August 10, 2019
This summer I was lucky enough to attend two great literacy events- ALA in Washington, DC, and nErDcampMI and as a result, I had the chance to meet many authors and illustrators. As an avid kid lit reader it was a great excuse to read more, but it presented me with quite a dilemma- what would be the first books I shared in the new school year- “old” favorites or new? When I made my list of the books I wanted to share in the first week there were more than 25! We have had four days of school and I have shared five already, but I have plotted out the next five- so here it is- the first ten picture books of third grade!
- I teach in an international school- this year the students in our class hail from twelve countries- this book is important for day one!
- Everybody needs lots of laughs on the first day- I made sure to squeeze in a second book on day one.
- Kindness is something to emphasize from the start- this book that does not end “happily ever after” always provokes big conversations.
- It is important to recognize that we are all different and need to be patient with each other.
- So many connections for my students as they work to be seen.
- I know that students will appreciate these underdogs.
- As we begin reader workshop I want to reinforce that real reading is fun!
- This is a hard question in our class- some have never lived in their “home” country. We are spending lots of time on identity as we build community.
- My refrain at the start of the year is, “This is not my class, it is our class.” I want the students to know that their voice matters.
- Our first writing unit focuses on small moments and sometimes scary moments are the ones students can write so strongly.
Trust me when I say it is so hard for me to choose books to start the year- this year’s picks will start us off right! Growth mindset is woven into many of the books. Growing community is the work of these first days. I don’t promise I will not read more than this in the first nine days!