Say What?

As a teacher in training I say what a lot. My favorite say what though, is when my students ask what and want to know more. I love the curiosity in their eyes when they can relate or want to know more about a character or a topic and they continue to expand that knowledge through reading! So join me and get those kiddos to SAY WHAT?

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

I love this story and I was so excited when one of my professors Read it to our class. 4 Camilla goes through every sign and symptom of who-knows-what. Turns out she just needed to do or rather eat the things she loves most, lina beans! Camila gets sick because she stopped eating the one thing she loves because no one else likes them at her school. This story teaches children that it's okay to be yourself and that you shouldn't care what other people think. I would definitely read this book to first second or third graders.

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch

Amazing Grace is a sweet little girl who teaches children that you can do anything you set your mind to. Our students today need more of this. They need encouragement and uplifting in believing in their dreams. I would read this to a third or fourth grade class and then have them write about their own dreams. Also I would love to have read the story and have students perform their own play.

The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams, William  Nicholson

This story is actually one of my all-time favorites. It is the story of love and friendship and something that children can really relate to at a young age. Many students in the younger grades will have a stuffed animal or a significant item in their life that they feel means everything to them. I would use this in any grade K through 4 common but for my first graders I would have them write a story about their own Velveteen Rabbit.

Oh the Places You'll Go![OH THE PLACES YOULL GO D][Hardcover] - DrSeuss

This story is it fun read for students and teachers to talk about Adventure and new experiences. I would use this book in my classroom to have students first listen to and then write their own places they would like to go. For me I would use this in a 1st or 2nd grade classroom. That you can read it and do other activities with any grades K through 4.

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

I do not like green eggs and ham I do not like them sam-i-am. What a classic phrase that most of us already know. This book is a great read for kindergarteners, 1st graders, 2nd graders, really any grade because it is a classic. This book will be great for teaching sequencing and also could be used to compare types of text. A teacher could have students compare this dr. Seuss book to one of his many other books and create magnificent compare and contrast.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish/Oh, the Thinks You Can Think/Foot Book - Dr. Seuss

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, this story is a fun read from the one and only dr. Seuss. I would use this in my classroom to help students learn about rhyming. Like most of dr. Seuss's books the story is full of Rimes. I would use this book in kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, and I would definitely have it in my lineup to read during read Across America week, AKA dr. Seuss's birthday.

The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

If you haven't heard of The Giving Tree that I don't know where you've been. This story is a classic tale of a tree who gives a boy everything she has. This story to me allows you to teach children that there will be someone who is willing to give it all, but sometimes we need to stop and think about what taking these things does the others. I would honestly use this text in any grades K through 5.

Froodle - Antoinette Portis

This story is newer to the market and I have found that it is a fun way to teach children that not only is it okay to be different , but sometimes it's even okay to be silly. This book is also a great way to teach about imaginary words. I would use this book in kindergarten or first grade.

There's an Alligator under My Bed - Mercer Mayer

There's an alligator under my bed is such a fun read for children. As the story progresses and the little boy finds many ways to deal with his problem it teaches students to think through the process. This book would also be a great way to teach sequencing. I would incorporate this text in a kindergarten, 1st, or second grade classroom.

It's Okay to Make Mistakes - Todd Parr

What better book could you use to teach students that it's okay to make mistakes. I would use this text in a kindergarten or first-grade classroom. The book reminds readers send everyone makes mistakes from time to time. I would try to use this in a way that I could have my students listen to it or read it and then write a story about some mistakes that they have made and what they learned from them.

The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James

The rainbow fish is a classic story of a beautiful fish who learns to share. I love the idea of using this book in the classroom to teach about not only sharing but that it's okay to be different. This story has lived on for ages and is one of my favorites. I can't wait to share it with my students. I would definitely read this to kindergarteners, first, and second graders.

Officer Buckle and Gloria - Peggy Rathman

Gloria and Officer Buckle are a fun dynamic duo that students fall in love with. Together they travel around emperform safety speeches. Unbeknownst two Officer Buckle Gloria performs behind him. When Officer Buckle discovers what has been happening he gets very upset and refuses to perform. When Gloria goes out on her own no one can understand her without Officer Buckle. In the end the story teaches children to respect one another and that two heads are greater than one. I would use this text in a 1st or 2nd grade classroom and I would keep it in my library.

A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? - Brian P. Cleary, Jenya Prosmitsky

I have become obsessed with this book since one of my professors Read it to our class. This book is a great way to teach students about nouns while keeping them engaged. Sometimes our students become bored with regular lecture, so a book such as this is a great way to keep their attention. I would use this book in first second or even third grade.


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse is it great read for kids. In the story Lily is so excited about her new purse that she forgets to follow the classroom rules. Lily gets in trouble for excessively interrupting the teacher to talk about her purse and its contents. This book will be great to teach students the importance of following directions. It teaches students that it is ok to be excited about new things but there is a time and place for everything.

The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss

The Cat in The Hat is a classic. This text is so versatile it can be used in many aspects of the classroom. I have found that a great way to use it is to have students compare and contrast this story and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. This activity is great for any grade. Also having students write their own rendition of the story is a fun way to get their minds going.

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back - Dr. Seuss

Such a fun read, especially if you have read The Cat in The Hat prior to. When using this in the classroom I would have students compare and contrast, or sequence events from the story. There is so much you could do with this book and for any grade k-5.