While we are on the subject of Christmas, here are 5 books organized by subject to make selecting a gift for your child’s teacher easier. . . for this season or really for any occasion during the school year!
Tuck One of These Books Under Your Teacher’s Tree:
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert is a super gift for science teachers. Ehlert’s books provide hands on activities after learning cool facts through a fictional story. For example, she concludes Snowballs with 3 educational pages: “good stuff” which shows colorfully labeled pictures of supplies used throughout her story, “snow info” which teaches the three forms of water (gas, liquid and solid), and “How to make popcorn balls”, which is a sweet recipe. Yummy way to close a fun lesson!
The Numberlys by William Joyce, Illustrated by Christina Ellis is a magical book for math teachers. Five friends decide they wanted something more than a world with only numbers and set out to create letters . . . which create words, colors, and variety . . . until “the world was filled with amazements!” Math teachers can teach time, counting, and ordering through reading this little adventure.
You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown is sensational for social studies teachers. One of the foundations to every society is friendship. How to go about making a friend is something every child stumbles through daily at school. This humorous story of Lucy’s attempt to make someone be her friend teaches valuable lessons in relating to others, appreciating differences, and ultimately just being oneself! http://www.peterbrownstudio.com
! (Exclamation Mark) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld is excellent for English teachers. Written on lined paper, we see the exclamation mark trying everything to be more like the period, but he never fits in. Then one day question mark asks him SO many questions that he shouts, “STOP!” “He didn’t know he had it in him.” From that moment he did much exclaiming . . . to make his mark! Super creative way to teach punctuation!
the dot by Peter H. Reynolds is an amazing book for art teachers (and every teacher). When Vashti, a young student, gets frustrated by all she can’t draw, she gives her paper “a strong jab”. Rather than getting in trouble, her teacher simply says, “Now sign it!” and proceeds to frame the dot! Vashti knows she can make a better dot than that and proceeds to make enough works of art to fill a gallery. When complimented by another student, Vashti then helps him to see his potential! http://www.candlewick.com
What other books do you recommend giving to teachers?
*Thank you Christina Ellis for introducing me to your illustrations in The Numberly’s. Our kids love your cool designs.