Certain books fly out of the classroom library and into the hands of readers, and I love how these books change as the first graders grow. Right now, a few series baskets are empty, and I need to “quarantine” the books overnight so that other readers can have them ASAP.
The Hello, Hedgehog series is a classroom favorite. Kids love the comic book format of the text, and I love how accessible it is for so many young readers. These characters are endearing, and each story has a heartfelt message at the end. Thank you, Scholastic, for these Acorn early readers. The kids love them!
Another Acorn Reader kids can’t stop reading is the Unicorn and Yeti series. These two pals have an endearing friendship that first graders love.
Honestly, I was shocked when this older series caught on in the classroom. I brought one in with a particular reader in mind, but once the kids saw them, they all wanted to read Ricky Ricotta. They love the Mighty Robot but question why all of Dan Santat’s illustrations are in black and white. The kids have started to write their own versions of these books and are adamant about coloring their illustrations.
I sent Doggo and Pupper home with one child, and their family sent me a photo of her reading the book over spring break. I expect that this new series by Katherine Applegate’s will be a class favorite too.
Which books are flying off the shelves in your classroom? I’m always on the lookout for new texts to put in kids’ hands.