Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Seasonal / Holiday Books We Love

Seasonal / Holiday Books We Love

We are so glad to be a part of this Blog Hop again this week where we will discuss books that relate to the seasons, holidays, and/or classroom celebrations. We hope you enjoy our selections. :) Thank you Katie and MinuteMommy for organizing this. Click the logo at the bottom of this post to hop on to the next teacher-blogger. :)

Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk

If you are looking for a book that is a little gross, creepy, yet still hilarious, then of corpse, Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald, is the perfect book for you! This easy chapter book (grade level equivalency 3.3) is a great choice for 2nd-4th grade readers.
In this book, Stink and his crew of friends, can't stop thinking about the Midnight Zombie Walk, set to take place at their local book store.  With the thought of Zombie's on their minds, Zink (Stink), starts to wonder if he is really being hunted by Zombies.  The author does an excellent job of combining the right amount of suspense to keep readers on their toes, while not making the story so scary they can't sleep at night. 

Ready to read this book with you class this year?  You can find this complete study guide in my store (link below).  The study guide contains comprehension questions for each chapter, vocabulary activities, grammar games, graphic organizers, and writing activities that your students will LOVE!

Thanksgiving on Thursday

Who doesn't love a good Magic Tree House book? In this easy chapter book, Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne, readers are taken on an adventure back in time to visit the first Thanksgiving.  I love this book because of the nice blend of fantasy and realism.  Children get so into the story line,  they do not realize they are actually learning about the Wampanoag Native Americans and what life was really like for early settlers.

Sneezy the Snowman

I love Scholastic Book Clubs; who doesn't? I picked up Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright as a dollar deal a few years ago. My kindergarteners loved this comedic character and the fun, playful illustrations and so did my daughter and I. In fact, I pulled this gem from my bookshelf earlier in order to blog about it and when I was ready for it the book had gone missing! Yep, you guessed it... My daughter had it!  This book has a grade equivalent of 2.5 but as mentioned before, my kindergarten kiddos also greatly enjoyed this read allowed.  Sneezy is freezing, literally, and everything he does to try and warm up causes him to melt. The kids laughed at how silly Sneezy didn't realize things like building a fire would make him less of a snowman. 

This is a fun read aloud to celebrate winter. I usually read this in January. We would do a lot of snow related activities that month, including writing about how to make a snowman, painting, and more.

Froggy's First Kiss

Oh, Froggy! First of all... I love, love, love Froggy. He is such a cute, lovable character. Maybe it's his clumsiness that I find so appealing. Well, Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London is a must read around Valentine's Day. Froggy's in love! This book is geared towards K-2 but I think people of age will enjoy it. Click the picture below to see what I have in my store that relates to Valentine's Day.

The Night Before the 100th Day of School

All kindergarten and First Grade teachers celebrate the 100th day of school, don't they? My kindergarten team and I loved planning out a day FULL OF FUN activities! In Natasha Wing's The Night Before the 100th Day of School a boy is scrambling to figure out what he can bring for his 100 Day collection. I always had my kindergarteners bring in a collection of 100 items. We would then use big sorting mats to put them into ten groups of ten. Another fun activity was counting out 100 snacks. Don't tell the Obama's but I would bring in Cheerios, M&M candies, Gummy Bears, and other goodies ;) and we would rotate around tables counting ten of each snack into our little baggie so that at the end of rotations each student had a collection of 100 snack items! I recommend this cute read aloud to add to your celebration.

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  1. Sneezy the Snowman looks adorable! Thank you for sharing. I grabbed some new titles!

    1. Thank you for "hopping" by. I'm glad you find some new books to share with your kiddos.

  2. Stink and the Zombie Walk! I have this book in my kid library, maybe I will use it as a read aloud this October!

  3. It's super cute! Your kids will love it!!

  4. Hi Karen & Kelie! What a great list of books. Sneezy the Snowman looks adorable. I love your ideas for Stink and the Zombie Walk too.
    Our Elementary Lives
    p.s Your blog looks great!

    1. Thanks so much Paige! We are brand new bloggers... happy to work together. :)

    2. Thanks so much Paige! We are brand new bloggers... happy to work together. :)