My Classroom Bookshelf

These are books that I hope to have in my own classroom some day.

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

— feeling confident
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This book is about a little girl who gets made fun of at school because she was named after a flower. The little girl does everything she can think of to prevent the bullying but it does not work. Change only happens when a loved adult tells the students about her own name being from a flower. So the girl learns that it was alright to be different. That differences are what make a person unique and great. It teaches a great lesson to students. It is great to use in the classroom if students are not getting along or possibly to help prevent bullying over similar reasons. The lexile level is 410L so students would need to be around the 1st or 2nd grade for independent reading.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

— feeling nerd
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

This story is about lowercase letters climbing up a coconut tree. But when all of the letters get in the tree, they all fall out because there were too many of them in the tree. Then the lowercase letters' patents, capital letters, came and took care of all the little letters. I loved this book when I was little. It is great for teaching children their alphabet due to all of the catchy rhymes. Another thing the book is great for is connecting lowercase letters with the capital letters. The book does a great in showing that although the letters look different, they are still the same letter. Chicka chicka boom boom! The lexile level is 530L but it would be great for the teacher to read to the class in PreK or Kindergarten.

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

— feeling confident

This book takes place during the Civil Rights Movement. It is about two young children, one African-American and the other Caucasian, who becomes friends. Although their friendship was forbidden, it made no difference on how they felt towards each other. This is a wonderful book about how friendships know no boundaries. This book was so memorable that I still remembered this book from the time that I read on my own during elementary school. This book could be used to demonstrate the positive effects of friendship or it would be used as a study text for Black History Month due to the historical factor of the book. It can really show the mind set of the time period as well. The lexile level is 300L so an activity for Social Studies would likely need to be about the 4th grade while activities on friendship would be fine for the 3rd grade.

Jake's Orphan by Peggy Brook

— feeling amazing

I read this book when I was in elementary school and loved it! This book is tolled through the view point of a boy named Tree. The story goes into depth about the struggles of Tree and his love for his younger brother, Acorn. Because they are orphans, their goals and dreams are centered on finding a new home for them. However, their plans get interrupted when only Tree is taken in with a farmer as extra help around the farm.  Before Tree is fostered with this new family, he promises Accorn that he will send for him when possible.The farmer's brother, Jake, gives Tree hope that one day the farm will become his home. However, too much time goes by and Acorn gets impatient. One day Acorn shows up at the farm without warning, which almost ruins everything that Tree has worked so hard for. Read the book for yourself for the ending! But I absolutely loved it! This book would be great to use as recreational reading or for a glimpse in another time for Social Studies. It could also be used to show sibling love and what it is like to grow up as a a child with nontraditional family dynamics. The lexile level is 790L so this book would be appropriate for the 6th grade and above.