Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Back To School: Book List

I've been busy this week planning for the upcoming school year and getting my classroom ready for the kiddos.  The first day of school will be Monday!

Here is an "In Progress" shot of my classroom library.   
I'm shooting for an inviting, comfy feel. I'm thinking about adding a rug, and hopefully soon, some of that free wall space will be filled with class-generated anchor charts and the like to help kids as they read and think.

Classroom libraries can be really powerful spaces.  The same applies for at-home reading nooks.  Check out this closet-turned-reading-space that Sherry and John (of Young House Love) created for their daughter.

I wish every one of my students had one of those had home.  Actually, I wish I had one of those...

Which reminds me of this post from Centsational Girl.  Check out all those amazing reading nooks.  Ahh, I could totally curl up with a good book in any one of those, any day!  But enough day dreaming, Mrs. Smith!  Back to work!  ;-)

Here are the books currently awaiting little readers in my classroom library:

  • My First Day of School by P.K. Hallinan
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
    • I heart Miss Bindergarten!
  • Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder
    • Kiddos get a kick out of this one
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Emily's First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells
  • First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg
    • My first principal gave this to me before I started my first year of teaching.  It's a book that kids of all ages (and teachers!) enjoy hearing as we transition from summer to school!
  • Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
    • Because froggy doing anything is really cool
  • My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells
  • Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman
    • Have I mentioned I'm a dog person?
  • Franklin Goes to School by Paulette Bourgeois
  • School Bus by Donald Crews
  • Dinosaur Starts School by Pamela Duncan Edwards
    • Kiddos love this super silly one!
  • Just Lost by Gina and Mercer Mayer
    • Cute and light, but reiterates importance of staying with the group!  Nice to casually throw in there with the young kiddos, just for good measure! ;-)
Teachers, what books are you planning to welcome your students to the new school year?  Or are you like me, and calming yourself with First Day Jitters?  And parents, are you doing any back-to-school reading with your kiddos at home?  Anyone have a sweet reading spot?  We'd love to hear from you!

1 comment:

  1. So helpful Mrs. Smith! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful knowledge!