Here's an easy "get-to-know-you" activity for us. List one or more of your favorite children's books. Just give the title, or give the title and an activity.

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I love My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother! I use that book often when discussing "characther" with my students.

Thank you so much for sharing your teacher links page. I am going to check that out.
Many favorites.......
Caps for Sale
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Yo Yes
I remember checking out Harold and the Purple Crayon every chance I got for my entire year of first grade!
I count Mo Willems among my favourite children's books. My fanaticism began with Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! and now includes all the Pigeon books, as well as Piggie and Gerald books. My grade 1's love these. Willems was (or is?) a writer for Sesame Street and that style of writing worked really well for 6 and 7-year olds: they instantly became expressive readers with no prompting required! We used them to talk about speech bubbles, question marks, exclamation marks. We also talked about facial expression and reenacted what was happening in each picture. So many possibilities with these ones; I know we've only scratched the surface. :)
I had SEEN Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, but hadn't read it. Looked at it on Amazon and it looks hilarious! Thanks for the suggestion!

Welcome, Lyndsay!
I teach 5th grade. Off the top of my head, here are some of my favorite reads:

Chapter books
Because of Winn Dixie
The Great Gilly Hopkins
Maniac Magee
Arthur, For the Very First Time
Freak the Mighty
Becoming Naomi Leon
My Name Is Maria Isabel

Picture Books
Freedom Summer
Miss Rumphius
The Giving Tree
When Marian Sang
I love the Great Gilly Hopkins!!
I can't start the year without the Kevin Henkes "Mouse Books"-Chrysanthemum, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chester's Way and the list goes on. They are great for the beginning of the year with applications to all subject areas.
I used to do an author study on Kevin Henkes when I taught 2nd grade. It was called "Characters With Character." I got the idea from his website. There's an interview there where he was asked to describe each of his characters in one word. Good stuff!

Welcome to the list!
I agree! Kevin Henkes becomes a favorite author of my 1st graders just because he's a favorite of mine!
I have been crazy about children's books and young adult books since I was a kid trying to read my way around the library. My favorites change constantly, but here are some: (as soon as I hit "Add Reply" I'm sure to think of dozens more)

Frog and Toad (series) by Arnold Lobel (great connection to Rules - see previous posts)
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Twilight (and sequels) by Stephenie Meyer (Can't WAIT until the next book comes out - August 1 at midnight)
Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling
Warriors (series) by Erin Hunter
Lightning Thief (series) by Rick Riordan
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Can you tell that when I love an author, I LOVE an author?
I tried to read The Book Thief, but just couldn't get into it. Think I'll give it another try. Thanks for the suggestion and welcome to the group!

-Michelle TG



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