Tuesday, June 19, 2012


I'm getting ready for Vegas but I wanted to do a quick post to tell you all about an AMAZING new place to purchase books for your classroom.   I LOVE how the books are sorted by
Comprehension Strategy, Genre, writing traits, Common Core standards and more!  Seriously, I love books so much!  I'd rather spend my money on books than food or shoes or clothes or chocolate (Okay, that's going a little too far) but you get my drift.

You can check out this awesome new website by clicking on the link on the left of my blog bar.  It looks like this


Check out the website and enter to win a $25 gift certificate by commenting below with the title of your favorite book that you found on the site and telling me about it.  :)  I will pick a winner at Random on July 5th.  :)
P.S. The best thing about the $25 gift certificate is that when you spend $25 you get FREE shipping!
Here's my favorite book.

                                 How to Heal a Broken Wing

I purchased this book last year and my class loved the beautiful story about a little bird who is lying on the sidewalk with a broken wing.  Everyone is in such a hurry that they walk by without even noticing.  Everyone that is, except a small boy.  He takes the bird home and cares for it until it is ready to be set free.  This is a beautiful story about love, hope, caring and giving of oneself to care for others.  Last year I used part of this story for a lesson on zooming in on a small moment.    

Okay,  tag YOU'RE it!  Find your favorite book and tell me about it!

P.S. My friend Kim Adsit just released a GREAT resource for Readers Workshop.  It includes mini lessons, anchor charts and much more!  You can check it out here.



  1. I've been hearing about this site but explored it for the first time tonight. We start the year with Mother Goose Rhymes and I found Patricia Polacco's Babushka's Mother Goose book. I love Polacco's books but hadn't seen this one before. Good find!!

  2. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is one of my newest favorites.

  3. Love, love, love the sight!!!

    A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
    The girl in the book is afraid to admit that she loves lima beans, because she wants to fit in with her classmates. She eventually learns that being herself is the best thing she can be.

  4. Totally love this site now! Thanks for sharing! I love the book What Do you Do With A Tail Like This? that helps with prediction!


  5. Love this book site!!! I too LOVE to buy books. Dear Mr. Blueberry is one of my favorite books. I read it to my class and we did a whale study unit. We even made whale shaped books with whale facts and shared them at our school's Young Author night.

  6. I've heard SO many great things about this website! I'm definitely going to use some of the money I get in August to buy some of these books. [We get a SMALL amount to spend in our classroom.] Inferring was a skill my students need to work on. I'm looping with my last year kids, so I know I need to really hit this topic hard. The title "Baseball Saved Us" sounds great! I'm not sure where inference comes in, but I trust that its there! haha. The story seems to touch on so many different other aspects, such as history and diversity. I really want this book now :)

    I looked around to see if there were some books I recognized and found "Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday." I love this book! I used it to introduce money last year. I demonstrated how to count and subtract money as we read through the books... so much fun!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  7. This is a great site! I saw Fancy Nancy when I was looking through the word choice books...she's a favorite of mine! She really helps us "expand vocabulary"!


  8. I need the book Don't Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi. I had a K kiddo that really needed to read that this year and I think I'll suggest it to her Mom! I love A Bad Case of Stripes too. I LOVE books too and am constantly buying new ones for my room. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

    Amazing Grace is a WONDERFUL story about a little girl who is proactive. She decides that she CAN play Peter Pan in the school play even though the other children tell her she can't play him because she isn't a boy. She practices and does an AMAZING job as Peter Pan. My students loved this story! I will read it every year! :)

  10. I love Planting A Rainbow by Lois Elhert. It fits in perfectly with my gardening and plants unit. I love it when the kids look through it on their own and start naming the flowers!

    Mrs. Webster’s Classroom Connections

  11. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed.

    I'm like you ... would much rather be in a bookstore than a clothing store. The book I've listed is amazing! All about good deeds and the effect it has on others.

    Love your giveaway!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  12. I found the book "Patches Lost and Found" by Steven Kroll. I think it would be great to launch my writer's workshop. I would also like to increase my quantity of wordless picture books. I found "Changes, Changes" by Pat Hutchins. Would be a great asset to Daily 5, and teaching 3 ways to read a book! Thanks for the site! Have a GREAT time in Vegas:)

  13. I have been dying to get One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab. I love teaching math with books and this one will be perfect!!

  14. I love all the biographies written by David Adler! Perfect to introduce my students to people who have made a difference in the world!


  15. Is this website for real?? Wow! Amazing! One of my tried and true favorites is Dr. Seuss and his ABC's.

  16. What a cool site! I love Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (actually anything by Kevin Henkes is great!). This is a fun one to do at the beginning of the year. We graph the length of our names (Chrysanthemum usually wins! :)
    Tori's Teacher Tips

  17. I am currently reading the book, Reading with Meaning! This site is awesome for locating books to use with comprehension strategies!!!!!
    I would get the book, Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale. I love Mo Willems and this would be a great book to use while teaching the questioning strategy!!

