Sunday, April 16, 2006

Sharing Your Love For Reading

As Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis states in Strategies That Work, "one of the best reasons to read a picture book to a group of students is simply because you love it. Sharing our thoughts about why we love a book allows students to get to know us better and shows them how discerning we are about what we read."

Please list your top five books(and author)that you enjoy sharing with your students. Briefly explain why you would recommend them to others in this course.

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Blogger Sam Fuchs said...

Here are five of my favorite books that I share with my class and why I like them:

1. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sacher

I like this book because it is really silly and third graders love silly books. Each character has something uniquely silly about them. As you read through the sequels these same characters pop up and the students get really excited. There are a lot of jokes in it for teachers as well that the kids don't always catch.

2. The Witches by Roald Dahl

I always read this one around Halloween. It is a twisted story. I like it because the head witch in the story talks with a strange accent and I read it like that. The kids love the strange ways she says words.

3. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

I really like her books. I like the way that she tells a story. In this one she takes breaks from the plot a lot to talk to the reader. The students like that and it has an interesting story.

4. Squids will be Squids by Lane Smith and John Scieszka

This book makes fun of fables. They are twisted fables with strange morals. I think it is funny. My student really like the strange morals at the end of the stories as well as the illustrations.

5. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo

I like this story as a change of pace from some of the other stories I read. I tend to read a lot of funny books or books with magic in them because that is what the students like. While this book has some funny parts in it, it is a little more serious but not too serious for third graders.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Chrissy Krone said...

Each day after lunch in my classroom we have story time. This is a time for my student to relax and listen to some of my favorite books. I do not test or quiz them on the material read during this time. It is reading for the pure enjoyment of reading.

Without realizing, every time I read a new book I must say, "This is one of my favorites." One year toward the end of the school year one of the students said, "Just how many favorites do you have Mrs. Krone?" A LOT!!!

The following are five of my current favorite picture books:

1. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
By Jon Scieszka

When I was in college my teacher for Childen's Lit. read this story and I fell in love with it. It is written from the wolf's point of view and believe me his story is far differnt from the pigs. This is a very cute story. Your class will love it.

2. Dear Children of the Earth
By Schim Schimmel

This story is actually a letter written by Mother Earth to all of her children. Mother Earth is writing the letter to remind everyone of their responsibility to protect the world in which they live!

The illustrations in this book are fantastic. A great story to read to your class in April-Earth Day.

3. Stellaluna
By Janell Cannon

A baby bat is separated from his mother after they were attacked by an owl. He drops into a bird's nest and lives with her and her babies. The baby bat, Stellaluna, begins teaching the baby birds to do bad things like hanging upside down from the nest by their feet and is told by the mother bird that she is to obey all the rules of the nest or she will not be allowed to live in their nest. Eventually Stellaluna is reunited with his mother.

This is a great story to read to your class when discussing differences in people.

4. The Polar Express
By Chris Van Allsburg
Caldecott Metal

This is a wonderfully written Christmas story about a boy who boards a mysterious train that takes him to the North Pole on Christmas Eve where he gets to pick the first gift of Christmas.

This still remains my all-time favorite Christmas story. The book I feel is far better than the movie even though I did enjoy the movie. The story is well written and the illustrations are beautiful.

5. Snowflake Bentley
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Caldecott Medal

Snow in Vermont is as common as dirt yet from the time he was a small boy, Wilson Bentley thinks of snowflakes as small little miracles. He is determined to capture the beauty for other to see.

This is a wonderful book to share with your students especially if you live in northern Wisconsin like I do where we can get up to 300 inches in just one winter! It is one book that shows students the beauty and wonders nature holds for each of us. We just need to remember to look at it.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Rhonda Gillette said...

1. How to Eat Fried Worms
By, Thomas Rockwell

I like this story because it is hilarious. The story centers around four boys that make a bet that has to do with a boy named Billy eating 15 worms in 15 days. Students really get grossed out by this, so they are totally hooked in finding out if Billy can win the bet or not.

2. Don't Read This Book Whatever You Do! By Kalli Dakos
I love this book of poems because the title makes you intrigued to read on. We always want to do what someone tells us not to do. I also love that every poem in the book captures the every day events about school in a funny way. This book is a great way to start off the year. This book is fun to read aloud because there are a lot of miniplays that call for student participation as well.

3. The Paper Bag Princess
By, Robert Munsch
I love sharing this picture book with my fourth grade students because it has a surprise ending. It is one fairy tale that doesn't end happily ever after in the way that you think it will. This book works well as a springboard to writing different endings to the story.

