Before my librarian days I was actually an elementary school teacher. My undergrad education is in elementary education. I've taught many grades, but 5th grade is my favorite. I love that the kids have personality and I can be sarcastic with them, but they are still young enough where I feel I can have an impact on them. Plus, 5th grade learns about US History which is a lot of fun to me.
After teaching in the classroom did I then go back to school to get my MLS (Masters of Library Science) to become a school librarian. I've been a school librarian at the elementary and high school levels. I loved both library experiences, and I love YA books as much as picture books or middle grade fiction books. However, picture books are so fun to read aloud that they have a special place in my heart.
I got together with my friend Shannon at www.packerclan.com to do an awesome book Back to School Giveaway on Instagram. Shannon and I were both teachers and books are kind of a big deal to not only librarians but teachers as well. Reading aloud books in the classroom is pretty much amazing. Reading aloud books to your kids is amazing. Reading books in general is amazing.
I remember laying my clothes out for the first day of school, but to be honest I only did that when I was in elementary school. I do remember the jitter excitement that I would get for the start of the year when I was a teacher.
Starting a new school year is exciting, and since August is the start of school (for most places) we thought we'd give you and a friend some amazing books. On Instagram, you could win all 10 of these books and a friend could win the exact 10 awesome books. All you have to do is head to Instagram. Follow me, @alohamoraopenabook and Shannon at @shannon.packer, and look for the picture above. Easy and fun.
I guarantee these 10 books are all awesome books. Your kids will enjoy them, your students will enjoy them, and/or you will enjoy them. Though, what better way to get you excited then to brag about each book's awesomeness.
Back to School with
Our 10 Favorite Books Giveaway
David Shannon has many great books, but this one is one of the best of the best. I love the lesson learned about being you and staying true to your self. What a great lesson for us all.
This book is one of my favorite alphabet concept books; Bruel tells a great story and keeps the alphabet concept unique and fun. Young and old love this book.
Everyone gets "First Day Jitters" but this one really surprises you.
Jeffers is another amazing author and illustrator. Fun simple pictures with a fun picture book about a persistent kid.
This fun book is a lesson/life skill every child and some adults ;) need to learn about how to behave in social settings.
This picture book will have the whole family gathering around to enjoy this fun story. This book is a fun twist on a classic fairy tale.
This chapter book, middle grade fiction, is a classic. No matter the age one can't but help to laugh right along with Ramona.
There is not a doubt that I think Mo Willems is a genius. I love almost everything he has ever done, but this one is probably my favorite Pigeon book. Plus, I love cookies so... it makes me smile.
The pictures are absolutely stunning in this classic book, and the story is just as amazing. I love the detail in the illustrations and the story shares a beautiful lesson and message for both kids and adults.
This fun read aloud has great repetition for the toddlers and preschoolers, but the story is just as fun for older kids. Plus, I love the message about choosing who we will be.
I hope you are as excited for these awesome books as I am. I really think you will love every single one, and you will see the value of the addition to your collection. Plus, how fun is it to win something for you and your friend?!?
So... head on over to Instagram to enter.
Happy Back to School and Happy Awesome 10 Book Giveaway!
If you were to add a book to this giveaway, what would it be?