in reading workshop too.
Peter Brown is an author that I really enjoy and so do the students. The Curious Garden is a story about a little boy named Liam who stumbles upon a garden and he decides to take care of it. Liam doesn't know anything about gardening but learns through trial and error along with reading gardening books. The garden turns into a lovely, lush green garden. His actions start to spread as other people start planting and transforming the city from dull and dreary to vibrant and beautiful. I love the messages this book teaches, especially the power of paying it forward.
I have grown to appreciate and adore wordless picture books so I had to include one in this post. Marla Frazee is a talented author of many books which include Roller Coaster and Boot and Shoe. This is a story of how a baby clown accidentally bounces off the circus train separating him from his family. A farmer finds the clown on his land and takes him home. The two discover new things about themselves and life. This is a story that will truly touch your heart.
One of my all time favorite books is Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea. Ballet Cat is another great story by him. Bob Shea is writing a series for Ballet Cat and the next book is coming out in February of 2016. Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide on what to play. Ballet cat wants to play ballet as usual because she loves to spin and twirl. Sparkles the Pony is not happy and has a secret he thinks will upset Ballet Cat, but he doesn't realize that Ballet Cat also has a secret too. A totally secret secret. This is a great book to use to discuss the importance of compromising when working with a partner or small group. It is also hilarious!