Thursday, December 10, 2015

Seasonal Stories: Books Your Students Will Love

Hello! This is Brandi from The Research Based Classroom. Welcome to the tenth day of Christmas here at Focused on Fifth. Today is one of my favorite themes....BOOKS! I am a book devouring kind of a person. I hate the smell of library books and you never know when you will want to read a book again. If you are visualizing overflowing bookshelves, then you have a picture of my house in your mind already. Today everyone linking up will be talking about books your students will love.

Here are some of my very favorite holiday books in no particular order. Beware: Clicking on any of the book covers will take you to Amazon.

1. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg- In my opinion this is a holiday classic. It was a new book when I took a children's literature class in college, I remember the teacher talking about how far children's literature had come in the past decade. But there's not much that can still compare with The Polar Express today. I like to put on the CD of Liam Neeson reading the book. He does a such fabulous job with it. 

2. I See Santa Everywhere by Glenn McCoy - This book is just funny. It's about a boy who visits a therapist because he thinks that he is seeing Santa everywhere- the grocery store, the zoo, even in a tattoo parlor. It takes the lyrics "he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake" a little bit further.

3. Rocking Horse Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne is a beautiful book. The illustrations by Ned Bittinger are AMAZING. It's about a rocking horse that gets put in the attic when his boy grows so big that he no longer plays with him. But one stormy Christmas Eve, this horse gets a new boy.

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss - Can I keep my job if I admit that I don't really care for Dr. Seuss books? I own very few, but this is one that I love. Over the past few years I have noticed that my student know the movie, but not the book. So it's a fun read aloud book for everyone.

5. The Night Before Christmas by Jan Brett - There are a lot of great versions of this poem but Jan Brett's is one of my favorites. There are so many vocabulary discussion opportunities when you read this book and of course, her pictures are amazing. There is a newer version with a DVD that has Jan Brett talking about how she made the book.


6. How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Kerensky - This is a fun book about how Santa tried lots of other jobs before he found something perfect for him. From delivering mail to chimney sweeping, Santa tried a lot of jobs before he became the Santa we love today.


7. How Santa Lost His Job by Stephen Kerensky - In this book, one of Santa's elves has an idea to replace Santa with a faster, more efficient Deliverator. But don't worry because all ends well. No one can replace Santa.


8. Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano - Turkey tries all kinds of costumes to get inside and see Santa. Warning: After reading this book, you may be eating pizza for Christmas dinner.

What are your favorite holiday books for the classroom? I would love to hear your suggestions too.

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1 comment:

  1. I love holiday picture books. There is just not enough time to read them all. Definitely planning on adding a few more of these to my bookshelf.