|The Way I Act – By Steve MetzgerThis book is the sequel to a great little book called the Way I Feel. The Way I Feel I can repeat verbatim as it was the book my now 18 year old daughter learned to read with. For whatever reason she decided that this was the book that she wanted to read and I must have listened to her read (recite) it more than a hundred times for anyone and everyone who would listen to her. I used The Way I Feel to get my toddlers to explain how they were feeling (by pointing to the pictures when they were too mad to speak) so it is near and dear to my heart. This lovely sequel doesn’t disappoint, it’s another great book with great vocabulary. I used The Way I Feel in teaching by having my students write their own descriptions for feelings and I plan to use this book the same way. It’s another great addition to any teaching collection!
The Best Part of Me – collection by Wendy Ewald
Some books seem to have lessons that leap off the pages and into my being and this is definitely one of those books. It is a beautiful book of photography of different children and their favourite parts, with a description of why that part is the “Best Part of Me”. What an exceptional way of illustrating diversity and highlighting and celebrating differences! The students writing is honest and as unique as they are. I know my students will love listening to each written piece and I can’t wait to see what they create themselves (we will definitely be doing this activity!). This book would be fabulous for Harmony Week or Anti-Bullying lessons too!
If Everybody Did – By Jo Ann Stover
This is one of those books that grows on you. At first I was underwhelmed by the black and white illustrations and the simplicity. But the more I read it, the more I love it. What “If Everybody Did” is a great concept and has many many great teaching points. What if everybody did pick all the flowers? There will be lots of great discussions I’m sure as we add on to other ideas of “If Everybody Did”. I think this book will be a great one for teaching Questioning, when I read it to my kids there was a MILLION questions and thoughts about every page!!
Definitely one of my new favorite finds (really anything by Julia Cook). Her messages are easy for kids to relate to and often have teachable moments at the back which are kid friendly. In It’s Hard to Be a Verb, a little boy with some “wiggle” issues learns to understand himself better. This is an excellent book for connecting as so many of our little people deal with the “wiggles”. My son LOVED that there was a book with a character that dealt with some of the same issues that he does. When I read this book to my students at the end of the year last year the connections that were made were excellent and the class ended up brainstorming their own ideas for dealing with the wiggles. This will definitely become one of my first reads to my students this school year (and every year).
Ish – Writen by Peter H. ReynoldsOne of my favorite discoveries last year. This book is an excellent teacher to students whowon’t try if they can’t be perfect. We did a ton of “Ish” drawings ourselves as a class and students who typically tell me they “can’t” were all over drawing ish. I love this book for teaching transform. In both primary and intermediate grades the students were able to easily grasp how words can impact and how sometimes Ish is a good start! This book will definitely be one that I gift over and over again as it’s a great must have in your classroom.
Those Shoes (Maribeth Boelts) – Those Shoes is one of those books that will not leave your students
the same. Its premise is simple, its a book about a young boy and his shoes, however the book is written in a way that with some thinking, truly can change the way students think. Teaching “Transform” is one of my all time favourite things to teach. I truly believe when we are able to introduce our students to new ways of thinking, everything changes. Teaching at a somewhat lower socioeconomic school made this lesson even better, as there were a few “Ah Ha” moments that I don’t think students will soon forget. The lesson that I do with this book was borrowed from an Adrienne Gear Workshop and over time I have changed it to be suit the grade I’m working with (Lesson Plan Link). This book is definitely a fabulous addition to any home or classroom library!