When I enter a classroom, I'm always interested in the books displayed. New titles quickly catch my eye. The teachers at my school know that I am a book magnet! (Buying children's books has become an addiction!) My goal with this page is to share some new favorite titles in my classroom collection. I hope you can find some books to share with readers of all ages.
My plan is to update this page regularly, so stay tuned for new titles!


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Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Meet Pete the Cat! Students of all ages will love this story of a cat who encounters many unexpected problems throughout his day. He steps in strawberries, blueberries, and even mud with his brand new white shoes. But, does Pete cry? "Goodness, no!"
My favorite part of text is the moral:
"No matter what you step in,
keep walking along and
singing your song....
because it's all good."
When something disappointing happens in our fourth grade classroom, our mantra is "What would Pete the Cat do?". I think we all (teachers included) can learn a lot from Pete and keep singing our song, because he's right... it's all good! Read this hilarious book the next time you need a smile.
*You can even download a free song to go with the text at www.harpercollinschildrens.com/petethe cat. Enjoy!


Orbis Pictus Titles
If you are looking for outstanding nonfiction books to use in your classroom, check out the Orbis Pictus booklist. Each year the Orbis Pictus Committe for the National Council of Teacher of Engligh (NCTE) reviews hundreds of informational books in order to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children. Each year they select one title as the "winner" but up to five honor books are also recognized. The titles on the Orbis Pictus list are appropriate for the elementary grades through high school. I enourage all teachers to use picture books as a way to introduce content to students. All of the books recognized by this committee are accurate, as well as organized and designed in an oustanding manner!

My favorite titles from this year's list are:

Dave the Poet: Artist, Poet, Slave
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My fourth graders fell in love with this text during our study of the Underground Railroad. This simple picture book encourages critical and reflective thinking. Readers will be amazed that Dave was a real man with an incredible gift for poetry and art.

The Extraordinary Mark Twain

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The layout of this biography is so creative! Barbara Kerley uses samples of text from Susy Clemens, the thirteen year old daughter of Mark Twain. The text includes a timeline, quotes and an author's note about how to write a biography. Susy's journal entries are truly a highlight!

Henry Aaron's Dream

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My students loved reading about Jackie Robinson last year, so this text by Maine author Matt Tavares is the perfect extension to their knowledge. Readers will be inspired by Henry Aaron's bravery, dignity and success!

The Secret World of Walter Anderson


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I was drawn to this text by its beautiful artwork. Students will enjoy reading the story of Walter Anderson, a talented naturalist and painter.

As you can see from this list of titles, I enjoy reading biographies with my students! All four of these titles would be excellent additions to any library!