Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Books for Pink Shirt Day!
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by Adrienne Gear
1w ago
Pink Shirt Day falls on the last Wednesday of February every year – which means that it is coming up SOON! (Next Wednesday, Feb. 28th). This week is the perfect time to launch discussions in your class about the history of Pink Shirt Day and how we can all work together to create a more kind, inclusive world. And what better way to launch that discussion than by starting with a great Pink Shirt Day read-aloud? There are MANY books that focus on some of the important themes of this day – bullying, kindness, inclusion, empathy, and staying true to what you believe in. Here are ten (okay, eleven ..read more
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Top Ten Tuesday – Inter-Connectedness of Trees and Forests.
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by Adrienne Gear
2w ago
I am obsessed with nonfiction read alouds and how they help build knowledge, vocabulary and thinking in your class! So this week, my top ten books are all about trees – their beauty, their strength, their importance, and their interconnectedness of nature – and how we need to work together to protect them. These books are filled with interesting facts but also invite readers to look and think about trees in new ways. Lots of learning, discussing, and thinking will emerge from these book gems!  Here are my top 10 books about trees! The Magic and Mystery of Trees – Jen Green A mesmerizing, fact ..read more
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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Books for Learning About and Celebrating Lunar New Year – 2024
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by Adrienne Gear
3w ago
Lunar New Year is an important cultural holiday celebrated by many East and Southeast Asians around the world. What better way for your students to learn about the origins and traditions of this celebration than by sharing some favorite Lunar New Year picture books? Here are my top ten Lunar New Year books for 2024! And, since this is the Year of the Dragon, I’ve included a few dragon books as well! I Love Chinese New Year! – Eva Wong Nawa Readers join Mai-Anne as she celebrates a new year with her family and learns about the origins of Chinese New Year and the twelve zodiac animals. Wonderfu ..read more
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Top 10 Tuesday – Great Books about Habitats, Biomes, and Ecosystems
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by Adrienne Gear
1M ago
Top Ten Tuesday this week features some engaging nonfiction picture books about different biomes and ecosystems and the wild life who live within them. These make great read-alouds to link to your science lessons and for knowledge building in your class! Fascinating books filled with wonderful facts and amazing visuals – even if you are not studying the subject in science – they make great interactive, content-rich read-alouds!  Many Biomes, One Earth – Sneed B. Collard III Readers travel around the world and discover twelve terrestrial biomes of North and South America. From icy tundra, thro ..read more
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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite New Books to Celebrate SNOW!
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by Adrienne Gear
1M ago
Snow is in the forecast, so thought it would be a good time to share some favorite books about snow!  Here is a list of my favorite NEW books about snow that were released in late 2023 or early 2024. For more snow books, check out of some of my favorites HERE, including waiting for snow, celebrating snow, and visualizing snow. GearTip – Remember – if you don’t have a hard copy of the book, check online for the YouTube read-alouds! Favorite New Books about Snow: Just One Flake – Travis Jonker A delightful story about a determined little boy who tries tiresly to catch a snowflake on his tongue ..read more
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Top 10 Tuesday – Favorite Picture Books of 2023 for Gifting and Sharing!
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by Adrienne Gear
2M ago
Thank you to everyone for following my blog as I count down my favorite books from the past year. In case you missed any of my lists – here they are again! Click HERE for my favorite beginning chapter books of 2023. Click HERE for my favorite middle grade novels of 2023. Click HERE for my favorite nonfiction picture books of 2023. I end my lists with my favorite picture books of 2023. This was probably the hardest list to create because there were just SO many amazing books that were published this year! But I have tried my best to focus on my favorites. What makes a “favorite”? Now that is a ..read more
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Top 10 Tuesday – Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books of 2023
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by Adrienne Gear
2M ago
My end of the year favorites continue this week with my favorite Nonfiction Picture books from the past year. This was VERY difficult to narrow down as the information books released this year were exceptional! Nonfiction books are perfect for linking to your socials and science units and make EXCELLENT interactive read-alouds to help your students build knowledge, vocabulary, oral language, and thinking! One book can do all that? Now that’s what I call a big bang for your buck! Hoping you find one or two new titles for sharing and gifting this holiday season! NOTE: SEVERAL of the titles at th ..read more
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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Middle Grade Novels 2023
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by Adrienne Gear
3M ago
I’m back with my favorite middle grade (grades 5-8) novels of the year! I recommend these books for both classroom read-alouds and stocking stuffers for your middle grade readers at home! The list is long (far more than ten titles!) but they are all unforgettable stories and many will tug on your heartstrings! I have organized the books into different genres, so you are sure to find a book your middle grader will love! Realistic  Top Story – Kelly Yang This is the fifth installment in the Front Desk MG series. I can always count on Kelly Yang to provide uplifting stories of friendship, f ..read more
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Top 10 Tuesday -Top 10 Beginning Chapter Books 2023 for Sharing and Gifting!
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by Adrienne Gear
3M ago
As we approach the holiday season, I’m excited to start my Top Ten lists featuring my favorite books of 2023 for sharing and gifting! Each Tuesday leading up to Christmas, I will share my favorite 2023 titles from five different book groups: Nov. 22 – Beginning Chapter Books (and Early Graphic Novels) Nov. 28 – Middle Grade Novels Dec. 5 – Graphic Novels Dec. 12 – Nonfiction Books Dec. 19 – Picture books This week, we will begin with my favorite Beginning Chapter books of 2023. These books are often filled full-color illustrations, or graphic novel layout, and provide a nice bridge between pi ..read more
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Top 10 Tuesday – Ten Books to help RESET RESPECT in your classroom!
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by Adrienne Gear
3M ago
With Halloween and Remembrance Day behind us and Christmas coming up, I thought I would break from our seasonal themes and focus on something you might need to get you through to the winter break – I’m talking about a little RESPECT! While we often begin our school year with some of these books to help build a positive class community, they are also useful tools for pushing the “respect reset button” if you start noticing classroom respect flying out the window! Here are my favorite books for helping your class RESET RESPECT! You Get What You Get – Julia Gassman “You get what you get and you ..read more
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