I love children's literature because writers for children can capture the simplest things and make them meaningful. I love the camaraderie created in a classroom when great books are shared and discussed. I love the community of kids, teachers, and parents children's literature brings together. I love teaching children, and I love teaching reading. When my two favorite things come together it equals children's literature!! This is going to be a long post, so get ready for lots of books!
This might be my all-time favorite picture book because it's about my favorite theme topic: leaving a legacy (you'll see a few other recommendations in this list that have the same theme). I also love circular story structures. City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Love, love, love this book - it's wordless! Flora & the Flamingo by Molly Idle Molly's newest book, Tea Rex is also a gem.
I even own an original watercolor by Matthew Cordell! Jealous?!
Another wordless one! My students loved this book.
If you ever get a chance to hear Lester read aloud, GO!
Okay, I could go on and on, but I'll move on to...
MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
Now there's a cool graphic novel adaptation, too!
CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (really, ANYTHING by Kate DiCamillo is fantastic)
The audio version is fantastic!
The entire Harry Potter series, of course!
Again, I could go on and on...
If I taught high school, we would be reading all of John Green's books AND watching all his Vlogbrothers videos!
This could be categorized as a middle grade novel, too.
This is also appropriate for a middle grade classroom.
I Am Messenger is also great!
I also love lots of the science fiction young adult novel series that are popular right now: Delirium, Divergent, Cinder, Hunger Games, Matched, Legend, etc.
Okay, I'm done. I knew I would get carried away, and I did! I can't wait to read all the other Armchair BEA blog posts today!!