For my top ten lists of books that I read this semester I wanted to choose the theme of “Top Ten Books I Want to Read to My Students”. While looking at the long list of books I read I chose the following:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate I chose this book because I really liked the overall story plot line and I liked how the book expressed the emotions of the characters and it makes the readers also feel those emotions.
All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino is a great book to teach kids about culture and how we all have ancestors that came to the United States and that is why we are all here.
No. David! by David Shannon is one of my personal favorites and every time I read it to any child they seem to enjoy all the bad things David does because they can relate to it and it is a book to get a great laugh out of.
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg is also a great book for the little ones and even third and fourth graders about Christmas and being in the holiday spirit. I will definitely read this book during the Christmas season.
The Grump by Mark Ludy is another one of my favorites that teaches the lesson of not judging a person from the outside because a person may never know what he or she has been through.
The Farmer by Mark Ludy as well is another book that I chose because it also teaches a great lesson about helping others. In the book the farmers crops keep going down but the farmer keeps his head up the whole time and in the end his crops were the biggest and even though no one wanted to help him he still helped his neighbor. The pictures in both books by Mark Ludy are phenomenal as well and I also think that it is important.
The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. I would read this book to my kids because if I do teach where I want to they can all or almost all of them can relate to the location of the book in Rapid City and I think they would find that very interesting.
The Mud Fairy by Amy Young is a great book to teach patience to kids and that all good things happen to those who can wait for what life will bring them. I really liked the illustrations as well.
Martin De Porres the Rose in the Dessert by Gary D. Schmidt was another one of my favorites that I want to read to my classroom kids because it has a great story plot line and a happy ending.
Love You Soldier by Amy Hest was a great book about a soldier and his family. I think the grades I plan to teach which are third or fourth graders would really enjoy this book and learn to appreciate their families more because I know that sometimes at that age they get to the point where parents can be “dumb” when they aren’t allowed to do what they want.