4. Hatchet
By, Gary Paulsen
I like this book because it is a survival book that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. You can't help but fall in love with Brian, the main character. He is a strong character that my students have an easy time relating to. After reading this book, students flock to the LMC in search for more books about Brian.

5. Santa Paws
By, Nicholas Edwards
I like reading this book because it is about a loveable dog that just wants to find a home in time for Christmas. The story is predictable in the way that the dog will do a good deed, save someone, and then run away when someone tries to help him. The story keeps you guessing about who will finally get to take Santa Paws home. It's a real "feel good" story that I like to read just before Christmas break.

8:48 AM  
Blogger anne mortensen said...

I have three great picture books that I love to share with my students. I believe fifth graders can benefit from picture books as well as the younger students. I also have my students write their own picture books and these are perfect examples for them.

*A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Camilla Cream loves to eat lima beans but her friends don't. She feels she needs to be like them. Because of this, she wakes up one morning with stripes covering her body. No one can help her with this problem, they just seem to make it worse. When she finally eats some lima beans, she goes back to being herself again. It is a great book to teach kids that they need to be true to themselves.

*My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess

The character of this book is a brightly colored simple figure. It tells the story of how different days can have different feelings. At the end of the story, it wraps up by telling the reader that no matter what color day you have, you will always get back to being you.

*The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt Elwell

This tale tells of three trees that had wishes for their lives. As the trees were chopped down, they thought that their life was not as they had hoped. In the end they realized that although it didn't seem quite right for awhile they each got the wish they hoped for. This book teaches that life can be not so great sometimes, but that you should not give up on your dreams, because they still might come true.

The two novels I would like to share both have boys for main characters, but the girls have enjoyed them as much as the boys!

*Greagor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
In this story an 11yr. old with a tough life ends up below New York City in the Underland. He becomes a warrior for the world below and he finds he was part of a prophecy. It is an exciting adventure/fantasy that is great because Gregor learns a tremendous amount of life lessons while in this different world. This book has 3 books that follow it in the series.

*My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
This book is an old book, but it is a great book to show city kids a little about wilderness life. Sam is creative with the supplies around him and thinks before he acts. When he makes a mistake, he rolls with it and he works to correct his wrongs. It is written somewhat like a diary.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Here are my top five books that I like to share with my students:
1. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
I enjoy this book in the spring time. It is about a trumpeter swan that goes on many adventures to pay a debt back that his father incurred from stealing a trumpet for his defective son.
2. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo
I really enjoy this one. There are actually three stories in this one book. The author also talks to the reader in the story and the students seem to really enjoy that. The way the chapters end, keep the kids wanting me to read more.
3. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
I also enjoy this book as well. I was a struggling reader growing up and it is great to see that a caring teacher reaches out to help Trisha read. It is a true story and at the end of the book, it tell about Patricia meeting Mr. Falker many years later and her telling him that she is now a children's author. Very touching!
4. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
I enjoy all of his books. I love the rhyme, rythem, and lessons in his stories. My own children want me to read these to them frequently as well.
5. Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
This is how I start out the year. The story is about 30 silly characters and their strange ways. The story has 2 sequels that the same characters appear in and the kids really get excited about them. It's a great way to start the year!

6:58 AM  
Blogger jomarie said...

Top Five Books

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Louis

I use this book with literature circles at the end of the school year when my second grade class can really get involved with the story. I also have a video version of the story which was produced by Wonderworks almost twenty year ago. The video follows the book verbatim. So as the literature circle groups read two or three chapters and discuss those chapters, I play the same parts on the video so students with reading challenges/special needs can absorb the story visually. Students love the mystery and excitement in the story. The book offers many opportunities for applying many reading strategies. Even though this book is leveled for fourth grade, it has become a favorite for most students that I teach (even before the currently released movie).

Moosetache by Margie Palatini

This story has wonderfully rich word usage with energy filled illustrations. Moosetache is about a moose with a very unmanageable big bushy mustache. The story goes through the attempts that moose uses to get his “moustache” under control. It doesn’t happen until he meets his future bride moose who has a hair problem, too. When I finish reading this story to the class, they are given an assignment of creating their own bushy mustache. Each student tapes their mustache on their face and I take a digital picture. Pictures are mounted on a bushy mustache picture frame and displayed.

Dogzilla by Dav Pilkey and Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey (sorry- I can’t have one without the other)

These two books have great word usage and adult/child wit. If you know the story of Godzilla and King Kong then you have the story line, but presented Dav Pilkey way with dogs, cats, and mice. Since most children have a love for cats and/or dogs, they enjoy the combination of actual animal photos and cartoon drawings to create the silly stories.

