May 2016

Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies

Author: Carmen Oliver

Illustrator: Jean Claude

Summary: Adelaide explains to her language arts teacher, Mrs. Fitz-Pea, and the reader, that bears really do make the best reading buddies.

Recommended Ages: 4 to 6 years old

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This would be a great book to use to teach students about book care and how to read with a buddy.

Extension Activities: A Traits-based TEKS & Common Core State Standards Aligned Project Guide Download here!

Those Darn Squirrels!

Author: Adam Rubin

Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri

Summary: Meet Old Man Fookwire! He's a grumpy old man who hates everything except for the birds that visit his backyard. He even builds beautiful bird feeders to entice them to stay, but unfortunately, they still fly south for the winter. Meanwhile, the pesky squirrels in his backyard also love the snacks inside the bird feeders, and they cause havoc on poor Old Man Fookwire! In a hilarious twist, the squirrels find a unique way to befriend him that your kids will sure to love!

Recommended Ages: 4 to 9 years old

Themes, Skills, & Concepts: This is a great book to talk about friendship, problem-solving, and design process

Extension Activities: Fun activities to do with the book. Click here!

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