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Its Monday What Are you Reading

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This week I am teaming up with teach mentor texts , Unleashing readers  and There is a book for that  to talk about what I am reading this week.  It is hosted by Kathryn at Book date

It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read”

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I am a Kindergarten teacher so a lot not of my books are sweet but I don’t get to read a lot of biography stories. So this week I am reading.

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I am looking forward to diving into these two stories and writing reviews on them later this week.

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Five for Friday

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Hello All! TGIF even though it was a short week it was long days!

  1. I spent Tuesday teaching my students about Presidents. These were two of the best stories I found on Presidents  Abe Lincoln: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z By Alan Schroeder and Meet Thomas Jefferson Patricia A. Pingry
  2. We have also been learning about Black History Month. These were some of my favorites My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart, If a Bus Could Talk Faith Rinnggold, Talkin’ about Besse By Nikki Grimes.
  3. We are using the Pirate theme from the Scholastic book fair as our March is Reading theme. So stay tuned for Pirate books coming this weekend.
  4. I will also be looking into fairy tale books to teach with.
  5.  I took an amazing online circle time course through growingbookbybook.com. If you have time check out her site.

Thanks for letting me share with you tonight.

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Presidents Day

Abe Lincoln: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z By Alan Schroeder

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Back of Book

Abe Lincoln is known for his many memorable adages. As the sixteenth president he needed all the wisdom he could muster to guide the country through the Civil War, preserve the union, and end slavery. This nontraditional tribute to the president who brought the homespun humor of his humble beginnings to the White House uses the alphabet to organize a wealth of information about his life and accomplishments.

My Review:

I got this book from scholastic and enjoyed sharing it with my class. It is an excellent overview of the life of President Lincoln.  Each letter has a short paragraph about a piece of Lincolns life. It made it very easy to break up this book and read a few paragraphs every day. Some of the material is a bit grown up for younger children. I skipped parts about the Civil War because it was a little too deep for my five year old’s to hear. Overall I say this is a great book to read for Presidents Day.

32 Pages

Ages 7 and up

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Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas ByNatasha Yim

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Back of Book:

 In this Chinese American retelling of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

My Review: This year I wanted to take time to teach my students about what a Chinese New Year looks like. I searched for stories that were fun and engaging. In doing so I found Goldy Luck and the three Pandas. My students already love the story of Goldy Locks and the three bears. I was excited when they loved this story just as much. I liked that there are traditional Chinese words sprinkled throughout the storyline. It was just enough to help me create conversations with my students. I also liked that in this story Goldy goes back and takes responsibility for her actions. The illustrations are beautiful and my students loved that the three bears were Panda Bears.

Ages 4 and up

32 Pages

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Valentines Day

The Biggest Valentine Ever By Steven Kroll

 

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Back of Book:

When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff.
But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

My Review: I loved this series of stories ever since I found them. There is something very fun, and special about these little mice. My students ask for them all the time. As a teacher, it is refreshing to find a series that keeps my students engaged while still teaching them valuable lessons.  The message in this books is that you can accomplish more together then you can apart.  Great story and fun illustrations.

Ages 5 and upClick Here to find on Amazon

32 Pages

Valentines Day

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose! By Lucille Colandro

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Back of Book:

That lovely old lady has returned just in time for Valentine’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make a very special gift for her valentine! With rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, this wacky version of the classic song will appeal to young readers as they follow the Old Lady on a wild Valentine’s Day adventure.

My Review:

My students love the Old Lady Who Swallowed Series.  They are often my go to stories for every holiday. This story is no expectation.  It has a fun rhyming pattern that my students caught onto quickly.  I read it on Valentines Day and my students loved that each thing the old lady found created a beautiful valentine card. After reading the story we created our own cards using the same materials.  

Ages 5 and up

 

 

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International Book Giving Day

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Everyone knows that tomorrow is Valentines Day. I found out that tomorrow is also International Book Giving Day. I got very excited about a dedicated to people giving books as gifts. I made sure that all my students got book marks to go along with their Valentine goodies for tomorrow. So I hope that tomorrow you give someone a book.  I plan on giving out a few gifts to several people who I know would love them.

International Book Giving Day has continued to grow & grow. In past years, International Book Giving Day was celebrated by people in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria. We hope that people around the world will think about the best ways to help children in need in their communities.

 

 

History, Presidents Day

Meet Thomas Jefferson Patricia A. Pingry

 

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BACK OF BOOK:

 

This picture book begins with Thomas Jefferson as a boy at school and home. Children will see Jefferson as a husband and father, as author of the Declaration of Independence, as president of the United States, and as retired farmer.

 

MY REVIEW: Presidents Day is this week which is a great time to read stories about the great Presidents that have run the United States. Most of my Kindergarten age stories are focused on President Washington or Lincoln. I usually try to find a few books about Presidents that are not as well discussed. I love Meet Thomas Jefferson because I gave a great background about Thomas Jefferson it starts from his birth and goes to the end of his life. It discusses his love of books and how he donated his collection to the Library of Congress.  It also discusses important parts of history such as the writing of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Louisiana Purchase.   II read a few pages a day to my class. It worked very well as a circle time story. The illustrations are very nice and create an enjoyable story.

 

Ages 7 and up

 

32 Pages

 

 

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The Night before 100th Day of School

 

 

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BACK OF BOOK:

 The 100th day of school is almost here and one student is desperate to find 100 of anything to bring to class. Then all of sudden inspiration strikes, and he comes up with a surprise that makes the 100th day celebration one to remember!

MY REVIEW:  The 100th Day of school is a big deal in Kindergarten, okay its actuality a HUGE deal. My students were super excited on the day before our 100th day celebration.  I brought out this book they loved it! Its follows a boy as he tries to decide what 100 items he should bring for the 100th day party in his class.  He goes over several possible items before finally deciding on his ant farm. This causes a fun and crazy part of the story that will make any child laugh. Great read aloud story.

Valentines Day

Be My Valentine By M. J. Carr

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BACK OF BOOK:

The course of true love certainly doesn’t run smoothly when Isadore Mouse–who doesn’t exactly have a way with words–tries to tell Athena that he wants her to be his valentine.

MY REVIEW:  I tend to get slightly overwhelmed with my read alouds in the month of February.  Between Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Black History Month and Presidents Day, I always have a great deal of books to choose from for my class. Be my Valentine is one of my favorite stories that I read to my class because it is just plain sweet. It is about a little mouse named Isadore who is trying to write a perfect poem for his favorite mouse Athena. The story follows all the mishaps that occur while trying to make his Valentine’s day perfect.  This book has a sweet ending and was a great circle time story for my Kinders. They really enjoyed it!

 

Ages 4 and up

32 Pages