My Favorite Children's Books

These are books that brought me joy, laughter, and taught me lessons as a child.

D.W.'s Guide To Perfect Manners

D.W.'s Guide to Perfect Manners - Marc Brown

This book is about D.W. who takes a day to show her cleanliness and manners. D.W. cleans up after herself, throw trash away, put things up, and show good manners. This will be a good read to lower level grades. Many students have a hard time showing their manners and their cleanliness. I would allow my students to practice good manners in the classroom , during lunch, and at all times. I would refer to D.W.'s manners in the classroom.

When I Get Bigger

When I Get Bigger - Mercer Mayer

When I Get Bigger is about the little critter that daydreams about the time when he goes to first grade, walk places by himself, and do things on his own. Many children dream about a time when they are grown-ups. This book would be good for all grades level but I would use it in a lower grade level . I would allow my students to dress out in class and pretend to be working adults.

Peppa's Book of Opposites

Books Of Opposites (Peppa Pig) - Liz Catchpole

This book is about adorable little peppa pig that notices opposite things. She notices opposites like happy and sad, small and big. This book would be good for kindergarten and first grades It is important for students to understand the opposites and meanings of things . I would allow my students to bring two items to class that are opposite and allow them to present them to the class.

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams, Rosemary Wells

Charlotte's Web is about a little fun pig who will experience a hard time but with the help of Charlotte the spider, everything will be okay. I would definitely allow upper level elementary grades to read this book. I will allow my students to read the book and watch the movie. I will have my students to create a characteristic poster of the spider and pig. The students will have to compare and contrast character traits of the two.

The Day I Saw My Father Cry

Little Bill #12: The Day I Saw My Father Cry (level 3) - Bill Cosby, Varnette P. Honeywood

The Day I Saw My Father Cry is about Little Bill and his family experiencing a loss in their family. The father's friend pass away and he is saddened and starts to cry. The family is experiencing emotions and a hard time. I would read this book to a lower level grade and introduce the students to different type of emotions. I would give my students a scenario and allow them to draw how they fell about a particular situation.

Oh, The Places You'll Go

Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss

Oh, The Places You'll Go is about making a transition in life, whether its graduating,  starting a career, or doing something different in life. People will face challenges and experience different things during their journey. This would be a good read to lower elementary grades but all grades can relate to this experience. I would read this book to my class and allow my students to write about "what they want to be when they grow up," and I will post them on air balloons.

The Birchbark House

The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich

The Birchbark House is about a little girl name Omakayas who lived on an island with her family. Omakayas helped her family and did all she could to protect them during the smallpox epidemic. This book is about culture and survival. I would allow my students to read this book and bring some items to class that was used in the story that relates to survival and safety.

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

The Bridge to Terabithia is about a little boy name Jessie who becomes friends with the new girl name Leslie. Jessie and Leslie creates their own imaginary world named Terabithia. I think this book would be used best for upper elementary grades and the students can relate to imaginary places and friends. I would allow my students to come up with their own imaginary friend . The students could talk to their imaginary friends about problems or any kind of situations.

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs - Elizabeth Ross, ROFry

The Three Little Pigs story is about three little pigs that are building houses for safety from the big bad wolf. One little pig built his house out of bricks and the big bad wolf was not able to conquer. This story would be great for lower elementary grades. A fun activity that relates to this story would be to allow my students to read the story and create a play. I would allow my students to create their own version of The Three Little Pigs.