Book Suggestions

I am always looking for suggestions as to which book to work on next. If you have a classroom library full of books and have been wanting to use some of them for lessons, but just don't have the time to go through the book, let me know, I will be happy to help you out! Just leave me a suggestion in the comments and I will see what I can do!!



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30 comments :

  1. I love the book Beatrice Doesn't Want To! I use it at the beginning of the year for teaching the importance of finding a book you can connect to. I am a second grade teacher and would love to have some of your activities for this book!

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    1. Hi Beth!
      Thank you so much for the suggestion. I have not heard of this book, but look forward to getting it and coming up with something for you. I will be on vacation for a couple of weeks, but I will try to get something done by mid August. I hope you are enjoying your summer so far!
      Shawna

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  2. Thanks so much! Have a great vacation :)

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    1. HI Beth,
      I have emailed you the link to the packet...I did it the day you commented on that post, I am so sorry the email with the link didn't go through :( Please let me know when you have downloaded it.

      I hope you like what is in the packet!
      Shawna

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  3. Hi Shawna,
    I hope you had a great summer and a good start to school (have you started?)
    I started this week and am looking to use "Beatrice" in a couple weeks. Just was wondering if you had a chance to read it yet?
    Thanks!
    Beth

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    1. Hi Beth,
      I have been waiting for the book to get back in my library. I now have it and my daughter drew me some cute graphics so I will work on something for you the next few days.

      Shawna

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    2. Hi Beth,
      Send email me with your email address so I can send you what I have come up with.
      Thanks,
      Shawna
      shawnadevoe@gmail.com

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  4. I would love to see what extension activities you would reccommend for "Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize" by K. Wargin. I am a pre-service teacher and recently came across this book while creating a lesson. I absolutely love it, and would like to incorporate it in a meaningful way in my future class.

    Thanks,
    Dori Zukowski
    ddzukowski@hotmail.com

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  5. I love your site! Thank you so much for all your hard work from which so many teachers benefit. Have you heard of the book "Scaredy Squirrel"? It has become a series but the first one is a great one for the theme of facing one's fears. Thank you again.

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    1. I have heard of Scaredy Squirrel, but I don't have the books. I will look for it the next time I am at the library and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the kind words and the great suggestion!
      Shawna

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  6. I love your sight and how you have so many strategies tied to one book. I'm always telling my students good books are worth reading over and over. They really get the mini-lesson focus when the book is familar. With that said, I'd love to see some lessons with the Tacky the Penguin series and The Kissing Hand series. Keep up the good work!
    Cindee

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    1. Hi Cindee,
      Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I agree good books are worth reading over and over!! Both Tacky and The Kissing Hand are in my to do stack. I hope to get to them soon! Thanks for the suggestions!
      Shawna

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  7. thanks for the hard work you did! Thanks to it my students became more interested in reading session.
    I'd like to see some lessons about "The Gruffalo" by "Julia Donaldson"

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    1. That is so great to hear, thanks for sharing it with me!! I do not have "The Gruffalo" in my library so I have added it to my list and will look for it the next time I am at the library.
      Shawna

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  8. Hello Shawna,

    Love your site!!! Your hard work and ideas are fantastic! I have the Mrs. McNosh books by Sarah Weeks for my grade 1s. I'm looking for some ideas for these.

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    1. Hey Leeanne,
      Funny that you are asking about these books because I am working on a packet as we speak (or write). I will have the post/review go out sometime in July but the packet should be posted in TpT sooner.
      Shawna

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  9. Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch! Love this book!

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    1. Also - What if You Had Animal Teeth would be a great one!

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  10. Hello Shawna, Great blog!!

    I am the author of "Invisible", a picture book about pregnancy and birth and something... invisible. You can read the story for free online in English (and in 26 other languages) on http://issuu.com/-m3-

    The project is a voluntary collaboration with an illustrator and over 30 translators and proofreaders from all over the world. It would be wonderful if you could share some thoughts about the story on your blog!
    Marijn

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  11. Do you have any lessons using non-fiction?
    Thanks. Lucille lubee32065@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Lucille,
      I do have a few. Search under the Labels section on the right side bar under the Books pull down menu. I have the following books:
      A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.
      All About Turkeys
      Johnny Appleseed An American Who Made a Difference
      Bears: An Usborn Book

      I have more nonfiction books in my pile, I just need more hours in the day. I hope these help.
      Shawna


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  12. Hi Shawna.
    Can you suggest some cause & effect books for 1st graders. I know that (author) Laura Numeroff has several. However, I am looking for some written by other authors.

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  13. Hi Shawna,
    Can you suggest some picture books for second grade that work well for main idea and supporting details? We are just starting this so I am looking for some good ones to start with.

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  14. The Relatives Came! I love this book!

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    1. Hi!
      I love this book! It's in my stack and I will move it to the top. Thanks for the suggestion!
      Shawna

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  15. This site is such a blessing and great resource for me! I use it for those kiddos in my class who are reading above grade level for Guided Reading groups. This year I'm teaching first grade and have four students who are reading on 3rd-4th grade levels. We are a private school with limited resources, so I am looking for activities to go along with books I already have. Here's a list, any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
    I Didn't Do My Homework Because..., The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend, Ninja Red Riding Hood, The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, When I Was Young in the Mountains, Turtle in the Sea, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Sneetches, The Relatives Came, The Long, Long Letter, The Keeping Quilt, The Copycat Fish, Strega Nona: Her Story, Something Special for Me, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill, Lyle Finds His Mother, Liang and the Magic Paintbrush, Hang On Hopper!, Gladys and Max Love Bob, Flossie and the Fox, Fish is Fish, Each Living Thing, Dog Heaven, Dandelion, Cinderella Penguin, Chester's Way

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  16. Hi Crystal,
    This is quite a list, which I love, so I will see what I can do to get some of these done. Stay tuned!
    Shawna

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  17. Love, Love, Love your blog! A great picture book as you have demonstrated can be used over and over again as a reading/writing mentor text. They can be read multiple times allowing students to dig deeper and learn something new. Thank You so much for these great resources. One of my favorite go to books is: The Raft by Jim LaMarche and books by Cynthia Rylant like The Great Gracie Chase. I am now an avid follower. Thank You for your time and willingness to share your ideas. Tami goldent@westnoble.k12.in.us

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  18. Can you make some suggestions for the book Make Way for Ducklings. I love your blog and input.

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  19. Your suggestion great helped him in educational subject thanks for share it sop writing .

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