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    Literature suggestions for our families and students at Waverly!


    April 19th, 2021

    Looking for texts that explore our word of the month, “unique?”

    tacky

    Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester 

    Tacky is a penguin who beats to his own drum. This irritates his peers until his unique nature saves the day!

     

    April 12th, 2021

    Looking for texts that explore our word of the month, “unique?”

    elmer

    Elmer, by David McKee is a beautiful story about acceptance! When Elmer discovers a bush in the jungle with elephant-colored berries, he shakes the bush and rolls in a berry mash until he is as gray as the others. Now no one seems to notice him; for a time he enjoys his anonymity, but after a while he begins to realize just how quiet and dull things are when he's not around.

    April 5th, 2021

    Looking for texts that explore our word of the month, “unique?”

    swap

     

    The Sandwich Swap is a wonderful story of two friends who learn to appreciate each other for their similarities and differences, even when it comes to what they eat for lunch!

    https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/picture-books-about-being-unique.html

    March 22, 2021

    jabari

    Continuing our month of courage, we present Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall. This is a wonderful story about a little boy who is nervous about jumping off of a diving board. His dad suggests that he take a deep breath, and guess what? That old diving board doesn’t seem so scary anymore.

    March 15th, 2021

    This information was shared in the Whisper on March 8th.

    courage

    This month we will discuss ways in which to be courageous or show courage. 

    If you are thinking about ways in which you can encourage your child to be courageous, consider the article Building Courage in Kids – How to Teach Kids to Be Brave by Karen Young. The author discusses 14 ways in which to build courage, and provides practical ideas to employ at home. While I could easily make the argument as to why each of the suggestions is “most important,” I would like to highlight one in particular. In the very first example, Young suggests discussing courage and bravery as if it’s “already there.” She notes,

    Kids and teens step up to expectations or down to them. Speak to the courage that is coming to life inside them, as though they are already there. ‘I know how brave you are.’ ‘I love that you make hard decisions sometimes, even when it would be easier to do the other thing.’ ‘You might not feel brave, but I know what it means to you to be doing this. Trust me – you are one of the bravest people I know.’

    To further our discussion of being courageous, this week we share two texts:

    Here is a Video Link for the book Courage by Bernard Waber. 

    This is the text Mrs. Rogliano referred to during Morning Meeting this week.

    https://youtu.be/QMR7j6aBdQY

    March 8th, 2021

    To further our discussion of being courageous, this week we share two texts:

    courage

    Here is a Video Link for the book Courage by Bernard Waber. 

    spaghetti

    This is the text Mrs. Rogliano referred to during Morning Meeting this week.

    https://youtu.be/QMR7j6aBdQY

    Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is the text Ms. Doyle shared during Morning Meeting on March 3rd.

     

    In case you missed the discussion of read alouds in the Whisper on March 1st, you are encouraged to check out the information below:

    At Waverly, every day is “read aloud day,” as we consider instilling a love of literature in our students to be paramount to our work as early childhood educators. That being said, parents often ask if it’s still important to read to their children as the children themselves learn to read on their own. Our answer would be a resounding, “YES!” If you’ve ever contemplated that question, we have the perfect article for you! Author Pamela Paul, in her recent opinion piece in the New York Times, Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You, discusses the benefits of sharing picture books at home. She offers,

    Picture books are the carrot that motivates the emerging reader, frustrated and bored silly by the phonemic progression from cat to mat. Unlike most “early readers,” picture books are vibrant and appealing in a way likely to give children who grow up swiping iPads the stimulation they’ve come to expect. Picture books also offer much more sophisticated language and storytelling, the assumption being that adults are reading those words aloud, so children needn’t struggle over them themselves.

    For this and a dozen other reasons, we offer a book recommendation each week in the “Book Corner” section of the Whisper. They are most often amazing read alouds. You are encouraged to find the books on Sora, the digital database to locate texts. Happy reading!

    March 1st, 2021

    myfavoritebook

    My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World by Malcolm Mitchell

    This is a story about little Henley, who has been given a challenging assignment: to find his favorite book and bring it to school. We read this book as we celebrated World Read Aloud Day on Friday, 2/26. To meet the author and illustrator, click here.To listen to the author reading the text, click here.

