We added 24 new books this month! Just in time for the holidays, we have new themed books about Christmas, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, blizzards, reindeer, and more! These new releases include fiction and nonfiction texts that come with lesson resources for teaching vocabulary, reading strategies, and comprehension.
For families that celebrate Christmas, a common tradition is to bake, decorate and eat Christmas cookies. This book features vibrant photographs of all different kinds of cookies that are sure to inspire your students’ cookie creations this holiday season. Repetitive text supports early emergent readers.
Smells Like Thanksgiving
What are your students’ favorite Thanksgiving smells? Get your classroom excited for their own Thanksgiving feast as they follow along a young girl who details the magnificent scents of Thanksgiving dinner. Use this book to help students connect to prior knowledge.
We Do Not Share
Learning to share is an important skill for young students to develop, but not everything is meant to be shared. In this book, two characters learn about some of the things that shouldn’t be shared, such as straws, the answers to a test, or other peoples’ personal information. This book includes a Leveled Book Lesson Plan, and can be used to facilitate a whole-class or small-group discussion.
This book describes a young boy’s week of being consistently picked last for the kickball team. Many students will find the story relatable and will enjoy seeing how the problem is resolved. Check out the accompanying comprehension worksheet.
Reindeer Are Real
This non-fiction book reveals the many unique characteristics and abilities of a reindeer. This book is supplemented by a grammar and mechanics worksheet, as well as a projectable and printable phonics worksheet.
Kaden and his family celebrate Kwanzaa! This book shows students different ways to celebrate Kwanzaa as they also learn how to identify verbs and initial consonants.
Level: I, L, O
In this book, students learn about the powerful effects of these intense winter storms and what causes them. With detailed photographs, students will be enthralled in this nonfiction reading, which also informs students how to determine an author’s purpose for writing.
Level: J, M, P
Take students on a journey to one of our planet’s most mysterious continents – Antarctica. In this non-fiction book, students will learn about the unique characteristics that fascinate scientists and tourists alike, including rare vegetation, animals and weather patterns. Be sure to check out the accompanying worksheets.
Hansel and Gretel
Level: O, R, U
In this book based on a German fairy tale, students will accompany Hansel and Gretel on a journey that leads the siblings to enter a stranger’s home, ultimately causing them to be captured. Use the story to help students learn to make inferences and draw conclusions, as well as to promote higher-order thinking for small-groups or the whole class.
Morty's Swim Surprise
Morty isn’t thrilled by his dad’s decision to cancel their membership to the country club pool, so he decides to take matters into his own hands by building his own pool. Inevitably, his solution doesn’t go as planned. This fiction serial book can be used to teach students cause-and-effect relationships as well as identify and use the suffix –ed.
Guy Fawkes Day
Level: S, V, Y
Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night is a festival that takes place in the United Kingdom to celebrate the failed attempt to kill King James I, in 1605. The nonfiction story explains why Guy Fawkes was angry at the monarchy and how his plot was foiled. Students will also learn to recognize and use prepositional phrases and compound words.
The Hero Maui
Level: T, W, Z
Your students might be familiar with the demigod Maui that is featured in the recent Disney movie "Moana". This book explores the various Polynesian myths about the demigod, as told among the Polynesian islands. Students will enjoy using the book to analyze characters and practice higher order thinking.
The Velveteen Rabbit
This classic fiction story is about a forgotten toy rabbit who longs to be real. One day, the rabbit is re-discovered and soon he is the boy’s new favorite toy, spending every minute and every adventure with him. The rabbit learns many lessons about love and what it means to be real. This emotional story will help readers make inferences and draw conclusions, as well as identify how to separate dialogue.
The Gift of the Magi
This heartwarming story tells the tale of a couple who is very rich in love, but has very little money. For Christmas, they both set out to purchase a very special gift for the other. Unbeknownst to each other, they trade their most prized possessions to get the other one a gift. In this classic fiction story, students learn about irony, and how to identify and understand the use of similes.