Selecting Books – Using Lists

We are continuing our series of  How to Select Books. This week we are talking about choosing books from a list. I showed them several books with list including Anita Silvey’s 100 Best Books for Children and Jim Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook.


I also talked about lists that can be downloaded from the internet including Amazon’s Best Children’s Books and  NEA ‘s Teacher’s Top 100 List.  We then read a book from the Teacher’s Top 100 List – Harold and the Purple Crayon .

Activity –  Video – Harold and the Purple Crayon

Book Display – Books from Teacher’s Top 100 List.


Exclamation Mark – Personification

This week, I’m reading Exclamation Mark by Amy Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.


We talked briefly about personification, where human qualities are given to animals or objects.

Each week I have different bookmarks.  This week the bookmark was from Tom Lichtenheld’s website, printed on yellow paper, of course.

Extension Activities:

  1. Watch the video  – Personification
  2. Identify and Use Exclamation Marks