Our Favorite Books

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    Dear Parents and Students,

    Here is a list of read-aloud books that we enjoy in our daily classroom reading.   

    Happy Reading!

     

Read-Alouds

  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

    Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

    by Paula Danzinger Year Published: Average
    Amber is not a typical third grader! In this first- person narrative, she may not be a crayon, but Amber Brown is certainly blue over the fact that her best friend, Justin Daniels, is moving away. Find out more...

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Dragon of the Red Dawn

    Dragon of the Red Dawn

    by Mary Pope Osbourn Year Published: Average
    This wonderful Magic Tree House book is a perfect pair with our Japan Unit of Study. In this exciting story of Jack and Annie, we are traveling to the time in Japan where Edo is the capital, the children have to save the city from a burning fire, and they meet someone special named Basho, who created Haiku!

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Gooney Bird Greene

    Gooney Bird Greene

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    Gooney Bird is new to Watertower Elementary School. All the kids are so interested in this quirky and interesting girl who only tells "absolutely true stories". If you LOVE this book, you'll like Gooney Bird Greene and the Room Mother! Fun stories with great vocabulary.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Mr. Popper's Penguins

    Mr. Popper's Penguins

    by Richard and Florence Atwater Year Published: Challenging
    "Mr. Popper is a house painter, but his work season ends with the onset of winter, and the family must curtail expenses. Mr. Popper often wishes that he could travel to far-away lands, but, lacking the money for such trips, he contents himself with reading National Geographic Magazine and listening to radio broadcasts of famous explorers. When the Popper family tunes in to one such broadcast by an Admiral Drake, who is exploring Antarctica, they receive a shock: the admiral uses his airtime to answer a letter sent by Mr. Popper. Furthermore, he promises Mr. Popper a surprise coming by express mail. The surprise comes in the form of a penguin, shipped in a large crate directly from Antarctica....." Find out what happens next to Mr. Popper and his family!
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  • My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

    My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

    by Patricia Pollacco Year Published: Easy Reading
    We used this book to make personal connections (text-to-self).

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Polar Bears Past Bedtime

    Polar Bears Past Bedtime

    by Mary Pope Osborne Year Published: Easy Reading
    It's icicle city . . . when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the frozen Arctic. Luckily, a seal hunter on a dogsled lends them warm clothes. Unluckily, they get stuck on cracking ice. Will the giant polar bear save them? Or will Jack and Annie become frozen dinners? The only way to find out is to read . . . Polar Bears Past Bedtime

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The Tale of Desperaux

    The Tale of Desperaux

    by Kate Dicamillo Year Published: Challenging
    Despereaux Tilling, the new baby mouse, is different from all other mice. Sadly, the romantic, unmouselike spirit that leads the unusually tiny, large-eared mouse to the foot of the human king and the beautiful Princess Pea ultimately causes him to be banished by his own father to the foul, rat-filled dungeon. The first book of four tells Despereaux's sad story, where he falls deeply in love with Princess Pea and meets his cruel fate. The second book introduces another creature who differs from his peers--Chiaroscuro, a rat who instead of loving the darkness of his home in the dungeon, loves the light so much he ends up in the castle& in the queen's soup. The third book describes young Miggery Sow, a girl who has been "clouted" so many times that she has cauliflower ears. Still, all the slow-witted, hard-of-hearing Mig dreams of is wearing the crown of Princess Pea. The fourth book returns to the dungeon-bound Despereaux and connects the lives of mouse, rat, girl, and princess.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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Core Books

  • Aesop's Fables

    Aesop's Fables

    by No Author Text Year Published: Challenging
    Children will love this wonderful collection of Aesop's fables, including challenging vocabulary. The students really enjoyed learning the moral of each story. Then, the students wrote their own fables, including animals as their main characters, depicting real human experiences. Their morals were very creative and true to life.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • Helen Keller

    Helen Keller

    by Margaret Davidson Year Published: Average
    This biography tells the story of the brave deaf and blind girl who overcomes many obstacles. The children love reading this story. It also goes very well with our science unit on sound.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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  • The Big Wave

    The Big Wave

    by No Author Text Year Published: Average
    This book tells the story of two young boys, Kino and Jiya, who experience a terrible tsunami. This book takes place in Japan and goes wonderfully with our Japan Unit of Study.

    Note: This book is available in our Library.
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