Sunday, March 4, 2012

Read Across America!

March is National Reading Awareness Month and in our class, throughout the month of March, we will be "reading across America".

As we "read across America" we will be reading 50 books; one per U.S. state. 26 of these books are written by authors born in a specific U.S. state and we will be using these to "plot" our progress across America on our new U.S. map in our classroom!

And....I am excited to have invited our awesome parents to participate in our month long event by spending an afternoon having lunch with their kiddo and reading a book to our class!

The 26 states (and books) that we will "visit" during March are:


Author
Book Title
Author’s State
Cynthia Rylant
Henry and Mudge
Virginia
Jan Brett
The Mitten
Massachusetts
John J Muth
Zen Shorts
Ohio
Janet Lawer
If Kisses Were Colors
Connecticut
Deborah Diesen
The Pout- Pout Fish
Michigan
Janell Cannon
Stellaluna
Minnesota
Kate DiCamillo
The Tale of Despereaux
Pennsylvania
Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
New York
Lois Ehlert
Planting a Rainbow
Wisconsin
Travis Flores
The Spider Who Never Gave Up
West Virginia
Bill Martin
Brown Bear Brown Bear
Kansas
Kelly Bennett
Not Norman
California
Sandra Boynton
Horns to Toes
New Jersey
Mo Willems
Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Louisiana
Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Vermont
Dian Curtis Regan
Barnyard Slam
Colorado
Julia Cook
Sorry, I Forgot to Ask!
Utah
Audrey Wood
Silly Sally
Arkansas
Byron Barton
I Want to Be an Astronaut
Rhode Island
Peggy Parish
Come Back Amelia Bedelia
South Carolina
Audrey Penn
Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully
Maryland
Steve Jenkins
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
North Carolina
Chris Van Dusen
If I Built a Car
Maine
Beverly Cleary
Two Dog Biscuits
Oregon
Janet Lunn
Amos’s Sweater
Texas
D. Mankus Pinwater
The Big Orange Splot
Tennessee



I am so excited to begin this endeavor with the class. I think that the kiddos will really enjoy the books that I have chosen and I am thrilled that our parents will be involved as well.

So....let's get started on our road trip!!

2 comments:

Debbie Diesen said...

What a neat project!

Would you like some bookmarkers from your Michigan author? I have some small bookmarks (standard bookmark size, made of tagboard) with an image of Mr. Fish (aka The Pout-Pout Fish) on them. I can send a batch for your class if you'd like. Just contact me by email (deborah [at] deborahdiesen [dot] com) and I'd be glad to send them.

Best Fishes, and happy travels to your class in your Reading Across America adventure!

Debbie Diesen

mskristy said...

Thank you so much Debbie! Our class can't wait to receive the bookmarks!

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