Favorite Books and Giveaways! Weekend Warriors Style

Are you always on the lookout for great read-alouds? The Weekend Warriors are here to share some of our favorite books and activities with all of you. We also have an amazing giveaway going on so I'm really glad that you stopped by today! I am here to share some of my all-time favorite stories, a FREEBIE, a cute reading bulletin board idea and a chance to win some moolah to put toward some great reading resources with a Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate!

My favorite time of day is when the kiddos gather 'round the rocking chair for story time. This is the one precious chunk of time when I feel connected to my students on a different level. Our schedule is so full, but I make it a point to include a read-aloud EVERY SINGLE DAY. In fact, I always plan a reading mini-lesson with our story of the day.

My newest favorite book is a hilarious story that the class absolutely loves! 
It's The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt! 
Have you read it? If not, you MUST put it on your wish list!

In the story, Duncan finds a stack of letters that have been written by his crayons. Some are happy, some are tired, some are unused, some are stubby, some are arguing and oh boy... peach crayon has been peeled and has to go to school naked! :) It is a riot!

I made this letter writing page to go along with the story. The students choose their favorite crayon color and write their own letters to Duncan just like the ones in the book!
 It's a great activity for a mini-lesson on VOICE if you teach 6+1 Traits. 

How cute would it be to have the students draw a face, arms and legs on this crayon clipart, like the book cover, before they color it? Next to the crayon they can add some more pictures!
 You can grab this freebie {here} if you think your students might enjoy this!

Another all-time favorite is by an author who came to visit our school once. It is so cleverly written and is more like a very long poem. It is fantastic for teaching lessons on author's craft because there is great rhythm in this book. The best part is... the teacher gets to model all sorts of character voices-of sick farm animals that is! It goes something like this: 

Buzz,'CHOO   Mew, SNIFF   Cock-a-SQUAWK!-le-doo,
Oink, SQUEAL   Baa, SNORT   Moo, A-H-H-H-H-CHOO!

 During cold and flu season or prior to a farm field trip, this is a great story to read!

The book is called Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene!

It is available at Amazon!

 I could go on all day with more on favorite read-alouds, but my third and final favorite and one that I adore because it takes place at the beautiful Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes here in Michigan is Petoskey Stone Soup. It is written and illustrated by two local women.

 The book is a twist on the original story. It's about two children who lose their way while exploring the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Exhausted and hungry, they discover a tiny village but the entire town is empty. The book shows how, when everyone gives just a little, magical things can happen.

 It's perfect for moral and theme lessons. This would also be a great story to use to compare texts or to work into a rocks and minerals unit. You may even have some Petoskey stones to show the class. 

Read Across America Bulletin Boards

During the month of March, for Read Across America, our school promotes reading with lots of neat activities and incentives. One fun thing we do is to select an author for each grade level to study. Our team has chosen Tomie dePaola. Every grade creates fantastic bulletin boards in their author theme! Here is Second Grade's display for Strega Nona from last year:

 My fabulous teamie Pam enlarged Strega Nona and the pot under the document camera and colored it in chalk for us. We used yellow yarn for the pasta and then gave her a wooden spoon to hold. The book covers were made from images taken from the internet. 
On both sides of our Nona centerpiece is a photo of every student reading their favorite Tomie book! 

 I would love to get a top read-alouds list going here at Creative Lesson Cafe! 
What is your favorite?
We'd love to hear about it!
 Add your favorite to the comments below!

You can grab a cute poster sign for your door or reading area for Read Across America here

To celebrate the love of books and to help you to grab up some great reading resources for your class, you can enter to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate!

Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway!

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Hop on over to see what the other Warriors are sharing today.
 Each of my friends is also having their own giveaway so you can enter all of them!
Good luck to you!


  1. Chrysanthemum! Thanks for your book ideas!

  2. My students were hooked on Froggy books from the moment I read them Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London. It is fun to read aloud since my students laugh so much and want to hear the story again!

  3. I really love to share the Magic Tree House Books with my class. =)

  4. The Squeaky Door (Margaret Read MacDonald) -- such a fun read aloud!

  5. I love Little House in the Big Woods.

  6. Borreguita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema.

  7. The Horrid Henry series and Rosie Revere Engineer, as my daughter's name is Rosie thursdaytook@hotmail.com

  8. I adore that Strega Nona bulletin board!!! And I was just saying to Vera that I was going to post about The Day the Crayons Quit, but went with a few others instead. That is a priceless book and I'm glad you love it too!

    Crayons and Whimsy

  9. I love to read The Magic Tree House books
    Thanks for the giveaway

  10. I love reading Pete the Cat and anything by Dr. Seuss aloud just because they are so fun to "act" out!

  11. My favorite is STUCK by Oliver Jeffers (author and illustrator). My kiddos LOVE guessing what object/person will be thrown into the tree in order to get the shoe down. A VERY close second is The Day the Crayons Quit! I'm kinda an Oliver Jeffers stalker...I have two products in my store devoted to his books. He's just so good at what he does!
    The Take Home Teacher

  12. Frog and Toad are favs with my students! Thank you.

  13. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore!

  14. I love reading Spagetti Eddie and Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

  15. Owen and the bringinger in my blankey to show the kids. It's more like a rag and hilarious to see their reactions!

  16. Amelia Bedelia books always make my students laugh! :)


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