Goodnight Already! 


Bear is a sweet friend and he lives next door to a duck. The only problem is, bear wants to sleep but duck is making it nearly impossible. All duck wants to do is, make a smoothie, and read a book, and start a rock band and…..well I think you get the idea. What is bear to do??? He has bags under his eyes and he can’t take this much longer. 

Read Jory Johns’ E.B. White Read Aloud Honor award recipient, Goodnight Already! To find out if bear ever gets to sleep. 

Use this to show children a story can have many details. The details make the story so it’s important to have them connect in some way. Have them see that there is a beginning, a middle and an end. 


Nerdy Birdy

Nerdy Birdy does not fit in. He has big glasses and compared to the other birds, he has small wings. He is also lonely and wants some birds to be friends with. Except for the cool birds don’t want to be friends with him because his interests are video games, and reading about video games. He then finds a group of other nerdy birds just like him and before he knows it he has a whole host of friends. 

Nerdy Birdy meets a “gothic” vulture and while the other nerdy birds are apprehensive about befriending this vulture, nerdy Birdy takes a new step towards accepting others, even if they are different from him. 

Use this to teach about diversity in your classroom and in your community. Have children write letters to those whom they wouldn’t usually think to write to, have them ask questions to get to know the person. 


The Day the Crayons Quit

Duncan’s crayons have something to say and it’s not very pretty. They understand that Duncan has been using them either excessively, or not enough and they are tired of the injustice. They write him letters to tell him of their anger, and they want to see changes. Well, Duncan hears them out and decides to color a picture that is atypical of his usual coloring habits. 

End the end the crayons are happy and Duncun gets an A+ for creativity. 

Read Drew Daywalt’s, The Day the Crayons Quit to supplement your language arts classroom and lessons on writing letters. What would your other writing utensils say to you? 


There’s an alligator under my bed. 


This suspenseful story tells about a boy and an alligator. He knows there’s one under his bed, but he doesn’t know how to get him to leave. He calls his parents in to check but they don’t see anything. He is very nervous and he can’t sleep. He then gets and idea to get some food from the kitchen and trail it to the garage so the alligator will follow it and leave his room. Well, it works! He now has trapped it in the garage. 
But,. . . Now his dad won’t be able to get to his car in the morning for work!! 

See what happens in Mercer Meyers, “There’s and Alligator under my bed”. 

Use this to teach children about using their imaginations to come up with a unique story for free writing, and use this as a prompt for younger children to tell the class how they found ________ under their bed! 


The Book With No Pictures

The book with no pictures


B.J. Novak, star of “The Office” (American version), writes this hilarious children’s book with no pictures. That’s right, no pictures! The reader must read all of the words on each page, that’s how books work. So no matter what, the grown-up must read all of the silly words that are there. The children love to see and hear adult act silly while reading and as you can imagine, it’s a great read aloud.

You this book to teach specifically about onomatopoeia’s and using VOICE in writing to convey a message and show the audience who the author is.


I am the Dog

I am the dog


Daniel Pinkwater’s book is about a boy and a dog who decide they will switch places for a day. They wake up and begin with breakfast. The dog eats at the table and the boy eats on the floor. They both enjoy it. The dog then goes to school and the boy stays home. Later when the dog comes home he walks his pet boy. They both have a lot of fun.

They decide at the end of the day they will switch back. They wake up and are themselves again. But they agree on one fact. . . . being a dog is better!


This is a perfect picture book to aid your writing lessons that deal with sequence of events, and using transitional words while teaching your 6 traits writing, in a 2-4 grade classroom.


All The World

all the world


All the World is a Caldecott honor award book. This heartwarming story connects the whole world to show that we are not so different from everyone else. We all have gardens, we all have families and we all have skies and waters. All of the World is all of us. We can connect through the common themes of life.

This is a perfect book to use as a word choice guide. you’ll find that throughout,  the book is a long poem, connecting each page to the next. Show your students how they can use rhymes to tell a story.