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Monday, June 22, 2015

Must Read Monday!

Hi all!

I made it back for Must Read Monday! How perfect is it that my book club meets on Mondays also? Mondays really are for reading!
Well first off, the theme this Monday is friendship and we all know this is an important topic for kids, especially in Kindergarten when they are developing their social skills. Sometimes it is hard for those little kinders to get along with one another. 

I have tons of favorites on friendship, but I wanted to share my new favorite that I purchased this year and actually read today when I tutored! It actually reminded me that today was Must Read Monday. 

This book is so cute and when I read it, it reminds me of finding that one friend that just gets you, no matter what. I like reading it to Kinders because it talks about how at first Beekle and and Alice do not know what to say to each other. This leads into a great discussion on how to make friends. I read this book at the beginning of the year, and the kids really thought Beekle was cute!

Last, but not least, I have one more book to share. It is actually out of my teaching zone but I remember my teacher reading it to me waaaaay back when I was in second grade! ;) 
This teacher really got me into reading, because she chose the BEST (seriously) read aloud books. I can remember just about all of them. I think maybe they were so awesome because she just had one of those reading voices that the story come alive. The books she read still stick with me as childhood favorites to this day.  However, not all of them align with the friendship genre. Here is a personal favorite: 

I just bought this last night! I found it at Books-A-Million and had a flashback to 2nd Grade with Mrs. K. So, I told my youngest sister we were going to read it together because she missed out on this one. 
In case you aren't familiar with it, it is about a young boy in the colonial days that is left behind to guard the family home while his father returns to Massachusetts for the rest of the family. While his father is gone, a stranger steals his only gun. This leaves Matt (the young boy) with no way to protect himself or provide something to eat until his family gets back. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a Native American boy named Attean. Attean teaches him new ways to survive and in return Matt begins to understand and respect the Beaver clan's way of life. 

It is a great story about friendship overcoming differences. If you are a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher and still read aloud to your students I definitely recommend it! I am also a little jealous I can't read this to my kids. It just wouldn't be the same! 

Get out there and Read, Read, Read! 

And that's all she wrote.


  1. I remember teaching 'The Sign of the Beaver' as a guided reading group book when I taught fourth grade! That was a fun book to discuss! I've heard about Beekle and he is definitely going on my Must Haves List! Thanks so much for sharing such great books!!

    Warmest Wishes,

  2. Hi Sarah! I am so happy you linked up with us! Thanks for sharing your stories - they are both new to me! I was thinking how you wrote about kinders needing to learn to talk to each other with the books Beekle and I always enjoy just listening to them when they chat at their tables or during activity time. Their conversations are so sweet!
    Kindergarten Planet

  3. The Adventures of Beekle looks so cute!! It is one I've never heard of! I see that you said you read it at the beginning of the year and that is what I found when I was doing my post - most of my friendship books are ones I use at the beginning of the year! Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~Heather :)
    Recipe for Teaching

  4. I LOVE BEEKLE! I saw it when it first came in to the library and fell in love. My partner did a cute bulletin board with Beekle on a boat and her kids wrote about friendship! Definitely something I'm doing next year!

    Mrs. Garcia's Super Scholars

    1. That sounds like a cute bulletin board and what a neat idea :)

  5. Thanks for linking up with us! I think it is fitting your book club meets Mondays too! :) I think I really need to get this Adventures of Beekle book. I have never read it, and it looks fascinating! How have I not heard of it? Thanks for sharing!


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