Friday, December 2, 2011

Interactive Word Family Wall

When thinking of a way to display word families in my classroom I decided that instead of the word families essentially becoming a decoration in the classroom, I wanted them to be interactive for the students. So I cut out a cat and pan (with my die-cutting machine) and glued on the word family. I then laminated the shapes and put a Velcro square at the beginning of the word family. I then attached Velcro squares to all the beginning letters that could fit with that word family so students could try out different beginning sounds.I also included blank letter squares that students could create other other words they think of or nonsense words.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ish By: Peter H. Reynolds (2004)

     In my opinion Ish  is about accepting who are you (or what you draw,write,or do), creativity and art. The main character of this smaller sized picture book is Ramon. He loved to draw, "Anytime. Anything. Anywhere." That is until Leon, his older brother teased him about a vase of flowers he was drawing. Ramon was so upset that he crumbled his picture up. Ramon kept trying to make his drawings look "right" but they never did. He crumbled up many drawings before throwing in the towel. That is when his darling little sister, Marisol, showed up. After some conversation Marisol picked up the most recent crumbled sheet of paper and ran away with it. Ramon chased her into her room where he found walls full of his crumbled artwork. She pointed out her favorite piece which was the drawing of the vase of flowers. When her brother responded by saying it didn't even look like one, Marisol said "Well, it looks vase-ISH". Ramon began drawing again with much excitement. He drew many ish things, his ish art even inspired him to write ish poetry. Ramon started to look at the world in a new way. 
     The illustrations are simple, and kind of remind me of the Charlie Brown characters but with even less detail. The ink-written words look childlike and fit in perfectly with the watercolor illustrations. 
     I think this book should be shared with all children. Children can spend so much time trying to make things perfect and just right that they end up missing out on the real purpose and beauty of whatever they are doing.  Imperfection is what makes us human, and it can be a delightful and enjoyable thing. 
     I can't wait to share this book with my family, and future students alike. Ish is dedicated by the author to his art teacher, who dared him to draw for himself and find his voice. I hope to inspire this kind of individuality in all of the children in my life.                
     By the way, Peter Reynolds, the author of this fantastic book, also has written another book titled The Dot (2003), that I will be getting in the mail soon, about various ways that art can be defined. Hopefully you will check out both of these books! 

"The End-ish"

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Writer's Notebook by Ralph Fletcher (1996)

     For the last few hours I have been reading a book that I just got today, a book that I couldn't stop reading until I reached the last page. You may be thinking that I must be writing of a mind wrenching novel, but instead I was reading about writing.
     I met (in an abstract way) Ralph Fletcher last semester in my language arts class. The assigned textbook was a book by Fletcher titled What a Writer Needs. This is by far one of the best textbooks I have purchased during my college years. Recently, while substitute teaching in a second grade class I discovered another one of Ralph Fletcher's books leaning against the chalkboard, A Writer's Notebook. This book had quite a few bookmarks, so I proceeded to open to those pages. At first I seen little notes saying READ next to paragraphs. I was glad to see that this teacher was sharing Fletcher's wisdom with her students. Then I continued on to find the written words DO NOT READ..DIVORCE..and large X's covering paragraphs and even pages. I was very disappointed that this teacher was choosing not to share the whole point of the writer's notebook with her students, which I will now transition into.

