My name is Christina, and welcome to the teacher section of my blog! Here is an overview of my experience, what this section is about, a suggestion to welcome students, and the first five recommended books.
My background includes earning a Master’s Degree in Reading and Master’s Degree in Library Science. I have taught Kindergarten and Second Grade and substituted at every grade level from Pre-K through Sixth Grade. Also, I have a certification to teach Kindergarten to Sixth Grade with a cross endorsement as a School Media Specialist. I was also an Academic Librarian for several years and worked closely with the Early Childhood Department. During that time, I had the pleasure of presenting at several early childhood conferences.
The teacher section will only feature books that I would rate very good or higher. I will focus on books for children birth-11 years old. This section covers U.S. Day Care-Fifth Grade.
Teachers/Librarians/School Media Specialists/Parents- there are so many fabulous children’s books out there. I will never be able to read them all, but I love hearing about which books educators are using to teach different themes, concepts, and skills.
I look forward to hearing from you!:)
Christina (lifelong teacher and learner)
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Back to School
As summer is winding down, it is time to think about planting the seeds for back to school. I selected a bunch of back to school books that I hope your children/students will enjoy. Parents can read them with their children that are heading to school, and teachers/librarians/school media specialists can read them to students as an icebreaker. This book is an excellent way to reinforce reading left to right.
Teachers and librarians might consider purchasing these books as hardcovers/board books to endure the test of time. I am a huge fan of sharing physical picture books with captivating illustrations with children.
Teachers might think about sending their future students welcoming postcards explaining who you are and what they will be doing. When I taught Kindergarten, I wrote that they would be writing their names on the first day of school. (This was quite a while ago.) This communication helped ease the minds of parents as well because they also wanted to know what to expect.
1. The Kissing Hand
Written by: Audrey Penn
Illustrations by: Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
Series: The Kissing Hand #1
Ages: 2-7 Years
U.S. Grades: Preschool-Second Grade
Juvenile, Fiction, School, Separation Anxiety, Mothers and Sons, Raccoons, Forest Animals
The Kissing Hand is a heartwarming introduction to The Kissing Hand series. Chester Raccoon is extremely apprehensive about starting his first day of school because he will have to be away from his mother for the first time. Mrs. Raccoon reassures her son by kissing his palm and telling him to hold it against his face to remind him that she is always with him wherever he goes.
Through gentle and enchanting illustrations and dialog, children will get a glimpse into what to expect when they go to school for the first time. This is an exceptional book for any child dealing with the fear associated with being separated from a loved one. As a bonus, my copy came with Kissing Hand heart stickers that you can put on your children’s hands as a physical reminder that you are with them in their hearts.
Awards/ Recognition(s): New York Times Bestseller and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism
Other books in The Kissing Hand (deal with social issues) series include:
A Pocket Full of Kisses #2 (2004) Sibling, Jealousy
A Kiss Goodbye #3 (2007) Moving
Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully #4 (2008) Bullying
Chester Raccoon and the Acorn Full of Memories #5 (2009) Coping with Death of a Friend
Chester the Brave# 6 (2012) Bravery
A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon #7 (2011) Fears at Bedtime
A Color Game for Chester Raccoon #8 (2012) Learning Colors
Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover #9 (2017) First overnight away from home
2. Tiptoe into Kindergarten (Buy on Amazon)
Written and Illustrated by: Jacqueline Rodgers
Ages: 4-5 Years
U.S. Grades: Preschool-Kindergarten
Juvenile, Fiction, School, Kindergarten, Preschool
Tiptoe into Kindergarten is a clever overview of the Kindergarten experience. A Preschooler sneaks into her brother’s Kindergarten class. There she engages several Kindergarten activities including writing letters on the board, counting, playing at an activity table, painting and more.
Being a former Kindergarten teacher, I thought this book is a valuable addition to any collection. I appreciate the author representing the preschooler being happy and excited participating in classroom routines. These are reassuring images for apprehensive students.
3. First Day Jitters (Buy on Amazon)
By: Julie Danneberg
Illustrated By: Judy Love
Ages: 5-7 Years
U.S. Grades: Kindergarten-Second Grade
Lexile® Measure: AD210L
Juvenile, Fiction, School, First Day of School
First Day Jitters is intelligent alternative perspective to experiencing the nervousness associated with the first day of school. Sarah begins her day buried under her bed covers until Mr. Hartwell coaxes her out. Gently, Mr. Hartwell guides Sarah step by step through her morning routine and eases her into her transition from her first day at a new school.
The amusing illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the engaging text. Children will smile when they hear this witty story.
4. Kindergarten Countdown (Buy on Amazon)
Written by: Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by: Linda Davick
Ages: 4-5 Years
U.S. Grades: Preschool-Kindergarten
Juvenile, Fiction, School, Kindergarten, Days of the Week, Counting, Calendar, Rhyming
Kindergarten Countdown is an adorable rhyming book about a girl who is counting down the days until starts Kindergarten. Again, I am thankful the author depicts the future Kindergarten student eager about her first day of school.
This is a wonderful book that represents a few math skills including counting, calendar, and days of the week. The rhymes make the book move along at a good pace. I would recommend this book, and use this book while teaching these concepts.
5. Spot Goes to School (Buy on Amazon)
Written and Illustrated by: Eric Hill
Ages: 2-5 Years
U.S. Grades: (Day Care) Nursery School-Kindergarten
Juvenile, Fiction, School, First Day of School, Dogs, Puppy, Animals, Lift the Flap
Spot Goes to School is a delightful look at the first day of school activities as seen through the eyes of Spot (a puppy). On the first day of school, Spot sings, builds with blocks, paints, and plays on the playground.
The simple, bold text is ideal for young children. Allowing children to guess what’s under the flap based on the pictures, is a great way to keep them engrossed and entertained throughout the book.
*Spot books have entertained children for decades. They have been translated into numerous languages. Also, they are available in a variety of formats including board books. Because Spot books are lift the flap, to engage young children for years to come, parents, teachers, and librarians might consider purchasing the board book versions of the Spot books. They tend to be less expensive and more durable for small hands.
Join Spot (by Eric Hill) in his other charming adventures:
Spot Can Count
Spot Counts to Ten
Spot Tells Time
Spot’s Favorite Colors
Spot Bakes a Cake
Spot Says Please
Spot’s Baby Sister
Spot’s Birthday Party
Get Well Soon, Spot!
Good Night, Spot
Spot Loves Bedtime
Spot Loves School
Family and Love:
I Love You, Spot!
Spot Loves His Mommy
Spot Loves His Daddy
Spot Loves His Grandma
Spot Loves His Grandpa
Spot Goes to the Beach
Spot Goes to the Swimming Pool
Spot Goes to the Park
Spot Goes Shopping
Spot Goes to the Farm
Find Spot at the Museum
Spot’s First Walk
Happy New Year, Spot!
Spot’s Easter Surprise
Spot’s First Christmas
All Flowers with Titles Created and Photographed by: Christina teacher-librarian-forlife.com
Spot Goes to School Flower