Early Learning

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Alphabet Adventure [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Wood, Audrey. Illustrated by Wood, Bruce

Early Learning

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

All the little letters of the alphabet are getting ready for a big adventure. Come share their excitement as they prepare for school, learn to stand in proper order, and even solve a mystery. Bold, bright pictures and an engaging story will entertain children as they learn to recognize the “little” letters.

Age Range: 4 – 6

Lexile: AD410L

Recommended by Liz Paul: I used this book in conjunction with upper-case/lower-case matching activities.

Easy Reading
Alphabet Adventure

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street [ACTIVATE & CONNECT, INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Seuss, Dr.

Early Learning

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT, INFER & VISUALIZE

Marco uses his imagination on his way home along Mulberry Street. Dr. Seuss’ first published book invites students to listen to the melodic rhyming text and relate it to what they see in their environment.

Age Range: 4 to 9

Lexile: NPL

Recommended by Susan Kirk: I read this aloud to my students in both 1st and 2nd grade and had them do a writing extension to make connections. We re-named their writing “And to Think That I Saw it on Cherry Street” and wrote about what we see in our great school.

Easy Reading
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

Duck! Rabbit [INFER & VISUALIZE]

by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse and Lichtenheld, Tom

Early Learning

Difficulty: Easy Reading

INFER & VISUALIZE

A dialogue about an animal – Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit? Is it both? This delightful story entices you to look at a shape in a different manner.

Age Range: 4 to 8

Recommended by Susan Kirk: I had my students make a 2 sided cut-out shape – one was decorated as a duck and the other side as a rabbit. A rhyme connected the art project back to the text.

Easy Reading
Duck! Rabbit!

Llama Llama Mad at Mama [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Dewdney, Anna . Illustrated by Dewdney, Anna

Early Learning

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

Yucky music, great big feet.

Ladies smelling way too sweet.

Look at knees and stand in line.

Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama. – From: www.barnesandnoble.com

Age Range: 2 to 6

Lexile: 370

Recommended by Emily D. Zuppert. Engaging story that young children can connect to. Rhyming.

Easy Reading
Llama Llama Mad at Mama

Llama Llama Red Pajama [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Dewdney, Anna. Illustrated by Dewdney, Anna

Early Learning

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

Llama, Llama red pajama waiting, waiting for his mama. Mama isn’t coming yet. Baby Llama starts to fret. In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message. – From: www.barnesandnoble.com

Age Range: 2 to 6

Recommended by Emily D. Zuppert. Engaging story that young children can connect to. Rhyming.

Easy Reading
Llama Llama Red Pajama

Should I Share My Ice Cream? [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Willems, Mo. Illustrated by Willems, Mo

Early Learning

Should I Share My Ice Cream? [ACTIVATE & CONNECT]

by Willems, Mo. Illustrated by Willems, Mo

Difficulty: Easy Reading

ACTIVATE & CONNECT

Elephant tries to decide if he should share his ice cream with his best friend Piggie. While Elephant agonizes over this decision the ice cream melts.

Age Range: K-1

Recommended by Tracy Furlong: The book can be used to make predictions and connections. Mo Willems books are also excellent for readers theater in pairs. One student can play the elephant and one can play the pig.

Easy Reading
Should I Share My Ice Cream?