Top Ten’s Children’s Books for the Classroom Part 3


These are my top 3 favorite children’s books to use for teaching our grade level standards. It was difficult to pick my favorite. If you ask my class they will tell  you all of the books I read to them are my favorite!  If you didn’t get to see part 1 or part 2 please go by and check them out.




The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst is a great book for teaching story structure. I love all of the Gingerbread books but, this is my favorite one. It is the Gingerbread Boy’s sister. Even though she is just as mischievous as her brother she is a much smarter cookie! She still runs away from everyone and ends up at the same river with the same fox as her brother. It does end differently than the original. This story can also be used for sequencing. It is also good for comparing the original fairy tale to this alternate version.


Baloney(Henry P.) is another book written by the great Jon Scieszka. He is such a great author and this book is no exception. This book is about an alien that is late for szkola again. He goes on to tell this outrageous tale about why he was late. The whole book is filled with words like szkola. You have to use context clues to figure out what the words mean. The words are written in twenty different languages.

My favorite book of all time to read to my kids is….

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is awesome! I always read this book on Earth Day to my students. I know everyone knows this book but my kids love for me to read it to them. It is a great book to use for cause and effect. It is also a wonderful story to discuss pollution and it’s effect on our world. even has a section on their website called The Lorax Project that have activities, games, and more information.

I hope you found my list helpful.  If you missed the other 2 parts click the link below to read them.

Top Ten Books Part 1
Top Ten Books Part 2

Did I miss any of your favorite books? Please comment below any books that would be on your list. I would love to check them out!


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Top Ten Children’s Books for the Classroom Part 2

part 2 booksI have so many favorite books  I use for teaching in my classroom.  This is part 2 of my top ten children’s books. If you didn’t get see part 1 please check out numbers 7-10.


The next book is also a fairy tale. It is called The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.  This is a fun story to read after you have read The Three Pigs fairy tale. This story is told by Alexander T. Wolf. It is his version of what really happened to the 3 pigs. This is a great way to teach point of view. I have also had my class do a mock trial for the wolf to decide if was innocent or guilty.


This book is Frogs by Nic Bishop. This is a nonfiction book for 1st-3rd  grader students. It has close up pictures of all different types of frogs and gives cool facts about them. It is easy enough for young kids to read and understand. I used this whole book while teaching main idea and topic. Each page can be used by itself to find the topic and main idea. This is one of my students’ favorite books that I read to them this year.


Just a Dream is an amazing book by Chris Van Allsburg. I read it every year around Earth Day. This is a story about a little boy who is a litterbug. As he goes asleep that night, he goes on a journey into the future to different places on Earth. He sees what Earth would look like if everyone else didn’t care about keeping the Earth beautiful. The illustrations are also wonderful. This always brings up conversations about reusing, recycling, and reducing. This is also an easy book to teach cause/ effect and problem/solution.

Well did I choose any of your favorite books? Three more books down and three more to go! See you soon.


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Top Ten Children’s Books for the Classroom Part 1

my favorite booksI love children’s books! I use them to teach everything in my classroom. My friends and coworkers would say I have an addiction.
I thought I would share with you my Top Ten Teaching Books for Language Arts. It was difficult to pick only 10, but I really focused on the objectives that I have to teach in my class. I then chose my favorites for teaching those objectives.


I use Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes at the beginning of the year. It is great book that discusses teasing. The little girl is teased because her name is so long and different. I use it to teach setting, characters, problem, and solution.


The Spider and the Fly is a cautionary poem originally written by Mary Howitt in 1829. Toni Di’Terlizzi illustrated the poem with black and white illustrations. The spider is trying to entice the fly to come into his den. This is a great book to use for rhythm and rhyme in poetry. I use it in my class to teach prediction and the moral of the story. It has a great lesson at the end for kids of all ages!


The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles is a biography about a six-year-old girl named Ruby. She is ordered to attend an all-white school. This story discusses the difficulties Ruby has while attending the first grade. I love to read this story during Black History Month. I have a very diverse class and this story always brings up interesting conversations.


The Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scienszka is a fractured fairytale. This is a continuation of what happened after the prince (that used to be a frog) and the princess lived happily ever after. This story has three famous witches from other fairy tales incorporated in the story. We compare the original fairy tale to this alternate version. This is also a great story to teach sequencing and plot.

I am going to write  the rest of this list in two more  posts. Come back to see the part 2 of the list. How am I doing so far? Do you agree with these choices?



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