My Scholastic Reading Summit Notes can be found at http://bit.ly/lispyreadingsummit
Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey is a super cute, rhyming story about a pug who doesn't like to share. He eventually learns why sharing is important in a very funny way.
Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey is another great, rhyming story about Pig's need to win everything and cheating. It teaches kids how mean cheating is and how it affects others.
I'll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is precious! My favorite story of the day shows many animals asking Mr. Panda what he is baking with his repeated response to wait and see, but each animal is impatient and leaves. Each time this happens, the little penguin stands by and says, "I'll wait, Mr. Panda." and is rewarded for his patience. LOVED IT!
A Bike Like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts teaches kids about honesty. The main character, Ruben, is very aware that his family is not like his friend, Sergio's family. Sergio has a bike that he rides to and from school everyday while Ruben walks because his family cannot afford one. One day after school, Ruben goes to the grocery store for his mom and finds a one hundred dollar bill on the street after it hsa fallen out of a woman's bag. He goes back and forth between returning it or keeping it and buying himself a bike, but in the end, he must decide for himself what he will do.
I loved this story and how it illustrated the inner turmoil that Ruben goes through and many of us do as well at some point in our lives.
Final book haul! Schlastic rewards their volunteers with books. I am so excited about Aru Shah and Refugee!
This evening I volunteered at a Scholastic Book Fair and was able to read a few picture books pictured below. They were so fun and refreshing to read!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems stays true to the fun that is the Pigeon. While readers already know that the Pigeon is a stinker, now he really stinks! The reader must convince the Pigeon to take a bath and see how it turns out for him. When he is in the bathtub, pay close attention to see some familiar friends!
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Dewalt is SO MUCH FUN to read! The three main characters are tired of being victorious in every battle that they enter in to and each go on a quest to find a worthy rival. It is an overall fun story that shows where our tie-breaking game comes from.
This Is The Day/Este Es El Dia by Amy Parker is a fun bilingual story about the good that can be found in each day. The english translations rhyme and could be easily made into a song.
Love by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long is one that I have been impatiently waiting to read. Love beautifully assures children that no matter their home situation they are loved and no matter where they go, love goes with them.
I'm A Frog by Mo Willems is about Piggie taking on a new identity and teaching his best friend, Gerald the Elephant about pretending. (And how adults do it too ;) ) Elephant and Piggie is one of my favorite series to read with little kids. When I taught second grade, my students LOVED them.
Thank you Mr. Panda/Gracias Sr. Panda by Steve Antony teaches us the importance of appreciating gifts and "the thought that counts."
The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark and illustrated by Chuck Groenink is easily my new favorite picture book. It illustrates the wonder and fun that kids can have in a library with their character-friends.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode is WONDERFUL! It tells a quick one-sentence summary of the lives and changes that some wonderful women made to our world including Malala Youszafzai and Rosa Parks. Each woman is displayed in a way that young girls will love and relate to.