I was looking for ideas for school. The collection at my school library is still new to me so I go to the public library to look at the new shelf to see if it is worth buying and maybe it will work its way into a lesson plan.
That's what happened with Monsters Love School by Mike Austin. What a delightful picture book. I read this to all my kinder and first grade students. It covers the exciting part of going back to school as well as the fears in a fun Muppet-kind of way. We compared monster's school experience with their own here at Hansen. The illustrations are filled with color and the writing is all over the page. We all loved Ms. Scribble the art teacher with her very clever head of hair. Please Mike Austin bring us more Monsters...they could love Halloween, or Winter, or the playground. Anything. Monsters and students say "more, more, more!"
Philip Christian Stead; Amazing illustrations, funny story. Kids will think it is funny. I wanted him to try the creamed tuna fish and peas on toast first before discarding it; it's just the mother in me. I was hoping he'd end up liking it like green eggs and ham. Nope. Didn't happen that way but the layered illustrations and the bird antics make it worthwhile anyway. Philip's website has some beautiful and free music for your listening pleasure.
If you buy for a school, for yourself, for your lovely grandchildren-any of these would be amazing additions for reading over and over again.
What did you read this weekend?