Book Recommendations

I love books! So much in fact, that at one point I considered opening my own little book store. The economic realities of such a venture stopped me. I'm always looking for new books to add to my own private collection though. On my Facebook page we often have people asking for book recommendations. This post is something I've been wanting to do since I started Relief Teaching Ideas; create a list of book recommendations, made by teachers, for teachers! Thank you to all of those who contributed their favourite books that they like to use in the classroom. I've started compiling people's answers, adding them to some of my own, and now have this document to share. It is still very much a work in progress. There are so many more books that can be added and more learning opportunities that can be inspired by these pieces of literature!

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Creative Book Activity – Windblown by Edouard Manceau

This is a great book to have in your Relief Teaching Bag! It is a simple story but a very clever idea. Windblown is the story of 7 scraps of paper that get tossed around by the wind, and then claimed by different animals. Each page shows how the same scraps create a different shaped animal. You can purchase the book here. (affiliate*) The wind plays the narrator & after all the animals disagree on who the paper belongs to, it ends up blowing & scattering all the pieces, asking the reader to make their own creation. At the back of the book is a web address where you can go to print off the 7 shapes. http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf I love seeing what animals the kids come up with! A little tip to save on paper...print one copy off & then trace the number of shapes you need on the coloured paper. Alternatively,

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The Terrible Suitcase Activity

BOOK WEEK Activity The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen has been nominated for Early Childhood Book of the Year. Here's an idea to do after reading the book. Students can make a suitcase with some coloured & white A4 paper, scissors & glue. Inside have them write or draw what they would pack if they were going into space. Instead of "The Terrible Suitcase", they can give their suitcase a different name & write it on the front. After they finish you can play the "I'm Going Into Space" game. Quick Game - I'm Going Into Space Packed up a little early? Have a spare 5 minutes? Here's a game that requires no equipment & can be adapted to suit the class. Tell the students that you're going into space. You have an empty rocket that has room to fit them all but they need to bring something special on

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