Two Bobbies is a perfect book to talk about the importance of setting, as it is set just after hurricane Katrina. This can be a great book to talk about the themes of friendship, loyalty, and kindness. I used it to talk about the importance and traits of true friends. My students loved it. I could tell from the wide eyes, the "ooohhhhh"s and "ahhhhh"s and "yay"s! After we read it we wrote Thank-you-Grams to all our wonderful friends while sitting happy and complete knowing the Two Bobbies are safe and sound. :)
I am a sucker for a good animal story! Nubs is just that and can be used around Veterans Day since it's all about a dog in Iraq and his journey home with Brian, a brave Marine. Such a fantastic story of friendship, loss, stick-with-it-ness (is that a word?!) and love. I'm going to read it to the kids focused on things we're thankful for since it's November, but it's an anytime sort of book. You can read a little more about Nubs, plus see a video of Nubs and Brian at my blog post here. Love, love, love Nubs!
The pictures in All The Places to Love are so, so beautiful! This is also a great read aloud focusing on similes, and can be an excellent mentor text for a quick write about a favorite place. You can also use it for a mini-lesson on zooming in to a particular place in your writing.
Happy November and happy reading,
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