    February 22nd, 2021

    kindbooks

    As we complete our month of being kind, you are encouraged to check out this selection of texts on spreading kindness. The compilation appeared in the post entitled, “24 Books to Teach students about Kindness” by Lindsay Barrett.



    In case you missed this article in the Whisper from February 9th, if you’re looking for ideas on how to infuse more kindness in your household, consider this blog post from Coffee and Carpool: 25 Things Every Parent Has to Know about Raising Kind Kids. (I found the kindness discussion starters to be particularly interesting.) I encourage you to check out the post.

    February 8th, 2021

    kindbear

    Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light by Apryl Stott is a sweet story of Coco, and her friend Bear, who are trying to make new friends. They soon realize that sharing kindness is the best way to make connections with other animals in the forest. I read this book on our asynchronous day last week.

    January 18th, 2021

    Thepaperboy

     The Paperboy by: Dav Pilkey

    This lovely book is about a child who rises before the sun, loads up his delivery bag, and sets off on his appointed rounds with his dog by his side. It teaches the importance of responsibility in a way that shows kids it is not only rewarding but nice to feel responsible for something.

    https://luckylittlelearners.com/must-have-childrens-books-and-videos-about-responsibility/

    January 11th, 2021

    For the Book Corner:

    Our word of the month is responsibility. In case you missed the article in last week’s Whisper on how to teach responsibility to your children at home, here is the link for the piece, Part I- The Big Picture: Teaching Responsibility to Your Children in its entirety.

    nybooks

    January 4th, 2021

    nybooks

    https://www.adabofgluewilldo.com/books-about-new-years/

    Looking for one book to read with your child about the New Year? How about a dozen! This site shares ideas about beginning the New Year on the right foot

     

    December 14th, 2020

    otters

    Do Unto Otters, A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller

    The notion of “the golden rule” is explored in this funny text. 

    December 7th, 2020

    Whilewecanthug

    While We Can’t Hug, by Eoin McLaughlin, is the story of two friends who find creative ways to show their care for each other. (A reading of this text can be found in the Morning Meeting video on the Specials GC from 12/01/20.

     

    Looking to expand your discussions at home about being respectful? Check out these popular texts:

    https://talkingtreebooks.com/category/teaching-traits/childrens-books-on-respect.html

     

    November 29th, 2020

    Looking to expand your discussions at home about being respectful? Check out these popular texts:

    https://talkingtreebooks.com/category/teaching-traits/childrens-books-on-respect.html

     

    Novemeber 16th, 2020

    iwantmyhat

    Where’s My Hat? This text introduces us to an animal who can’t find his hat. It’s a great text to use to have family discussions about how two wrongs don’t make “a right.”

    November 9, 2020

    honest book titles

    Considering reading a book about honesty with your child? Check out this list of possible texts!

    November 2, 2020

    November’s word of the month is HONEST. Here are some suggested texts about honesty for our young learners.

    behonest

    October 25,2020

    Recommended books for the month of October will focus on safety.



    October is Fire Safety month. You are encouraged to check out some of these texts on fire safety this month.

    fire

     

    October 18, 2020

    Recommended books for the month of October will focus on safety.

     

    October is Fire Safety month. You are encouraged to check out some of these texts on fire safety this month.

    firesafety

    October 11, 2020

    McGruff

    Recommended books for the month of October will focus on safety.

    For parents who remember growing up with McGruff the Crime Stopping Dog, you will surely appreciate this recommendation. Officer McGruff’s website shares the top ten books focused on safety for students. 

    October 5th, 2020

    This recommendation is for parents. You are encouraged to read the article, “How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students,” by Mary Beth Hertz. 

    internet safety

    September 28th, 2020

    Recommended books for the month of September will celebrate communities.

    same

    Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw shares the story of penpals, one from The United States, and the other from India. The children share their similar experiences, and those that make them unique.