Runaway Slave: The Story of Harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern

I read this book during Black History month. Ann McGovern has written this true story in an easy to understand and easy to follow life story. When I read this book to my students, I read it with a southern accent which really keeps them engaged with the story.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is about a tree that loves a boy with complete unconditional love. The boy also loves the tree, but as time passes the boy grows to become a man that goes out into the world. Every time the “boy” has difficult and challenging times he always comes back to the tree for help. Every time the tree gives pieces of itself to help the “boy” get what he wants to be happy. The tree gives and gives until the only part left of it is a stump. Children quickly understand that this is a story where one is always giving and another is always taking without any gratitude. After listening to this story, the class creates their own giving tree that is used throughout the year. The class giving tree is a tree of thanksgiving, a family tree, and a tree that holds good feelings and compliments.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Lisa Taylor said...

I do a read aloud each morning and every other day we read a chapter from Junie B. Jones. We have read 3 or 4 of the Junie B., first grader books. The kids love it. They think she is so funny! It was hard to pick 5 books, because I do author studies and I love to read as many books as I can from the authors. Just like Chrissy said, my students also ask me about my favorite books. "Mrs. Taylor is every book your favorite book?" First graders are pretty observant!
1- Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. I love this book b/c Lilly is funny. The best part is that it is great to read at teh beginning of the year because of the lesson we learn. Lilly brings things to school that she shouldn't and finds out what happens when she does. I always have students bringing things to school that they shouldn't bring!

2- I Have to Go! Robert Munsch
THis book is just too funny! The little boy who gets all dressed in winter gear and then has to go to the bathroom! Again, good lesson for the winter. Go to the bathroom before you put your snow pants on I tell them. Plus, my kids love to hear their teacher say "I have to Pee!"

3- My Many Colored Days Dr. Seuss It's great to show the students that you can be different colors for different ways that you feel. Now, as my first graders start to explore writing on their own, one of my students wrote a story about the colors he was feeling one day. I have even had my students ask me if I am feeling red, blue, or other colors.

4- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka
I always read as many versions of the story that I can find. This one is always my favorite. I always do it with my summer school class, which is second grade. Then we do readers theatre to perform the book on our last day of summer school. The kids bring in props too!
5- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day! Judith Viorst I like to read this story to show the students that we can have bad days, and we know that our next day will be better. I use this because I try to encourage the kids of that fact at school. We can have a bad day and then we start over the next day. "Tomorrow is a new day!"

12:25 PM  
Blogger KristinS. said...

Sharing Your Love of Reading

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate Di Camillo
The students become completely engaged with this story – begging you to read more. The readers become hopelessly attached to the main character, Edward Tulane, and they are able to see him evolve as a character throughout the story.

Gentle Ben – Walt Morey
This is a great book to get boys involved in read aloud. There is a lot of action throughout the story. The students become very attached to a grizzly bear and they can’t wait for a happy ending.

The Janitor’s Boy – Andrew Clements
Students who are reaching the self-conscious stage of their lives appreciate the humor in this story. The main character is very colorful and a bit on the mischievous side – something all fourth graders enjoy.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Judy Blume
This is a classic fourth grade story. The students enjoy the lighthearted humor and easy reading found in this novel.

My Daniel – Pam Conrad
I really enjoy the story elements found in this book. Flashbacks are used often to go between the grandmother’s trip with her grandchildren to a museum and the grandmother’s childhood on the plains. There is also a lot of adventure (and a few heartbreaks) found in this story.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

It is too hard to choose five favorite books but these are five of my favorites:

1. The Napping House by Audrey Wood

This book is especially good for repetition. I love the illustrations! They really capture the mood of the story. Rainy days are my favorite so that is another reason why I enjoy this book so much. The book is also humorous.

2. It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

Children love to imagine what the clouds look like. I like that this story brings out creativity in children as they imagine all that a cloud can be. There are some neat extentions that you can do with this book and I love books that lend easily to extentions.

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

I love this books because it is bright, colorful, and full of rhyme! I enjoy books that the children can join in on and they love shouting along, "Chicka chicka boom boom!"

4. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

This classic seems to be requested daily! The children absolutely LOVE it!! The story is funny and many times my children laugh out loud. It is full of rhyme and the children are able to join in with all of the repetition.

5. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The valuable messages of sharing and the importance of friendship is the main reason that I like this story so much. For some reason, the children really relate to Rainbow Fish and seem more generous after the story. They all love his glittering scales.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Kris Schmidt said...

Since I teach preschool, I have the chance to read many, many pictures books. It was difficult to choose 5 favorites, but these five books I truly love and usually have elaborate units built around them. They are definately kid-approved books!

