06 March 2014

Book Talk Thursday - Book Fair Finds

I love a good book fair! This week my school's spring book fair has been going on, and yesterday I made the trip WAAAAYYY down the hall to check it out. (Ya know how Wayside School was built vertically instead of horizontally? Well, my school is the correct version of Wayside School...seriously, pack a lunch and pajamas, travel to the other end of the world). Boy, am I glad I made the journey!

I posted this picture on my instagram (#truelifeimateacher) yesterday!

Here's the breakdown:

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf will be a perfect addition to our fairytale/folktale unit. It takes the traditional version to a more modern level, with a surprise ending! It will be nice to have the kiddos be able to compare/contrast a third version of the story.

Snowmen All Year will be great for helping to teach seasons. We do a big unit of seasons at the beginning of the year, but revisit it each 9 weeks, as the seasons begin to change. My students loved Snowmen At Night, and I'm sure this one will soon become a favorite as well.

Next up is Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora (also the author of this amazing version of The Princess and the Pea). The cover grabbed me right away (yeah, I judged!), with all of the different ways to say hello. I skimmed through it quickly, and knew this would be an awesome book to read at the beginning of the year when we are learning about Morning Meeting. We spend some time learning lots of different ways to greet each other, and this book will be such a fun way to introduce the different languages.

All Through My Town has adjectives and verbs galore! I think this is going to be a mentor text we use to help with narratives (especially personal narratives), and generating topics. Plus, the pictures are really interesting, and will help with describing. The Amazon blurb states, "Who are the people in your neighborhood? Perfect for the pre-K set, this adorable rhyming text takes a walking tour of your community. The fresh modern art of Leo Timmers features hidden details and a perennial theme reminiscent of Richard Scarry. Little ones will beg to re-read again as they discover the characters who repeat throughout the art in this sweet and vibrant story." It is a very easy read, but I think that's what will make it so relatable as a mentor text.

When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic is perfect for Career Week! Billy is presenting to the class all about the things he thinks he might like when he grows up. But even with many exciting ideas, he's still not sure. I can't wait to read this in two weeks - I'm already thinking of an extension craftivity!

Last, but not least is Froggy's Worst Playdate. I love the Froggy books, and they are so adaptable with what kinds of things can be taught using them. 

Perhaps my favorite part? I only spent $11! 

Happy Reading!


  1. I hope we have some of the same books at our fair next week! I need the three pigs version and Snowmen All Year for my kinders. Smiles! Jayne
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  2. Thanks for your good work!Great selection of books...
    I am so grateful Bookworm Central is a Virginia Book Fair company. We do two book fairs a year and were burnt out on the vendor our community used in the past. We were definitely excited to learn Bookworm is a Northern Virginia Book Fair company, as it is very important to us to support local companies that provide a great service. Bookworm thank you for being a company we can be proud to partner with


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