Sunday, July 21, 2013

Books to Read ... Sooner than We Think!

Back to School. Target got me thinking about it with their signs before I was ready.

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty GreatUnicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea

Seriously. You will see this one again on the blog once inspiration strikes (I'm sort of  last minute person :/)... and you should go find it for yourself. Don't judge others by their appearance!
I'd go so far as to say this one could be used for K-5. With different accompanying activities, of course.

I'm Not Reading!I'm Not Reading! by Jonathan Allen

Debating this one. Could be really good for carpet expectations for the little ones. PERSONAL SPACE for the reader. Eyes on the book. Voices off so as not to distract everyone.

Every Cowgirl Goes to SchoolEvery Cowgirl Goes to School by Rebecca Janni

I like this one more than a lot of other Goodreads readers but I happen to know the girls love them. And I like the message of this one ... the day doesn't have to be PERFECT to still be good. Full on admit, though, that this one would appeal more to girls (even girls who don't like pink ... like ME!) than boys. So you'd have to partner it with a more boy-friendly title.

Let's Go, Hugo!Let's Go, Hugo! by Angela Dominguez

Not specifically about school ... but definitely about how a new friend can help you get out of your comfort zone and do amazing new things.

So there's not a song download, per se. (Or if there is I haven't found it!) But this sort of bob-along video introduces one that, while not my favorite of all of the character's books, is a great one to read near the beginning of the year.

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the BusPete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean

Rocket's Mighty WordsRocket's Mighty Words by Tad Hills

This one is not necessarily a read long but I added it here because libraries and classroom teachers may want to have copies available at writing stations ... and of course introducing this little board book along with reading the two real Rocket stories go together.

That Is Not a Good Idea!That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

This could be a fun one for reading and then discussing or maybe writing a class book about what is and is not a good idea for walking in the halls, working at your desk or with technology, choosing books off the shelf, etc.

The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Longer so might need to be read over a couple days ... but again (This seems to be a theme, right? But the beginning of the school year is so perfect for it) this one is great for TRY NEW THINGS.

And two not new but I realized I forgot to mention last year ...

But Excuse Me That Is My BookBut Excuse Me That Is My Book by Lauren Child

SHARE. It's hard to take turns but SHARE.

Rules for SchoolRules for School by Alec Greven

"My favorite time is Library because books are awesome. Tip: If you don't like a book, don't worry. There is a book for everyone. Ask the librarian to help you."

And here IS last year's post (click on the image).

Also check out the comments for some more suggestions. And add comments HERE.


(Yes. I was lazy and just slapped part 2 on the same image. Or ... not totally lazy. Perhaps better phrased "I wanted to show continuity between the two years' posts." Yes. That makes me sound better.)


  1. I'm not admitting that it is almost back to school time yet. I'm turning a blind eye to the signs in the stores & change the channel when they come on tv. HA HA!!

    Great picks with the books. I've added a few to my beginning of the year list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I'm sort of trying and on Wednesday will be back in denial. But I have a two day thing I have to go tomorrow and Tuesday. So school is at least a bit on the mind.

      Then ... two and a half weeks, I think? Maybe three. I should look. Cause at some point in those weeks I do have to go in and unpack 25% of our library. Luckily we didn't have to pack up ALL of it! Then back to break until the super fun before school PD days. ;)


  2. Thanks for the new suggestions...and I LOVE the continuity in images from year to year! ;-)

    Craft of Teaching

    1. Whew! Cause while it started off as "I have a headache and I already did the important part" I then decided "But hey. It sort of ties them together." Great minds think alike, right?