Building a Bridge with Books

  • November 1, 2012
  • Bilingual Therapies

Building a Bridge with Books

Books are powerful resources that we often forget to utilize with children during time together.     Picture books tell a story with words and also pictures. Though we often think that they are only for younger children, they are great tools to use with all ages. These days, there are books on almost any subject. The fall and Thanksgiving are perfect topics to use when trying some of the following activities with students.

Selecting the Right Book

These days, there are so many books about autumn and holidays that you could spend hours trying to pick out a book. A great place to start would be asking the child’s primary teacher what topics they are covering and if they have any books or suggestions. There may be one that they would like the child to get a preview of to assist within the classroom setting. If they do not, look in the school library, or go to the public library in your area and check out the seasonal books. There will be books about leaves, football, animals hibernating, pumpkins, Pilgrims, and many on Thanksgiving. Preview the book to make sure it is age appropriate. Some of the Thanksgiving books can be a little too detail-oriented for a younger child, but may be perfect for older students. A few book ideas:

  • Countdown to Fall – Fran Hawk
  • What is Thanksgiving – Michelle Medlock Adams
  • From Seeds to Pumpkins – Wendy Pfeffer
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves – Lucille Colandro
  • The Night Before Thanksgiving – Natasha Wing
  • Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks – Margaret Sutherland


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