Teachers for Teachers | Slice of Life: Little Things #T4TMoments #SOL17
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Slice of Life: Little Things #T4TMoments #SOL17


Recently we were visiting a school and saw this bulletin board.


It has been on our minds ever since!!!  So often we hear that kids don’t want to read these “little books.”  They want “big books” instead.  How do they know?  What makes them think of these as less engaging?  Kids love lots of other little things:  Micro Minis, Playmobile, doll houses, action figurines, Polly Pockets, and OYO mini sport figurines to name a few.  They love little versions of things.  So how did this negative message around “little books” develop?

We are not sure we know how it came to be, but this school gave us an idea about how to change it!  We need to celebrate them, advertise them and bless them.  This bulletin board does just that!  What a message it sends!

We love lots of these “little books.”  The go-carts, Copy- Cat, Dan The Flying Man, Wake up Dad, Bella and Rosie and Cat on the Mat never let us down.  Joy Cowley is a great author of “little books” to study.  Here is a Pinterest board with some of her titles.

Which “little books” do you love?


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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 10:58h, 16 March Reply

    What a simply beautiful idea. I appreciate all the little ways teachers and schools work at getting students excited about books. Thanks for sharing.

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 10:58h, 16 March Reply

    Such a simple idea to get the enthusiasm for our littlest books. How clever – and thank you for sharing.

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    Diane Dougherty
    Posted at 11:39h, 16 March Reply

    You get inspiration wherever you go.. We can all learn from your example. Keep reminding us to really notice what’s around us.

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    Lynne Dorfman
    Posted at 13:11h, 16 March Reply

    I think it is important to celebrate all kinds of books – just love this post! I always talk with teachers and students through middle school about the power of picture books, graphic novels, comic books, ABC books, and so on. It’s always amazing to me when fourth graders have never read a fable or a myth or a King Arthur tale adapted for their age level. I like the idea of featuring a genre on a bulletin board and doing some book talks, too. Thanks for a very good idea that should be widely shared!

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 13:52h, 16 March Reply

    Dan the Flying Man!!! Thanks for the memory…I loved all those little books and have many fond guided reading memories.

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 14:01h, 16 March Reply

    I don’t know these very well, but I do know what you mean. The oldest granddaughter was proud to tell me she’d moved on from the ‘little’ books. It’s a good idea to celebrate them, and they are enticing to me.

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    Carrie Gelson
    Posted at 17:11h, 16 March Reply

    Brilliant. I fell for some of the titles I read and reread with my beginning readers last year.

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    Paula Ruedebusch
    Posted at 18:43h, 16 March Reply

    Gotta love Baby Bear!

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 22:00h, 16 March Reply

    What a great idea to make a bulletin board that celebrates “little books!” Love that you notice it and share it. Thank you!

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