Books worth reading to students

Click, Clack, Quackity- Quack

Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack - Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin

This book features a continuous story to go with each letter of the alphabet. The letters of the alphabet are written in a big blue font so that they stand out. This book would be good to use with kindergarten. The Lexile level of this book is 450L. It could be used to introduce letters. You could have the students think about all the different words you could spell with a  certain letter as the first one. For older grades, you could have students write a story of their own with all the letters of the alphabet.

A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink

A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? - Brian P. Cleary, Jenya Prosmitsky

This book features many nouns. I would use this book with any grade because even older students will love it. It could be good to use as a "hook" to a grammar lesson. As an activity, students could list a noun from the book that they would like to focus on. Then they could write sentences with that noun. You could also get the kids to go on a noun scavenger hunt. Get them to look around the room and find as many nouns as possible. 

Rocking in my school shoes

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean

This book has a wonderful sing-song story. Pete the Cat goes to school in his school shoes. The book talks about everywhere he goes at school. I would read this book to kindergarten students during the first week of school. The Lexile level is AD600L. After reading, I would get them to color their own school shoes and then take them on a walk around the school to learn about where each place is (lunchroom, playground, bathroom, gym, etc.). Then students could create a map of the school with crayons and construction paper. They could put their school shoes on a chart that will be outside our classroom door to tell others where our class is everyday when we leave the room.

I need my Monster

I Need My Monster - Amanda Noll, Howard McWilliam

This book is a great book to read with parents and to inspire creativity in students. It is about the main character who tries out different "monsters under his bed" until his designated monster comes back from vacation. Parents could use this book to help their children not be so scared of monsters under the bed. Teachers could get students to create their own monster under the bed and write about it. Also, a teacher could use this book to discuss what fears the students might have like spiders or heights. They could make connections and also write about their fear/how to overcome it. It could be a good book to read near Halloween. There is a version that has an actor who reads this book aloud. Using the video could also help with modeling fluency. I think that parents or teachers could read this book to kindergartners-third graders. I feel like those are the age groups that would enjoy it the most. The Lexile level of this book is AD490L.