There's nothing like a basket full of books from the library to make a classroom smile! This week in our basket we met a few new friends, Nerdy Birdy, Lazy Dave, and Plummie.
I would like to introduce you to my new friend, Nerdy Birdy~
Nerdy Birdy's glasses are too big, his wings are too small, and Nerdy Birdy isn't like all the cool birds. Nerdy Birdy is lonely until he discovers a world of birds just like him, or are they? I can see great opportunity for lessons in empathy and acceptance in this story. Kids will easily relate to Nerdy Birdy's feelings of loneliness and his love of video games, and as a teacher, I appreciate the way Aaron Reynolds connected Nerdy Birdy's affection of video games to reading- Thank you very much, Aaron Reynolds! I know my kids came to school already attached to video games, and now with Nerdy Birdy books step a bit higher in their ranks! What teacher wouldn't love a book that marries reading, stories of empathy, and a character you'll fall in love with at first word?
Next, I would like to tell you all about my friend Lazy Dave~
Lying lazily in my library basket was Lazy Dave the laziest dog around. Jarvi's tells the story of Lazy Dave and Lily. Lily wishes Dave could be less lazy and more like the Super Dog that saves the day. When Lily leaves for school Dave is busy sleeping and when she returns Dave is the same place sleeping away. Only Dave and the reader really know what happens when Dave is left all alone... well, maybe just the reader really knows. Another excellent teaching tool with this book, @heyimJarvis is on Twitter! I just love an author the kids can reach out too!
Finally, I would LOVE to introduce you to Plummie~
Plummie is the dog of Emma Chichester Clark's Love is My Favorite Thing. I love that this book originated from Emma Chichester Clark's website, Plumdog Blog. Emma Chichester Clark began Plumdog blog to chronical the adventures of Plummie and his family. Shortly after, the idea for a book was born. Plummie is a lovable dog whose intentions are good, but the puppy in him reigns and as Plummie says, "I couldn't help it I really couldn't." I can hear the belly laughs in my classroom now as we follow Plummie through the irresistible events and inevitable mishaps of the day. I know I will be purchasing this fetching book, "I just can't help myself, I really can't'!"