VA. is for Book Lovers Blog Hop

 I just love children’s books, don’t you? And I love to read them to my kiddos!  My students really enjoy it when I use different voices for the different characters. They would listen to me read “The Pigeon and the Hotdog.” everyday. They just love it when I use a little squeaky voice for the chick.

I have to also tell y’all how important it is to read to your own children! I read to both my children and my daughter Brittany- who is my partner always enjoyed reading, however my son Brandon-not so much! He hated reading as a child and up until he went to college. Then something switched- He started enjoying it and he actually started going to the library because he wanted too:)
Now he is an avid reader and he appreciates being read to as a child. So, try to read to your children every day.

I also love to encourage my students to read to each other. It is great to observe them reading out loud:)

Another favorite book in my classroom is “Biscuit.”As y’all can tell, it is a well-loved book:) They comment on how cute Biscuit is and they like how they can read the book themselves. I have also found that this is a good book to teach the kiddos about verbs.  We have provided a sample of a few pages of our Biscuit thematic unit. One of the pages is on verbs. We hope that y’all will enjoy them.

Just click on the picture below to grab your FREEBIE!

We also have the entire 75 page unit on sale during the hop for 50% off! Just click on the image below to purchase:

My kiddos loved making the puppy craft! I thought it was funny how this little guy put his google eyes on the face before he cut the pieces out. Kids love these google eyes!

Y’all can use brads to make the parts movable. My kiddos were walking their puppies around and saying “woof” as they moved the heads up and down:)

My students did a nice job writing about their puppies and it made a nice display for the hall. I copied our Pup poem on big paper and placed the puppies around it. This poem is in your FREE sample.

There are pocket chart cards of our poem in the paid pack that you can purchase 50% off during this hop. I gave my students a copy of the poem and they illustrated each line on the poem. The next day I gave out the cards of our poem to my students and they discussed the words with each other.

 Then they took turns building the poem in a pocket chart. We could not fit the entire poem in one chart so you will have to do it in parts or use two charts. You could also build it on a bulletin board if you have the space. You could also do half the poem one day and the second half another day.

These are cards that the kiddos match the verbs to the pictures of the puppies. There is also a recording sheet if you want them to record their answers. We also included the words without -ing if your kiddos are not ready for them. There is also black and white cards with the answers for the kiddos who just want to match them or use the cards to read the words.  

 We have a fun game called “Woof” that is included in this pack. The words from the book “Biscuit” are on bone shapes and the kiddos loved playing it! One of my little girls asked me if they could play it when they finished their work. I love when they want to play games that teach vocabulary:)

And now for the fun part! You can enter to win your own copy of Biscuit and the 75 page thematic unit we created to go with it! If you decide to go ahead and purchase it at 50% off during the hop and you happen to win our rafflecopter,  then we will let you choose another item for $10 or less.

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We hope y’all enjoy the rest of the HOP as you go through and get some great book ideas! Remember to hop all the way to the end so you can enter to win all the books that you have seen throughout this HOP!

The W.I.S.E. Owl

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50 thoughts on “VA. is for Book Lovers Blog Hop”

  1. Mine are loving Amelia Bedelia right now- an oldie but a goodie! 🙂

    1. I remember reading those books when I first started teaching and that was 30 years ago!:)

  2. I love the worn book cover! Definitely shows the love! I have a book that looks a lot like this, Interrupting Chicken – I had to put a label on it that said "Please be gentle! I've been to the book hospital and I need tender loving care"
    The Meek Moose

  3. I love that idea Heather! I will have to do that to a few of my well-loved books!

  4. The Book With No Pictures! My kids love that book almost as much as I do 🙂

    1. We do too! We have a penguin named Quality Quentin that is our class mascot. We use him in several of our products if you want to check them out.

  5. I love any story that involves animals! That craft is adorable! It's great to hop with you!

    Mrs O Knows

    1. Thank you so much! I love hopping with all of y'all as well:)

  6. Oh of course Biscuit is a favorite…we also love Pete the Cat and Henry and Mudge! Thanks for the chance!

    1. There are so many great ones to read and not enough time to read them:)

  7. This is super hard! I have many favorites depending on the time of year!! One of my favorites is The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.

  8. Rachel

    Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and anything from Kevin Henkes!

    1. Thank you so much Courtney! I hope that your kiddos enjoy them!

  9. What a cute craftivity! I just love Biscuit. I agree with a lot of the other commenters ~ Junie B is a favorite of mine.

    1. Thank you so much! My kiddos loved making them! Junie B. is a fun read aloud!

  10. My special ed kiddos love the Pete the Cat books, & author/illustrator James Dean is a friend of mine! I have several Pete the Cat books with his personalized drawings.

  11. I love to read Thank You, Mr. Falker to my class! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  12. Such a hard decision as there are so many I love. If I had to pick I would say that we love the If You Give A…. series by Laura Numeroff. My favorite of the series would have to be If You Give A Moose A Muffin. I have a take home literacy page that the students take turn bringing home and making their own muffins with their family. They then take pics and fill out a response page about their experience.

    1. That's a great idea! My husband and I use that phrase,"If you give a mouse a cookie…. when we are working on projects that end up more involved than we thought it would be:)

  13. We love Pete the Cat too, Kevin Henkes, so many to choose from!!! 🙂 Thank you for the cute freebie!!

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