     

    September 20th, 2020

    Recommended books for the month of September will celebrate communities.

    hey, Wall


    Hey Wall, by Susan Verde celebrates how art can unite a neighborhood.

    June 21st, 2020

    A Waverly student crafted this lovely video trailer to promote the book,The Paper Bag Princess I encourage you to check it out.

    The Paper Bag Princess

     

    And for parents…

    The librarians and students from EMS and EHS put together a list of what they’re reading. If you’re looking for a good book, here are their recommendations.

     

    June 15th, 2020

     

    I shared this text in a Morning Meeting session during the week of June 1st. All Are Welcome is a powerful book about acceptance in a school community child.

    As an extension of the book, you may wish to consider sharing a personal story about how you have created a welcoming environment in a personal or professional context. 

    All Are Welcome

     

    June 8th, 2020

    This site shares a list of suggested readings for parents. Numbers 4 and 5 are on my summer reading list:

    http://www.lynnettesheppard.com/6-must-read-parenting-books/



    June 1st, 2020

    In line with our word of the month, “independent,” check out a site with suggested texts on the very topic:

    http://www.playingbythebook.net/2010/08/02/fantastic-fiction-for-kids-independence/

     

    This site shares a list of suggested readings for parents. Numbers 4 and 5 are on my summer reading list:

    http://www.lynnettesheppard.com/6-must-read-parenting-books/



    March 16, 2020

    Bigfoot

    Keeping with the theme of honesty. This week’s recommendation is The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot, by Scott Magoon.

    An unexpected narrator tells this twist of an old tale. 

    If you are looking for a list of all of the books recommended this year, be sure to check out the “Book Corner” icon on our website.



    March 2, 2020

    Keeping with the theme of honesty. This week’s recommendation is Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie, by Laura Rankin.

    When Ruthie finds a camera on the playground, she decides to keep it for herself. What happens when she second guesses that decision? Read to find out.

    Ruthie

    February 24, 2020

    This week’s recommendation is Courage, by Bernard Waber. 

    Below is a review of the text on the Good Reads site

    What is courage? Certainly it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.

     Courage

    February 10, 2020

    This week’s book recommendation is Brave Irene by William Steig. In this story, Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball. Below please find a link for a reading of the text on StorylineOnline. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOFL_Gz_C4&vl=en



    February 3, 2020

    The theme for this week’s recommendation is courage! Click here for a list of recommended books for young readers. 

    courage

    January 27, 2020

    kindness

    This week’s recommendation is for parents! It’s an article from The Atlantic, entitled, Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids. And start raising kind ones. It’s an interesting read, and surely worthy of your attention. I’d like to draw your attention to one particularly thought provoking passage in the article:

    If you survey American parents about what they want for their kids, more than 90 percent say one of their top priorities is that their children be caring. This makes sense: Kindness and concern for others are held as moral virtues in nearly every society and every major religion. But when you ask children what their parents want for them, 81 percent say their parents value achievement and happiness over caring.

     

    How do we ensure that we are sending our children the intended message? Through our Morning Meeting, we’ve been asking students to catch someone being kind. You can do this at home as well, and encourage your child to share what they’ve done to be kind to someone each day. 

     Brave Irene

    January 13, 2020

    This week’s book comes from Mrs. Tine. Her favorite children’s book is The Giving Tree. She says she loves this book because it teaches a lesson about generosity. To many, the moral of the story was that someone will always be there for you even though you feel like you're alone. The tree was the one to always be there for the little boy and gave everything it had.


    tree

    January 6, 2020

    https://www.adabofgluewilldo.com/books-about-new-years/

    Looking for one book to read with your child about the New Year? How about a dozen! This site shares ideas about beginning the New Year on the right foot.

    12 books

    December 16, 2019

     

    The Emperor's Egg, by Martin Jenkins, is one of the recommended texts. It highlights the behavior of male Emperor penguins and how they are responsible for keeping their egg warm until it hatches. 

     The Emperor's Egg

    As we prepare to usher in winter, and we’ve surely had days that felt as though we have already, here are some texts you may wish to consider:

    https://www.weareteachers.com/winter-picture-books/

     

    The author provides suggestions by age of the child. It is a worthy read!



