Tips, Titles and Tools for Teachers

Celebrating a New School Year

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that it's time to start a new school year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer vacation. I'm looking forward to visiting your classrooms during the next few weeks to read aloud to your students.

Have you heard of #classroombookaday? If not, I would highly encourage you to read Jilliam Heise's blog post, #classroombookaday & The Power of Shared (Picture Book) Stories. Jillian may be a middle school teacher, but her idea of reading aloud at least one picture book everyday to her students is one that I highly recommend. In this post, she shares quotes from teachers (including teachers in grades K-5!) about the power of implementing #classroombookaday on their classroom communities.

Happy Reading!


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New Picture Books I Can't Wait to Share

Favorite New Read Alouds for a Growth Mindset

Picture Book Recommendations

On August 10, book-loving bloggers share their Top 10 picture books using the hashtag #pb10for10. Here's a collection of some of my favorite Top 10 lists from 2017! Most of these posts include ten picture books connected by a common topic. The books on these lists would make outstanding read alouds! Let me know if you are looking for a copy of a particular title as I own a number of the books on these lists and some are available in our school libraries. Enjoy!

Books to Create Hope in the World

10 Books To Promote a Growth Mindset

10 Books for Finding Friendship

Ultimate List of Back to School Books

Favorite New Read Alouds

Books to Inspire Writers

Books to Show That Words Matter

Picture Books that Kids Will Love

Finally, here is an amazing collection of Books for Social Justice compiled by teachers from around the country!

Global Read Aloud

It's not too late to sign up for the Global Read Aloud, which kicks off on October 2 and runs until November 10!

Information for the 2017 Global Read Aloud

Sign Up for the Global Read Aloud

K-2 Picture Books by Mem Fox

Grades 2-3 Fenway and Hattie

Grades 3-5 The Wild Robot

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Fenway and Hattie is an excellent read aloud for students in second and third grade!

Goodreads Summary:

Fenway is an excitable and endlessly energetic Jack Russell terrier. He lives in the city with Food Lady, Fetch Man, and—of course—his beloved short human and best-friend-in-the-world, Hattie.

But when his family moves to the suburbs, Fenway faces a world of changes. He’s pretty pleased with the huge Dog Park behind his new home, but he’s not so happy about the Evil Squirrels that taunt him from the trees, the super-slippery Wicked Floor in the Eating Room, and the changes that have come over Hattie lately. Rather than playing with Fenway, she seems more interested in her new short human friend, Angel, and learning to play baseball. His friends in the Dog Park next door say Hattie is outgrowing him, but that can’t be right. And he’s going to prove it!

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The Wild Robot is a great read aloud selection for students in grades three through five. Students will be excited to discover that The Wild Robot Escapes will be released in October!

Goodreads Summary:

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her....

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, Literacy Specialist K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School