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Books and Ideas to Share with Children, Grades PreK-6, Fall, 2012

Judy Freeman suggests some marvelous picture books that can be used at any age to get students reminiscing and writing about "the carefree days of summer, wishes and wants coming true, overcoming fears, and making something special out of the ordinary."

You might save some titles to use closer to school year-end as anticipation activities, or use them now as the days get shorter and we'd all like a trip to the beach.

For each of the 5 titles Judy lists, she provides a summary and then a series of "small, pithy, useful, do-able ideas to integrate into your own story hours or lesson plans." (ie worksheets, writing prompts, songs, creative drama activities, craft suggestions, or ways to use the book across the school curriculum.)

She also provides a list of related titles, arranged thematically, that you can pull together for units, read-alouds, read-alones, or book discussion sessions, or to hand out to children.