Welcome to Kinderland, the place I spend most my time! Since I started teaching Kindergarten I read as many books for fun as I do for work. And I decided it’s time to start sharing them! In Books From Kinderland you’ll see the picture books I’m reading with my class from a teacher’s perspective. I’ll also share reviews of books I’m reading that are about teaching. So welcome to Kinderland!
I’m still working on expanding my holiday book collection, but I have a couple Halloween books I’ve shared with my kids so far this year and they’ve really enjoyed them, so I thought I’d share. I hope to find more to share next year!
The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
Illustrator: Dav Pilkey
Published by Scholastic Paperbacks on September 1, 1999
Genres: Children's Picture Books
The Hallo-Wiener is a book I found this summer at Half Price books – I actually picked up four copies for my listening center for under $5! I’m always drawn to books that use animals because I’ve found that Kindergartners just LOVE animals (who doesnt’t?)! This book has some great traditional Halloween fun – they go trick-or-treating, there’s Halloween costumes, and even a scary graveyard scene (SPOILER ALERT–> which ends up being some mean cats teasing the dogs. LMAO!!).
Oscar is short, like all dachshunds and other dogs make fun of him. On Halloween he takes more ridicule than ever in his hot-dog costume, but one brave act makes him a hero. Color illustrations throughout. A "School Library Journal" Best of the Best of 1995.
What I love about it is that it couples all the traditional Halloween fun with a great message about teasing and accepting yourself for who you are. See our “Hallo-Wiener” is a dachshund, making him short and long, unlike most dogs. This means they like to tease him. And when his mom dresses him up as a hot dog for Halloween instead of something cool and scary, he gets teased and left behind trick-or-treating. It’s mean and sad… which means kids can relate! I can’t tell you how much time I invest- especially at the start of the year, teaching them to be kind to one another! Anyway, his being short actually ends up making him a hero and he learns to accept himself as he is, as do the other dogs. It has a great message to use in the classroom.
In addition to the message, from a practical teaching standpoint The Hallo-Wiener has a lot of elements that you can focus on. I have my kids listen to it 3 times (so over the course of three weeks). The first time they listen to it they are working on Beginning, Middle and End (BME) of a story. I LOVE this book for that lesson, because when I teach BME I draw a Wiener dog and his head is the B, his long belly is the M, and his tail is the E. So it translates well to this story. The second time they read it, they need to pick out a favorite character to draw and write about – there are a good set of characters for them to pull from well described and fleshed out. Finally, the third time they listen to it I’m hoping that the repetition will have taught them some more words – so they go through at write in the journals the words they know. So far, they’ve learned how to spot not just their sight words but some basic words like cat and dog! So yay!
Illustrator: Jared Lee
Series: There Was An Old Lady
Published by Scholastic on September 1, 2002
Genres: Children's Picture Books
The whole Old Lady collection (there a butt load of them!) is pretty great for one basic skill: rhyming! And this is the time of year that my kiddos are just starting to get the hang of rhyming so it’s the perfect time for this wacky story. Honestly, as a story it makes absolutely no sense. I mean why does the old lady swallow the bat? But the kids have a ton of fun with this one because of it’s ridiculousness. This is another one that I found 4 copies of at Half-Price Books for my listening center. I had the kids listening to it earlier this month and since it was just the second book we were reading in our listening center, the first time they just listened to it. We were still working out the kinks of getting our book, putting on our headphones, starting the book, stopping the book, putting it away, etc. So no time for anything else to master! The second time around though, they were pros, so they listened and then found the rhyming words. It was a fun accompaniment to our rhyming lessons and the ghosts, goblins, bones and wizards were a great fun twist for the Halloween season.
What won't this old lady swallow? This time around, a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard are all on the menu! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic "little old lady" books will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!
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