     A Writer's Notebook is not a diary, or just like any other journal. The writer's notebook is a place to share everything, from snatches of conversation to article clippings that interest you. It is an outlet to share what you experience in your everyday living. Fletcher wrote "Many people drift through life. Your writer's notebook can work as an alarm clock to remind you to wake up and pay attention to what's happening in your world, both inside and out. There's nothing more important you can learn as a writer." As I read this book I began bookmarking pages as well. I assure you that I didn't find anything that I wanted to bookmark in order to never revisit it again.
     In this book Fletcher shared about a fifth grade teacher who wanted her students to keep a writer's notebook and then she decided that if she was going to ask her students to keep one that she should keep one too. She ended up writing many personal entries, one about divorce that she shared with her students. I thought this was so brave and courageous of her, and I thought of the student in her class that might connect with the feelings that the poem about divorce expressed and be inspired to write in his/her own writer's notebook about a similar event.
     A writer's notebook can also be used to write letters, some which will never be sent. In this book Fletcher shared a letter that a fourth grade boy wrote in his writer's notebook. This letter was to his father that had left, he wanted answers. He wrote "I'd send you this letter but I don't know where you are." Then at the end of the letter he wrote " P.S. Please write back."
     At the end of the book Fletcher shares some students writing about writing. A fourth grade student wrote "My writer's notebook is my heart, my mind, and my soul". How powerful is that? This student used her writer's notebook to come up with ideas for writing when she was without, and she also acknowledged that she may use a piece of her notebook for writing now or in ten years. That is the special thing about a writer's notebook, you never know when something you write down can be used later to possibly contribute to a polished piece.
     A Writer's Notebook has inspired me to write more. After reading it I have also gained confidence in my ability to help my students find the writer within them. This book is a great resource for students in the classroom but it can also be used to help anyone write about anything.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... By Molly Bang (1999)

    Oh how I love this book! I came across it while in my children's literature class last year and I finally got my own copy in an effort to expand my children's book library with a variety of stories. This book is equipped with two awards. It is a Caldecott Honor Book (2000) and it also has the Charlotte Zolotown Award (2000) (which is awarded to one picture book every year from a committee at University of Wisconsin). This is a great book to share with children or adults alike to help them deal with issues of anger and can I just say that I don't think this is only a book that should be brought out when somebody is angry but it should definitely be read when at any given time. Children need to know about how to deal with their anger before it happens, while it's happening and after it has happened.
     Sophie is playing with her stuffed gorilla when her sister decides to snatch it out of Sophie's hands. Then her mother insists that it "is" her sister's turn now which takes Sophie over the edge. Warm colors start to fill the pages as Sophie's anger rises. "Sophie is a volcano, ready to explode-". Then Sophie decides to run outside, she runs until she cannot run any more. Sophie begins to cry, then she comes to the old beech tree and chooses to climb it. The colors on the pages become more cool, more relaxed, and less angry. She watches the water and the breeze blows her hair. "The wide world comforts her". Sophie returns home and "EVERYTHING'S BACK TOGETHER AGAIN". 
      My favorite aspect of this book is the illustrations. Not only the pictures but also the words are presented in such a powerful manner.  The colors come full circle and lead you through the cycle of anger that Sophie is experiencing. I think this book is so well thought out. For instance, when Sophie arrives home there is a welcome mat by the door because everyone is glad she's home, her father is reading a magazine titled seeds which connects to the story since nature is what cooled Sophie off, and her sister is working on a puzzle and at this point the story has been put together.
     This story reminds me a lot of The Red Tree by Shaun Tan which was read to my language arts class last semester. The Red Tree also uses powerful images to capture the emotions and feelings of a little girl. I don't want to share too much about this book because I hope to do a separate post on it once I obtain a copy, which unfortunately isn't as easy as going to the book store and picking one up.
     I commend Molly Bang for creating this masterpiece of a book. These types of issues need to be discussed and I think books are an incredible way to do so. I believe a book is full of discovery and there is an endless amount of places, people, feelings, and events to experience through the pages.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone (2010)

