Books for the Beginning

Before I wrap up September, tie it up with a neat, little bow and put it on my shelf for next year, I thought I’d share some of my favourite go-to books that I relied on to help set the tone for the school year.  There’s nothing like the perfect story to send a clear message.

We need to take our time, Tortoise.  We need to look at the pictures!

Tortoise is cautious and careful but when it comes to books, he reads them in a flash. This book beautifully demonstrates how good readers are ones that read thoughtfully – not quickly.

Chester felt his mother’s kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart.

This touching story honours the feelings little ones may have about missing home when they’re at school.  It naturally lends itself to learning about our families, too.

Leo couldn’t do anything right.

Poor Leo.  He can’t read, write, or draw and he eats like a baby.  It’s a reassuring little read with a simple lesson:  Be patient with your learning, and one day you will soar.  A comfort to those who feel frustrated or lack confidence.

Ramon felt light and energized.  Thinking ish-ly allowed his ideas to flow freely.

Do you want to be perfect?  Or do you want to be a open-minded individual with a unique perspective? A book for everyone.

  1. Ginger says:

    I haven’t heard of that last one. I’ll have to check it out!

  2. Layn Marlow says:

    Thank you so much for featuring ‘Hurry up and Slow down’ on your excellent blog. This is a great resource – it’s really exciting to know what’s going on in classrooms around the world!

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