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Summer Homework

It’s time to kick off the summer with some of my favorite reads!  a little homework for the adults

I’m labeling this first list (for picture books): 

 Endearing Characters who Make Me Chuckle

Elephant (aka Gerald) and Piggie have been my son’s favorite characters for several years now.  He laughs over and over at these stories–an easy reader series–and never tires of them.  We love the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.

It was love at first read the moment I opened A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker.  She also has two more in this series–A Birthday for Bear and Bedtime for Bear–for those of us who can’t get enough of this fun duo.

I MUST include Weezer from David McPhail’s Weezer Changes the World.  This dog is irresistible.

Here’s why they are kid tested and mother approved:

  • rich language–just because their kid books doesn’t mean you need to use “simple” baby talk–give the readers some credit
  • wit–they’re clever and make quick amusing remarks that keep us guessing–and laughing
  • parent AND kid friendly–When a kid likes a book, know that you’ll read it over and over.  It’s a wonderful thing when parents enjoy it just as well.

Weezer Changes the World

Here’s another book that made it to Millie’s 5 Paws List!

Weezer Changes the World by David McPhail

After Weezer, a dog, is struck by lightning, he is able to do some pretty remarkable things.–Like cure diseases and bring peace between leaders. 

Out of the tons of books I read, this one stands out for me.  It’s simplistic text and illustrations create a certain mood that makes me smile.  However, there are also little extras throughout the story that convey Weezer’s intelligence to take the story to another level.  Read it and you’ll see what I mean.

Teaching Idea:  After sharing this read-aloud, ask students to imagine what it would be like if their dogs (or other pets) suddenly possessed human qualities.