Mice are Nice

Mice Are Nice - Charles Ghigna

Mice are Nice by Charles Ghigna is a great book to use in a kindergarten to first grade classroom. The setting of the story takes place in a pet store, and the author is telling the reader the best pet to choose is a mouse. Ghigna names the pets in the pet store, and tells the reader, why this would not be a good pet to bring home, besides the mice. He comes up with all these reasons why mice are the best, and the other animals should not be a choice to the buyer. At the end, Ghigna makes it clear that mice are the only pet a person will ever need. This will help students because of the rhyming text and knowing what animals can do.


Lexile Level: 130L



Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - Garth Williams, E.B. White, Kate DiCamillo

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, is a story about a pig named Wilbur who was born a runt. Fern's father, who is a farmer, wanted to kill him because he is a helpless pig. Before killing Wilbur, Fern runs to her father, begging him not to kill the runt.  Her father decides to let Fern keep Wilbur as a pet. Later on, Wilbur meets many friends on the farm, but once Wilbur turned five weeks old, she has no choice but to sell him to another farm. Fern sells Wilbur to the Zuckerman's. who plan on killing Wilbur for their Christmas feast. While this is going on, one of the farm animals named Charlotte-who is a spider- plans to save his life. To save Wilbur's life, she writes words in her web that express who Wilbur is. I would read this book to fourth graders or fifth graders. This book will help with building character education and also to help build self-esteem.


Lexile Level: 680L



Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, is a great children's book. A little bunny is about to be tucked into bed, and so, the little bunny says goodnight to every object inside his room. This classic children's book is great for introducing poetry, and  would be such a perfect book to end the day with. I would read this book to kindergarten.


Lexile Level: AD360L

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems is a funny, creative, easy read, children's book. When a bus driver takes a break, a pigeon wants to volunteer to drive the bus. Throughout this book, he begs his way to drive the bus, and children love this, because they can answer back and decide the pigeons fate. This helps children notice when to say no. I would teach this lesson on bus drill day and I would read this to kindergarten.


 Lexile Level: 120L

Pancakes, Pancakes!

Pancakes, Pancakes! (Stories to Go!) - Eric Carle

Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle  is a great children's book for elementary students. The main character, Jack, is gathering baking materials for his mother to bake a big pancake. Throughout this book, this can help children understand the sequence of events and can teach them what ingredients they need to make pancakes. I would teach this book to kindergarten through first grade. I would incorporate this lesson into the health standard, and English language arts standard too.


Lexile Level: 670L




Almost to Freedom

Almost to Freedom - Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Colin Bootman

Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Nelson is an amazing, inspirational fictional book told through a rag doll's perspective. The rag doll's name is Sally and she is telling the story of a young girl and her family as they escape from slavery and start a new journey called the Underground Railroad, which to them, is a way to freedom. The young girl who owns Sally builds a friendship with her and takes her every where she goes, until one night in a safe house, Sally accidently gets left behind. Throughout this story, the reader sees how powerful freedom is. Even though this is a fictional book, it does have some truth behind the words. I would read this to second grade through fourth grade. I would read this book during Black History Month so my students will understand the meaning behind this special holiday.


Lexile Level: 530L





Night in the Barn

Night in the Barn - Faye Gibbons

Night in the Barn by Faye Gibbons is a mystery book for children who just need a break from school. Throughout this book, it tells about these children wanting to spend the night in a barn together, so they can "face their fears". Throughout this book, they think they see all these shadows of scary things, and even thought they heard someone with them. At the end of the book, the noise they heard was not someone, but instead, it was something. It turned out to be one of the children's dog. I love this book, because it gets children involved and makes them use their cognitive knowledge and always keep their minds wondering about what is going to happen next. I would read this book to kindergarten through the second grade.