     Before even reading this lovely book I knew I had to own it. As a child I was determined to be a ballerina, even though my mother never let me take a ballet class, there was always my imagination. I dressed in my pink nightgown and slippers and did pliés around the house and it seemed just as good at the time.Ballerina or not this is a great book that children will love and it has many classroom uses!
     Miss Lina's Ballerinas is about a group of eight charming girls that are in ballet together. "In pink head to toe, they practiced all day-plié, relevé, pirouette, and jeté". They danced all day, even at the market where they did their shopping. "In four lines of two, they danced without stopping." One day Miss Lina surprises the girls by introducing a new ballerina. All of the sudden their dancing was a mess, they didn't know what to do, they longer made four lines of two. Luckily, Miss Lina saved the day with her ability to divide! She told the girls "You will see how delightful it is to be three rows of three." Then suddenly, the girls agreed!
     This book is very reminiscent of Madeline which starts with "In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. Miss Lina's Ballerinas instead begins with "In a cozy white house, in the town of Messina eight little girls studied dance with Miss Lina." I like when books have similar formats, I don't think it takes away from the author's talent or skill. I think it is more of an opportunity to show children how author's craft can be recreated in their own way.
     One of the many teaching opportunities within this book is the abundant use of rhymes. The nine darling young girls all have names that rhyme with ballerina: Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, Nina and Regina. All of the lines in the book rhyme too!
     This book also reminds me of another book I love, One Hundred Hungry Aunts in which the aunts continue to line themselves up into even groups in order to get to the food quicker. This is where the mathematics component comes in. Teachers can bring attention to the problem solving, regrouping and division that is apparent in the book. This is a great introduction to these concepts because this book uses the small numbers of eight and nine.
I am eager to seek out more books by Grace Maccarone, the author of Miss Lina's Ballerinas. I would also like to mention that Christine Davenier, the illustrator who lives is Paris, France (so jealous), did a fabulous job at capturing the actions and emotions in this story.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm Not by Pam Smallcomb (2011)

     I just bought this book a couple of weeks ago. I had seen it a few times before but I judged this book by its cover, which is really cute but I  thought that this book probably didn't have much to it. I was wrong. This is one of my new favorite books about friendship.
     The narrator, a girl alligator(or maybe a crocodile?), begins the book by introducing her outgoing, energetic and talented friend Evelyn.She describes that Evelyn is a lot of things: a circus performer, Antarctic explorer, snappy dresser... but she is not any of those of things. The book goes in a different direction when the narrator realizes that she is good at things that Evelyn is not good at, like spelling, karate and making cookies, but Evelyn points out that what makes the narrator really special is that she is a true-blue friend!
     The illustrations are very familiar to the illustrations done by James Marshall for the George and Martha books. They are clever and some are accompanied by little word bubbles that are sure to make you laugh! For instance in the picture below Evelyn is telling the narrator, while painting her scales,  "YOU ARE SCRUMPTIOUS IN PINK!". (What a vivacious little girl she is!)
     This book is a great read aloud for an elementary class. I'm Not is a perfect introduction to a discussion on friendship and individuality. Students can discuss what makes a "true-blue" friend and that friendship is not a competition, but instead, it is a combination of traits, some similar and some different.
     This is Pam Smallcomb's first venture into the picture book world, I am definitely looking forward to her future endeavors.
     P.S. I did a little research and she will be coming out with a second picture book in September of 2011 about a boy and his alien pen pal, Clunk.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mo Willems

I thought it would be fit to start with my favorite children's book author, Mo Willems.

     Have you been to Sesame Street? Mo Willems has. He worked as the writer and animator for Sesame Street for nine years. During this time he won six Emmy awards for his writing. Mo Willems didn't stop earning awards there. He has been awarded Caldecott Honor Awards for a few of my favorite books: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. His Elephant and Piggie books have also won a few Theodor Seuss Geisel Awards. Well enough bragging, I just wanted to make the point that he is not only my favorite author!

     As you can see on my picture book list, I have many Mo Willems books. Although I would love to finish my collection of his books completely. I want to talk about a few and hopefully persuade you to check out some of his fabulous books! 

