Children’s Books

31 Mar

I thought I would add a post of my all time favourite stories to read to children . I have been relief teaching since 2011 and I love it! I get the opportunity to teach different children and in doing so pick up teaching strategies from other teachers! Best of all I get to go somewhere different every week! I find as a relief teacher you do need some tricks up your sleeve! So in this post I am going to list some books that I have read to children and also excellent resource materials that have been created by publishing companies and individual teachers for teachers and parents.
1. The Stinky Cheese Man
This book has a collection of ‘out there’ versions of fairly tales. The Stinky Cheese Man is a riot, his catch phrase is Run Run Run as fast as you can you can’t catch me I’m the Stinky Cheese Man, the trouble is no-one wants to follow him, unlike the Gingerbread Man, he is decidedly unappetizing!
Scholastic lesson plan

2.The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

This story is so funny! I have a hilarious time with Kindy children as they keep saying, “No, it’s the three pigs and the big bad wolf!” The story line is similar with the Big Bad Pig following the wolves as they build their houses BUT very different, in that the big bad pig using extreme measures to destroy the wolves house such as a pneumatic drill! I shall say no more! Well, only to say the ending is very surprising and leaves the boys wondering…….!

This lesson plan involves a play of the story with narrators.

This lesson plan looks at comparing the original story with the fractured version

3. Baby Brains

Okay, this is my all time favourite! Baby Brain’s parents put in a lot of effort before the baby is born to ensure he is very clever. They read to their ‘bump’ and turn the TV up very loud! When Baby Brains is born he is indeed extraordinarily clever! Well, the first morning they find him reading the newspaper! How clever is that? The children absolutely love this story! There are a few in the series, and they are all wonderful!

Walker books have a list of children’s books they have published and resources for teachers and parents to support the books. I have yet to find one for Baby Brains! I will keep looking!

I am going off to search for some more books to share with you!

4. Jim and the Beanstalk
This is another ‘take’ on Jack and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. The story follows on from Jack’s visit, this time Jim proves to be more helpful and for a gold coin goes off to have glasses made for the Giant so he can read his poetry books! I do have a love of  ‘fractured fairy tales’!

Lesson Plan

5.Jesus’ Christmas Party

I love this story as Nicholas Allen brings the story to life with his sharp lines drawings and witty text. The innkeeper was hoping for a peaceful night, it was not to be!

Once you sign up to Twinkl (which is free) you can access helpful resources and ideas to compliment the book

6. Wendy

This is one funny book! I read the book to a Year 1 class and they couldn’t stop laughing! Wendy is a chicken and she is so bored living on the farm. She desires adventure, risk taking and living the high life! Clearing a stack of buses on top of a motor bike is something that appeals to her!

This is a quite recent book so we might have to wait for some inspired teachers to share their lessons!

I could keep going forever with this post as I love books and I love reading to children. There is a line in a song by the Newsboys that says ‘when we laugh so hard we cry’.  I just love hearing children laugh so hard they cry! What a way to learn and to live!

I think this might be an ongoing post!! Check out The Book Chook for excellent literacy strategies and ideas!



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