Classroom Books

A collection of books for my future classroom

"The wonderful thing you will be" By: Eimily Winfield Martin

The Wonderful Things You Will Be - Emily Winfield Martin

This is a very inspirational book to follow your dreams. Would be a great book for the first day of school. students could share with the the class who they are and who they want to be. Because the text rhymes this book could further be used in teaching rhyming. 

"How I Became a Pirate" By: Melinda Long and David Shannon

How I Became a Pirate - Melinda Long, David Shannon

A story of a boy and his crazy adventure on a ship full as pirates. They set off to bury the treasure but as the journey continues the little boy begins to realize the importance of his family. I would use this book to teach sequence of events. Students can determine the order of events and the mood of the main character during these events. I could also use this book to show plot, problems and solutions in text.


Interest Level

Grades PreK - 2

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 3.1

Lexile® Measure:470L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M


"Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon" By Patty Lovell

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell, David Catrow

A super cute book that's all about imagination and play! This book would encourage students to use their imagination. This story could be used in the classroom when learning about creative writing.  


Interest Level

Grades K - 2

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 4

Lexile® Measure:AD820L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L


  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Play, Games, Toys
  • Grandparents and Grandchildren

"Little Tree" By: Loren Long

Little Tree - Loren Long, Loren Long

"Little Tree" is a great book for a younger class. This book shows children the importance of change and the growth that it brings you. Could be followed with a discussion or writing activity depending on the grade level explaining changes they are faced with.

In this book is written from the point of view of a tree. Would be beneficial in teaching differing points of view 

age Level: 5 - 8 Grade Level: K - 3

"ida, Always" By: Caron Levis and Charles santoso

Ida, Always - Charles Santoso, Caron Levis

"ida, Always" is a very touching story about to polar bears and their last days together. This book could be used in the classroom to model character emotion or point of view. 


Age Level: 4 - 8 Grade Level: P - 3

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Worm - Harry Bliss, Doreen Cronin

Very cute book that could be used for many different purposes. Use to introduce Journal activity, or to introduce a science lesson on gardening, worms, composting, invertebrates etc. 


Interest Level

Grades K - 3

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 2.8

Lexile® Measure:AD360L

DRA: 18

Guided Reading: K


  • Comedy and Humor
  • Diaries and Journals


  • Invertebrates
  • School Life

Math Curse By: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Math Curse - Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith

This book would be great for higher level grades. Teaching using a thematic unit, integrating math and literature. After making predictions and reading book as class, students could observe their own environment and make their own word problems and then solve them. Students would be building skills in predicting, writing, creativity, problem solving, and word problems. 


After researching I found a lesson plan similar to what I described above:


Interest Level

Grades 1 - 5

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 3.8

Lexile® Measure:560L

DRA: 38

Guided Reading: P

Pete the Cat too Cool for School By: Kimberly and James Dean

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School - Kimberly  Dean, James Dean

"Pete the Cat too Cool for School" contains a great moral: "If you want to be cool, just be you!". This would be a great book for the beginning of the year. After reading, students could complete an activity writing and presenting to the class how they are cool, giving details about themselves.


Interest Level

Grades K - 2

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 1

Lexile® Measure:210L

DRA: 8

Guided Reading: E

Type of Book:Begining Reader Book


Llama Llama Time to Share By: Anna Dedney

Llama Llama Time to Share - Anna Dewdney

This book would be great for a social skills lesson on sharing and making new friends. Great for beginning of school year.In the story Llama meets Gnu girl, he has to learn to share with Gnu girl and to find something to play together that meets both of their different interests. 

The text also rhymes throughout the story, this book could be used to reinforce different word families.  

I found a activity pack on teachers pay teachers to go along with this book:

Included in this pack:
- Story sequencing activity
- Rhyming practice cards (great for a Memory activity!)
- Rhyming words practice sheet
- An original short story related to sharing (nice for fluency practice!)
- Extension activities for the short story
- Writing activity



Interest Level

Grades PreK - 1

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 2

Lexile® Measure:AD250L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L