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Miss Rodgers' Riveting Reads

A collection of Children's books that I have loved for a long time or just recently had the opportunity to love.

Leave a little sparkle wherever you go...

The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James

This book is a great reminder to any age students about the importance of being kind to other and sharing. Not to mention the pictures are gorgeous beyond means. The story painted from page to page honestly captivates even some of the oldest readers like myself and everyone can use a friendly reminder on how to treat others from time to time. This is a great book to read during the beginning weeks of school to remind students about the rules and procedures in the classroom and what is expected from each student. Let the students discuss ways they can share in their own lives with their partners during a turn and talk and maybe allow a few to share. Also, using this story to describe physical and inner character traits in a lesson would be great to understand that greedy can’t be seen on the outside but is a character trait. 


Guided Reading Level: M

My all time favorite!!!

Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

If I could give this book 10 stars I would!! Ask anyone what book is my all time favorite children’s book and it would be this one no doubt. I have read this book so many times that I feel I could read it backwards. What a wonderful, positive, and uplifting story this book tells that I feel every student can relate to one way or another. Elementary kids are quick to be discouraged in the little things around them, like their names not fitting on a name tag. But what a great book to read to remind them that every person is special in their their own way and that’s what makes them so great! This is a great character education book to advocate a no bullying atmosphere lesson as well as a great lesson about names such as Tikki Tikki Tembo. Also, this book could be issued mid year as a little mid year pick me up lesson by having  each student draw another student’s name and have them write 2 to 3 sentences about what makes that student unique and why they are glad they are their classmate. The class could then share one by one and have them hung up on the wall for the rest of the year as a daily reminder. 


Lexile Leveling: 570L

Is there such thing as TOO long a name?

Tikki Tikki Tembo - Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent

Tikki Tikki Tembo is another classic book from my childhood that I loved to have read to me and read myself. Honestly, anywho we reads the full name of the first son can’t help but smile because it’s just fun to say! This is another book that has a beat while reading it and is a hit with shared reading due to the expression in the second son’s voice having to repeat his brother’s long name over and over again. This book is sure to give the any age group a giggle and also make them appreciate their names a little more. A great lesson using this book would be reading this book aloud to the class and having a writing assignment to allow the students to describe why they love their name and possibly the story behind why their parent chose it if there is a story. When they are done writing, allow them one by one to come up to the teacher’s desk and look up their name meaning online for fun to add at the bottom of their page. A great way to start the year with self love! 


Guided Reading Level: N

I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

Ever since I was in Elementary School, this has been a classic fun book to read in the classroom. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of those books that has it’s own little beat as it’s read. As a child, I would beg my mother to read this book to me because she was so good at giving each letter a different voice as well as reading with the beat. A guaranteed win with any classroom during shared reading! This is a fun book to begin the year out with in Kindergarten to help with learning all the letters of the alphabet. Also a fun book for beginner readers to feel confident reading since there is a continuous phrase repeated through the book. 


Lexile Level: AD53OL