My little Knuffle Bunny stuffed animal :)

 Knuffle Bunny

     Lets start with Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, a contemporary realistic picture book. It is about a little girl named Trixie who loses her prized possession, a stuffed rabbit, named Knuffle Bunny. Note: the rabbit's name is said "Kuh-nuffle Bunny" not "Nuffle Bunny" like it should be pronounced. My children's literature teacher who has met Mo Willems told our class that, also on page 11 of Knuffle Bunny Too Trixie is arguing with a classmate about the right pronunciation of her bunny's name. Sorry to go off on a rant about this but I have heard it mispronounced too many times in the school setting. Anyways, the illustrations (also done by Willems) in this book as well as the other two Knuffle Bunny books are very unique and eye catching. The characters are cartoon-like characters in color and they are presented against a black and white photographed background.  Mo Willems also puts certain items in color, such as the laundry basket and the laundry. This makes those items really stand out, which gives the reader a sense of the important items in the story (helpful for pointing out important details to young readers). The characters and objects that are in color convey a mood full of energy and emotion. When Trixie realized that she doesn’t have her Knuffle Bunny on the way home from the Laundromat, she throws a fit. Her father is embarrassed and irritated, and his expressions show it. Meanwhile, Trixie is talking, baby talk. Her father doesn’t understand what she wants until he arrives home and the Trixie's mother asks where Knuffle Bunny is. At this point, they run back to the Laundromat and find Knuffle Bunny. Trixie is so happy that she says her first word, Knuffle Bunny!. Mo Willems really captures the livelihood of a young girl who loves something dearly. Readers can recognize the feelings that Trixie has when she lost her Knuffle Bunny as similar to theirs when they lose something that is important to them. I recently did an activity with this book in my Teaching Language Arts class. We used book bits to retell the story. My professor copied many pages from the book and as a class we had to try to arrange the story events using the illustrations. It was a really fun activity that can be done in any grade level with any picture book.

  The Pigeon Series 

     Mo Willems went in a very different direction with the Pigeon series. This series of books are fanciful fiction. These stories include a talking pigeon that has human emotions and problems. The illustrations are simple. Willems uses thick lined drawings against a blank background . When the Pigeon gets irritated, the reader knows it. 

     In Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! the Pigeon's eyes turn red as he screams "LET ME DRIVE THE BUS!!!". His feathers fly everywhere, and the reader can't help but laugh. The simple drawing of the Pigeon on a bare background really makes the reader concentrate on the words that this humorous pigeon is saying. In this series of books, Mo Willems does something very special. He makes the reader part of the book dialogue. For instance, in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! the bus driver asks the reader at the beginning of the book to watch things for him while he is gone. He also wants us to remember not to let the Pigeon drive the bus. Throughout this story, the Pigeon is begging the reader to let him drive the bus. This book gets the reader involved in such a great way. The reader wants to yell back at this comical pigeon. The Pigeon is very convincing and realistically amusing. 

     In Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! the Pigeon is trying to convince the reader to let him stay up late. After all the begging, the Pigeon gets quite tired and fall asleep. This is another very witty book by Mo Willems. This book also has the same kind of page where the Pigeon sort of freaks out and yells “I’M NOT TIRED!”. 

     Another great book in the Pigeon series is The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!. This time the Pigeon is trying to persuade the reader to buy him a puppy, his dream pet. In the end of the story the Pigeon realizes that a puppy may not really be his dream pet, even after all the arguing with the reader. A puppy is too much work. Many of our students may experience the same thing after getting a pet that they thought they wanted.

     All of the books in this series really relate to children. These books are so much fun; they make the reader a part of the story. The Pigeon character acts a lot like a young child when they want something. All of the persuading, convincing, and yelling seem very familiar to how I have observed children (students) acting. The theme in these books is creativity and problem solving. The Pigeon will do and say whatever is necessary to get what he wants!  

For a good laugh please read some of Mo Willems' books, not only to your students but also to yourself! 

