Children's Literature

I am currently in college to be an elementary teacher. These are some books that I read as a child that I really enjoyed and ones I plan to use in my future classroom.

The Lorax

The Lorax - Dr. Seuss

Grade Level: Pre-K-K, 1-2, 3-5

Lexile Level: 560L

The Lorax is about a mythical creature who protects the trees and animals from a stranger when he moves into their area and starts cutting down the trees. When a young boy is told the story of the lorax, he sets out to protect the land the way the lorax did and is able to turn everything around. I would use this book for arbor day. I would use this book to explain to my students how important it is that we take care of nature and all elements in it.


Holes - Louis Sachar

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Lexile Level: 660L

Holes is an exciting story about a young boy who believes he is sent to a camp, but he is actually sent to a remote area where he is told to dig holes all day long. He meets the best friends of his life and after digging a hole one day, uncovers something that changes his life forever. I would read this to my class as a read-aloud. I love reading chapter books to a class and I would read it whenever we had spare time or during free time if the students want, but making sure to read at least one chapter every day so it would be finished soon rather than spanning it out throughout the year.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert

Grade Level: Pre-K-K

Lexile Level: AD530L

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an adorable book about the lowercase letters of the alphabet, one by one, climbing up a coconut tree together. Once they all get to the top, they all fall down and get boo-boo's! Then the uppercase letters come and help all the lowercase letters. I would use this book for teaching the alphabet and identifying uppercase and lowercase letters.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! - John A. Scieszka

Grade Level: Pre-K-K, 1-2, 3-5

Lexile Level: AD570L

This book is about the classic story, "The Three Little Pigs" but told from the wolf's point of view. The wolf is going to bake a cake for his grandmother but he is out of sugar. He goes to each pig's house asking for sugar but he is suffering from a cold and his sneezes are what blows their houses down. From their houses falling down, the first 2 pigs die and the wolf eats them, therefore, giving him the title of the "bad guy". He is sent to jail but it was all a misunderstanding, or so he says. This book would be great to use for a point of view lesson or a lesson on comparing and contrasting.

The Book With No Pictures

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The Book with No Pictures - B.J. Novak

Grade Level: Pre-K-K

Lexile Level: 380L

This book is hilarious! It has no pictures but the reader has to say some very funny words. It also has some encouraging words for the students about how great they are and how they can do anything they set their mind to. I would read this book to my class if we had any free time, just to read something silly to have a few minutes of fun.