1st and 2nd grade have been introduced to Chloe and the Lion written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex. Have fun making predictions with this book, because the kids never know what's coming next! This book was a great way to familiarize the kids with the differences between an author and illustrator. There was drama! suspense! and humor all found in this book.
While the older kids were learning some new elements in a book, pre-k and kinder read Ish by Peter Reynolds. This went along with their unit in class about feelings. They empathized with Ramon, the main character, when his older brother laughed at his drawings and felt joy when Ramon began to draw with fervor again. Ish, they said, did not mean perfection, but trying your best.