Student book recommendations are a great way to get kids talking about the stories they read. Whether you’re working on an author study, need a book-themed bulletin board idea, or just want kids to reflect on books, this sheet is sure to do the trick!
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My first grade students and I just finished up an author study of Mo Willems. We had TONS of fun reading Knuffle Bunny, The Pigeon Needs a Bath, Can I Play Too? and many of his other books. Mo Willems’ silly and easy-to-read books quickly became some of my students’ favorites!
This student recommendation paper was the perfect way to play off of the Mo Willems excitement!
To get started, I printed a book recommendation paper (below) for each child in my class, plus a few extras. I went ahead and printed them in color so they would POP when we were done and I put them on display, but you could easily print in black and white instead.
Then, I made an example book recommendation to show my students. I picked a Mo Willems book that I had read aloud to the whole class just a few days prior so my kiddos would have a clear example.
Student Book Recommendations
To introduce the writing activity, I started by gathering my first graders on our classroom carpet. I asked, “What is your favorite book?” Instantly hands shot up into the air!
Since we had just spent so much time reading Mo Willems books, many of my students mentioned his work, but several other titles were also voiced.
I shared a few of my favorites and then, to relate this activity to a real-world purpose, I told my students that I had no idea who Mo Willems was until the teacher down the hall told me to check out his books. (A a true story!)
They were surprised!
That led to a great class discussion about our purpose for recommending books to others in our school.
I showed them my example and the various information found on the student book recommendations sheet.
I had a student volunteer to grab the book I recommended. We set both my paper and the book on display so that my students could refer back to it if needed.
Finally, I sent my kids on a hunt in our classroom library. I encouraged them to find a few books they loved and to flip through each before deciding on one.
As my students found the book they wanted to review, I gave them a paper and sent them off to work.
In just a few minutes, my entire class was spread out writing about their favorite books. I let my students work as long as they needed and a few days later, we started sharing our recommendations in front of the class.
It was a wonderful way for kids to find other books they wanted to read!
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