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Subject: could any teacher take the time
Date Posted: 6/10/2008 10:28 PM ET
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I am looking for a list of more uncommon but good books to read k and 1st

I have the dragon of bluebeard series

and junie b. jones which i dont' love for grammer reasons

and favorites like charlottes web and such and all the magic tree house series but do you have a list of others i could look for?please post to me if you do.


Date Posted: 6/11/2008 11:28 AM ET
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My students love The Bailey School Kids series.  They have a predictable format with recurring characters and are a lot of fun.

I've heard the grammar arguement about the Junie B. books and think it's ridiculous.  Junie B. speaks the way kids that age speak and the grammatical structure is, at its core, correct, she just leaves out all the exceptions to the rules.  Kids often catch Junie's mistakes when they hear them, so use these as a springboard into mini-grammar lessons as you read.  When we come across a problem, I stop and ask my kids "did that sound right to you?" and repeat the statement in question.  Most of my students are able to tell me when Junie is using incorrect grammar and are able to restate the sentence correctly.  The books are great for teaching voice in writing; my kids didn't quite get the idea of voice until we read a few Junie B. books.  Her personality leaps off the page and kids have strong reactions to Junie and all of the characters because of it.  They're great for discussions about so many things from grammar and voice to family and peer relationships.  Kids understand Junie B. and want to know more about her, which leads them to read more.  How can that be a bad thing?

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 2:11 PM ET
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My son loved the Geronimo Stilton series at that age, and also the Magic School Bus *chapter* books and research guides.

Date Posted: 6/18/2008 1:51 PM ET
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My Father's Dragon series (3 books)

Beverly Cleary books, especially Ramona series

Clementine books (only two or three now, but I'm sure there are more to come)



Date Posted: 6/19/2008 2:32 PM ET
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Clementine is a favorite.

So is the Minnie and Moo series.

Plus, they all love "Click, Clack, Moo";  "No David" and "Don't let the Pigeon...." for picture books.


Date Posted: 6/22/2008 4:59 PM ET
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I notice that you are asking for picture book recommendations in your sig line.  I like books by David Shannon, Laura Numeroff, and Jamie Lee Curtis.  I also like any of the "Little Monkeys" books.  I tried the Miss Nelson books with my preschoolers, but they couldn't get that Miss Nelson was actually the substitute teacher.  I love the Miss Bindergarten series. 

For gingerbread books, here are the books I like: 

  • The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  • Gingerbread Boy, by Paul Galdone - a traditional version
  • Richard Egielski's Gingerbread Boy - this version has great illustrations of a Gingerbread boy who lives in the city
  • The Musubi Man - Hawaii's version of the gingerbread man
  • The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School

I'm also wishing for The Cajun Gingerbread Boy, 2 different versions of The Gingerbread Girl, and Gingerbread Land.  I'd also like to get the Runaway Pickle...I know it isn't gingerbread but it looks funny. 

For a unit on farms, I love the Mrs. Wishy Washy books and a book called "The Boo-Hoo Baby."  The students think that book is hilarious. 

Date Posted: 6/29/2008 5:02 PM ET
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In response to the Junie B. Jones discussion:

As a a Reading Specialist, I see kids struggle and get confused over Junie B.'s incorrect grammar.  As a a read-a-loud, it is fabulous.  They love when I read Junie B.'s dialogue!  They love to hear me sound like a kid.  And love of reading is what I try to promote.


Book ideas:

Skippyjon Jones

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book

Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs

anything by Chris van Allsburg



Subject: books to read aloud
Date Posted: 7/8/2008 5:56 PM ET
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I love Jan Brett's books.  Their illustrations are just beautiful and she has a wonderful website with plenty of material, puzzle, coloring sheets, word cards, etc. for each of her books.

Subject: books to read aloud
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 11:59 PM ET
Member Since: 7/22/2008
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Dan and Audrey Wood's books

Heckety Peg, King Bidgood's in the Bathtub and the Napping House....what beautifully delicious oil art work!

And Chris Van Allsburg, Two Bad Ants (He did Polar Express)

and of course the famous pancake eating detective, Nate the Great!