An important decision that you will have to make as an educator, will be which kindergarten books to read. In this fourth post about the kindergarten classroom environment, I will give you some ideas and guidance on how to pick books for your classroom library and for read-alouds.
Which books are a favorite in your classroom? Let me know in the comments!
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Kindergarten Books to Read
I like to be critical when I am choosing new books to add to my classroom library. When I first started teaching, I would find inexpensive books or ones that I thought would be ‘cute’. Now I take a more critical look at the books that I am picking out and finding ones that best fit the needs of my students.
Inspire and Provoke Learning
Some of the books I pick out are because I know that they will be able to spark some curiosity or enhance learning. For example, when putting out a math provocation, I love having a book to go along with the concept (Math Counts books are amazing for this). I have a blog post with lots of math book ideas for the beginning of the school year.
A lot of the time, I reach out to the teacher-librarian at our school to help me find books about a subject. If you do not have a library at your school, the local library can also be a great resource for books. I don’t think I would be able to buy books for every inquiry or provocation that happens in the classroom!
Windows and Mirrors
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop wrote an essay that I have quoted and used many times as a kindergarten educator. If you have not had the chance to read it yet, you should go do that now (it is 2 pages so no excuse!)
Now, when picking out books to add to my classroom library, I look at them through the lens of windows and mirrors to help me choose. These are usually books that I purchase to keep in my classroom all year long.
Let me know in the comments what your favourite kindergarten books to read are!