caldecott Award. Luckily for us, we share books that have beautiful stories and illustrations all the time, and this is one you'll want to share! This book would go really well with theme, too!
The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers
And you can add this one to theme, too! I flipped through this book quickly when I was at Anderson's Children's Literature Breakfast, but never had a chance to sit down and read it thoroughly. The time arrived. And it is beautiful.
Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler
This is a book I read last summer and loved it and fell in love with it all over again after reading it a second time. I love it for growth mindset and, of course, theme. This is a book I would use at the beginning of the year and talk about exploring the unknown, trying new things, not knowing what to expect.
teeny tiny toady by Jill Esbaum
Esbuam has been a go-to author whose books I use for theme. Her Elwood Bigfoot was a perfect one, and now this one. Lots of universal themes to discuss in this book!
I Want a Monster! by Elise Gravel
I'm a huge fan of Gravel's Disgusting Creatures/Critters series, and it's fun to see her turn her attention to fiction picture books. Kids will enjoy the universal idea of wanting a pet. This time, it just happens to be a monster!
Bear's Big Breakfast by Lynn Rowe Reed
Another cute bear book. In this one, Bear is looking for some food. He can't remember what it's called, but it starts with a B... I guess I didn't realize how many animals start with a B!
How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? the Story of Food by Chris Butterworth
Taking a look at how some of your food got into your lunchbox! Each page looks at one part of a typical school lunch and sequences how it got to your lunchbox. Great mentor text for using sequencing for the text structure. I also really liked the author's choice of words and phrases, "crusty on the outside and soft in the middle", "tingly on your tongue" and a great opening line, "One of the best parts of the day is when you lift the lid of your lunchbox to see what's inside." (so true) Great end pages that visually show you how much of each food group to eat and why it's important to eat foods from that group.
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Fantastic story. I have a post coming out this Thursday about this book. Mark it down to use as a future read aloud!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
It took me a bit to get into it, but I'm really enjoying it now!
I have a lot of books on deck. Actually, I always do. So much to read. Are you adding to my TBR list this week?