Books. Books. Books. If you're anything like me, you collect them. Lisa at Second Grade Stories has asked everyone to share their favorite back to school books. Head over to her blog to share in the fun and discover some new titles.
In a previous post, I've shared some favorite books and related activities. Click here or on the image below to go to that post.
Today, I'm sharing a few back to school books that have a different twist. These all have to do with the importance and love of reading.
Just click on the images or the titles to find these on Amazon.
Wolf! by Becky Bloom
In this story, a wolf learns to read. It's slow going at first, but he keeps practicing. Then, he becomes one of those readers who can decode anything and reads at the speed of a runaway bullet train. No breaths. No stopping for punctuation. The other barnyard animals are unimpressed, because he needs to work on his style. It's only when he purchases his first book that he learns to LOVE reading. He reads it over and over. His audience (the other barnyard animals) are enthralled.
The Library by Sarah Stewart
Elizabeth Brown reads all the time, even while vacuuming the floor. She collects books in her house until there's no more room. She solve the problem by generously donating all of her books AND her home, and it becomes a public library.
The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting
This is a great book for predicting, because there's an unexpected twist. Children are surprised to learn at the end that Anna has been teaching her grandmother to read. The grandmother reads aloud to her son for the first time ever as a surprise for his birthday.
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
Many of you have probably read this one. It's based on Patricia's own life and her own struggles with learning to read. I love to read this one especially for those students who struggle. Often, they think that they just aren't smart and that they'll always hate reading. This book is a hopeful one.
More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradley
This beautifully illustrated picture book is based on the childhood of Booker T. Washington. It helps students realize that the opportunity to learn is a gift, not a chore. I usually tell the students a bit about Booker T. Washington as well. Several good biographies for children have been written about him. Here's one I recommend:
I highly recommend Up From Slavery, his autobiography, to you. He was an amazing person.
What are your favorite back to school books? I always love to read your comments. Thanks for stopping by.