  18. I like Amazing grace and Knuffle bunny. I would love to win to be able to add some books to our classroom library.


  19. I love that website too. What a great resource for teachers! One of my favorite books is Hooway for Wodney Wat. I use it every yeat to talk about bullies.
    Ruthanne rarace81@gmail.com

  20. Great website!! I LOVE Skippyjon Jones. It really engages the kids and they love my ridiculous accent when I read it to them! I also love My Father's Dragon - good for making predictions!

  21. It's always so hard to pick a favorite book, but I love George and Martha by James Marshall. I crack myself up reading those stories to my students!

  22. What a great site-thanks for sharing! I enjoy the book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. It's listed under summarizing and can be used for so many different activities. Your favorite book sounds incredible-I'm definitely going to get it for next year! Thanks for sharing! I love your blog and products on TPT--thank you!! The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  23. I love this site! A book that I found on the website that I would love to have is A Chair for my Mother. I read this story to my class last year when we talked about needs and wants, but I do not own the book. I loved this book because it helped the students to truly understand the difference between a need and a want.

  24. Oh my goodness Deanna you have absolutely made my night! You said go find your favorite book which I realize you didn't mean in a literal sense but I went ahead and typed in the title of my favorite childhood book into the search engine anyway. {The book is
    Never Tease a Weasel- which was published in the 1960's and has long since been out of print} I really can't tell you why I did because I knew deep down there was no way such an old book would be on this new website but for no logical reason I did it anyway and almost fell out of my chair when the book came up! Apparently the story was re-illustrated last year and re-released. I had no idea!! Two years ago I tried to buy the book on Amazon as a gift for my newborn nephew and it was selling for over $150 because they had 1st editions. NOW I can purchase this new version and share this story that I loved so much with my 1st graders which makes me heart SO HAPPY!! I still own my copy original copy of the 1st edition but I have never brought it to school because I am saving it for my own children and don't want anything to happen to it. The story is listed under Comprehension Strategies- Predicting. Knowing the story, this makes perfect sense to me. Thank you so much for sharing this website and leading me to find my favorite book all over again!!

    Falling Into First

  25. Love this site! Thank you for sharing! I know I will be using this all the time now.

    "Bunnicula" Wow! I loveeee this story! Such a great read aloud... I remember my teacher reading it aloud! This site just brought back some memories!


  26. The Little Scarecrow Boy...I LOVE this story because it brings back memories of having taught PK for so many years. Its great for summarizing and that is a tested skill our campus is targeting!

    I really appreciate all the work put into categorizing books on this site! Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Dwyer’s A+ Firsties

  27. I found "Apples and Pumpkins" by Anne Rockwell. I use this book every fall when I do an apples and pumpkins unit.

    Swimming Into Learning

  28. I found Dream Weaver by Jonathan Landon....can't wait to get it for sentence fluency! Thanks for the tip!
    Valerie Nikolaus

  29. What a helpful site! My favorite book is Dear. Mr. Blueberry. Emily, a little girl, writes her teacher asking him questions about whales. The book is their letters back and forth. After we read this story, the students write me letters, asking questions about topics they want to learn more about, and I write them back, answering their questions.

    Delighted in Second

  30. One of the books I found for my classroom is "Community Helpers from A to Z" - my kids go on community trips and we do a unit on Community Helpers, so this would be great to integrate the alphabet along with that!

  31. The Hating Book by Charlotte Zolotow is a great book for the beginning of the school year. It's about two girls who are friends and get into a fight because of a misunderstanding. It's great for K-3 and can spark a good discussion about how to handle conflict.


  32. I found many books that I love on this great website. Thanks for sharing! I chose My Lucky Day because it is about a fox who has "dinner" come to his door or does it? Sounds like it would be good for predicting.

  33. How to Heal a Broken Wing looks so wonderful1 That's what I would pick!


  34. Measuring Penny looks like it would be cute to use when learning about money.


  35. Hi Deanna! Thanks for sharing this site. I love the way it is organized. I love A Chair for My Mother - great story. I'd love for your to join my weekly linky party Fiction Friday: A Celebration of Children's Literature.

    The Teaching Thief
    Fiction Friday

  36. The Snowman is a great wordless book.

    This is a great site. I can't wait to explore it more.


  37. Thanks for sharing this site! It's so much fun to read everyone's comments. I would choose Grandfather Twilight!
    I could spend many hours looking at titles. I love the way it's laid out and so easy to navigate.

