Book Collections Continued…

DSC_0257I recently went through my books in storage only to discover that I had more book collections than expected.

I will begin with the children’s books.  I loved the Cat in the Hat series and still have a large collection.  I remember getting them through mail over, a different one would come each week and I would read them and add them to the shelf.

My favourites include;

* Because a Little Bug went Ka-Choo! by Rosetta Stone

* Wacky Wednesday by Theo. LeSieg

* A Fish out of Water by Helen Palmer

* One Fish two fish red fish blue fish by Dr. Seuss

* Spooky Riddles by Marc Brown

* The Bears’ Picnic by Stan and Jan Berenstain

* Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss


The Power of the Picture Book

Cover of "The Doorbell Rang"

Cover of The Doorbell Rang

I have been teaching upper primary school students for 6 years. Nothing grabs their attention as quickly or holds it for as long as a good picture book.

It is a powerful teaching tool and is often forgotten when students get older.  When we have our library lessons my student’s make me read until my voice hurts.  Picture books allow visual learners a chance to understand the story, creates a platform for interesting discussions and models writing.

Recommended Picture Books:

* Willy the Champ series by Anthony Browne

* Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

* This is not my hat by Jon Klassen

* Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems

* Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl

* Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers

* John Brown, Rose and the midnight cat by Jenny Wagner

* The doorbell rang by Pat Hutchins

* Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss

I read the above list to my classes each year and they get the best responses from my students.

Can any one add to my list?

Cover of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other...

Cover via Amazon

Taking Care of your Books

Some tips for taking care of your books;

1) Ensure books are shelved properly in a vertical position; they should not be on their sides or stacked.  If you store them in boxes they should also be vertical and not on top of each other (Mistake number 1 on my behalf)

2) When you dust your books, make sure to dust from the spine outward so that the dirt doesn’t settle in the pocket behind the spine.  Dust each individually book and not just around them.

3) If the book has a jacket cover take it off while you are reading it and store in a safe place (At least this is one tip that I am following)

4) Repair torn pages as quickly as possible – how to repair torn pages shown here

5) Inform children how to take care of their books – as a school teacher I have had a lot of my books ruined by student’s because I didn’t spend time explaining how to look after books.  A great book to help parents/teachers with this is Read it Don’t Eat it by Ian Schoenherr.

If any one has any more helpful tips they would be much appreciated!

How not to store your books

How not to store your books