Welcome back for a brand new Must Read Monday, hosted by Kindergarten Planet and the Kindergarten Connection. This week's focus: Holiday Books.
Now, I LOVE holidays. When someone says "holiday books," I'm thinking everything from Halloween to New Years. It all kind of runs together during the fall semester, so I thought I would include a couple favorites for each holiday.
The Old Lady books…I've blogged about these before. There's seriously one for every holiday. I love these because, when the kids get squirrelly just before a holiday, these books help to bring them down off the ceiling. Their repetitive nature makes them great for read alouds and retell practice.
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving…Another I've blogged about before, but such a cute book about preparing for Thanksgiving. In this story, the kids save the turkeys from becoming dinner and invite them over as guests instead. It follows the same story structure as 'Twas the Night before Christmas, but with much more modern language.
Thanks for Thanksgiving…I like this one so much I've accidentally bought multiple copies. We usually read this just before discussing and writing what we are thankful for. It's the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving unit.
Mater Saves Christmas…This is not your ordinary Christmas story. My boys go NUTS over this book, especially if I read it in the movie characters' voices. This is my "It's the week before Christmas and a full moon too" life saver. Yeah, it's that good at getting and keeping their attention. (Don't worry, your girls will like it, too. And if yours are anything like mine were, they'll get a kick out of how into the book the boys are!)
Llama Llama Holiday Drama…We read this one the second week in December. The kids are beginning to get overwhelmed with excitement at that point and this book helps them to regroup. We talk about calming strategies again and how we can use them during this exciting time of the year.
Squirrel's New Year's Resolution…As soon as we get back from winter break, we read this book, talk about what resolutions are, and make our own goals for the new year. If I had planned better, we would have revisited our resolutions more and tracked our progress. Next year, I'll do better. :-/
What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below.