Teaching someone to handle a Book

In cultures that have had little or no exposure to books, handling a book properly is a skill that must be learned.

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Reading snippets

Have fifth graders each read a snippet over the
intercom each morning. One snippet is for PreK-2 and the other is 3-5. It is a few sentences from a popular book, must include the main character's name. Children can guess the title of the book. One winner is chosen for each group per day. Rewards are either left over bookfair books or a coupon to check out additional books.

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Alphabet Books that aren't Boring




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Curious catwalk

by John Gravdahl

by In a series of 10 haiku, Gravdahl (The Tale of Dog Giovanni) follows an inquisitive black feline (named Nosy, according to her food bowl) as she chases a butterfly and other flying creatures along a Golden Gate-like suspension bridge. Dodging painters and maintenance workers, the cat scrambles across cables and up towers, occasionally stopping to savor the commanding views of the bay.


What Pete Ate from A to Z by Maira Kalman. 


Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel

Pirates only know one  lettter ---"R" .

Matthew ABC by Peter Catalanotto

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate, Ashley Wolff

Naughty Little Monkeys by Jim Aylesworth

Title: Old black fly / Jim Aylesworth ; illustrations by Stephen  Gammell.

Title: Autumn : an alphabet acrostic / by Steven Schnur ; illustrated  by Leslie Evans.

On Market Street by Anita Lobel

Alphabet Mystery

Q is for Duck

(You may ask why..because a duck quacks!) 

Toot and Puddles ABC by Holly Hobbie

L is for Library, everything that is listed is something you can do or find in the library. 

"Antler, Bear, Canoe" By Betsy Bowen. 

It has been well reviewed, especially for its quality wood-cut illustrations and the way it moves through the year in the north country as it moves through the alphabet.  The story is that of the north woods, rather than a strong character base. 

Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod

Tickets to Ride by Mark Rogalski

A is for Salad by Mike Lester

(this book teaches inference as the children have to realize that the words aren't talking about the items, but the animals in the pictures)

The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst
(excellent visual twist on letters & they get to expand their imaginations)

A,B, SEE by Tana Hoban
No words, just black and white silhouettes of somewhat common objects.The students are given a full alphabet on the bottom to prompt them as to what letter the objects start with, it is great for beginning sound identification.

The Cow is Mooing Anyhow: A Scrambled Alphabet Book to Be Read at Breakfast by Laura Geringer
the alphabet isn't in order so it doesn't behave like a typical ABC book which is good, because I use it as the last book in my alphabet book unit and by then they have a strong sense of the order of the letters and can make the mental leaps to see what is missing and make good predictions. 

Alphabet Adventure, by Audrey Wood. 

A fun story about the alphabet searching for the dot on little i.

Nick Bruel's  Poor Puppy

that has abc’s and numbers.

ABC Superheros by Bob Mcleod

Agent A to Agent Z. 

'mystery' format.  Better for 3-6  than k-2 though.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Van Allsburg's The Z was Zapped

McMullan, I'm Dirty


Thomas' (tank engine) ABC

"Alphabet Adventure" by Audrey Wood.

"I Stink" by Kate & Jim McMullan

about a garbage truck with an alphabetical list of  the things he eats.


Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel.

An Alpha list of all the  things that kitty does to get back at the owners.

Letter of the Week books

A- Amelia Bedelia Books by Peggy Parish
Arthur Books by Marc Brown & Lillian Hoban
B- Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle
C- Curious George books by Margaret & H.A. Rey
Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett
Clifford books by Norman Bridwell
D- Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
E- Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles
Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmela & Steven D'Amico
F- Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
Frederick by Leo Lionni
G- George & Martha books by James Marshall
H- A House is a House For Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
Harry's Visit, Harry's Mom, Harry's Dog books by Barbara Porte
I- Ira Sleeps Over, Ira Says Goodbye by Bernard Waber
Indian Two Feet books by Margaret Friskey
J- Jimmy's Boa books by Trinka Noble
K- Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
L- Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
M- Mike Milligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton
N- The Napping House by Audrey Wood
O- Over & Over by Charlotte Zolotow
Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
P- Pig Pig Grows up, Pig Pig Rides, & Pig Pig Goes to Camp by David McPhail
Q- The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston & Tomie de Paola
Q is for Duck by Mary Elting & Michael Folsom
R- Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
S- Sheep on a Ship, Sheep in a Jeep, & Sheep Takes a Hike by Nancy Shaw
T- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
U- The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson
V- The Very Lonely Cricket and other Very books by Eric Carle
W- Whitefish Will Rides Again by Arthur Yorinks
X- The Fox with Cold Feet by Bill Singer
Y- My Favorite Time of Year by Susan Pearson
Z- One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell






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