    Owl Things First

  38. I love this site! Thanks for sharing it with us. What a great resource to really find that perfect book. With Common Core starting for me next year this will be a great resource to choose quality literature that is proven to help teach comprehension strategies. I love that I won't get in the rut of choosing the same old books each year because I know they work - I can branch off and select new ones and not be afraid they won't accomplish the goals I have.

    My favorite book to use to teach inferencing is Flower Garden by Eve Bunting. I love that it is relate-able to my students but also provides them with the opportunity to really use their word & picture clues to make meaning from the text.

    Thanks again Deanna - you never fail to provide us with awesome resources!

    Kindergarten Katy

  39. I love Elmer by David McKee! I love how it inspires individuality! :)
    Love this site! Would love some poetry books!
    Crayons and Curls

  40. I absolutely love One and Zero (both by Kathryn Otoshi) for synthesizing! Both have few words but are very powerful and appropriate for a HUGE range of students.

    The First Grade Scoop

  41. Pete's a Pizza by William Steig is an AMAZING book to use for visualizing and sequencing. Looks like you found another great site. :) I can't wait to share it with my colleagues!

  42. Fancy Nancy! I love all things Fancy Nancy and I was excited to see there was such a variety (in paperback and hardback). I really liked that there were books for different comprehension strategies. Sometimes it's really hard to find the just right book for predictions or questions. Very helpful.

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  43. This is such a wonderful site. There are several I love and several I would love to purchase. I love using Ordinary Mary each year and encouraging my kiddos to do nice things for others. Thank you.

  44. I LOVE the story Don't Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi! This is a great read-aloud for that point in the year, usually right before Spring Break, where we've gone months with no work days or holidays and the kids are just sick of each other and a little burnt out. It reminds them that they really do love each other, tired or not!

    Thanks for opening my eyes to another GREAT resource for teachers!

  45. I love this site. I love The Listening Walk by Paul Showers because it's great for mental images, science, and making connections.

    Thanks a bunch!

    Chit Chat with Mrs. Shaw

    Learning Adventures

  46. How can I pick just one book???? My latest book is Pete the Cat and his 4 Groovy buttons. I love Pete. With this book, you get a wonderful pictures, a little math, great attitude and a big laugh! I do story times at the local public library. This book cracks up the kids and the adults.

    Another book that I need to mention is Have You Filled A Bucket Today? It teaches children how to make others happy and thus to make themselves happy. Do track it down if you haven't read it yet. It is worth it! The author is Carol McCloud.

    Thank you for sharing How To Heal A Broken Wing. I've not heard of it. I will read it when I go into work at the library tomorrow.

    Love your blog and thanks for sharing your ideas!!

    Donna Holmen

  47. Thank you for this amazing post! This store is incredible, because I too love books and am always looking for ways to incorporate them into my reading program ( we use StoryTown). My favorite book I saw was "Scarecrow Boy". I wanted to use this book last year, but our library didn't have it! Thanks so much, I hope I win!
    Karen Scott, Farming the First Grade Crop

  48. Love your new site! One book I was was "A Tree is Nice" that would be a good compliment to our study on plants. Interesting that alternates between color and black and white illustrations. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!
    epolston at rowland dot k12 dot ca

  49. I LOVE children's books...I'm addicted! I can't wait to buy Up, Down, and Around. I am planting a garden with my kinders this year and this book will be the perfect compliment. Thanks for reminding me about this new site - it's a must for teachers! I love the organization of the website!

  50. I LOVE books as well! I am loving this site. Our district is very big on the writing traits, but I sometimes have a hard time finding appropriate books. This site will definitely help with that! I saw the book "Apples and Pumpkins" which I love because I always teach an apple unit and a pumpkin unit and we do a compare/contrast with the two.

  51. What a great site. I love how they list books by the new common core and different reading strategies. I start the year with My Teacher Sleeps in School. My students really wonder if I do sleep there. I have slippers in my closet that I show them, my different cups for drinking different beverages, and I even have a small refrigerator in my room. When I am finished with the book, they are not sure.


  52. Hello! My favorite book this year was "City Dog Country Frog". It's a very sweet book about friendship. My kindergartners voted it their favorite also!

  53. "The Whale's Song" is one of my favorite books. Its a beautiful story that is loved by my kids too.

    The Resourceful Apple

  54. I love "Little Blue, Little Yellow". I use it and then make play dough in two different colors. We then retell the story. We also make a booklet of the steps in making it. I include what it sounded like, looks like, and feels.

  55. I love "Little Blue, Little Yellow". I use it and then make play dough in two different colors. We then retell the story. We also make a booklet of the steps in making it. I include what it sounded like, looks like, and feels.

  56. I love Daniel Kirk's Library Mouse series. These books are super for teaching kids that they are authors too! Library Mouse A World to Explore is my new favorite. It teaches all about the research process. This will go great with the Common Core standard!!

