This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience.September has snuck up on me, how about you? I know most of us are back to work by now, so I thought I would share the books I’m planning to use this month! My choices are based on what’s going on in September: Labor Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day, beginning of the fall season, and everyone being sick because of back to school germs. Up first, “Trashy Town”! This is a favorite for my preschool and kindergarten students! It ties in nicely for many different themes you could use in your therapy room, such as community helpers or transportation. Mr. Gilly goes all over Trashy Town to clean up his city. You can target lots of where questions, opposites, and basic concepts, plus it’s great for basic vocabulary. The rhyming and repetitive nature are always wonderful for early language and literacy skills, plus your students will love doing the chant about putting the trash in Mr. Gilly’s truck. Added bonus? I have activities that are ready for you to target a variety of skills. Check out my book companion for the story HERE. If you know me at all, you know that I love me some Bear. I just added “Bear Feels Sick” to my classroom library and it’s good for the season because, germs. I always catch a cold going back to work, usually in the first month! This story follows the traditional Bear book concept, with rhyming text and is easy to read. I think this story is appropriate for PK through 3rd, a even some 4-5 groups depending on student’s learning and interest levels. I love the kindness that is shown from Bear’s friends, so it’s a good story for working on character and social language. You can easily work on personal connections because most kids can relate to being sick. As usual, this story has really good Tier 2 vocabulary, so it will provide great vocabulary lessons too!Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19 and my students always love learning with that theme. I have used both “How I Became a Pirate” and “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers” in my therapy and both are great! This year I am going with the second one just because I haven’t used it in a couple of years. I also love that this book appeals to a wide range of ages, I plan to use it with K through 5. A lot of people get nervous about using picture books with older students, but they really do love them too! With this story, I love using the pictures to work on descriptive vocabulary and social skills, like perspective taking. If you need help with activity ideas for this one, check out my book companion HERE.Last but not least, September begins the autumn season, so naturally I’m going to close out the month with that theme! “Apple Trouble” is the story of a hedgehog who keeps getting things stuck in his prickles, which lends itself to targeting sequencing and problem solving pretty easily. It’s also good for basic vocabulary of common items and animals. It’s a pretty easy read, so I think it’s appropriate for PK up to 3rd. See my book companion for this story HERE.
Those are the stories I’m using this month! What are you reading in your classroom?