And... if you are looking for some titles to refresh your baskets, I have some favorites. The following is a short list of some titles for character studies and book clubs that I have been sharing lately:
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel is a great heroine for second and third grade chapter book readers. This is the first book in a great series by Nikki Grimes.
Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit is a lovely story of animal friendship involving a cast of characters that warm the hearts of young readers and provide some comic relief as well. This is the first chapter book in a series of adventures that emergent chapter book readers will enjoy.
The Magician's Elephant is a beautiful story of magic and hope for 3rd - 5th grade students. It would make a great book club selection or read aloud to prepare students to have strong book talks.