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Cordoroy is a stuffed bear that has been sitting on the shelf at a department store for a long time. From the first time a little girl named Lisa sees Corduroy, she knows he's the very bear she's always wanted. Lisa's mother thinks he looks old, since he's missing a button on his green overalls. Corduroy searches the department store looking for his lost button in hopes of being the bear for Lisa.
The bear is very appealing to young children and they really seem to relate to Corduroy's desire for a friend and a home of his own.

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

The basis of the book is a silly gorilla that steals the zookeepers keys and sneakily lets the animals out of their cages as the sleepy zookeeper is saying his goodnights to them. The animals follow the zookeeper into his home to sleep in his bedroom. As the lights go out and the zookeeper says good night to his wife, all the sleepy animals say "Good night" and the zookeeper's wife returns them all to the zoo. The silly gorilla follows her back to the house and sneaks in the bed, along with the mouse, where they all fall asleep.

This book has very few words, which I like because then my students get the chance to make up the story. This is a book that my students go back to again and again and discover something new in it each time.

The book also introduces children to seven different animals: the gorilla, a mouse, elephant, lion, giraffe, hyena and armadillo, which leads many windows open for learning.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A very tiny, very hungry caterpillar hatches from an egg on a leaf. He searches for food and on Monday he eats through one apple. Tuesday he eats through two pears, Wed. three plums and so on. After eating so much and getting a stomachache, he eats through a nice, green leaf and then feels much better. He builds a caccoon around himself and two weeks later he is a beautiful butterfly.

This books leaves lots of doors open for discussion. We discuss counting, fruits and the names of all the other foods he eats through. I use the book to teach the lifecycle of the caterpillar. We read it all week, watch the video and retell it using the flannel pieces.

Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowly

Mrs. Wishy Washy's animals are dirty. She gives them each a bath. Do they stay clean? What do they do after their baths?

A great book for a unit on the farm. The kids love the pictures.
This book allows for lots of prediction. We work on sequencing and retelling, which they enjoy.

The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

The Wide-Mouthed Frog loves eating flies and meets a mouse and a bird and and alligator and tells them "I'm a Wide-Mouthed Frog and I eat Flies, what do you eat?" The alligator eats wide-mouthed frogs, so the frog makes his lips small and says, "Oh, you don't see many of those around here, do you?"

A hilarious story for young children. They absolutely love the alligator! This story opens the door to a unit on the lifecycle of the frog.

6:33 PM  
Blogger kris said...

It's hard to choose only 5 books as favorites. Most of the books I share with my students are considered a favorite for some reason and I share that with them. The ones I have chosen as a top 5 are ones that give me and usually my students some type of emotional response. It may be sad, funny, heartbreaking, loving, surprising, or some response I haven't noticed. My choices are:

1. Koala Lou by Mem Fox
2. I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
3. All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
4. Naomi Knows it's Springtime by Virginia Kroll
5. Bigfoot Cinderella by Tony Johnston

9:22 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Many of my favorite picture books have great illustrations. I like to read the story as write as well as have other tell the story in their own words from the pictures. "Pictures are worth a thousand words."
Here are my 5 favorite books:
1. Miss Spider's Tea Party-David Kirk
The artwork is wonderful. It's very colorful and has a lot of details (hidden and very clear). It can be used for counting or into. to insects. The story teaches kindness, friendship and conquering our fears.
Poor Miss Spider has no one to attend her party. They are all afraid of her because she is a spider. At teh end, her kindness to the rain-soaked moth shows others they should not be afraid and they attend her party after all.
2. Ben's Trumpet-Rachel Isadora (Caldecott Honors Book)
A great short story about imagination, hope and dreams. I use this book when talking about hopes and dreams as well as an intro. to jazz music and the instruments(piano, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, and drums).
Ben dreams about becoming a trumpet player. He listens and watches the jazz players in a local jazz club near his apartment. One day Ben is embarassed when another boy tells him he is crazy and he doesn't have a trumpet. He never pretends to play the trumpet again until his idol comes by and encourages Ben to play again, but this time with a real trumpet. (It's fun to see how many see that Ben does not have a trumpet in his hands when the story states he is playing his trumpet).
3. The Popcorn Book-Tomie de Paola
A good book about popcorn with simple facts that we don't think about when we eat popcorn. The pictures are cute. This is a easy listening book that can be incorporated with making popcorn the old fashion way (NOT with the microwave). Tony and Tiny (kids in the book) have cute expressions on the faces throughout the book . A fun book to read.
4. The Mitten-Jan Brett
A book with SUPER illustrations. Jan Brett is one of my all time favorite authors and illustrators.
There are many hidden stories in all of the pictures.
Nicki drops his white mitten in the fresh snow and many forest animals find it to be a good place to go. All is good until a mouse's whisker tickles a bear's nose and the animals and scattered in all directions from the bear's sneeze.
The border pictures have mittens so the reader/listener can see what is going to happen next.
5. Stephanie's Ponytail-Robert N Munsch
Another one of my favorite authors. Great humor and can be read over and over again.
Stephanie wanted to go to school with a ponytail . The others make fun of her and then copy her ponytail. Stephanie changes her ponytail and each time is made fun of and then copied. Stephanie announces one day she is going to shave her head bald and everyone shows up bald except Stephanie who has her ponytail in the back.
A good book to be used for peer pressure and doing our own thing. This could also be tied in with trendsetting and/or followers.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Please excuse the error in my entry. I hit the publish button instead of the preview. (NOT a good thing)
Sorry about that. I guess it's past my bedtime and the fingers don't work anymore

