Perfect Pairings could be Dave Whamond’s My Think-A-Ma-Jink or Peter Reynold’s Going Places
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This role reversal story has a Mother who comes to Kindergarten embarrassing her daughter due to her inability to follow the rules. A great book to outline what is expected and needed in a classroom & how it takes some time and patience to get there.
Perfect pairings with a focus on rules for various spaces with a fun twist could be Robert Munsch’s We Share Everything, or Carmen Agra Deedy’s The Library Dragon.
Bob Shea's Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great is a perfect match for Oddrey. Compare how Unicorn & Oddrey handle new people in their social circle!
Morris Mickewhite's reasons for liking what he does and the tangerine dress are wonderful as the sensory descriptions accompanying them. Watch Morris defend his life choices with grace!
A fabulous pairing with Kevin Sylvestor’s Splinters and, of course, Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater!
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My Blue Is Happy explores the emotions, actions and objects associated with various colours. It’s a great point of view book acknowledging that different people have different responses to colours and that blue doesn’t necessarily have to be sad.
Students could easily respond to this story outlining what various colours mean to them. The watercolour illustrations are fabulous too. Pink might be my favourite.
Pair this book with the very important end notes on Josh Bell and watch him talk about music and listen to him on his own website.
Books with a similar them of running away to escape siblings or imaginative play is the classic A Baby Sister For Francis or Mark Teague’s A Secret Schortcut.
Amazingly enough the journey and return of items after the tsumani was also a story that stayed in the minds of many. For younger students you may want to check out the story of one Japanese boy and his soccer ball and to examine the environmental aspects and see some footage of the tsumani check out the trailer of Lost and Found. This is a Hot Docs documentary that was made based on the journey of people’s possessions, where they went and the people who found them.