Teaching Book List (lesson ideas, inspiration)

Adler- The Paidea Proposal
Ainsworth & Nettles- Bears: A Developmental Unit for Preschool and Kindergarten
Billstein- A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (10th Edition)
Brown- The Kindergarten Calendar 
Cain (editor)- September Monthly Activities
Cain (editor)- October Monthly Activities 
Cain (editor)-November Monthly Activities
Chambers- Children, reading and talk: Tell me
Charner, Murphy, & Clark (edited by)- The Giant Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans For Children 3 to 6
Christensen- Reading, Writing, and Rising Up 
Clark- The Excellent 11: Qualities Teachers and Parents Use to Motivate, Inspire, and Educate Children
Dewey- Experience and Education
Farnham-Diggory- Schooling 
Finkel & Seberg- Circle Time: Sing-Alongs & Fingerplays 
Fisher- Inside the Classroom: Teaching Kindergarten and First Grade
Fletcher- A Writer's Notebook 
Fletcher- What a Writer Needs
Flower- Problem Solving Strategies for Writing 
Haas & Haas- Read it aloud: A Parent's Guide to Sharing Books with Young Children 
Herberholz- Artworks for Elementary Teachers: Developing Artistic and Perceptual Awareness 
Howe (edited by)- First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There 
Hume & Barrs- Maths on Display(creative activities for the teaching of maths to children aged 5 to 8) 
Joy- Shortcuts for Teaching Writing 
Ladson- Billings- The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children
Landau- The Art of Classroom Management
Lieberman- ABC Order (Worksheets, games, lessons, bulletin boards) 
MacDonald- We Learn All About Community Helpers 
MacDonald- We Learn All About Fall
MacDonald- We Learn All About Winter
McTighe & Wiggins- Understanding by Design (2nd Edition)
McTighe & Wiggins- Understanding by Design (2nd Edition) Workbook
Moore, Morgan, & Evans- Fun With The Alphabet
Murphy (managing editor)- The Mailbox Superbook: Everything for a Successful Year (Kindergarten)
Musial- Foundations of Meaningful Assessment 
Onofrey- Paste Pot: Phonics (consonant clusters & digraphs) 
Ormrod- Educational Psychology (7th Edition) 
Plato- Euthyphro, Apology, Crito 
Schiller & Phipps- The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood 
Scholastic (published by)- 500+ Fabulous Month-by-Month Teaching Ideas
Scholastic (published by)- Report Writing
Scholastic (published by)- Writing Prompts
Smith- Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes
Spivak- Special Times: Easy Mini Readers (9 easy assemble books, follow up sheets and art projects) 
Staron- A Teacher Named Experience
Tompkins- Literacy for the 21st Century: A Balanced Approach 
Warren- 1 2 3 Reading and Writing 
Weber (edited by)- Waiting for Superman

Chapter Book List (by author)

Anderson- Speak
Blume- Freckle Juice 
Brashares- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Brown- Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures: The Mount Rushmore Calamity  
Brown- Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures:  The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery
Brown- Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures: The Japanese Ninja Surprise
Brown- Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures: The Intrepid Canadian Expedition
Brown- Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures: The Amazing Mexican Secret
Brown- Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures: The African Safari Discovery
Cleary- Dear Mr. Henshaw (John Newberry Medal)
Dahl- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2 copies)
Dahl- Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (2 copies)
Dahl- Fantastic Mr. Fox
Dahl- George's Marvelous Medicine
Dahl- James and the Giant Peach (2 copies)
Dahl- Matilda (2 copies)
Dahl- The BFG
Dahl- The Twits
Dahl- The Witches
Ellis- The Breadwinner
Ellis- The Heaven Shop
Griffin- The Ghost Sitter 
Honenberger- Catcher, Caught
Klein- Ready, Freddy! Don't Sit on My Lunch
Klein- Ready, Freddy! Homework Hassles
Klein- Ready, Freddy! The King of Show-and-Tell
Klein- Ready, Freddy! Touth Trouble
Kline- Horrible Harry and the Green Slime
Kline- Horrible Harry and the Kickball Wedding
Kline- Horrible Harry and the Locked Closet
Kline- Horrible Harry and the Purple People
Kline- Horrible Harry's Secret
McCarthy- Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism
Mortenson- Three Cups of Tea (The Young Reader's Edition) 
Park- Junie B., First Grader: (at last)
Park- Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch 
Park- Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants
Park- Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny
Park- Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)
Park- Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder
Park- Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth 
Park- Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl
Park- Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy
Park- Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed
Park- Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren
Silverstein- Where the Sidewalk Ends
Silverstein- A Light in the Attic
Spinelli- Loser
Thaler- Black Lagoon Adventures: St. Patrick's Day From the Black Lagoon 
Whelan- Friends
White- Charlotte's Web
White- The Trumpet of the Swan
White- Stuart Little

