Summer has come to a screeching halt! I have no choice but to get in a back-to-school state of mind. I’m easing myself into a new year by brainstorming some of my favorite school themed storybooks! I’ve created a short list of some of my favorites to share with you all! Please comment and add your own!
1. If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff
I love a good mouse story. If you take a mouse to school.. crazy antics will ensue! This book is perfect for introducing little ones to school vocabulary such as: lunchbox, locker, backpack, pencils, etc. It’s also great to address cause and effect. “If you take a mouse to school, he’ll ask you for a lunchbox!”
2. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro
My students LOVE the old lady. She makes an appearance in my speech room at least one time per quarter! She’s awesome and has a terrible case of pica, but anywhoo.. I love this book for practicing basic WH ?s, such as “who swallowed the book?” It’s also perfect for sequencing! The book is highly repetitive so it really helps students who struggle with that skill.
3. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
When I think of school the first word that always comes to mind is library! It’s my favorite room in the school! This is an adorable story of a group of bats that go to the library at night. It’s perfect for reviewing rhyming and other phonological awareness skills. I also think it would be cool to take students on a “field trip” to the school’s library to read this book! On the way to the library students can make predictions about the book and you can activate their background knowledge about libraries and bats.
4. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
I told you I love mouse stories. I’ve also talked about Kevin Henkes quite a few times here on the blog. I just adore his stories and illustrations! This is a wonderful story about a little mouse who worries about everything! So you can imagine the anxiety she feels the night before school. It’s a perfect story to talk about back-to-school jitters and to discuss text-to-self connections. I believe every student can connect with Wemberly, which makes it the perfect story for the beginning of the school year. Check back on Wednesday to score some freebies for this book to celebrate Wild About Books Wednesday!
5. Hooway For Wodney Rat by Helen Lester
I know what you’re thinking, another mouse story?! No, this one is about a rat. haha.. This book is wonderful! It’s about a little rat who cannot pronounce his /r/ correctly. Perfect for speech therapy! Rodney is picked on by some of his classmates and especially by the school bully, Camilla. Many students can make connections to this book and it will fuel a great class discussion about how to treat other people. It’s a wonderful tale about courage…. and it takes a lot of courage to start a new school year! haha
What are your favorite storybooks to kick off the school year?
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