    December 9, 2019

    As we prepare to usher in winter, and we’ve surely had days that felt as though we have already, here are some texts you may wish to consider:

    https://www.weareteachers.com/winter-picture-books/



    December 2, 2019

    Just for fun, I’d like to share a book that has become very popular at Waverly, Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller. You can enjoy this book, as it is read by Chris O’Dowd, by clicking on the link below: https://www.storylineonline.net/books/arnie-the-doughnut/

    The best line of the book, “Will you be my doughnut dog?”

    arnie

    November 25, 2019

    This week’s book recommendation celebrates turkeys! In Turkey Trouble, a clever turkey tries to disguise himself to avoid becoming dinner!

    Click on this link to access a link for the story being read by an actor from the Screen Actors Guild:

     

    https://www.storylineonline.net/books/turkey-trouble/

    Gobble, gobble!


    turkey

    November 18, 2019

    Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae, is the tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With his thin legs and crooked knees, it's harder for a giraffe than you might think! After some encouragement from an unlikely friend, Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune. What a great lesson for us all!

    giraffe

    November 11, 2019

    This week’s recommendation, How to Babysit a Grandpa, comes from Mrs. Koller. As we prepare for Thanksgiving and think about spending time with our family, this is the perfect book! This is Mrs. Koller’s favorite book, as she says that the events in the story are very humorous, and her class always enjoys reading it. She also said the text structure helps her students with their own writing!

     grandpa

    November 4, 2019

    https://www.storylineonline.net/books/enemy-pie/

    Showing respect for an “enemy” is a great way to turn a relationship around. Dad knows this, and helps out in a big way!

    (Check out the link above and you can enjoy the story being read by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.)


    enemypie

    October 28, 2019

    There are many books about safety that you may wish to consider for your child. Here is another list of recommendations. 

    https://www.mcgruffsafekit.com/blog/top-10-kids-books-to-teach-safety


    mcgruff



    October 21, 2019

    https://www.babble.com/celebrity/5-greats-books-to-teach-children-about-safety-strangers-and-privacy/

    We encourage you to check out these titles about safety for your child.



    October 14, 2019

    Here is collection of books we recommend for you and your child!

     

    The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill

    In The Recess Queen, we meet mean Jean, who rules the playground by bullying kids. She must do everything first and the other kids obey and try to stay out of her way. However, when a new student joins the school, things start to change. Mean Jean learns a valuable lesson in this relatable story.ctober 15, 2019

     Recess

    October 7, 2019

    Engage your child in great discussion regarding fire safety by reading, No Dragons for Tea, written by Jean E. Pendziwol.

    dragons

    September 30, 2019

    unselfie

    The book recommendation this week is Unselfie, by Dr. Michele Borba. For parents who attended Open House, this is the text I mentioned that all Waverly staff will be reading this year.

    September 23, 2019

    Franklin

    Franklin’s Neighborhood by Paulette Bourgeois

    September 16, 2019

    be my neighbor

    Be My Neighbor, by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko celebrates neighborhoods around the world. 

    September 9, 2019

     

    Todd Parr’s entire bibliography is full of picture books about loving your family and your neighbors and your community and the world you live in. His newest, Love the World, is no different, highlighting the ideas of peace and unity within the global community.

    love

    September 2, 2019

     

    Here are some suggestions of book titles to share at home to help your child adjust to the start of the school year. 

     Wemberly

    Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes

     

    My name is Yoon, by Helen Recorvitz

     Yoon

    Here are some other texts you may wish you consider to prepare your child for the first days of school:

    The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan and Stan Berenstain

    First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

    Junie B. First Day of First Grade by Barbara Park

    Amelia Bedelia First Day of School by Herman Parish

    Kindergarten, Here I Come! By D.J. Steinberg

    How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? By Jan Yolen and Mark Teague

     

    If you’d like to read a wonderful story about the library, and friendship, check out “Library Lion” as read by Mindy Sterling:

    https://www.storylineonline.net/books/library-lion/

    (This is one of my favorite books!)