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As you continue to guide and teach young minds, it’s important to have tools on hand to inspire and educate your students. Classroom books are vital for teaching children how to think critically, imitate sounds, recognise sight words and develop an imagination.
Shower your children with colourful books that are both entertaining and educational by starting to build your classroom library with these 10 books designed to inspire K2 students.
1. The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater
Teach children how to ponder the questions they have to strengthen their critical thinking and curiosity with “The Antlered Ship.” This educational book for the classroom features an inquisitive fox who takes off on a voyage to answer his questions about other species, finding adventure and friendship along the way.
2. The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires
If your students are struggling with fears or a lack of confidence, build them up with “The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do” by award-winning author Ashley Spires. This book follows Lou and her friends through adventures that force them to be brave. When Lou finds herself faced with a challenge, she finds a way to conquer her fears, finding another adventure at her feet.
3. The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim
Entertain your students with the puppy pandemonium that unfolds in “The Great Puppy Invasion.” This entertaining story takes children through the journey of one brave boy who turns around a town and makes friends with hundreds of adorable puppies. Guide your students through this story with the colourful illustrations as the plot unfolds.
4. Sheep Won’t Sleep: Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s by Judy Cox
Develop the minds of your students while enhancing the curriculum with this book that invites them to count the ewes that travel in groups of two, five and ten. This comical book features a colourful cast to make counting and math skills fun and entertaining.
5. The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer
Enhance your science curriculum when introducing your classroom to the creepy, crawly, flying bugs in this children’s book. “The Big Book of Bugs” offers fascinating illustrations of butterflies, snails, bees, moths, beetles, and more insects, while also offering your students insight into life cycles. The humorous tone of this book is sure to inspire children to want to learn more about bugs.
6. This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World by Matt Lamothe
Strengthen the relationships your students have with one another and with students around the world with the lessons stemming from this colourful book. This children’s book follows seven children from around the world and offers insight into cultural traditions and common experiences to helps transport students across the globe through pictures and text.
7. I Wonder by Annaka Harris
Launch conversations in your classroom about the mysteries of the world when reading “I Wonder” to your students. Following a mother and daughter on a walk, the story explores big ideas about the world, such as gravity, life cycles and the universe.
8. Imagine a Place by Sarah L. Thomson
Satisfy those inquiring minds in your classroom with a book that celebrates wondering and imagination. “Imagine a Place gives students a chance to wonder about all possibilities with prompts such as “Imagine a place where your ship holds all you once knew …”. Use this book as a tool to develop creative ideas for storytelling.
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
While the colourful illustrations will entertain your students, the story of metamorphosis will provide them with an Earth science lesson. Teach your students about the changes this voracious caterpillar experiences while making his way into a beautiful butterfly.
10. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Prompt a sing-a-long in your classroom with this colourful book on hand. The rhyming text teaches students about rhythm as they learn about their ABCs in a silly way.
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