Tuesday Morning Reads for April 10, 2018

  • The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat: I cannot wait to show this book to my first graders! They LOVE the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems, and this clever mathematical book features them reading this book. 🙂 Dan Santat, the author, does an amazing job conveying emotion and problem solving in this Caldecott Award winner. This story is a great pause-and-activity book for readers…There are four friends, but just three cookies…how would you solve this problem?
  • Gus’s Garage by Leo Timmers: Gus’s local garage is a problem-solving station, as he used “bits and bobs” to create just the modifications his animal friends need. This story would be a great preK-1 book to not only support a problem-solving lesson, or a makerspace, but also for an animal unit. Gus needs to provide just the right modification based on the animal friend that comes to visit him.
  • The Secret Project by Jonah Winter. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter:  This one left me really thinking. A picture book on the making of the atomic bomb in 1943 in New Mexico. The darkness, the secrecy, the impact. This is definitely one for a deeper dive, particularly as an introduction, and one that will bring forth student opinion, interest, and passion.

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