The two books I selected were I Don't Want to Go by Addie Meyer Sanders and Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur by Judy Sierra. The students and the teacher - none of whom had read either books before - absolutely loved them (the teacher jotted them down to order for the class).
One addresses anxiety and the other introduces good manners.
I Don't Want to Go
by Addie Meyer Sanders
So this story about Joey is really about any child who experiences anxiety and fear in new or unfamiliar situations. When Joey is told he's going somewhere new or doing something he hasn't done before, his mind immediately conjures up frightening scenarios so he decides he doesn't want to go. But lo and behold - much like my son - when he actually does go, he has an amazing time. Over and over again, his fears are conquered and he discovers fun in the unexpected.
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur
by Judy Sierra
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur is a fun way to teach simple manners, especially if your child loves dinosaurs like mine do. The rhymes and illustrations are adorable. In no time, your children will be using, "No, thank you", "Yes, please", "Excuse me", and other well-mannered phrases. And if your kids already know these, this book is a great way to reinforce those polite manners.
Hope you enjoyed these reading selections. I'll be posting more of these regularly. I love finding good books (for children and grown-ups).
Read anything good lately? I'd love to get some suggestions for my summer reading list.