Honoring Our Presidents
In kindergarten, one of the units of study in the adopted core curriculum is Holidays and Celebrations. One of the holidays that it includes is Presidents’ Day with the emphasis being on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. During this unit of study, most of the material presented in Benchmark is non-fiction, so it’s important to also bring in picture books and other materials to bring a balance to the unit. In kindergarten, we begin introducing the features and characteristics of fiction and non-fiction texts. The books that I have chosen to display can be used to not only teach about the presidents, but also further our exploration of fiction and non-fiction materials. By studying people, students also get exposure to biographies. What I have discovered through creating this display and researching these titles is that with picture books and literature written for young children about historical events, lines are sometimes blurred between what is considered historical fiction, biographical, and non-fiction. But with that, comes opportunities for teachers and students to explore texts and have discussions about what genre they think a book fits in and why.
The Day the Crayons Came Home. By Drew Daywalt. Philomel Books, 2015. 48 pages. $18.99
Have you ever wondered what happens to your stuff when it goes missing? Well, this is a funny story of what happens when the crayons go missing and want to come home! The post card format makes it interesting to read and adds to the joy of this book. I hope you enjoy these crayons as much as I did. They are a box of silly characters!
*This title is available through SORA.
Lillian's Right to Vote. By Jonah Winter. Schwartz & Wade, 2015. 40 pages. $17.99
This historical fiction book is about the experiences of an African American woman in the United States. It is the story of her determination to vote no matter the obstacles, and it tells of the struggles of her ancestors and other African Americans who fought to win equal voting rights. This book is filled with American history dating back to slavery. I hope you enjoy my reading of Lillian's Right to Vote.
*Lillian's Right to Vote is available on SORA, and a print copy is available in the picture book section of our library.
Have you ever wondered why some books in your library have stickers on the front cover? Those stickers mean they are an award winning book! Check out my video that explains some of the awards given to authors and illustrators of children's literature.
The Boring Book. By Shinsuke Yoshitake. Chronicle Books, 2019. 40 pages. $17.99
Have you ever been bored? Have you ever been so bored that you wondered where the word "bored" came from? Have you ever thought about all the things in life that we have to do that are boring? Well, this book is all about being bored! Sounds pretty boring, right? Surprisingly, it isn't. It made me laugh more than once! This book is a quick and fun read. The pictures remind me of a comic book and are anything but boring to look at. As you read this book, you might come up with a few ideas of how to change your thinking and look at "boring things" in a new and exciting way. It reminded me of the saying, "Only boring people get bored!" Check out this book and get some ideas to avoid boredom.
*The Boring Book is available on SORA.
Check out some of the books I am interested in adding to the library collection. Maybe you will find one that you are interested in checking out!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Retold By Irene Yates. Ladybird, 2015. 29 pages. $9.99
The story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff is one of my favorites to read with kids. It is also fun to act out when retelling the story. If you were the troll, would you have let the first two Billy Goats cross the bridge? If you were the goats, do you think you would be brave enough to risk the danger of trying to get by the wicked old troll?
*This book is available on SORA.
Dream Animals. By Emily Winfield Martin. Random House Books, 2013. 32 pages. $17.99
As you listen to Dream Animals, think about the tone and mood that the poem sets. Listen for the rhyming words. Can you picture yourself in that cozy, sleepy state that the author describes? What animal would you venture off with in your dreams? Where would it take you?
*This book is available on SORA.
This Pinterest board is a collection of children's books that I would use to promote literacy through poetry. I selected a mixture of fiction and non-fiction titles. I also tried to look for books that could be used as anchor texts for writing projects. I love that many of the titles I selected contain beautiful artwork. The illustrations often add to the depth of the poems and the pictures help make information more meaningful for readers.
We’re All Wonders. By RJ Palacio. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017. 32 pages. $18.99
Have you met Auggie? He's not an ordinary kid, but he can do ordinary things. Because he looks different from other kids, they treat him differently and are often unkind. This picture book introduces his story.
If you are interested in reading more about Auggie and his classmates, our library has the whole chapter book series available as e-books on SORA and several of the books are also available in the library.
*There are currently 8 print copies of We're all Wonders in SUSD library system.