word choice, alliteration, showing VS telling,......

Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly (Book) : Madison, Alan : Velma starts first grade in the shadow of her memorable older sisters, and while her newfound interest in butterflies helps her to stand out, it also leads to an interesting complication.

fun for cause and effect

: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis by Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey.: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis, ISBN Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey

Great lesson on sentence fluency

"Cowboy Camp" by Tammi Sauer. Avery's at cowboy camp, but he's just not like the other cowboys. He's allergic to the horses and can't stand the grub. But when a bully threatens all the campers, Avery proves his mettle in his own unique way.

good for teaching theme

PERSISTING Duck and Gander compete in a "freeze in place" contest--whoever moves first loses--and buzzing bees, bouncing bunnies, swarming crows, and whooshing winds test both contestants. But the real winner proves his mettle when Fox picks his prey.

Teach with Picture Books - website resource for teaching reading, writing, and grammar with picture books!

Teach with Picture books website. Great lists of picture books to teach with different subjects or themes.

Great for teaching point of view and voice

Voices in the Park, written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. Four people come into the park; four distinct voices narrate what happened there. A terrific book for teaching perspective/point of view for reading and voice in writing.

Amazing for a mini-lesson on alliteration and dialog verbs.

Some Smug Slug by Pamela Duncan Edwards & Henry Cole. We discover new things every time we read this book about an arrogant slug who makes a fatal mistake while disregarding warnings from all the other animals and insects.


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