    Kimberly Hart

  57. All The Places to Love is one of my very favorite books! I also love Let's Get a Pup Said Kate--so much fun! When I pack up my classroom each year I tell myself I can't buy any more books but that only lasts a couple of days at the most. What a great resource!

  58. The Cleer School Teacher Blog is wonderful. Flotsam by David Wiesner is one of my favorite wordless books. I have my wish list going and should probably order before it gets much bigger:)

  59. What a great site! I would pick Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes - a great book for making connections.

    Spotlight on Kindergarten

  60. "An Egg is Quiet" happens to be my favorite! The kids love the story! We read it during our egg unit!

  61. ONE (there are many) of my favorites is "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by James Marshall. My students LOVE to decribe Goldilocks as "naughty" and can't believe how daring she is to walk into the Bear's house without permission!

  62. I love "Ira Sleeps Over". So many first graders can connect to going to a friend's house for the first time and wanting to take their blankey or a stuffed animal but afraid they may be embarrassed. This is a great site!

  63. It will be hot when we go back to school, so I'm thinking "Heat Wave" would be a great read. We also study weather at the beginning of the year, so it would be a nice fit.

    keitadonna @ Hotmail.com

  64. I love all the "unit" of books they have under the common core tab for kindergarten! They have tons of the classics all organized in one place!

  65. Great website! Love the book, One is a snail, ten is a crab! I've got to get it for my class.


  66. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed fits well with our school-wide bucket-filling theme. I love how it demonstrates that one good deed can inspire another and another, and that what you give can come back to you someday.
    - Kelly Campbell

  67. OK... I think i've been hiding under a rock... I knew blogs existed but never knew I could find and learn so much new information. I have been addicted to reading blogs since i'm out of school for the summer. I love it. With that being said I love the book site. I too am a bookaholic. A book I have just been introduced to is 14 Cows for America by Deedy. This is a great book to teach students about helping others. It is also good to introduce 9/11. and what a beautifully illustrated book. On the last page you can see the image of the twin towers in the young mans eyes. LOVE LOVE IT. Gets me emotional just thinking about it.

  68. What a great resource!! I am a "book-a-holic as well. Tried the e reader, but there is nothing like holding a book and seeing your progress. And there is nothing like instilling that love into our kiddos. My favorite book ever is The Monster At the End of This Book. As a little girl, I can remember asking anyone who entered my parents' house to let me read to them. The memories a book can create are just limitless. Well happy reading!!

  69. I am loving this website! It will definitely be a new bookmark on my Mac. I love the books that are suggested to accompany the Lucy Calkin's Writing Series. I think my favorite book from that list is Arthur Writes a Story. It's such a cute way to introduce story writing to my first graders, as they already love Arthur and some of them need to see that writing can be fun! I will be sharing this website with the others on my team for sure!


  70. Oh my goodness! This site is awesome - there are simply SO many fantastic books and to have them categorized for us in so many ways is VERY helpful. Thank you so much for sharing! I can't believe 11 years teaching and I've never come across it.
    I would have to say that I'm a fan of the wordless books (especially moving down to kinder for next year) so, A Boy, A Dog, A Frog and a Friend would be towards the top of my list. I also love Tuesday too.


  71. My favorite book this year was Think Big by Nancy Carlson. It is a must read book to any primary classroom! Melissa

  72. Great site!. So many choices....Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman



  73. I have so many favorites! But being a Kinder teacher, I think my favorite has got to be Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. You've got to love the excitement of the kids as they realize the book is all about letters-and the giggles when they "dust their pants"!

  74. I love how the site categorizes all of these wonderful children's books! One of my kids favorites under "inferring" is "Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type." They love the quirkiness of the characters.

    Thank you!


  75. I love, love, love books! Lately I'm a little obsessed with everything non-fiction. Everything information is so important to the CCSS!


  76. I like the book: Owl Moon by JAne Yolen.

  77. I think I'd like All the Places to Love it looks like such an amazing book!

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  78. Love this site! It is so easy to find great books for whatever I am teaching. One of my favorites is A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon reminding us always to be ourselves!


  79. This website is such a wonderful resource! I really want to incorporate more poetry into my classroom next year and one I found was: Button Up! written by Alice Schertle! It seems very engaging and appropriate for Kindergarteners, especially with the adorable animal characters!


  80. I'm excited you're promoting the Clever School Teacher site. Its a great new tool for teachers... from a great teacher! My book, without a doubt... Our Tree Named Steve. While I think my Kinders love watching me hold back the tears on this one, I love the responses I get as I read their books and story pages about things that are special to them.

  81. I love Flotsam and Tuesday by David Weisner!! Such great books!!

    Danielle Brown



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