The Report Card

The Report Card by Andrew Clements tells the story of Nora. Nora is in fifth grade and has been a genius for as long as she can remember, but nobody has realized it quite yet. She has done a really good job of hiding it all the way through her school career so far. She…

Snot Stew

Snot Stew by Bill Wallace is a heartwarming story about two kittens who move from the barn to the house and experience their new life as pets. This book is told from the perspective of the kitten named Kikki. Don’t let the title of the book fool you! The title is a funny misinterpretation of…

Maniac Magee

Meet Maniac Magee. That’s not his real name, but that’s his nickname given the mysteries and stories that accompany his existence. Jeffrey Magee’s parents were killed in a train accident, so he goes to live with his relatives who absolutely hate each other. Jeffrey runs away from the horrible new life with his relatives and…

The Princess In Black

The Princess In Black by Shannon Hale is a fabulous series for parents looking for a non-traditional princess story. My daughter and I just sat down and read the entire first book in one sitting. Meet Princess Magnolia, who is the perfect princess when she needs to be, but finds a way to sneak off to…

Teach Your Monster To Read

Today, I’m changing it up and am going to talk about a website that is very engaging to encourage kids to practice literacy skills. TeachYourMonsterToRead.com is a completely free website that helps your child with different reading skills. The website starts out with letters and sounds, then moves onto words, then word patterns and sentences….

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type + others

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, is the first of many entertaining stories about the animals on Farmer Brown’s farm. This book tells the story of the farm animals who find a typewriter one day and make good use of it. They begin typing notes to Farmer Brown with new requests to…

Buzz Said the Bee

Buzz said the Bee by Wendy Lewison is a funny rhyming book that works well for fluency practice. Each page builds and builds until the hilarious ending. A bee starts the story by sitting on a duck. The duck says “scat!” and this sets off a chain of events with the other farm animals. Your child…

Puppy Mudge

If you are looking for an easy reader for your child, the Puppy Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant are perfect! I have already written about the Henry and Mudge books, which are a level J (end of 2nd grade). But, did you know that the Puppy Mudge books are Level D (end of kindergarten level)?…

Gail Gibbons Nonfiction

Gail Gibbons is a nonfiction author who has a great selection of books for the fact lover. These books have illustrated pictures and diagrams to help explain even more to the reader. There is a topic for everyone! Seasons, Apples, Bats, Caves/Caverns, Ice Cream, Coral Reefs, and Tornadoes, just to name a few. Gail Gibbons…

Fly Guy

The Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold are a great choice for first graders who need some easier books. The bonus is that these books have hilarious story lines that kids will love. Buzz is a boy who befriends a fly whom he names Fly Guy. Buzz loves his pet, but many people don’t share…

Wildfire Run

I stumbled upon the book Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson on a shelf in my classroom a few years ago. This book blew me away with suspense and was a page turner for my students as well. If your child likes anything to do with the Secret Service and presidents, then this realistic fiction book…

Elephant and Piggie books

The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems are a lovable series for early readers. Mo Willems is the well known author of the Pigeon books. Meet Gerald (elephant) and Piggie. They are best friends as well as complete opposites. Gerald and Piggie books tackle many aspects of friendship that will appeal to young readers. The…