Ms. Mascia's Classroom Library

Welcome to my virtual library! This site showcases some of my favorite books to read with my students.

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus By Mo Willems

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems

There's a little pigeon that wants to drive the bus, but the bus driver doesn't want the pageant drive the bus. Everyone keeps telling the pigeon "No" each time the pigeon asked to drive the bus. Will the pigeon ever get his chance to drive the bus? Let's all talk with our shoulder partner about a time that you didn't get to do anything no matter how many times you asked. Write a short story about what happened after you didn't get to do something that you really wanted to. Write about what you ended up doing instead. We will all share our stories in the end.

Lexile Level: 280L  

The Rainbow Fish By Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister, J. Alison James

A sweet story about a fish that is learning how to share. A fish is happier when they are sharing with others. Sometimes even sharing their very special sparkly scales. The other friends start to befriend this fish and accept them for who he is, rather than just a pretty sparkly fish, especially now that they all have something in common. Lets all draw a picture of something that you can share with others. We will all share our pictures with the rest of the class. 

Lexile Level: AD610L

Amelia Bedelia By Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish, Fritz Siebel

Amelia Bedelia has a list of chores to complete before the Rogers get home. Once they arrive home, Mrs. Rogers realize her mistake with the list. While Amelia continued working for the Roger's, she always made them lemon-meringue pie. Lets all make a list of 10 chores that you would want Amelia Bedelia to complete at your house. 

Lexile Level: 340L

She Persisted By Chelsea Clinton

She Persisted - Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger

This is a story about 13 women with inspiring stories to share with the world. Many of these stories are of women we have heard about before and a couple new names pop up. This story includes Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Sally Ride and ten amazing more. Pick your favorite story from the book and look up more about your woman. Create a FakeBook Page all about the women you picked. We will share all of our pages to the class. 

Lexile Level: NC1170L

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie By Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond

This story is about a mouse who wants a cookie. As you continue to read the story, the mouse keeps asking for other things that all tie together. Continue reading this story to see how it all winds up if you ever decide to give a mouse a cookie. As a class, lets think of different sentences that can follow the line,"If you give a mouse a cookie," lets create our own story together. 

Lexile Level: AD410L 

David Goes To School By David Shannon

David Goes To School - David Shannon

This David book is all about David at school. In the David series, David is normally being told "No" by everyone. I wonder how this story will compare to the others. David is at school, lets see what his teachers have to say about his behavior in the classroom. Now, lets all draw pictures of behaviors that we should have at school, not what David is showing in our story. We will add all of our drawings into one book and create a story about what behaviors we all should be doing in school. 

Lexile Level: 210L

Tacky the Penguin By Helen Lester

Tacky the Penguin - Helen Lester, Lynn M. Munsinger

This book is about a penguin named Tacky that never followed the pack. Tacky is known as the odd bird, but he is a nice bird. All the other birds love having Tacky around even with his crazy singing. Now lets do a sequencing activity to see what happened first to the end of the story. 

Lexile Level: AD630L 

Hooray for Reading Day By Margery Cuyler

Hooray for Reading Day! - Margery Cuyler, Arthur Howard

This sweet book is about a little girl who is learning how to read. She is really nervous but overcomes her fear slowly with a little help from her four legged furry friend. This book is inspiring for all eager readers. Showing that it takes courage and practice to learn to read, especially in front of the whole class. Who is someone that you can read aloud to? Draw a picture of yourself reading aloud to your friend. We will all share our pictures to the whole class.

Lexile Level: AD500L


What Do You Do With An Idea? By Kobi Yamada

What Do You Do with an Idea? - Kobi Yamada

Everyday we all have new ideas. This story lets us know that having ideas is a good thing. We can all share our ideas to the rest of the world. Having ideas encourage us all to think big and to grow out interests in the world. For an activity for the classroom, writing a short story about an idea that you have. We will put everyones ideas into one book and we will title it as "Our Class Ideas." Having the students write their own ideas down and putting the into a book for us all to read throughout the year. 

Lexile Level: AD490L

Fancy Nancy By Jane O'Connor

Fancy Nancy - Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser

Nancy is a little girl that loves to be fancy. She is fancy with everything she does, including saying fancy words, and dressing in fancy clothes. Now it is time for Nancy to help her family become fancy. What is a fancy word that you like to say? Write the word and draw a picture about your fancy word. We will all share our words and pictures to the class. 

Lexile Level: 510L


Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes By Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean

This is such a fun song book to read to the class. Pete the Cat is back in a new story about about rocking in his school shoes. Pete has some new shoes to wear to school and he can't wait to see what he can accomplish in his new shoes at school. Pete even started singing his song again while at school. Draw a picture of what you do in your school shoes. Then, lets all share our pictures to the rest of the class. 

Lexile Level: AD430L

Caps for Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys - Esphyr Slobodkina, Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer, Esphyr Slobodkina

There is a man who has many different caps for sale. He is walking around trying to sell his caps, but no one is wanting to buy a cap. This man decided to take a rest and when he woke up, all of his caps were missing except for his own cap. When he looked in the branches of the tress, he found his caps. How will he get his caps back and will he ever be able to sell his caps now? Lets see how many caps we all can wear! Now go and draw yourself wearing the amount of caps you were able to keep on your head during large group! 

Lexile Level: AD480L 

Chrysanthemum By Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This story is about a sweet little girl who is named after a beautiful flower. She grew to love her name. What could go wrong? Now that this little girl is in school, she has hated her name more and more. What will happen now that she is getting laughed at for her name and what will she think about her name in the end?  Lets all pick a new name out of this jar that I have written up. Each name is a flower and I want you all to research more about the flower that you drew. After we all have our information, create a name plate for your new name with different drawings and colors that make your flower extra special. 

Lexile Level: 570L

Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Duck! Rabbit! - Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Tom Lichtenheld

What do you see on the cover of this story? Two people discuss what type of animal this story is about. Going back and forth between duck and rabbit, still trying to figure it out. Looking at what they are eating and evening listening to the noises it is making. As a class, it would be a great idea to go on an adventure after reading this story. Going outside to see what types of clouds we all see, and drawing the different shapes and animals each student sees. Then, we can all share our drawings and what we saw outside with the class. 

Lexile Level: AD300L

The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

This is a silly book that brings crayons to life. The crayons are writing letters to their owner Duncan why they have decided to quit. As Duncan is reading all the letters, he gets a really good idea on what to do next. One great activity to have the students complete after reading this story would be to have the students draw a picture with all the colors they have in their color box, just like Duncan did. 

Lexile Level: AD730L 

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun By Maria Dismondy

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are - Maria Dismondy

This book has a great meaning for friendship, forgiveness, and kindness. The little girls grandfather always reminded her to "treat people the way you want to be treated." This saying stuck with her while she was getting bullied in school. Having that reminder helped her to befriend the bully and help him when he needed it. This book will help create lots of group discussion throughout the classroom. Having this book to read before asking the students to write about a time where they can help someone who may need it rather than ignoring them. Having the students share their response to the class to encourage kindness all around. 

Lexile Level: 610L