Picture Book List (by author)

Total: 185
Andreae-Giraffes Can't Dance
Ahlberg- The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters
Aliki- My Five Senses (Big Book) 
Allard- Miss Nelson Has A Field Day
Allard- Miss Nelson is Missing
Anderson- The Emperor's New Clothes
Baker- LMNO peas 
Bang- When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry...(Caldecott Honor Book)(Charlotte Zolotow Award)
Banyai- Zoom 
Barrett- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Barrett- Pickles to Pittsburgh:The Sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Barroux- Extraordinary Pets
Bedford- Mole's in Love
Bemelmans- Madeline (Caldecott Honor Book)
Berenstain- The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
Berenstain- The Berenstain Bears' Seashore Treasure
Brett- Gingerbread Friends
Brett- Snowy Treasury
Brett-The Night Before Christmas
Brett-The Mitten
Brett- The 3 Little Dassies
Bridwell- Clifford's ABC
Bridwell- Clifford's Birthday Party
Bridwell- Clifford's First Day of School 
Bridwell- Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit
Bridwell- Clifford The Big Red Dog 
Brown-Buried Treasure: Sharing 
Brown- Children Make Terrible Pets
Brown- Author Flips!: Teamwork 
Brown- Author's in Charge: Being Responsible 
Brown- Author Loses His Patience 
Brown- Author's TV Trouble
Brown- Manners Matter: Being Polite 
Bullas- Have a Cool Yule
Capucilli- Inside a House That is Haunted 
Carle- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Carle- The Mixed-Up Chameleon
Carle- The Foolish Tortoise
Carle- The Grouchy Ladybug
Carlson- Henry's 100 Days of Kindergarten
Cech (retold by)- Jack and the Beanstalk
Christelow- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (also have audio book on tape)
Coco(adapted by)- Walt Disney's Pinocchio
Colandro- There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves 
Cook- Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches 
Cronin- Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure
Davis-Kindergarten Rocks! 
dePaola- Strega Nona
Diesen- The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark 
Dewdney- Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Dewdney- Llama Llama Mad at Mama
Dewdney- Llama Llama Misses Mama
Dewdney- Llama Llama Red Pajama
Disney- A Christmas Carol: The Movie Storybook
Disney- The Jungle Book 
Disney|Pixar- Ratatouille (Read-Aloud Storybook) 
Disney|Pixar- Toy Story
Disney|Pixar- Toy Story 2
Einhorn (adapted by)- Olivia Claus 
Emberly- Go Away, Big Green Monster! 
Falconer- Olivia (Caldecott Honor Book)
Falconer- Olivia Saves the Circus
Ferguson- Tea for Ruby
Freeman- A Pocket for Corduroy
Freeman- Corduroy Lost and Found
Galdone-The Gingerbread Man
Galdone- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Galdone- The Three Little Pigs 
Gifford- Party Animals
Henkes- Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse 
Hoberman- Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together 
Jane- A Vampire Is Coming To Dinner
Johnson- The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
Kann- Purplicious
Keats- The Snowy Day
Killen- Not Me!
Kroll- The Biggest Apple Ever 
Leaf- The Story of Ferdinand <Big Book> 
Lee- Wave
Lehman- Adventures at Walnut Grove
Lehman- I Double Dare You!
Lobel- Frog and Toad Together (Caldecott Honor Book)
Lord- The Giant Jam Sandwich (also have audio book on tape)
Lyon- The Pirate of Kindergarten (Schneider Family Book Award)
Maccarone- Miss Lina's Ballerinas
MacHale- The Monster Princess
Marshall- Goldilocks and The Three Bears
Martin Jr.& Archambault- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Martin Jr & Carle- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (with CD audio book) 
Martin Jr.& Sampson- Chicka Chicka 1 2 3
Marzoolo (riddles by)- I Spy An Apple 
Mayer- Little Critter: Going to the Firehouse
McGrath- The m&m's Counting Book 
McKee- Elmer 
Merberg & Bober- Sunday With Seurat
Mortenson & Roth- Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea 