7:26 PM  
Blogger JB said...

There are so many that it is difficult to narrow down to five so I'll start with these:
1. Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacca

My students can all relate to this book since they have struggled with literacy. They like hearing about how a famous author overcame her disability.

2. Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

This nonfiction book is intriguing to students since 18 animals or parts of their bodies are pictured in their actual size. Great facts and engaging illustrations. He also wrote- What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? (Another great book)

3. The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

This book is very funny. One of my reluctant readers asked to xerox one of the stories so he could keep it forever. A great title to add to the Fairy Tale genre.

4. Stand Tall Mary Lou Melon by Lovell

This book celebrates individual differences and lets the students know that being different is a positive thing.

5. My Penguin, Osbert by Elizabeth Kimmel

This is an entertaining book with great illustrations and a good message. A good read aloud for around Christmas time.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bretzmann said...

My sociology students buy one of the following books and the last week of the semester is spent with the groups of 4 or 5 discussing them with each other while the class listens and asks questions. When choosing their book they always ask which one is best, and I always say that they are all great books. I recommend them all to them and to everyone.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum (#1 Bestseller). A collection of eclectic observations in short essay form concerning everyday and not so everyday life. He looks at life in such a different way by focusing on the little things and giving them meaning. Get the older version if you can because it seems less jaded than the revised version.

Anthem by Ayn Rand. A futuristic science fiction work concerning a guy who chooses to use his mind in a mindless society and the consequences of his actions. It speaks to the concept of individualism and the importance of refusing to conform to society’s requirements. It’s similar to 1984 or Harrison Bergeron.

The Measure of Our Success by Marian Wright Edelman (#1 New York Times Bestseller). A personal description of the author's life, and her advice to her children and others. This is a book of great advice for all people on how to live a useful, meaningful, and just life. She has experienced a lot in her life and seeks to share what she has learned with others.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (New York Times Bestseller). The true story of a sports columnist who rekindles the relationship with his very ill college professor, and in the process learns life's greatest lesson. It will make you cry, but it will inspire you to want to be a mentor and role model like Morrie, and a mentee and student like Mitch. Morrie is the ultimate teacher. He lived life to its fullest and enjoyed the people he interacted with.

Nickel and Dimed, On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. New York Times Bestseller. Inspired by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, the author joined the ranks of poverty-level wage earners. She tells the story of how she took the cheapest lodgings available and accepted work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. It’s an important account of how people who work hard and play by the rules still can’t get by or get ahead in the United States.

7:20 PM  
Blogger crk said...

I think it's very improtant that kids see the adults in their lives as readers. That they see their love for it. When a student looks up to you and respects you, they want to do the things you do and please you. I think by showing them how much you love to read, it helps develop their love for reading. I have a lot of favorite books. Right now, these are my favorite picture books:

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes: I like this book because of the colorful language and vocabulary. It's fun to read. Also, as a speech therapist, I work a lot on social skills. I think this is a good book to help teach kids not to tease others and not to let others teasing them affect the way they feel.

A Bad Case Of Stripes by David Shannon: I like all of David Shannon's books! I like this one in particular becasue in a funny way it teaches kids not to worry about what others think and to always be yourself.

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain: Because of the work I've done with children with autism. I've grown to love books that talk about feelings and emotions. I like this book because it give good visuals for feelings. The vocabulary and illustrations provide children with great visuals for feeling words.

Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola: This is a true story about dealing with a death of a grandmother. I like this book because it was a favorite of my fiances when he was a child. So much of my childhood was surrounded by reading that I like knowing that part of his childhood.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish: I think all of the Amelia Bedelia books are great books to teach figurative language and idioms to my students. I use them a lot when teaching this skill.

6:40 PM  

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