 ATOS reading level: 3.20

See the Yak Yak

See the Yak Yak - Charles Ghigna, Brian Lies

See the Yak Yak is a great book for children who are learning about homonyms. This book is a great hook for a lesson before learning about homonyms. The illustrations help beginning readers decode simple text and help children notice the rhymes throughout the book. Towards the end of the book, the goal is for the students to learn that words that sound alike,  can have different meanings. I would read this in a first grade classroom.


Lexile Level: 10L




The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand  (Chester the Raccoon - Nancy M. Leak, Ruth E. Harper, Audrey Penn

The Kissing Hand is an amazing story for children. The setting of this story takes place in a forest and Chester Raccoon, who is the main character, does not want to go to school. Mrs. Raccoon shared a family secret called the "kissing hand" to give Chester the reassurance of her love for him and to take the fear away from him when it comes to school. This is a great book to read to kindergarten through second grade. This would be good to read on the first day of school, especially in kindergarten when they are leaving their parents.


Lexile Level: 520L



There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

This is a story and a song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even more. This is just a funny, creative, story to grab students attention and this book can also help with students memorization and sequencing. I would read this in kindergarten through first grade.


Lexile Level: AD250L


Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, is a great children's book that is empowering towards readers. Grace, who is the main character, loves stories, whether they are from books, movies, or oral telling's. When she gets the opportunity to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Her other classmates tell her, she can't be Peter Pan because she is a girl. Grace's nana reminds her that she can do anything she sets her mind too. Towards the end of the book, Grace gains her confidence back and she is determined to get the role of her dreams. I would read this book in kindergarten through second grade. This is a very inspiring book and pictures themselves add an emotional power and personal passion towards the story.


Lexile Level: 680L





Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, is a great picture book for elementary school.  The main character is  a young mouse named Chrysanthemum.  Her parents wanted her name to reflect her beauty and perfection they see through her, so they named her after a beautiful flower. Later on in the book, Chrysanthemum gets teased by having such a long and uncommon name by her classmates and no longer views her name as beautiful. Towards the end of the book, her parents console her and tell her she is absolutely  beautiful and unique, then she starts to believe in her name again and does not feel ashamed anymore.

I would teach this book in kindergarten through second grade. This would be a great book to teach students about accepting others and accepting yourself for who you are.


Lexile Level: 460L



Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type is a very funny and creative children's book.  At the beginning of the book, the cows find a type writer and type to Farmer Brown how they want an electrical blanket because they are cold. At first, Farmer Brown denied the cows request. The cows went on strike and would not provide milk for Farmer Brown. Later on in the story, the chickens decided they wanted electrical blankets too. They went on strike and would not give Farmer Brown any eggs. At the end, Farmer Brown gave in, and gave his farm animals what they wanted. I would read this book in kindergarten and first grade. I love how this book is very creative and allows the animals to talk.  This would be a great idea to read to children when talking about creative writing.


Lexile Level: AD160L





Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Duck! Rabbit! - Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld is a great children's book, filled with optical illusions. The reader has to decide if the drawing in the book is a duck or a rabbit. This is a lesson for children who do not know when to " let go" of an argument and this book will allow them to use their cognitive knowledge to determine how they see things.

I would read this book to kindergarten through second grade to test their perspectives and this will allow students to have a great open discussion as a class.   


Lexile Level: AD20L





The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister is a great children's book. The rainbow fish is the "most beautiful fish in the entire ocean" and he refuses to share his gills with any other fish in the sea. The rainbow fish's selfishness isolates him because no one wants to be his friend. Later on, the rainbow fish asked for advice from an octopus and  then the fish "discovered how to be happy" by sharing his sparkling gills with his friends. I would use this book in kindergarten through the first grade to teach my students about sharing with each other.


Lexile Level: AD410L


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic children's picture book. This book helps children understand the life cycle of a caterpillar. I love the illustrations in the entire book, and this helps children really see the caterpillar changing over time. This book, also helps with counting. I would use this book in preK to kindergarten. When reading this, I can incorporate many academic objectives in this one book. (math and science).  


Lexile Level: AD460L