Munro- EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures
Nash- The Adventures of Isabel
Noll- I Need My Monster 
Numeroff- If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
Numeroff- If You Give A Mouse a Cookie
Numeroff- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: A Special Christmas Edition
Pace- A Teacher for Bear
Pallotta- The Butterfly Counting Book 
Pattou- Mrs. Spitzer's Garden
Pfister- Rainbow Fish & Friends: The Copycat Fish 
Pfister- The Rainbow Fish 
Pinczes- One Hundred Hungry Ants
Pinkney- The Lion and the Mouse
Pinkney- Three Little Kittens
Potter- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
O' Connor-Fancy Nancy
O' Connor-Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique
O'Connor- Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas
O' Connor- Fancy Nancy Storybook Medley
Odanaka- A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe
Orloff- I Wanna Iguana 
Palatini- Moosetoe
Pfister- The Rainbow Fish
Retold- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Reynolds- Ish
Reynolds- The Dot
Sauer- Chicken Dance 
Schachner- Skippy Jon Jones <Big Book>
Schachner- Skippy Jon Jones: Lost in Spice 
Schmid- A Pet For Petunia 
Schoberle-Thank You, Angelica: The Rugrats Book of Manners
Scieszka & Smith- Science Verse 
Scieszka & Smith- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Scieszka & Smith- The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (Caldecott Honor Book)
Sedaka- Waking Up Is Hard To Do 
Seeger- First the Egg ( Caldecott Honor Book) (Theodor Geisel Honor Book) 
Sendak Chicken Soup With Rice
Sendak- Where the Wild Things Are
Seuss- The Foot Book
Seuss- The Lorax
Seuss- There's a Wocket in my Pocket
Seuss- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Shannon- A Bad Case of Stripes 
Shannon- It's Christmas, David!
Shannon- No, David! (Caldecott Honor Book)
Shea- Big Plans 
Slate- Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten
Slate- Miss Bindergarten Celebrated the Last Day of Kindergarten
Slate- Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten
Slater(adapted by)-Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp
Smallcomb- Earth To Clunk 
Smallcomb- I'm Not
Smith- It's a Book
Stead- A Sick Day for Amos McGee (The Caldecott Medal) (NY Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award)
Stein- Interrupting Chicken (Caldecott Honor Book)
Thaler- A Hippopotamus Ate the Teacher 
Thompson- Eloise
Thompson- Mouse Loves School 
Viorst- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Viorst- Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday (2 copies)
Werner- Alphabeasties and other Amazing Types
Wiesner- The Three Pigs (The Caldecott Medal)
Wiesner- Art & Max
Wild- Fox
Wiley- The Leaves on the Trees 
Willems- Amanda & Her Alligator 
Willems- Cat the Cat, Who Is That?
Willems- City Dog, Country Frog
Willems- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor Book)
Willems- Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
Willems- Edwina
Willems- Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor Book)
Willems- Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (Caldecott Honor Book)
Willems- Knuffle Bunny Free- An Unexpected Diversion
Willems- Leonardo the Terrible Monster 
Willems- Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed 
Willems- The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!
Willems- The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!
Willems- There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Theodor Seuss Geisel Award)
Willems- What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound
Williams- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything
Wilson- Bear Feels Sick
Wilson- Bear Snores On
Wright(illustrated by)- The Real Mother Goose
Yolen & Stemple- Not All Princesses Dress in Pink 
Yolen- How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? 
Yolen- How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? 
Zelinsky- Rumpelstiltskin
Zoehfeld- Be Patient, Pooh