surprise hits

As an inner-city preschool teacher, I don’t usually like surprises. Except for when I stumble upon a lovely book I had never heard of in my neighborhood library, and I end up liking it as much as the kids.

Some of my favorites from this year:

For when your amazing teaching assistant (or a friend from your class) has to leave your class mid-year: City Dog, County Frog by Mo Willems (Yes, this should have been obvious. Everything Mo Willems writes is a smash hit!)

For when you (and your kids) just need to smile at the end of a long day/week/month: Spoon or Baby Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

For teaching your kids to stand up for each other (especially against the big 4-year-olds on the playground): One by Kathryn Otoshi

For teaching respect of one another’s backgrounds (especially older students-probably kindergarteners): The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi