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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! By Mo Willems


Pigeon with an attitude!  Laugh out loud!


The pigeon really, really, REALLY wants a puppy.  Come on, he will take good care of it.  He promises to water it, play tennis with it, and take a piggyback ride on it.  Until . . .

Moral:  Be careful what you wish for!


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE (Text-To-Self-Connection)

FREE - Follow-up activity. Click on the blackline master to the left.  Make enough copies for your students.  Have the students complete the sentence of what they have wanted forever.  Next, draw a picture of it.  Then write 3 things that they would do with it.  Lastly, draw a picture of themselves.  Students can share their writing with a partner or the class.

Hooray, A Pinata!  By Elisa Kleven


Clara wants a pinata for her birthday party.  She picks out a pinata shaped like a cute little dog.  She names him Lucky.  They go everywhere together.  She plays with him and pretends to feed him.  She loves him.  The day of her party has finally arrived.  She doesn’t want to stuff him with candy and let everyone break him.  If she keeps Lucky then there will not be a pinata at her birthday party.  What should she do?


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Follow-up activity. (Two pages with 2 kinds of writing lines.)

Click on the blackline master to the left.  Make enough copies for your students.  Have your students write about what kind of pinata they would choose.  What would they do with their pinata? 

Next, have your students draw a picture of their pinata. 

Students can share their writing and picture with a partner or the class.

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Mean Soup  By Betsy Everitt 


Horace has had a very bad day.  He forgot an answer at school, he got a love note, Lulu stepped on his foot, and Miss Pearl picked Horace up from school instead of his mom.  Horace felt mean and growled when he got home.  Horace’s mother knew just what to do to solve the problem.  They made “Mean Soup” to stir away the bad day!


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE -  Follow-up activity.  Pretend you are making Mean Soup in your classroom.  Have your students act out the steps in the book. 

They will love it! Click on the blackline master to the left.  (Two pages with 2 kinds of writing lines.) Make enough copies for your students.  Brainstorm with your class: What can you do to help a friend who is having a bad day?  Then have your students write about it.  Students can color the pot black, cut it out, and hang them up in your classroom.

Mouse TV  By Matt Novak


A fabulous book about a mouse family.  There are 10 family members plus the baby.  Each member of the family likes watching a different show on TV; adventure, comedy, history, mystery, science, scary stuff, music, games, how-to channel,  and where-to channel.  They argue during the commercials and wake up the baby.  Then one night the TV doesn't work.  They discover a perfect solution to the problem.  Plus the story has a cute, funny ending.


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Follow-up activity.  After reading the book to your class, brainstorm and chart their ideas:  Things to do instead of watching TV. Examples:  Play soccer, roller skate, sing, dance, etc. Then have your students pick one idea to write about on their paper and draw a picture to match. Have them write 2 sentences.  A topic sentence and a then a detail sentence.  Example:  I can roller-skate with my brother.  We roller-skate at the park.  Once everyone is finished the students can partner share their work.  You can also hang them up in your classroom.

Me First By Helen Lester


Pinkerton (a pig) would do anything to be first, even if it meant to be rude to others.  He was the first one down the slide, first one at story time, first one in the trough-a-teria (cafeteria), and first one on the bus.


One day the Pig Scouts went to the beach.  Pinkerton was the first Pig Scout to jump in the water and of course, the first Pig Scout to dive into the picnic basket.  As the Pig Scouts marched across the sand Pinkerton heard a voice say, “Who would care for a sandwich?”  “Oh yes, me first!” said Pinkerton.  At a full gallop Pinkerton was the first one to find a Sandwitch not a sandwich.  Since he agreed to care for a Sandwitch, she put him to work doing crazy, funny things.  Pinkerton learned a valuable lesson:  First was not always the best!


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Follow-up activity.  After reading the book to your class, brainstorm and chart their ideas:  What did Pinkerton learn from the Sandwitch? 

How will we solve any “Me First” problems in our classroom?

Then hand out a Me First paper to each student to complete using the responses from the class discussions.  (There are two types of writing lines on the blackline master.  Please click on the blackline master on the left.)

The Author with the Fancy Purple Pen By Rozanne Lanczak Williams


This book is written in rhyme.  Miss Lucy (the teacher) has a student, Jenny, who does not want to write.  So Miss Lucy calls the principal, a teacher friend, and the author with the fancy purple pen to help.  The principal, teacher friend, and author (with the fancy purple pen) encourage Jenny to write.  Jenny ends up writing in her journal every day!


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Please click on my blog link for center ideas:

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2012/09/loving-purple.html

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Please click on the blackline masters on the left to view and print.

Click on the black and white copies to print black and white.

Click on the color copies to print in color.

We Share Everything!  By Robert Munsch


It’s the first day of school for Amanda and Jeremiah.  They don’t know what to do.  They don’t know how to share a book.  So Jeremiah screams and Amanda sticks a book in his mouth.  Jeremiah builds a tower and Amanda kicks it down.  They have a paint fight.

Each time there is a problem the teacher angelically flies over to say, “We share everything.”  Finally Amanda and Jeremiah decide to share, but what should they share?  They hilariously decide to share their clothes!


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Follow-up activity.

After reading this book and laughing with my class, I wanted to have a discussion about the book and sharing.  So I wrote some book discussion questions.  If you would like a copy please click on the blackline copy to the left to print.

The Colors of Us By Karen Katz


Lena is seven and she is the color of cinnamon.  Her mom is the color of French toast.  Lena’s mom is an artist and teaches Lena about colors and how delicious they are. Lena’s friend Sonia is light yellow brown, like peanut butter.  Jo-Jin is the color of honey and Kyle is reddish brown, like the leaves in fall.


All the people in Lena’s life have special beautiful colors.  Colors that sound so delicious and look so lovely. Lena decides to paint pictures of everyone.  She happily calls the pictures, “The colors of us!”


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Follow-up activity.  This book is a fabulous story about celebrating diversity. This book opens a terrific discussion about finding the beauty in all people. Please click on my blog link for directions on how to complete the response to literature page.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-colors-of-us.html

If you would like a copy please click on the blackline copy to the left to print.

Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!  By Don and Audrey Wood


Little Mouse is getting ready for Christmas.  He has a ton of presents under his tree and they are all for him. But what about the big, hungry bear that lives at the top of the hill.  He loves presents and would do anything to get them.


Mouse quickly thinks of all the ways to protect his presents.  But then he learns that Bear does not get any presents, not even from Santa Claus. Mouse decides he is going to be brave and give some of his presents to Bear while bear is sleeping.  What a wonderful surprise when Mouse discovers that Bear has left Mouse a big, beautiful present.


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Follow-up activity.  As you read the last page you realize that Mouse does not open his present, but goes to bed.  The reader is left wondering what is in the present that Mouse got from bear.


Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing, response to literature, page.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas-is-around-corner.html

If you would like a copy please click on the blackline copy to the left to print.

Santa Mouse  By Michael Brown


This rhyming story begins with a mouse who lives in a great big house.  This mouse has no name and lives all alone in the great big house.

Throughout the year the mouse has saved one piece of delicious, special cheese.


On Christmas Eve mouse gets ready for bed and begins to think about Santa Clause.  Suddenly he remembers that no one ever gives Santa a present.  So being a very good mouse, he decides to give Santa his special cheese.


Santa is so thankful that he decides to name the mouse, Santa Mouse.  Santa tells Santa Mouse that he would like him to be his helper on Christmas Eve.


Santa Mouse gets his own Santa clothes and off they go over rooftops and on a journey with no end.  So remember to leave you know who a piece of cheese on Christmas Eve.


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing page.  Please click on the blackline copy on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/santa-mouse.html

Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano


Turkey survived Thanksgiving but finds trouble again by becoming Christmas dinner!  (This is the sequel to the book Turkey Trouble.) Turkey overheard Farmer Jake and his wife discussing Christmas dinner and how nice it would be to have a turkey dinner.


Oh, no!  Turkey decides he needs help.  So he sets out to find Santa and ask for help.  But Santa is too busy. Turkey uses his clever disguises to get to Santa.  He dresses up as a Christmas tree, reindeer, candy cane, and even Mrs. Clause.


Finally Turkey gets to see Santa.  Santa gives Turkey the perfect disguise and some good advice. Turkey dresses up like Santa and delivers pizza, Gobblers Pizza.  The farmer and his wife agree, pizza is the best.


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing page.  Please click on the blackline copy on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2012/12/pizza-on-earth.html

Snowmen at Night By Caralyn Buehner


“Have you ever wondered about the secret life of a snowman?”

Well, wonder no more and read this marvelous book.


When the sun goes down and it’s really dark the snowmen come to life. They gather together for an amazing adventure! They play snowman games and snowman races.  They do skating tricks on ice and giggle when they act like clown. They make snowballs and play a baseball game which then turns into a snowball fight.


Then it’s time for sledding and playing until they’re all tuckered out. Slowly one by one they all return back home, leaving people wondering, what did the snowmen do last night?


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing page.  Please click on the blackline copy on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2013/01/snowmen-at-night.html

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The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend


Jack the cat decides to build the perfect nest that “would attract the perfect chicken, who would lay a perfect egg, which would make a perfect omelet for a cat like Jack.” All looked good as the chicken arrived and laid an egg.  But then a duck arrived and pushed the chicken out of the nest and laid her egg. If that wasn’t enough a goose happened by and saw the perfect nest.  She pushed the duck out and laid her egg.


Three eggs lay in the nest.  Jack’s mouth was watering.  But then the chicken, duck, and goose began to fight.  Jack told them there was a better nest on the farm next door.  So they all left to go to the farm. Now Jack was ready to make his omelet.  Suddenly the eggs hatched.  Jack didn’t know what to do.  He soon discovered there was no one to take care of the babies, except himself.  So the nest became a perfect place for Jack and his three new babies.


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing pages.  Please click on the blackline copy on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-perfect-nest.html

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett


We all have some quirkiness in us.  The important thing is to learn to appreciate it instead of making fun of it.  That’s a wonderful lesson learned in this book.


All the birds laid eggs.  But duck could not lay an egg.  Then duck found the most beautiful egg that he had ever seen. The other birds thought the egg was ugly.  Then all the birds’ eggs hatched except for duck’s egg.


Duck waited and waited.  Finally duck’s egg hatched.

Surprise, out came a crocodile from duck’s egg!


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE


Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing pages.  Please click on the blackline copies on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-odd-egg.html

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow


Howard (a rabbit) gets into a lot of trouble for not listening. He feels sad and does not like being alone and in trouble. He makes up his mind to be a good listener and starts making good choices.

His life improves and he earns a big yellow star.  Hooray for Howard!


The last few pages of the book include tips on how to be a better listener and listening book discussion questions.

This is the first book in the award winning series.


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the art and writing pages.  Please click on the blackline copies on the left to print.


http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/howard-b-wigglebottom-learns-to-listen.html

Don’t Be Silly, Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox


This is a funny book about a hilarious teacher who teases her students. She tells them to hang up their goats (coats), don’t step in a poodle (puddle), don’t cut in lion (line), come sit on the bug (rug), and so many more silly things.


Mrs. Millie’s students have fun correcting her mistakes and saying what she really means.


This book is also great for reinforcing rhyming. You can make a list of the silly word sentences that rhyme with the real word sentences.


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE - Amazing Adjectives

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing pages.  Please click on the blackline copies on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/amazing-adjectives.html

Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk


Library Mouse is a cute book that inspires kids to write. Sam, the library mouse, lives in a small hole in the library. He enjoys reading all kinds of books.


One day Same decides to write his own books and shares them with the library visitors. They love his books and want to meet him. But he is shy and hesitant about meeting them.


Sam comes up with a clever way to solve his problem by using a tissue box. He shows the kids that each of them can become an author.


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE - Character Traits

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing pages.  Please click on the blackline copies on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2013/08/character-traits.html

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano


Synopsis:

Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it’s almost Thanksgiving . . . and you’re the main course.

But Turkey has an idea - what if he does’t look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?

After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!


FREE - EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE - Art Project

Please click on my blog link below for directions on how to complete the writing pages.  Please click on the blackline copies on the left to print.

http://kafysbooks.blogspot.com/2013/11/turkey-trouble.html

We Are in a Book! By Mo Willems


THIS BOOK IS SO MUCH FUN TO READ TO A GROUP OF KIDS!

THEY LAUGH, GIGGLE, AND REALLY ENJOY THE HUMOR.


Piggie discovers that she and Gerald are in a book.  Piggie can make the reader say a funny word if the reader reads out loud.  It works!  Gerald and Piggie laugh hysterically.  Then Gerald discovers the book is going to end soon - eek!  The book concludes with a very clever ending.


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE

FREE - Follow-up activity.

Click on the blackline master to the left.  Make enough copies for your students.  Have them draw a picture of themselves.  Next, they can write something that they think is funny.  It can be words or sentences.  Students can go around the room and read each other’s writing out loud!  This is great for practicing reading.

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Whoever You Are By Mem Fox


A joyful book about the celebration of the world’s diverse cultures. It explores the similarities and differences that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love. We may not speak the same words but inside we are all alike.


EXTENDING THE READING EXPERIENCE (Text-To-Self-Connection)

FREE - Follow-up activity. Please click on the picture links to the left.

The top will take you to amazon for purchase of the book. The bottom is to the free website, teachers pay teachers, to download a free copy of the comprehension question and answer sticks plus free writing prompt.