Book Fair Day by Lynn Plourde

August Theme: Motivating Readers

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade

In Book Fair Day, Dewey Booker, a real bookworm, is horrified to learn that his class will be the last to visit the Book Fair at school this year.  Will any books remain?  Once he finally arrives, all of his classmates look to Dewey for recommendations.  When he’s done he looks around to notice all the books are gone!  What will he do?

Lesson Idea: In the first month of school, consider combining building your classroom community with activities and lessons that motivate readers.  Read aloud this book and discuss with students how despite Dewey’s fear that all of the best books will be gone, he stops to help his classmates find books that are just right for them.  Consider having your own “Book Fair Day” in your classroom.  How?  Ask students to bring in 2-5 books they read over the summer that they would like to recommend to their classmates.  Pick a day and have students walk around to each of their classmates and hear book talks about their books.  If students are willing, ask them to recycle their reads so that their classmates can read what they recommend.

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Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

August Theme: Motivating Readers

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade

Zack thinks 2nd grade is going to be just as boring as previous years in Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook.  Then Miss Smith walks into class with her special storybook.  Miss Smith has a way of making stories come alive.  When the class becomes overrun with storybook characters, what will happen?

Lesson Idea: In the first month of school, consider combining building your classroom community with activities and lessons that motivate readers.  Read aloud this book and ask students to discuss books that “come alive” for them.  Begin a class list of recommended books.  Post it prominently in the classroom.  Continue adding to it throughout the year.  When students say they can’t find a book to read, direct them to the recommended list by their classmates.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr

August Theme: Motivating Readers

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade

Reading Makes You Feel Good inspires children to delight in the joyful, rewarding experience of reading.

Lesson Idea: In the first month of school, consider combining building your classroom community with activities and lessons that motivate readers.  Read aloud this book and discuss all the ways reading makes one feel good.  Ask students to create two lists; one of ways that reading makes them feel good and another list of words that make them feel good.  Discuss the lists.

©2010 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.