Favorite February Reads!

Yikes! I'm a little behind on February favorite reads. Hope you find some new read alouds or mentor texts for this month.

This first one is my new FAVORITE! It's great for anytime, not just February.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Willam Joyce
Here is what Amazon says:
   Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

The story is AMAZING! To accompany the book, you MUST show the Academy Award winning animated short. You can purchase the video on iTunes or use this version if you can show it at school. I put both the book app and video on my iPad to use at school.

The kids made some neat comments as they watched. I love that there are no words and they have to really listen. Perfect for a quick write when it's over.

For the month of February, you might enjoy sharing some of these:

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch  is just a classic for me. February does not end without sharing this one. The story is so sweet.

A few informational text for February:
Valentine's Day Is

Lincoln happens to be my favorite president and I love all books about him. I have quite a collection. These are some of my newest:
I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change World) is a super cute book by Brad Meltzer.

Let's not forget our first president and other famous Americans:

George Washington: A Picture Book Biography

George Washington

A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver

Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth are two of the most fascinating women. I enjoy sharing their stories with the kids.
When Harriet Met Sojourner

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

At the elementary level, we often forget about Frederick Douglass. 
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass 

I'm on the lookout for more books about the childhood of famous people. Students should have the chance to see that many of these amazing people were kids just like them who accomplished great things. If you know of any please share in the comments.

Hoping you found some new books to share with your kiddos. Thanks for stopping by!


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