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Category: Books

15 Lovely Valentine’s Day Early Chapter Books

Is it just me or are seasonal books just more fun? I love reading something that puts me in the spirit of whatever season I’m in! I know my students will enjoy some seasonally appropriate Valentine books as well. And don’t worry, they’re not all mushy gushy! We’ve talked before

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Top 24 Christmas Books

As avid book lovers (and collectors), narrowing our favorite Christmas books down to a mere TWENTY FOUR seems like a gargantuan task. There are just so many wonderful Christmas books and more coming out each year. With careful consideration, we’ve whittled our favorites down to 24 of our very favorite

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40 Early Chapter Books for Christmas

I love getting a new holiday-themed book to read for pleasure in December and why would our students be any different? It’s especially exciting when kids get the chance to read a holiday-themed tale about characters from a series they already love. We’ve talked before about how we love reading

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20+ Cozy Fall Reads – Autumn Kids Books

This time of year is so perfect for cozying up with a sweet read aloud book. I love having lots of seasonal books available to read aloud and for my students to read. Check out this list of our favorite cozy books for fall! This post contains affiliate links. Apple

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20 Awesome Books for the First Week of School

When I’m creating my first week of school plans, I always make time for several read aloud books every day. Reading aloud picture books is a great way to: take a break from procedures and routines introduce ideas of friendship, community, rules, and more model fluent reading bond as a

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More Halloween Books We Love

Try as we may, we just can’t get enough of seasonal books. Do you have the same seasonal-book-buying affliction? One of the ways I love using seasonal books is in a daily countdown to the holiday. Here’s how we count down to Halloween with a spooky read every day! We

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Top 5 Twelve Days of Christmas Reads

Around here at Second Story Window, there’s not much we love more than Christmas picture books!   Today we’re sharing some of our favorite versions of the 12 days of Christmas. Our other Christmas books posts have narrowed our recommendations down to our top 5, but there are just too

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Why I Read Magic Treehouse to My Students

When I was in 2nd grade, Mrs. Green read aloud to us every day.  It was one of my favorite parts of the day.  I fell in love with books because of that time. My first favorite was a book she read us (this post contains affiliate links): A Little

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Pictivities Review

We were recently contacted by Meg and Corbin Frost about their new children's activity book series Pictivities. After watching the video for their Kickstarter campaign I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. This book is right up Adelaide's alley. It's silly and funny and interactive. She thought

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Jargon Journal May Bundle

Four books for May!  Are you ready?? Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. Here are the May books: I adore this book–it's one of my very favorite picture books.  If you don't have a copy

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Jargon Journal April Bundle

We're sliding in under the wire, but here is the April bundle of Jargon Journal units! Click here to read more about the importance of vocabulary instruction. Click here to read more about the Jargon Journal program. Here's what we've picked for April: April Foolishness  — Buy the book April

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