I love to go to the library and I have a favorite one ( Northwest Library ) because it seems to always have the books I need. This library carries a large number of picture books and the children's area is inviting, comfortable and fun. I went to this library with the intention of finding short picture books that I can put in a basket in my classroom. I want to create a basket called short picture books we like to read again and again. These short picture books have repetitive text, rhyming text or text that can be remembered by looking at the pictures. I have titles in my room that I know will go in like Grumpy Bird, New Socks, Bossy Bear, and I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean. I was really on the hunt for some more titles to read aloud and add. I found some oldies but goodies that I was familiar with :
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Where's Pup by Dayle Ann Dodds
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
SHHHH by Kevin Henkes
and older titles I just discovered:
Joey and Jet in Space by James Yang
The Wet Dry Book by Kate Spohn
While at the library, I ran into one of my students! We chatted for a bit and then she and her mom were off to find books. Knowing she is one of my transitional readers, I was curious what books she would be looking for outside of the classroom. Often parents of transitional readers encourage chapter books sooner that I like but I didn't say anything. My student went for Eric Carle section and then found a wordless picture books. Her mother said to her.."you don't want to read this book, it doesn't have any words." The little girl said, "uh huh, you can infer." Her mother came over and said "good job teach." I said, "You know Hannah deserves all the credit here. She does all the thinking and talking about books.
I helped her find some more class favorites and she and her mother left with a nice variety of books including Knufflebunny, Llama Llama Red Pajama, an Eric Carle favorite and the wordless picture book...all of which she can enjoy and read! Isn't is nice when our students can help their parents understand what is right for them?