I 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?