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!
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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.
Something a little different today for Fairy Tale Friday. A twist on the The Princess and The Pea. I loved this story. It’s a great spin on the original tale. Mini Grey is a talented writer that I’d highly recommend. I love it because it tells the story from the Pea’s point of view. No-one ever thinks about the story from the poor Pea’s side.
The Queen threatens to stop the Prince’s pocket money unless her finds a bride by the time he is 35. None of the Princesses are quite right. The Queen uses the ‘true princess’ test. She puts a pea under a mountain of mattresses. All of the Princesses are so well mannered, they never complain. The poor Pea has had enough and finally steps in to save the day…
I highly recommend reading this book to young children. I’ve used it with 6-7 year olds and they loved it!
We’ve read another 5 books, so I thought I’d share them with you today!
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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…