Category Archives: 2nd – 3rd Grade

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward was published in 1952 and is a Caldecott Medal winner.  It is about a young boy who lives in a town where hunting is very important. He wants to have the hide of a bear to display on his father’s barn. He was humilated that his family’s barn did not have a hide. The story goes on to explain how the boy found a bear cub but couldn’t shoot it and instead brought it home to nurture it. Of…

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace is a beautiful story about a little girl who believes she can do and be anything she wants.   She loved stories and loved to act them out.  She would be Joan of Arc, Anazi the spider, and eventually wanted to be Peter Pan in her school play, but the students didn’t think she could be Peter Pan because she wasn’t a boy and she was black. After discussing the issue with her mom and grandma she was told that she could be…

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Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet by Diane DeGroat

Trick or Treat Smell my Feet by Diane DeGroat. It is a children’s book targeted for about ages 4-8. Gilbert has a little sister named Lola. Like most little brothers and sisters, they want to copy everything their older brother and sisters want to do. Lola wants to go to school like him, march in the Halloween parade, and even have the same costume. Gilbert doesn’t want Lola or anyone to have his same costume. He’s determined to have the most unique costume, and on…

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG, Big Friendly Giant, is about an orphan girl Sophie who was kidnapped by a giant. At the beginning Sophie didn’t trust the BFG but as the story progresses she begins to love him and find true friendship in him. It has lots of make-believe words that students can use context clues to relate them to words we use today, such as whizpoppers. This book is extremely engaging and entertaining and is written in a way that creates beautiful imagery in ones mind. Very…

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The Very Brave Witch Written By: Alison McGhee

The Very Brave Witch is a great story in which the main character meets a really witch in which they are both afraid of teacher other.  Both witches start talking to each other and realize that they have to be brave and try new things.   My second grade enjoyed the story.  They were able to discover that even though we are learning new things it is important to try them!  The class had a discussion in which they realize that it is okay to…

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Review: The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree Book by Shel Silverstein   On the first day, we read this book to the 1st grade tutoring group. The story begins with a young boy visiting a tree, and proceeds through the years as the boy grows older and the tree continues to provide of itself for the boy’s comfort. Following the reading, the students discussed the book and made connections to the people in their lives that reminded them on the Tree. Most of the students reflected that their parents…

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The Tale of Despereaux By Kate DiCamillo

I read this book as a read aloud in my 3rd grade classroom. The main character is Despereaux, a mouse is born with a particular appearance, which make him different from his parents and his siblings. He was born with his eyes open, large ears, and is really small.  The book is organized into several “Books” internally, each of which introduces us to another central character, such as Gregory the jailer, Chiaroscuro the rat who loved light, and Miggery Sow, an unfortunate girl who was…

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I remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story By: Janice Levy, Illustrated by: Loretta Lopez, Translated by:Miguel Arisa

I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story is an excellent bilingual book that I read to my second grade students. It is about a young girl and her family who are preparing to celebrate Day of the Dead. The young girl remembers her grandfather who has recently passed away. Throughout the book, she does special things to keep his memory alive. After reading the story, each of my students were able to talk about someone special who they loved that has passed away.

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“I Yam A Donkey!” Author: Cece Bell

This book “I Yam a Donkey!” has been an enjoyable to book read. It is about a donkey that is confused with what he and another character is (a yam). The story goes back and forth with the two characters trying to understand each other and who they really are. My class enjoyed reading this book. We have read this book several times, and still find it to be quite humorous. My students have written and discussed what they liked about this book.  They have…

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