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20 Titles to Create a Classroom Community

11 Aug

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There’s a lot of talk about reading a book a day during the school year, the importance of reading aloud to students and the need to teach and show kids empathy and kindness in today’s world. This is a wonderful list of titles that you can share at any time of year, but would make a great way to start the school year – expecting kindness from every student in the classroom and using picture books to show that expectation.

  1. You’re Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt
  2. One by Kathryn Otoshi
  3. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  4. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  5. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  6. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  7. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton
  8. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  9. Be A Friend by Salina Yoon
  10. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
  11. Zen Ties by Jon Muth
  12. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose and Hannah Hoose, illustrated by Debbie Tilley
  13. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
  14. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
  15. Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
  16. It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
  17. Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  18. The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds
  19. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  20. We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
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25 Titles to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

11 Feb

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A great list of picture books about love, family, kindness and friendship to share for Valentine’s Day (or any day of the year)!

  1. Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? by Joanne Ryder and Melissa Sweet
  2. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee
  3. Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Mélanie Watt
  4. Snuggle Puppy! (a love song) by Sandra Boynton
  5. Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid
  6. Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz
  7. The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
  8. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin E. Stead
  9. My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
  10. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
  11. Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide and Lane Smith
  12.  Love, Splat by Rob Scotton
  13. Shy by Deborah Freedmam
  14. One Family by George Shannon and Blanca Gomez
  15. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and Lauren Tobia
  16. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt and Cyd Moore
  17. How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer and Caroline Jayne Church
  18. The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman
  19. The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
  20. All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham
  21. Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds
  22. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
  23. Dear Bunny: A Bunny Love Story by Michaela Morgan and Caroline Jayne Church
  24. Always by Emma Dodd
  25. Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda

10 Read Aloud Titles About Service for MLK Day

13 Jan

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day that many people spend time offering service to their community – small acts to make a difference. Volunteerism can start with the littlest ones in your family and sharing some of these stories is a great way to teach kids kindness and service. These books range from one small act of kindness that ripples through a community to even larger acts such as purchasing an animal for a family overseas which can make a big difference to their way of life. But no matter what you have to offer, teaching children kindness and to think of others is something that I think everyone can do. Holding the door for someone, smiling a hello as you pass them by and asking another child to play together are all simple ways to teach kids to think of others around them. Share some of these great stories for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and share some other titles with me!

  1. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  2. Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  3. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley
  4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  5. The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
  6. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  7. Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
  8. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  9. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway
  10. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

How Can We Teach Children Empathy?

5 Oct

empathy.pngEmpathy, in my humble opinion, is one of those things that is vital to a caring, respectful and well-balanced individual.  Empathy, or “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another” is severely lacking in a world where shooting unarmed individuals, massive terrorist attacks and outright violence is astoundingly common. (Google) Maybe it’s partly because of the world we live in – where social media means world news is at your finger tips and media outlets are reporting news on a 24/7 basis. That being said, we need to teach children now to celebrate differences, to share their feelings and to be empathetic.

So how can we teach children to be empathetic to family and friends, to the people in their community and to the people in the world around them?  A lot of teaching can be done at home with adults, siblings, relatives, and pets, while teachers and schools can create communities of caring to encourage children to be empathetic to their classmates, teachers, and school staff.  And a lot of teaching, discussing and understanding can come from reading stories.  Books teach children about themselves, but also gives children the opportunity to look at the world from another perspective.

Take a look at what Melissa from Imagination Soup guest posted at All the Wonders about empathy.  And if you want an author’s perspective, check out what Sara Pennypacker has to say about her book, Pax on Brightly.  And your resources don’t have to stop there – the Washington Post provides a list of 24 books from Preschool through High School that show kindness an empathy.  Although I haven’t gotten a chance to put together my list of books about empathy, I have created a great list of 25 books with characters set outside the United States to give a more global perspective to kids, so you can definitely check that out as well.

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