The hills are alive with lots of books!
Classroom Connection: Simeon's tale of adventure would be a wonderful read aloud because it is quite a complex picture book. It is a beautiful story that has a great moral at the end of the story. This would also be a great story to have students act out to understand. It was also made into a stage play that would a great parallel to the story. Tying in music would be an easy way to integrate among the subjects.
Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies
Classroom Connection: Poetry is a literature genre that needs to be studied in many grades and this book offers a wonderful selection of diverse poems. Also knowing the author and having personal connections could motivate students to want to read. These poems could also be used in all of the areas of the balanced literacy instruction model and vary in length so would vary in time.
The Very Fairy Princess
Classroom connection: This book would be wonderful for a classroom read aloud to let every student in the class know they are special and have their own "sparkle!" It would also be good for independent reading or to take home to share with parents.
The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart
Classroom Connection: This would be a perfect read aloud book for Valentines' Day! It could also be used for independent reading like the rest of the series. It would also be a fun way to introduce students to a unconventional Valentines day where they tell each other their Valentines and what they love about each other instead of making the homemade cards or buying cards.
Dumpy At School
Classroom connection: This book would be great to read aloud during the first week of school to try and assuage students anxieties. It also opens up discussion topics such as making new friends and including others as well as problem solving! I think it could also be used to talk about onomatopoeia because lots of sounds are used to describe Dumpy's day.