Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wild About Books

Title: Wild About Books
Author: Judy Sierra
Illustrator: Marc Brown
Publication Date: 2004
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
Summary: The animals at the zoo get excited about reading and writing when the librarian accidentally parks the bookmobile at the zoo.  By the end of the book all the animals are “wild about books”!
What I Think: This was the perfect book to kick off the school year for me.  I read about how important it is for kids to have access to books and to find books that match a student's reading abilities and their interests.  There is nothing more important to me as a teacher than helping students develop a love of reading.  I love the energy in this book and how excited the animals get when they have books to read!
Read Together: K - 8
Read Alone: 3 - 8
Read With: And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss; school or classroom library rules/procedures/expectations; community library information
Snatch of Text: “Forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,
They went wild, simply wild, about wonderful books,
Choosing thin books and fat books and Cat in the Hat books
And new books and true books and heaps of how-to books.”
Reading Strategies to Practice: Just-Right Book, Finding a Reading Spot, Making Connections
Writing Strategies to Practice: Rhyme, Alliteration
Writing Prompts: Describe your ideal reading/writing spot.  Explain how to find a just-right book.  Explain how to take good care of books. 
Topics Covered: Reading, Writing, Genres, Creating an Environment for Reading, Responsibility
Translated to Spanish: Yes – !Que Locura Por La Lectura!

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