Thursday, August 10, 2017

#pb10for10 Ten Books I Use to Promote Friendship and Kindness



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Thank you to Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek for this yearly celebration of picture books.  Join in to share and learn here.

I love to talk about friendship and kindness all the time with my first grade friends.  We return to it many times during the school year.  And some of these books I will read several times based on what we need.

So without further chatter, here are 10 books that can be used to promote Friendship and Kindness:

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Last year, I think I read this book no less than 3 times to my class.  I love it.

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This is another book that I love to read a couple of times a year.  I love to read and share and plant the idea that food can really bring people together.

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Sometimes a little magic is all you need to start a friendship.

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I love reading this book to remind kids that it can be the small acts of kindness that build a person up.



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Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?




Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who links up.


I Love Back to School time.  I immediately immerse myself in the important work of reading lots of new picture books, so I can introduce new books to my new friends! 

Here's what I've been reading this week for picture books:

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Charming, with accessible text!  I loved all the stories in this book.  I hope the kids do too.

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I know this book was written for perhaps Newborns.  However, I'm loving the idea of reading it on the first day of school.

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Another great book as we set up our time to read and write!  

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I love this celebration of reading anywhere.  Donalyn Miller talks about edge reading.  I teach this to my First Graders.  You are "done"?  Try some edge reading.  We are waiting on a field trip?  Try some edge reading.  This book celebrates reading anywhere perfectly!  

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Ahem.  Excuse me!  There are picture books as companions to this series!?!?  What excites me about this book, is that it is a companion to The Land of Stories, which I'm currently reading.  Since I don't feel like this is an appropriate read aloud per say for First Graders, the picture books will be a great way to connect with what "I'm really reading."  That doesn't happen very often. 

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I love transition books.  For me, my favorite one is First Grade Stinks!  But this one is great for incoming second grade friends.  

Welcome to August Friends!  I'm feeling the excitement and anticipation this morning.  

Joy!
Kendra