Olivia Pig is a fun character to have in your classroom. The books are enjoyable and the students can identify with her character.
This old Man- This is such a fun book, and the puppet that goes with it is interactive and allows the students to follow with the teacher and be engaged the entire story! The old man trash can be purchased from Dollar tree and used the exact same way as the puppet. The last picture is made out of a plastic baggie. It is the old man for children to make and retell.
Mrs. Honey's Hat is a very fun book, with a puppet and pieces for a felt board, to retell the story.
There was an old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is one of my very favorite books, so I have many different versions, and I have several activities that we do with it. This is an Old Lady book, and a puppet that eats the animals. There is a felt lapboard that the child can use to follow as the teacher reads, a larger puppet of an old lady, and the trashcan old lady. The small trashcan can be purchased at Dollar Tree.
These are two really fun books to have in class. I read facts out of them, and the kids just love it! There are also other versions and volumes.
I bought this storyteller bear years ago. He is amazing, and reads directly from the book. His mouth moves, and he sings, and talks. Just thought I would post him, so you could try to find one! The children LOVE HIM!
We studied the zoo, and zoo animals when I taught Pre-K. This is a life size zoo book, that the students just love. Remember you ARE CREATIVE, you can make your own books. They can even be interactive.
Hardback books and cardboard books for young children work well. They are hard to deconstruct! We actually do a unit on shape books, and I have a lot of shape books that are fun, and the students can trace around them, or come up with a shape and make their own book.
I love the Ladybug Girl series. This is hand puppet (which could be made out of a red glove) and the finger puppet that came with the book.
This is another book I wanted to share with you, in case you wanted to try to find it. I used it for the Three Little Pigs, and we all know there are several versions. I would read many of them, and we would talk about the differences. This book opens the top comes off, there are props, the little pigs come out and the pages of the book are on the inside! It is so much fun!
Chicka Tree, with letters and book. You can make a large tree to display in your classroom, on the wall.
This is the book I Went Walking with the little boy puppet.
Everyone loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so many fun activities to do with it!
Teaching Apron. This apron was bought at Bed Bath And Beyond, has velcro for story retelling, practicing, or re-teaching. It has a pocket to hold anything you may need to put in there!
Go away Big Green Monster is fun to read anytime, the hand puppet really makes it fun! I read it when I was studying the color GREEN
Who could forget the napping house? I love this book, and it is such a good book to practice repetition and retell! The little lap felt board can easily be made out of anything with felt glued to it. You can also make a felt board out of a pizza box.
I did these alphabet books with all of my letters, this one is about Tilly Turtle. I made a turtle out of a paper plate and a black sock! The children LOVE IT!
Stone Soup! This book is so fun. Read it several times in a week. These are props from the book, but you can ALSO bring a real pot, ladle, etc. AND make stone soup at the end of the week.
For any theme I did, I tried to have at least 5 books. So this theme was about apples. I had a book for each day, we painted the paper plate and made it into an apple. I hung them on a tree outside my door, and then we retold the story on a paper plate book! I would take pictures of children eating apples etc. Anything we did that week! Books are an awesome way to collect ideas throughout the year!