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April 13, 2018

5 Books That Show Up in Teachers' Wish Lists and Shopping Carts

By The Scholastic.com Editors
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    It’s the end of the year and there is no time for fooling around. Between grading, conferences, ceremonies (and oh yes, teaching!) there is little time for those special moments you want (need!) to have with your students before they graduate. Here's where the just-right book continues the teaching, gives you some breathing space, and helps make that lasting impression that stays with your students long after they've walked out your classroom door for the last time

    We can help. Turns out the same five books keep showing up on teachers' wish lists and in their shopping carts. These are the books educators have ID’d as Books.To.Have. And here they are waiting for you!

    National Geographic Kids Readers: Spiders

    You rely on the nonfiction text features of the incomparable National Geographic classics, and students LOVE the glossy pictures and amazing facts. Kids are just fascinated by spiders — whether for their creepy crawly appeal or Charlotte’s Web association. This one is a no-brainer to keep your class enthralled.

     

    Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth

    This classic series has entertained kids from the moment the irrepressible and fabulously fancy Nancy hit bookstores and classroom libraries. No wonder teachers have made it their pick for this time of year. Get your class hooked on the Nancy series and you have a class of readers. We’re thinking you very well might target this for a shared laugh-aloud read-aloud.

     

    Flat Stanley: Stanley in Space

    Just the book to read with your students to launch them into a summer of adventure. Besides, what an awesome way to ensure kids keep up their writing chops over the summer than with the Flat Stanley Project! Grab some or all of these ideas when Stanley arrives in your classroom. Next year’s teachers will thank you, and parents will be forever grateful for keeping their kids occupied during summer break.

     

    Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery

    Whether you are newly introducing this super sleuth to your students or entertaining them with her latest adventure, Cam will keep them on the edge of their seats. There’s no mystery to why kids’ reading skills ebb during the summer, but with Cam on hand, the summer reading slide problem is solved.

     

    Goldilocks and Just One Bear

    This sweet sequel to the Goldilocks favorite might be just the story to share in a cozy corner of your classroom. The ones kids giggle over and remember and delight in the fun of a shared memory of the original. There is so much to get done at this time of year, but creating memories should not get tossed aside. In these waning days when some times feel a little too frenzied and some times feel a little too unfocused, this story can make one chosen time feel just right.

    What you read together with your students in your final days of school will stay with them — maybe not all the words on the page, but certainly what's between the lines. These are the books that have earned their reputation as kid favorites. And that's what makes them teacher favorites.

    It’s the end of the year and there is no time for fooling around. Between grading, conferences, ceremonies (and oh yes, teaching!) there is little time for those special moments you want (need!) to have with your students before they graduate. Here's where the just-right book continues the teaching, gives you some breathing space, and helps make that lasting impression that stays with your students long after they've walked out your classroom door for the last time

    We can help. Turns out the same five books keep showing up on teachers' wish lists and in their shopping carts. These are the books educators have ID’d as Books.To.Have. And here they are waiting for you!

    National Geographic Kids Readers: Spiders

    You rely on the nonfiction text features of the incomparable National Geographic classics, and students LOVE the glossy pictures and amazing facts. Kids are just fascinated by spiders — whether for their creepy crawly appeal or Charlotte’s Web association. This one is a no-brainer to keep your class enthralled.

     

    Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth

    This classic series has entertained kids from the moment the irrepressible and fabulously fancy Nancy hit bookstores and classroom libraries. No wonder teachers have made it their pick for this time of year. Get your class hooked on the Nancy series and you have a class of readers. We’re thinking you very well might target this for a shared laugh-aloud read-aloud.

     

    Flat Stanley: Stanley in Space

    Just the book to read with your students to launch them into a summer of adventure. Besides, what an awesome way to ensure kids keep up their writing chops over the summer than with the Flat Stanley Project! Grab some or all of these ideas when Stanley arrives in your classroom. Next year’s teachers will thank you, and parents will be forever grateful for keeping their kids occupied during summer break.

     

    Cam Jansen and the Secret Service Mystery

    Whether you are newly introducing this super sleuth to your students or entertaining them with her latest adventure, Cam will keep them on the edge of their seats. There’s no mystery to why kids’ reading skills ebb during the summer, but with Cam on hand, the summer reading slide problem is solved.

     

    Goldilocks and Just One Bear

    This sweet sequel to the Goldilocks favorite might be just the story to share in a cozy corner of your classroom. The ones kids giggle over and remember and delight in the fun of a shared memory of the original. There is so much to get done at this time of year, but creating memories should not get tossed aside. In these waning days when some times feel a little too frenzied and some times feel a little too unfocused, this story can make one chosen time feel just right.

    What you read together with your students in your final days of school will stay with them — maybe not all the words on the page, but certainly what's between the lines. These are the books that have earned their reputation as kid favorites. And that's what makes them teacher favorites.

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