I am linking up with my blogging buddy, Andrea (and former classmate) for her Book Talk Thursday. Today she's asked us to talk about our favorite Christmas books. There are just so many to choose from, but I do have a few favorites for the season many of which I've developed units for in my store. For this post, however, I am going to talk about are a few that I am gearing up to work with this weekend so that I can use them with my students in the coming weeks.
The first two books are from Cynthia Rylant. I've been using her books with my fourth grade students as mentor texts for writing. Each week, I have my students go through the writing process with an in-class piece and an at home piece. Our state gives the writing assessment at fifth grade which is a very rigorous assessment given over a two day period, so in order to help our kids improve their skills for this assessment, we've really mad a concentrated effort to select quality mentor texts for modeling both reading comprehension skills and writing traits. Cynthia Rylant's work is perfect for word choice and sentence fluency. Her ways of expressing herself make you feel like you're sitting right at home with her in West Virginia. Her books have a strong connection for me since we live in Virginia right along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The scenery in her books looks like our backyard. I can't wait to see how these units turn out and more than that, I can't wait to read my students writing pieces after we work with them.
Besides Cynthia Rylant, this month I plan to use two others with my tutoring students. The first is Jeremy's Muffler by Laura Nielson. This was a book recommended by our local librarian. She shared with me that they had someone make a muffler that the children really love playing with during story time, but I can see lots of great writing coming from this one too. The idea is just so clever, and the illustrations are priceless. It reminds of Ralphie in the Christmas Story, one of my all-time favorite Christmas shows. That scene when he heads to school, and then proceeds to get his tongue stuck to the flagpole. Anyone else love that scene?
Finally, this summer, I discovered Scaredy Squirrel (I don't know how I missed it all this time!!). I can't wait to pull this one out for my tutoring students also. This summer, they loved Scaredy Squirrel Goes to the Beach, so I think this one will be great fun too. In this adventure, Scaredy Squirrel has a preparation guide ready for everyone to use to prepare for the perfect Christmas. Too bad the book doesn't come with a fairy godmother for a few magical wishes too. I could use a little help about now! Oh well, that's not what the season's about, and my motto is to just destress and get done what gets done!
Speaking of Monday morning, that will also be the closing time for my big Giveaway. The prizes are a $25 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers and 3 choices from my store...including bundles! You could have my entire Jan Brett, Patricia Polacco, and Mem Fox collections if you win! Just go through the entry opportunities below.
Well, this is a long post! I appreciate it if you hung in there through all of this. Have fun on the Frenzy, and until next time, happy reading!