Today’s Top Ten Tuesday Topic:
Back to School Books
Heading back to school after a summer break can be hard for some kids. For others (like me) it’s full of excitement and anticipation. I loved the adventure of meeting my new teachers, finding out who was in my class, and the pure joy of new school supplies.
While researching for this post, I came across an amazing article on We are Teachers, a website that aims to “inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas, the best freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor.”
18 Perfect Picture Books for the First Weeks of School
The article I found and loved is called 18 Perfect Picture Books for the First Weeks of School. Written by teacher Elizabeth Mulvahill. It not only lists some books that sound amazing, but also gives an activity idea for each book that elementary school teachers can do with their students to open up discussion on fears about school, questions about school, or ways to make other students feel welcome.
How awesome is that?
Here are a few of the books in the article that really caught my eye. Take a look at the full article to read Elizabeth’s summaries and activity suggestions for all 18 books. Trust me, it’ll be worth your time. I’m adding all of these books to my TBR and finding them at my library ASAP.
1. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
This book is all about welcoming people who are different than you and seeing how everyone can learn from each other’s traditions. The illustrations look bright and colourful. Having grown up in a community that was predominantly white, I can’t wait to read this one and probably add it to my shelves too.
2. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
New schools can be scary. This book looks like a great one to help kids see that they aren’t the only ones scared of starting a new school year and can open up some great discussion about fears and friendship.
3. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
Names are important. And when they are in a different language than we’re used to, they can be hard to pronounce. But kids can learn how to pronounce the names of their classmates. The Name Jar tells the story of Korean immigrant Unhei on her first day at an American school, where she wonders if she should choose and American name that will be easier for the other kids to pronounce. I love the summary in Elizabeth’s article and her activity idea so much.
4. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick
Do you have a kiddo starting kindergarten this year? This might be a fun book to read with them to help get them ready and ease any fears they might have. And probably make them laugh too. I can’t wait to read it.
What type of back to school kid were/are you?