Leonardo the Terrible Monster
By: Mo Willems
Leonardo the Terrible Monster is my favorite book because it holds a special sentimental value to me. It is the book I used during my demo lesson for the pre-kindergarten position. This has made the book extra meaningful to me. It's a great book with awesome illustrations, unique characters, and an important life lesson about being a great friend. Mo Willems is also my favorite author and I was very lucky to get my copy of the Terrible Monster signed by him!
Sheila Rae the Brave
By: Kevin Henkes
This is my favorite book because it shows that everyone has bravery in them! I also love it because it's about two sisters and reminds me of how my little sister watches out for me!
There is a Monster at the End of this Book
By: Jon Stone and Michael Smollin
This is my favorite book because it is starring Grover and I remember it from when i was a child. Also, when i read it, I get to use the Grover puppet I have and read in his voice. Children always enjoy hearing me read with a Grover voice.
The Carpenters Gift
By: David Rubel
The Carpenters Gift by David Rubel is my favorite book because it relates to my favorite field trip that I take with my second graders. Going to Rockefeller Center in December is a very memorable time of year for me. I love seeing my students faces light up with joy and excitement reminds me of the main character in the story named Harry. The story is heartwarming for adults and children alike. The illustrations show the story in a wonderful way for all to enjoy!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
By: Mo Willems
The Pigeon Needs a Bath is my favorite book because it is such a funny silly book. It is a book that reminds me of many different things that can happen during the course of a school day, definitely related to five year olds. It is a very funny story about a pigeon that does not want to get clean or do things that he doesn't like. This book is a favorite of mine as well as all other Mo Willems books. It has great pictures that tell the story, and also a really fun read aloud book for students that are beginning to learn how to read. It is also a great book because the lesson is that even though at first you may not like something, if you try it you may change your opinion at the end.
Love You Forever
By: Robert Munsch
Love You Forever is one of my favorite books because it tells the story of the depth of a parent's love throughout all stages and ages of their child. A love that is carried across three generations: mother to son, son to mother, and father to daughter. While telling this touching story, it humorously describes each stage in a child's life and has a fun and memorable refrain
Elizabeth Leads the Way
By: Rebecca Gibbon
My favorite book is Elizabeth Leads the Way, by Rebecca Gibbon. Elizabeth Leads the Way is written in an entertaining way to teach you about Elizabeth Cady Stanton who help forged the path of women's suffrage in the 1800's. Though the right to vote for women in the USA was not realized until after she was gone, it tells about all the hard work she did to get the ball rolling. I really like how they describe her as a young girl and the events in her life that influenced her to become such a great great woman. It teaches us all that we should stand up for what is unfair in the world.
We Like Kindergarten
By: Clara Cassidy
"We Like Kindergarten" by Clara Cassidy, has been one of my favorite books since I was a young child. My mother used to read it to me and then I would "read" it to myself when I was about four-years-old. As I closely looked at all the pictures of the children singing, painting and listening to a story, I would dream about turning five and all the fun things I would do at school. The younger sister anxiously awaits her big sister's return from school and one feels kindergarten is an adventure. I love the simplicity of the story!
By: Paul Fleischman
My other favorite book is Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. Weslandia is about a boy named Wesley who is an outcast from his friends. He decides to keep himself busy in the summer by doing a project. He starts by growing a new type of plant and uses it as his inspiration to found en entire civilization in his backyard. Eventually many of the other kids become interested in his project and want to be his friend. It is a great story about how we should value differences between people and realize that being different is great!
Because of Winn-Dixie
By: Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn Dixie is one of my favorite books because everyone quickly falls in love with the main character, Opal and a stray dog named Winn-Dixie. Opal meets Winn-Dixie by chance at a supermarket. She saves him from going to the pound and in turn he changes her life. Winn-Dixie helps Opal make friends in town. Through all her new friendships, Opal learns many tough life lessons. This book always takes myself and my students on a emotional roller coaster ride with Opal and her dog. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why things happen the way they do but everyone always understands the strong bond between Opal and Winn-Dixie.