Category Archives: Short Story

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Every night a mother fruit bat searches for food while clutching Stellaluna, tightly. One night an owl attacks and Stellaluna’s mother loses her grip on her baby, who falls and lands in a bird’s nest.  Stellaluna then must learn to live life as a feathered bird.  It isn’t until fate takes an unexpected turn that Stellaluna is able to figure how she should be pursuing her life at a fruit bat-not a bird. Stellaluna is a wonderful book that teaches valuable lessons about learning the…

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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

This text is a collection of stories representing each of the 7 Habits of Leadership made popular by Stephen R. Covey.  In kid-friendly language, the characters of Seven Oaks have adventures and experiences that help them share character education that  can be connected to children’s own lives.  There are lively illustrations and notes to parents to help families connect and discuss the positive messages.

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Armadillo Tattletale By Helen Ketteman

Armadillo Tattle is a great fiction book to read to young children of any age. It is about how many years ago Armadillo’s ears were very tall like rabbits are now. This Armadillo would get himself into trouble for hearing other animal’s conversations and stretching the truth. This story is awesome since it shows children that stretching the truth can hurt someone’s feeling. It is a very easy reader but also has great vocabulary to introduce to young children.  

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The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

This book is so much fun, my students loved the outlandish characters and twisted plots! The 10 stories in this book are a spin on the traditional Fairy Tales that kids of all ages are familiar with. The individual tales, such as The Really Ugly Duckling and Little Red Running Shorts, make for great read alouds and can be used to compare and contrast with the traditional stories that they relate to.    “I liked The Stinky Cheese Man because it was just like The…

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You’re Here for a Reason by Nancy Tillman

You’re here for a reason is a book that reminds children that they are here for a reason. It’s a short story about how each person is important for a reason. This world would not be the same without each one of us. It doesn’t matter how we look or how we are . We are all important and unique. Even the simplest things we do matter and are important. Life can be hard and tricky sometimes, but we are important in our own and…

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox is such a sweet story. Wilfrid lives next door to an old people’s home and he knows all the people there. He overhears his parents say that Miss.  Nancy lost her memory, so he visits the home in search of “What’s a memory?”.  Wilfrid gets answers from all his friends at the old people’s home and returns home to collect  memories for Miss Nancy.  He takes all the memories he collected to Miss Nancy and she remembers things.…

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Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer

Being Thankful is a very good book which reminds us to be grateful for the things that we have instead of focusing on the things we don’t.  In this book, Little Critter is never content with what he has.  He always wants something newer or better than what he has.  When he visits his grandparents’ farm, he realizes that everybody in the farm was very happy.  His grandparents taught him a life lesson about being thankful.  At the end of the story, not only did…

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Grace For President by Kelly DiPucchio

This is a story about a little girl who questions her teacher why there has never been a woman president  in the  United States of America.  The little girl announces  to her class that she wants to  run for president.  The teacher thinks it’s a great idea  and along with another class mate she runs for president.  The boy she is running against is a very smart and very well known by the kids at school.  This makes Grace a little nervous but non the…

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Seedfolks by Paul Fleishchman

This book is really great for plot development.  Every chapter is a complete story, but then one chapter builds on another.  The characters are diversified and they lend themselves  to a study of  character development.  This book also presents the opportunity to study external as well as external conflicts because each character (in each chapter) has a conflict that is resolved either by themselves or because of their interaction with each other.  Upon review , this book allows the reader to study the integration of…

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is a picture book that tells the story of a relationship between a boy and a tree.  The story begins when the boy is young and how he plays around the tree.  It portrays the tree as having feelings and caring for this boy.  As the boy grows up, he visits the tree less often.  When the boy does visit the tree, he is in need of something. Then, the tree provides.  This is a good story to teach about timelines, what…

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