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March 13, 2010

Bunny’s Easter Egg by Anne Morteimer

A tired bunny is looking for a place to rest, after spending a long night hiding eggs. Children will love to follow this adorable bunny as she hops into places that are too noisy, too lumpy, and too pesky! Students can practice reading skills of predicting and identifying the sequence of events. The students can also learn about the writing trait of word choice by using this book as a mentor text for writing. Onomatopoeia!

The Bunny Who Found Easter by Charlotte Zolotow
This is a timeless classic that will have students connecting to the endearing rabbit as he realizes that Easter is the time of new beginnings.
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
My class fell in love with Bear when we read about him in Bear Snores On. They can all connect with Bear and his forest friends as “they nibble on their lunch with a crunch, crunch, crunch!”

De Colores Bright with Colors pictures by David Diaz

Celebrate the beauty of spring and the power of love with this brilliant illustration of a popular Spanish folksong.
It is an inspirational book to use for writing poetry and for creating art pieces.

Easter Crack-Ups Knock-Knock Jokes Funny-Side Up by Katy Hall & Lisa Eisenberg
These “yolks” will have everyone cracking up in the aisles!

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
It is time for the bunnies to be decorating eggs as only Jan Brett can do!

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Readers will delight in predicting the transformation from a seed to flower, word to story, and paint to picture.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher, the fox, is another familiar character that is a favorite with my students. They loved him as he tried to save a falling  leaf in
Fletcher and The Falling Leaves. Now it is spring and Fletcher and his friends are discovering the new season and world around them.

The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown
A classic tale about a lonely bunny who finds a friend.

The JellyBeans and the Big Book Bonanza by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans
One of the signs of spring is National Children’s Library Week. In this book, the Jellybeans find themselves working on a research book report on the things they love. They discover their diversity and similarities and the power of reading.

Lost in the Woods by Carl R Sams II & Jean Stoick
My class was fascinated by the fantasy animal tale Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy . Lost in the Woods will have young readers following the plight of a deer whose mother has to leave in order that he be safe. The deer encounters other animals in the forest as they prepare for spring.

Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
Readers will enjoy this inviting guide to growing a garden. It is based on a familiar rhyme, This is the House That Jack Built.
Engage your students in introducing a plant unit by reading all about growing a garden.

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is a classroom favorite author. What would you like in your garden? How about planting jelly beans? Or maybe you would have flowers that grow back and replace the flower that you just picked! Great story starter!

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing
Develop the strategy of making text-to-text connections by reading this springtime version of an old Christmas favorite.

Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant is another favorite author in my class. There is no better book to use as a mentor text for vivid imagery.
The young readers and writers use their senses as they experience the countryside at night.

Pieces : A Year in Poems and Quilts by Anna Grossnicke Hines
This is truly a book for all seasons!

Quiet Bunny by Lisa McCue
A bunny learns a valuable lesson!

Rain Romp-stomping away a grouch day by Jane Kurtz

Stomp away a grouchy day by “whooshing, swooshing” in the rain!

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Another classic favorite about a mother’s love.

Wee Little Bunny by Laruen Thompson
Follow a busy little bunny as he scampers from friend to friend looking for fun and activity.

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