Books I Read the 1st Week of School & Why


This post is a little late, but here it is. I love reading & I love to get my students to love to read, so I make reading in the classroom a daily thing. I have a Book Checkout Log where the students can check out books, any book, from the classroom library or my own personal books. The only thing I require is they respect them books (I show them exactly how). So to start the year off right I read:

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont. This book is a great self-esteem builder. Even though the title character is brown, the child you’re reading it to does not have to be.

How Full Is Your Bucket for Kids by Mary Reckmeyer and Maurie J. Manning. I read this one to introduce my students to the concept of bucket filling.

Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. We read this as a follow up to How Full Is Your Bucket. This book is the opposite of bucket filling. The title character, Alexander, is having such a bad day, that his bucket is dipped into and he is nearly empty by the end of the day. Once we read it, we discussed ways of filling up people’s buckets.

The last book that I read was The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster. I read this to introduce the students to different points of view and how important family & connections are- to let them know that I expect them to be a family.

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