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A few good books

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As part of my crazy idea to take three summer courses at once I am taking a education library class.  I love picture books and sharing books with kids.  So as part of this I wanted to share some books with you.  I’m thinking this is a good way to keep exploring new books and so I might make this a regular feature on this blog.  Let me know your thoughts and any suggestions which would make this something more useful for you.   

Image1. Help Me Mr. Mutt! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

When dogs have trouble who do they turn to? Why it’s Mr.Mutt the dear abby of the dog world. In this fun book Mr. Mutt helps all sorts of dogs solve their problems but what he doesn’t know is that his own problems are going to take over.  Once his problem gets out of control can Mr.Mutt solve his own trouble?  Read the book to find out.  As an added bonus this book includes a search and find list to keep the fun going even after the first reading.  For classroom use this would be a great book to use while teaching letter writing or exploring problem solving skills.  

2. One by Kathryn Otoshi

ImageThis book is hard to explain in a book talk format it is the story of what happens when the red dot picks on the blue dot.  Through the story and amazingly simple but beautiful illustrations the author examines the concepts of colours and numbers while sharing a story about being true to yourself in the face of bullying.  The anti-bullying message is well done with a gentle touch.  Never preachy or heavy handed the author conveys the feelings of both the bully and the bullied.  Even young children can gain a lot through this story and the beautiful illustrations make it a natural for a read aloud.  

About Ms. Ginther

I am an education student at the University of Regina studying Early Childhood Education. I have a strong interest in library science after working in the public library for 7 years. Eventually I hope to pursue a masters degree in librarian sciences.

5 responses »

  1. One by Kathryn Otoshi is a great way to address bullying at a variety of ages. It is also a good recourse to use with EAL learners to deliver the message because the colours, shapes and space deliver the emotion the author wishes to convey without needing words. Definitely one of my new favourite books!

  2. I took the library class in my second year, and it was an extremely useful class. Most of the students in the class were 4th year students and they had all wished they had taken it sooner because of the valuable resources we received. I think you will feel the same and will find you refer back to the information in your internship!

  3. A good read-a-loud can really change the tone of a day. I teach 5th grade and I have yet to have a class that didn’t like an occasional “children’s book” read to them. My classes have really liked Lane Smith’s work, as well as books by Karen Kaufman Orloff. Humor always has always been a way to “get the kids back” or transition to a different point in the day.

    Both of the books you mentioned are new to me, so I wil be sure to check them out soon.

    • I’m glad that you found some new titles. I’ve also found that even teenagers occasionally don’t mind a “children’s book” once in a while as a change of pace. Especially if the topic ties in to what they are learning about (or it means they don’t have to do real work).

  4. Miss W. given my history of work with the public library I am finding that the ELIB course is a good review for me. I think for those without my work history it would be even better. I am enjoying the chance to discover some new books because having a wide variety of books to draw from is something I find very important when planning.


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