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Maggie's BookLikes Project

Lit Block BookLikes Project Spring 2016
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean

This book is the cutest! I could see it being read to any grade from K-5th! Since it is about the first day of school, this would be a great first book or ice breaker to read on the first day of school. The book deals with nerves on the first day of school, which I think would be perfect for the first day because it talks about being nervous and having to make new friends. It is incredibly relateable. 

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest - Lynne Cherry

This is a wonderful book the my CT just finished reading to her class of first graders, although I think it could be read to anyone from K-4th. This book is basically abput a man who is going to cut down a tree in the rain forest when he falls asleep at the foot of the huge tree. While he is sleeping, many animals come from  the tree and ask him not to cut down the tree. This book his wonderful because it advocates for the preservation of the rain forest. Also, it would be easy to do a sequencing activity with this book.

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

I read this book during Read for America week at my placement school for first graders and they loved it. The whole thing rhymes so they love to try and remember the whole list of things that Sam will not eat green eggs and ham in. This book is perfect for all ages and all grades because it is such a classic!

Matilda - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake

Growing up, I always loved to read. This book was something that I continuously came back to. It is a really cute, and creative story about a little girl who stands up to her terrible parents and principal. I think this book would be really great to read aloud to the class while they are in some kind of transition. In third grade, after we would get back from lunch, my teacher would let us draw on a piece of paper and read a book to us. It was my favorite part of the day. It was a relaxing start to the afternoon and I really enjoyed hearing her read. When students get older, they could even read the book themselves and do a book study on it. This book is good for all ages, it just depends on if you are reading it yourself or having it read to you.

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

This book is a classic. Everyone has read this book in the classroom at some time or another. I really, genuinely like this book. There are a ton of different ideas you can do with this book that you could find on pinterest alone. For example, you can do a class project that has to go with a Giving Compliments Tree. I can see this book being used all throughout any grade.

The Napping House - Audrey Wood, Don Wood

This book was super cute. I actually read it with mt Kindergarten class first semester during my observations. I doesn't have a specific purpose, but it is really fun to read with a class because it is chronological, kind of like "The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly." They really enjoyed reading it along with me and attempting to predict the next part of the book.

Pippa Mouse's House - Betty D. Boegehold, Betty Boeghold

I absolutely love this book. It is not exactly difficult, but I specifically remember my mom reading this book to me when I was little. It was may favorite to read before bedtime. It is basically like the book "I Love You Because I Love You." I read this book for a really long time so I could see it being read up until 2nd grade. You could maybe do this during Valentines Day or maybe Earth Day.