I absolutely love children’s books. I often find myself reading through some of my daughter’s books even when she’s not interested! I have often wished for a great list of books that can be used in my class.
This is what has inspired this post. I thought I would start a series of posts annotating books that can be used in your classroom and in your teaching programs. These annotations will take the following format:
- Organisation of the book; including publisher and author details;
- Synopsis of the book;
- Review; and
- How the book can be used in the classroom
So without further ado….here is the first book annotation. I hope you like this book as much as I do!
Author: Mem Fox
Title: Koala Lou
Publisher(s): Penguin Books Australia, 1998.
Format: 30 pages, illustrations, paperback.
Ages: Five – Ten year olds.
Synopsis: Koala Lou is a soft cuddly Koala bear. Everybody loves her but her mother is very busy and lately she has been feeling unloved. Koala Lou has a great idea, preparations for the bush Olympics were under way and this year she would compete. She trained extremely hard and was fully prepared when the big day arrived. If she wins she will hopefully gain the love of her mother again.
Review: This book has fabulous illustrations that show many Australian animals (especially koala bears). It is colourful and easy to read. I especially enjoy this book when the Olympic Games are approaching.
Uses: This is a good book to be kept in the class library for students to read. It has many Australian animals so is a great way to introduce these animals to the students. ‘Koala Lou’ is a good book for children to have available now as it incorporates the Olympic Games. It will help elicit from students the types of things they may already know about the Olympics. If you would like some further lesson ideas for ‘Koala Lou’ have a look at the University of Missouri website here.
Do you have a favourite book that you use in your classroom?
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