Spooktacular Literature Choices

It’s that time of year again, and some of the kids favorite night. Even though your school might not celebrate Halloween, it is still okay to get the kids into the fall spirit. Holidays and events are times that students look forward to experiencing with their teachers because some may not get to at home, I know fall was always my favorite. What better idea than to fill your classroom library with great fall literature choices? To keep the students engaged and excited, I believe it is a great idea for teachers to fill their libraries based on the time of year or holiday.

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To make it more engaging for the students after you read the stories you can always add fun activities or lessons to go along with it.  The students will love the idea of getting to relate the book to their actual life, like writing pieces or drawings. Letting the students feel apart of something that is important to many of their classmates will mean more to them, then you can imagine. Take a look at this great list of books to have in your library for this spooktacular time of year!

I hope you and your students enjoy!

Happy Halloween.

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Was it apart of your Childhood?

What books were a part of your childhood? Without even realizing it, animal fantasy most likely made up over half of your library. In today’s society many textbooks won’t even recognize them anymore. There is a way to pick out ones with a deeper meaning for your students, and that’s what I’m here to talk to you about today.

 

There are four category’s that make up Animal Fantasy:

Type 1: Anthropomorphic Animals.They are the books where the characters live in an all animal world.

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Type 2: Anthropomorphic Animals. These are the books that animals coexist with humans.

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Type 3: Talking animals in their natural habitats.

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Type 4: Realistic animals with human thinking ability.

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Using those four categories will help you fill your classroom library with books that get your class’ attention, yet still appropriate and educational. Even though textbooks don’t recognize “animal fantasy” anymore, many teachers still find it important to give students the opportunity to experience what many of us filled our childhood with. Students are obsessed with these types of books and will almost always choose them if they get the chance, it is a great way to increase the reading level and give them a lot of practice.

Have you ever heard of “The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Grouchy Ladybug”, and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?”? You probably have, and I found a great link to a bunch of those awesome favorites from Eric Carle! These are great examples of animal fantasy that you find many teachers filling their libraries with.

Getting Children Experience Needed

Many people know that children have the perfect idea of what they enjoy to read. When is it okay for teachers to step in and push the students to get them to the next level? Or read something that isn’t a social norm for life around them.

In today’s society there are many issues related to children literature (Gender, Racial, Cultural, Family, Religion). As teachers we need to know how to avoid the stereotypical books so that children can experience certain situations through literature.

Here are just a few popular children’s book suggestions that many teachers point out to be their favorites.

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The list gives a wide variety of books that show students images to understand incidents of a multicultural viewpoint. This will allow for these cultures to be apparent in your classroom and give students insight before they continue to progress through school.

  • Take some time to read this awesome blog I found on more reasons why teachers should teach with multicultural literature.

To give children the opportunity to read about these differences, make sure you have a wide variety of books in your own classroom library. As the students read and explore these different books, it will open many discussions in class that will allow you to help them understand and even students that may understand the “issue” first hand. Giving students this opportunity allows them to relate to children from around the world and compare/contrast their experiences to their own.