My Book Exchange Books

I am so happy to be participating in the Book Exchange that was organized by Randee at How About Them Apples?, Nicole at First Grade OWLS, and Jackie at Here We Go Loopty Loo

The book I chose to send is Courage by Bernard Waber. 
If you haven't read this book, it's a MUST read for teaching vocabulary or 6-traits. It's just adorable. This book centers around the word "Courage" and the many examples of what courage can mean. This book lends itself to a fun class book. You can have students write about their own examples of "courage", and then illustrate their ideas. Here is a sample page that can be used to create a class book:
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Additionally, it might also be fun to choose a new word for students to write about (imagination, friendship, love, kindness, determination, freedom...pretty much anything). Here's are more samples using different words:
One thing that I love about this activity is that it can be used with children of all different ages!!!

The best part about a book exchange is the giving, but the getting isn't so bad either!!! Yesterday when my daughter went out to play, she found a present waiting for me on our welcome mat. I was thrilled to find out that it was my Book Exchange book from Carmen at Exploring Third Grade! She sent me an amazing book called: The Party For Papa Luis
What I love about this book is that it is told in English and Spanish. This will be a great story for me to share with my students when celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Carmen sent some fun activities to go along with it. Head on over to her adorable blog, Exploring Third Grade, to learn more. 

This is also a great story for me to share with my daughters. My husband's family speaks Spanish, and we want our girls to be exposed to the language as much as possible. We sat down as a family yesterday, and I read the parts in English, while my husband read the parts in Spanish! It was a pretty neat experience!

Don't forget to head on over to How About Them Apples? for more Book Exchange ideas!!!


  1. I have the book Courage in my personal collection. Thanks for sharing ways to use it in the classroom!


  2. I love the idea of a book exchange! Too bad I was late to the game on this one! Maybe I'll do one for professional books. I have so many and would love to exchange with people.

  3. I'm so glad you decided to join the exchange and received such a great book. Both are now on my "to check out" list! It's so exciting to see what everyone received!!!
    How about them apples?

  4. Thanks for sharing the book and lesson ideas. I love it! I have added it to my Amazon wish list. :)

    The Teaching Thief

  5. Love hearing about what you sent and received in teh book exchange. My summer plans didn't lend well for participating, but hopefully I can next time. I'm very curious about Courage. I love Bernard Waber. Will put it on my wishlist. What a special treat for you and your family to receive A Party for Papa Luis. Thanks for sharing!!
    Robin (Bigbird)

  6. Opps...didn't edit carefully. "received in the" Sorry.

  7. I LOVE this book. As a parent and teacher I stress how telling the truth when something bad happens can get you in trouble, but not telling the truth gets you in double trouble because moms and teachers always, always find out the truth. So I often say "Do you have the courage to tell the truth?" It's amazing what a difference this makes. I always give the kiddos a hug and thank them for having the courage to tell the truth even though it's hard and scary. If appropriate I let them know how their consequence was reduced because of the truth telling.

  8. I LOVE this book! Thanks for reminding me about it!
    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  9. I love this book! I am always looking for new children's books. I think this one will have to enter my collection. Thank you!