Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Winner, Books, and A Giant Asparagus

Thanks so much to everyone who entered my first give-away.  Without further ado, the winner is. . .

Kelly B aka Queen Bee!

Kelly commented, "Books!  Great giveaway!"  Well, thanks Kelly!  Since I have your email, I will contact you directly for a mailing address.  I hope you enjoy the basket.  Kelly is a kindergarten teacher with her own blog, Busy in K. Stop by and say hello.

Kelly may have won the basket, but your comments were all winners.  Some of these books you recommended I have used, but some were new to me.  My Amazon wish list is getting bigger by the minute!  I've listed some links to all the different books suggest by you.  By the way, I've linked them all through Amazon.com but I'm sure you can purchase them anywhere.  Or even better, visit the library.  I just use Amazon because it's easy to link to. 

It's a Picture Book Bonanza!

Lindsay at My Life as a Fifth Grade Teacher likes Owl Moon for personal narrative lessons.

Meghan at Third Grade in the First State likes A New Coat for Anna for sequence lessons.

Dana at Mrs. Gentry's Class likes I Wanna Iguana for persuasive writing. I also use this one.  It's very cute.

Amy at The Resource(ful) Room likes Memoirs of a Goldfish for teaching memoir and biography writing.  I can't wait to get this one!

MBriscoe01 likes "The Three Little Pigs from the Wolf's POV" for teaching point of view.  I couldn't find that exact title, but I have used The True Story of the Three Little Pigs for point of view lessons.  It's always a favorite in my class.

Shannon teaches ancient civilizations in social studies and likes Weslandia.  Love picture books in the content areas!
Mary likes Dr. Xargle's Book of Earthlets as an introduction to the differences between observations and inferences.  This is a new book to me. I feel the need to check this one out!
Denise at Mrs. Coker's Fourth Graders  likes The Giving Tee to inspire story writing about a gift you have received.  By the way, if you Google images for The Giving Tree you will come across this. . .

WOW!  I have nothing against tattoos, but you have to be seriously committed to a book to do this!  I have to say though, I can't help thinking it looks like a giant asparagus!  Oh well, back to more picture books. . .

KayloKatt of Diary of a Nonconformist Teacher likes Math Curse for first day lessons.  She also likes Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Nicole at Nicole's Crafting Adventure uses I'll Love You Forever for teaching six traits.  I have to say, Nicole wrote a very touching comment about how this book makes her cry every time she reads it.  I have many friends and teacher friends that feel the same way.  As for me, am I alone in thinking the part where in the dark of night the mother climbs in the window of her GROWN ADULT son's bedroom to rock him to sleep is just a wee bit creepy?  I probably am because I know how many people Love with a capital L this book.  So, it is highly recommended.  I personally just can't get over that one part.   :-)

Cristina uses The Humongous Cat to teach punctuation, fluency, and synonyms.

That's about half the books suggested.  I'm planning to list the rest of your suggestions tomorrow.  Hopefully, you saw a book today that you think would be perfect for your friends.  If not, check back tomorrow!
Have a great day!


  1. Oh thank you so much! I am so excited!!!


  2. Your I Love You Forever comment cracks me up. Just last week my husband was reading the book to our three month old daughter and I heard him say to her,"well isn't that creepy". HAHA so I guess he agrees with you. ;)

  3. Anonymous, THANK GOODNESS!! When nobody commented, I was sure it was just me. I know this book is loved, but if your mother-in-law did a breaking and entering in to your bedroom to rock your husband to sleep. . . Well, I'm thinking most people would think it a bit creepy! ;-)

  4. It it without a doubt the creepiest children's book EVER!!!! The first time I ever heard it was when I was in high school. I saw a person perform it as a storytelling piece in a drama competition. I thought what a creepy idea for a story! And then years later, when I became a teacher, I realized it was a real story. Needless to say, it is not a part of my classroom library. Although, I love the rest of his books:)

  5. Creepy!!! I mean the ladder on top of the station wagon??? And yes, my husband pointed all this out and ruined this book for me ;)

  6. Thank you for such a great resource. I love using picture books in reading and am always looking for new ideas.

    4th Grade Dynamic Duo

  7. Thank you for such a great resource. I love using picture books in reading and am always looking for new ideas.

    4th Grade Dynamic Duo