Beginning of the Year Read Alouds! So excited!

One of the best ways to start your day is waking up to an Amazon shipment on your front door step!

Oh yes, this is how I started my day. I knew that despite my stupid summer head cold, today would still be a great day! So, I'm linking up with Deanna Jump for her Book Talk Tuesday Linky!


I actually got 5 books in the mail today but I'm only going to tell you about 3 of them. I'll save the other 2 for a rainy day.

I got this beautiful box set called the Peter Reynolds Creatrilogy Box Set (Dot, Ish, Sky Color)

All three books in this set are must read for your students in the first weeks of school or even for your own children...I know I will be reading these books to my own kids before I take them to school.

One of the books is fairly well known. It's called The Dot.


This book is great for helping you to instill a growth mindset in your classroom. I'm going to blog about growth mindset in another post but in simple terms it's this: "I can't do that.....YET". This is the motto in my classroom. I try to remind my students all the time that they can do whatever they put their mind to, it might take longer for some but they can achieve anything.

The next book in the set is Ish....as in, "Wow that sweater is sort of ugly-ish" (that would be my mom thinking that she's subtle).


I'm sure you've had a student who will sit there, and sit there, and sit there doing nothing. Then when you finally get to them to see what they have accomplished, their page is blank or worse, they've drawn a whole picture or written a whole story and then erased it all. Why? Because it wasn't perfect. It wasn't exactly how they pictured it in their mind.  This book encourages students to keep trying and that as long as it is "Ish", it's okay and someone will love it.

The third book in the Creatrilogy is called Sky Color :


This book will help your students to consider different perspectives.  In Sky Color the little girl wants to paint the sky but she doesn't have any blue paint.  She's very upset and thinks she can't paint the sky unless she has blue paint.  Throughout the day she watches the sky and sees a variety of different colors and shades.  She comes to realize that the sky is not always blue. Depending on how and when you look at it, it can be orange, yellow, gray, purple and a whole host of other colors. It's a lovely book!

If you don't already own these books you definitely should! And just about any other books by Peter Reynolds as well!

Happy Reading


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