I thought I’d share some children’s books that I’ve recently purchased. I’ve been working on my first Master’s assignment this half term holiday so I’ve needed to balance my school work with my Master’s work. It’s a struggle, let me tell you. It might be clear now why I’m quite absent on this blog, but I’m trying to be here when I can.
I’m currently planning a PSHE (personal, social, health education) unit around sustainability. Me being me, I’ve decided to use some books as hooks for the start of the lesson. I’m excited about them, so wanted to share them!
Book images go to Goodreads!
The Last Wolf- Mini Grey
This is an adorable story of Little Red Riding Hood gone green. As in environmental friendly and aware. She goes off to hunt a wolf and realises there’s only one left. She finds out more about the animals situation and does what she can to save them. I’m going to use this book in one of our first lessons.
The Last Tree- Ingrid Chabbert & Guridi
Another beautiful picture book. This one revolves around a boy who has a discussion with his dad about what his dad’s childhood was like. The boy realises that the environment has changed significantly. When there’s a plan to build a new set of houses, the boy digs up and replants the tree.
The next two books are about plastic pollution and I’ll use them in lessons where we come up with alternatives for plastic.
Plastic Sucks- Dougie Poynter
I’m planning to use sections of this book to help them with ideas of how they can make a difference.
Kids Fight Plastic- Martin Dorey
Again, I aim to use parts of this book, even though I’m sure they’re going to want me to read it all at some point!
It’s been fun to put this post together! 🙂 I hope to do more of its kind in the future.
We’ve read another 5 books, so I thought I’d update you on them for my post today! As ever, book images go to Goodreads.
I really am not the biggest fan of Wimpy Kid but the children really seem to love it and I’m one to go with the children’s passions. This was one of our books we read for pleasure.
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this wonderful book. I am not always the biggest fan of Philip Pullman’s writing, but this one was so gripping and the children loved it.
We used this in our writing lesson as we’ve been learning about environmental issues. It’s a sweet story about a girl who believes there’s a whale in her pond. She writes letters to Greenpeace and they write back to her with some advice.
I used this book in a PSHE lesson (Personal, Social, Health). I used it to discuss stereotypes.
I absolutely loved this book which we’ve read as part of our reading books. I am a big promoter of picture books to children as there’s some really detailed picture books with complex issues that are aimed at older children. We had this massive debate about immortality. It was fantastic.
What do you think of the books we’ve read recently? Have you read any of them?
Yep, that’s right! We’ve been reading lots again. Since October, when I last did this post, we’ve read 12 books! Here they are, with links to Goodreads if you’re interested.
Pugs Of The Frozen North
This was a book that was read for pleasure ❤ I prefer Oliver and The Seawigs by this author, but the class enjoyed it on the whole!
We used this book to talk about tackling fears.
Stone Age Boy
This book was read during our Stone Age topic for pleasure! 🙂 I like to find books on the same topic, especially if they’re fiction in a heavily non fiction topic.
Stone Age, Bone Age
We read this book for pleasure during our Stone Age topic!
The Secrets Of Stonehenge
We read this book in our reading lessons for our Stone Age topic!
The Huge Bag Of Worries
This was another book that we used to tackle emotions.
The Day The Crayons Quit
We used this book in Science. The crayons are misused and end up wanting to quit. We used this book to stimulate interest in changing solids to liquids. The children melted the crayons over hot water and then observed their change of state. We also looked at how the state changed again when the wax cooled.
Fish Is Fish
This was a book that we used to discuss how differences between others is what make us what we are!
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
We read this book for pleasure near Christmas time!
Not Now Bernard
We used this book in our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) about relationships with parents.
Badger’s Parting Gifts
This book helped teach the concept of dealing with bereavement.
Around The World In 80 Days
For our writing this half term, we have been reading this version of the classic Around The World In 80 Days. It is so accessible for young children.
What do you make of the books we’ve read over the past 3 months? I won’t leave it so long next time!
I’ve already read 5 books this year with my class. Oops! #sorrynotsorry. This year I have 7-9 year olds, so I’ve been trying to read a range of books with them.
