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A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

This has been one of my favorite books since 3rd Grade when my teacher read it to me. This book tells the story of how a young girl has to show and love the person she is by accepting herself. This book is perfect for students to hear during shared reading to understand accepting others and theirselves for what they like. I think that 3rd grade was the perfect age to read this to, and could be used for shared reading and even for an arts and craft project to understand ROYGBV. The Lexile Level is AD540L. Great read for students dealing with loving themselves. 

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The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James

This book is a great choice for children because it is colorful and creative for them to read. Each page has a different type of texture the main characters scales to grab the students attention. This story tells the story of a fish that is so prideful about his own scales, but loses friends because he refuses to share. When he seeks friends he discovers that the way to gain friends is to share his scales with others. This story would be great to use in the classroom for an arts and craft project and for teaching sharing to younger students for a shared reading lesson. This story would be useful for a 1st grade classroom and is a Lexile Level of AD410L. A great read for the classroom! 

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Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This book tells the story about a young mouse that loves her name, but when she attends school she begins to be bullied about her name she feels outcasted and different. Then, she meets a teacher that has a different name as well so this makes her feel valued, included, and special. This book is the perfect choice for a shared reading lesson, and to start a group discussion about what makes us feel valued as people and the people that do that. Another idea for this book would be to have the students write down ideas on how to be nice to other people and share them with the class. This book is perfect for ages K-2nd grades, and the Lexile level is 460-L. A great read for the classroom and for discussion. 

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond

Even today, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is one of my favorite books. This is the story of a mouse that always asks for something which leads him to ask for more. This book is appropriate for ages K-2 and is Lexile Level AD660L. I have seen other teachers do a cause and effect tree after reading this book, and I would do the same. This book is also great for just enjoyable reading. Great read!