A Read-Aloud Book for Christmas: A New Improved Santa

A New Improved Santa Santa thinks he is becoming old-fashioned so he decides to “improve” himself by going on a diet, doing exercises, changing his hair color, and changing his suit in an effort to look stylish and become a trendsetter.  Much to his surprise, he finds himself rejected by the children who did not like his new look.

Children will surely be delighted by this book, and will have something to say whether they like Santa’s new look or not.  

This is a good book to read if you want your kids to do the following activities in class:

1.  COMPARE and CONTRAST the new Santa with the Old Santa.  

2.  Identify Santa’s Character Traits

3.  Write a letter to Santa.  You can find a number of Santa templates to use along with this book.  The links below, from eventstocelebrate.net and Sheila Melton via teacherspayteachers.com provide a number of templates for this activity.:

Letter to Santa writing template 1

Winter Holiday Activities Freebie

I hope you will have a chance to find this book in your library.  Your kids will surely enjoy this book!

Happy December!

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Autumn-Themed Read-Aloud Books for Children

Hello, fellow educators!

November is a time for choosing books that feature fall harvests, apple-picking season, autumn leaves, and scarecrows.  It is the time to place our autumn-themed books in a more prominent place in our classroom library and to design our bulletin boards with the colors of Autumn.  And yes, now is also the time to set aside all our Halloween read-aloud books, which we won’t read again until next year,

I have made it a habit to visit Barnes and Noble or Books a Million with my daughter at least every other week.  She is such a big help every time I have to choose new books to add to my classroom library.  She reviews them for me, too!

 Here is a list of autumn-themed read-aloud books that we thought kids will enjoy reading,:

Eight Favorite Read-aloud Books for Back to School

Hello, teacher-friends!

I know we’re all having the back-to-school fever now that August has come. This entire week, I spent a lot of time looking for cheap but cute and colorful teaching stuff I could use to do a make-over of my classroom and that would match my red, green and yellow theme this year.  I couldn’t wait for my classroom to be ready for the new school year!  Right now, I’m trying to organize my Reading nook so that it will have a back-to-school theme.  I have chosen eight k-2 books that I will feature this month in my classroom library. I think these books would be a good set to choose from for  your read-aloud sessions with your kids this back-to-school week. I know how important it is to set the right tone on the first day, and reading these books will reinforce a positive feeling about being in school.

My favorite read-aloud books for back to school

Books with “First Day” Theme:

Schoolies: My First Day of School

1.  Schoolies: My First Day of School by Ellen Crimi-Trent –    Spencer does not know what to expect on his first day at school, so he feels awful just thinking about it. Soon he meets his teacher and other “schoolies” like him, and he feels a lot better!

This book is great for Pre-k or K kids who are just entering school for the first time.  It includes stickers as an added bonus.

First Day Jitters

2.  First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg – I love how, at first, it seems like something nearly every child with be able to relate to as Sarah does everything possible and gives all sorts of excuses to avoid going to school. This story is hilarious with a quirky ending and a great story if you want to make a laugh during the first lesson.  This book is one of my all-time favorites.

Fancy Nancy: Jojo's First Day Jitters3.  Fancy Nancy: JoJo’s First Day Jitters by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser – Again, another “First Day” Story in which the added lift-the-flaps pique interest. Nancy tries to cure her sister, JoJo’s, jitters with all sorts of “fancy” ideas. They try all sorts of things until finally, big sister, Nancy helps JoJo realize that it’s going to be all right.

Books with “How to Deal with Changes” theme:

Pinkalicious and the New Teacher

4.  Pinkalicious and the New Teacher by Victoria Kann – Pinkalicious can’t wait for a perfectly pinkariffic school year until she realizes she has a new teacher. Her day is topped off with many things like arranged seats, an erased chalk drawing, and no shaggy story-time rug. But afterwards, she realizes a new teacher might not be that bad.

I love that this book has bookmarks and stickers that I can give away to my kids, plus a fold-out poster that I can display in my room.  It was also just recently published!

The Night Before First Grade

5.  The Night Before first Grade by Natasha Wing – Penny’s excitement on the first day of school is shattered when she realizes that her best friend, Jenny, is in another class. This story, with words that rhyme, is sure to make  your first graders share their feelings during your read-aloud session.

Books with “Being Good in School” Theme:

Pinkalicious: School Rules!

6.  Pinkalicious: School Rules! by Victoria Kann – Pinkalicious wants her imaginary friend,, Goldie the unicorn to come with her to school.  The teacher says yes but with one condition: Goldie must follow the school rules.

This book shows kids the importance of following rules in school.

My Teacher is the Tooth Fairy

7.  My Teacher is the Tooth Fairy! by Mary Smith –  Harold is often caught by his teacher daydreaming in school.  Then he dreams that his teacher is the tooth fairy who makes a deal with him.  And because he wants a new bike so badly,  he starts wishing for all his teeth to fall out.

This book will teach your kids that it is okay to wish for something they like, but make sure they don’t take school for granted.

David Goes to School

8.  David Goes to School by David Shannon – David is one type of student who couldn’t keep still and who would surely keep a teacher busy.  However, at the end of the day he is just like any other kid in class who deserves to be loved.

This book, which is my most favorite book to read aloud to my little kids, reminds me of why teaching is such an important calling.

I’m sure we all have our favorite read-aloud books with back-to-school themes.  Please feel free to share what those books are.  I would love to hear from you!

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Book images source: www.amazon.com