Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Back to School Books-Linky Party

     Oooh, another linky party- I am uber excited!!  Mrs. Randall of Mrs. Randall's Learning Library is asking what our favorite beginning of the year books are.  Hmm...that's a toughie, because there are sooooo many that I LOVE.  I am a bit of a book addict (hey, it's better than other options I explain to my hubby) and I often have trouble choose just a few, but if I were forced to I would pick:
     1.  Just about ANYTHING by Helen Lester.  We did a BIG author study on her last year and we learned she used to be a second grade teacher and often turned former students into her characters most would see in a  classroom (I thought some of them looked familiar).  My favorites by her are:
I know this is quite a few, but I could not help myself- they are all so WONDERFUL.  "The Wizard, The Fairy and the Magic Chicken" is about team work and cooperation.  "A Porcupine Named Fluffy" is about accepting your name.  "Me First" is about a little piggy not wanting to wait turns (SO CUTE!!), and "Hooway for Wodney Wat" is about a little wodent (rodent) believing in himself.
     2.  Another beginning of the year MUST is "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon"

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This is the cutest book about a little girl who may look or sound a bit funny, but she knows she is perfect just the way she is.  I love to use this to talk about believing in yourself and not always listening to what others say.
     3.  One I enjoy (and the kids as well) using to teach choosing a just right book is "Goldilocks and the three Libearians.  They love this book because they know the premise behind it and I love it because this one is tied to making sure you have the perfect book.

     4.  One more I lovelovelove is "Ruby the Copycat."  This is another great book for being your own person because no one can do it as well as you.

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I shared earlier that I am a bit of a book addict (Amazon is a FREQUENT guest at our home) and I only chose a few that popped into my mind quickly that others had not shared yet.  I could truly go on about this for...days probably :).  I hope you have enjoyed some of these amazing books, and if not check them out on Amazon- he we have to support the economy, right friends?

PS- I am trying to make all of the books links, but it is not working out so well for me- I don't understand. I am clicking on link but it seems to go to an automatic link sometimes and other times it will do nothing- any ideas what I am doing wrong??  Thanks!


mrs. tabb said...

oh yeah. I got to meet helen lester. she signed my Fluffy the Porcupine =)
cute blog!
First Grade Awesomeness
We Are The Tabbs

YearntoLearn said...

Popping by to say Hi. You were spotlighted in my Blog Mix Linky Party.

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Ashleigh said...

I just found your blog through the linky party and have to say it is absolutely gorgeous! I want a new design now!

Kelley said...

Hi Melissa, thanks so much for linking up! I'm happy to have discovered your blog. I have only read Wodney Wat but I can't wait to check out some of the other Helen Lester books you mentioned.

Mrs. Randall’s Learning Library

Mrs. Shepherd said...

Just discovered your blog would love for you to follow mine at mysecondgradejournal.blogspot.com

Mrs. Shepherd

Blogger said...

There's a chance you're qualified to get a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card.

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