When I taught 5th grade, on the first day of school I introduced what I called “Kindergarten Moments.” This involved getting all the kids sitting together on the floor while I read to them from my favorite picture books. I expected them to think it was silly – which they did – but they enjoyed it too, so it became a fairly regularly occurrence in my room each year, and it continued even when I moved up to the middle school (though those kids weren’t quite as excited about sitting on the floor).
I had several favorite books, and I LOVED when I had students for whom these stories were new, who were hearing them for the first time.
So I never shared my favorite titles with the other teachers in my building, to lessen the chance that students would say, “We heard this last year!” Selfish? Maybe.
But they are fantastic books, and well worth sharing. And absolutely worth reading out loud.
1. “Math Curse” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
2. “Stephanie’s Ponytail” by Robert Munsch
3. “My Little Sister Ate One Hare” by Bill Grossman
4. “Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella” by Susan Lowell
5. “Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs” by Alan Katz