For our class reads (that we read for pleasure) the children always vote for the story they want to hear. We always go with the majority.
We read this in our first week. It’s all ridiculous excuses why a boy can’t go to school.
This was our first class book that we read for pleasure. The children absolutely lapped up this book. They thought it was hilarious and there were many laugh out loud moments.
This graphic novel went down very well with my class. They really enjoyed it and I loved the illustrations!
We studied this graphic novel in our reading time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think the class got a lot from it too.
We got through this book really quickly! Sadly, most of the boys didn’t love it but I don’t think it’s necessarily a book that’s aimed at boys. We did go with the majority for our vote and some boys had voted for it!
I’m looking forward to seeing what they make of our next books! 🙂 Long may cultivating bookworms continue!
We read another 5 books since I last posted this feature, so I thought I’d share them with you today!
Remember, clicking on the book image will take you to the Goodreads page for the book!
This is a short chapter book with a lovely donkey that helps others that hurt him. He’s a good one! 🙂 My class enjoyed this story!
I absolutely love Roald Dahl and you’ll definitely have seen this book on this feature before, possibly with my class two years ago? Well, I read it again to my 2017-8 class. They absolutely adore Roald Dahl. The chapters are short and snappy and they just lap up any grossness. The Twits has that in abundance!
This is a book that we read for pleasure. It wasn’t for a reading or a writing lesson. They absolutely loved this book. So much so, that I’m considering purchasing it myself for use in the future. They laughed out loud which is always a sign of a great book.
The Dark is another book that we read for pleasure. It’s all about facing fears head on. The children thought this book was a little creepy but they enjoyed it!
We used this book during a topic on sustainability! The perfect choice!
We’ve read another 5 books, so I thought I’d share them with you today!
Remember, clicking on the book image will take you to the Goodreads page for the book!
I wasn’t sure about this book before I read it. It looked like it wasn’t going to capture their attention as there’s not much to it, but I was wrong. My class absolutely loved it and voted for it as one of their favourites as a year. It just shows that they don’t always need an in-depth story to enjoy! Sometimes ridiculous works just as well!
As a teacher, I love when children make connections between stories they know. This is what happened with this story! It makes my bookworm heart happy.
I thought this one would be the favourite of my class! They like anything that mentions bad or naughty characters. They did enjoy it, but Danny McGee stole their hearts.
Last year, my class read two books in the Wilf series with their last teacher. They requested that we read another in the series, and of course I had to fulfil that request. I don’t think this book is for everyone as not all of my class were engaged by it. However, the majority of them did enjoy the story, laughed out loud and joined in with some repeated language!
My class really enjoyed this book which didn’t take us long to read at all. It made them laugh out loud at many moments. I liked that it was a short, snappy read after it taking us a while to get through Wilf. They often asked me to read this book, unlike Wilf!
I’ve read 5 more books with my class and thought I’d share them with you today. At the moment I teach 6-7 year olds. We’re currently making our way through a book for pleasure (these books have had either a writing or reading purpose) but I’ll mention it when we finish! 🙂
Last Stop On Market Street- Matt De La Pena
This is such a sweet story. It’s about a young boy who doesn’t appreciate what he has until he is shown how privileged he really is. I used it to get the children to think about how lucky they were and to compare the main character’s area to their own!
The Utterly Otterleys- Mairi Hedderwick
A cute story all about otters who try to find a new home but realise there wasn’t anything wrong with theirs in the first place. It’s adorable. Again, it’s about being grateful for what you have.
The Princess and The Pea- Hans Christian Andersen
I was inspired to use this book recently when I attended a course. It’s a well known fairy tale (I love fairy tales… see Fairy Tale Friday…) and I think it’s so important that children still read or are read these classics.
The Pea And The Princess- Mini Grey
I read the children this book before they created their own story of The Pea and The Princess. You won’t believe the quality writing I got out of this task!
Tidy- Emily Gravett
This has been our latest read. It was ever so sweet. It’s about Pete the badger, who wants to keep the forest tidy. He ends up covering it in concrete but soon realises that was a very bad idea…