When I saw this linky pop up in my Bloglovin feed, I just had to double up on my posts. As a reading specialist, this is a very big week, and I would like to thank The Primary Chalkboard for coming up with such a wonderful way to celebrate reading! Each day focuses on a different reading topic, and today's topic is to share your favorite books and authors. I know we just had a big sale, but I am going to discount all of the book units that go with these books by 25% for today only. It's tough to limit, but I think I'll limit to five of my favorites.
First on my list is Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. There are few books that compare to this one in terms of eloquence. Her choice of words and vivid description truly help you feel like your out trudging along with the girl's father looking for the hidden owl. I love using this book for visualizing obviously as well as figurative language.
In addition to Owl Moon, this book by Cynthia Rylant is a treasure. The themes in Silver Packages are just so important for our children to learn, and I really enjoyed teaching this book before the winter holidays. Hard work and perseverance, sharing and friendship, and appreciation of our many gifts are all values we need to remember and celebrate. I used this book as part of a month long author study of Cynthia Rylant's work.
Of course my list would not be complete without Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. I can not read this book without tearing up, and I was so thrilled to discover the sequel, Junkyard Wonders this fall. They are autobiographical and such an inspiration to struggling readers. What a gifted writer Patricia Polacco is. I would not be a happy teacher if I had to teach without her books.
Coming in at number four is Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. This series is just wonderful, and I am embarrassed to say that I just discovered Strega Nona last year. I was looking for higher level picture books to use as mentor texts for character traits, and my librarian suggested Tomie. Well, I went through many of his books as I worked on reading and writing skills with my students, and they LOVED them! We used the Jamie O'Rourke books first, followed by Strega Nona, and I ended with Bill and Pete. His books are a must read.
My final choice has to be a Jan Brett book, but which one? The Mitten? Armadillo Rodeo? Gingerbread Baby? or Wild Christmas Reindeer? So many to choose from and such a difficult decision. I guess the one that's my favorite is probably Wild Christmas Reindeer.
So there you have it...my top five favorite books. If you ask me this question tomorrow, my list might change. Would yours? I'd love to hear your favorite books and authors or read about them. If you get a chance to link up with The Primary Chalkboard today, please share your link in the comments on my blog too. I don't want to miss your post. Now, go out a be a book whisperer and help your children develop a love for reading. Thanks for dropping by and until next time...