Looking for the best books to help your young readers identify and understand themes in literature? These five must-have books will help your students think critically about a story’s main idea and discover all the hidden meanings inside the books they’re reading, now and in the future.
Plus, check out these 5 graphic organizers to help further deepen your students’ understanding of themes in literature.
A Bad Case of Stripes
In A Bad Case of Stripes, Camilla Cream thinks lima beans are delicious. But her classmates can’t stand them, so she won’t eat them either. And then when it’s time to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, guess what happens to Camilla? She becomes completely covered in red, white, and blue stripes! To put it mildly, she’s just not herself.
Peer pressure and fitting in are common themes your students will come across in this book and in many others throughout their reading journey. With this funny and engaging story, your young lima-bean lovers and haters will explore what it means to be true to one’s self, and why it’s so important.