Summer Book List & Mentor Text Linky

I went to a Scholastic Book warehouse sale yesterday!  It was my first time and I spent double what I was supposed to...  Luckily, they said they aren't coming back until December.  Everything in the warehouse was 25-80% off.  Basically, from what I saw, everything was 50% off, so most kids books were between 2-4 dollars except for the hardcover ones.

I got 92 books!  I know, I apparently have no self control.  Here they are.  It actually doesn't look like 92 books!

I bought a bunch of sets of early chapter books since these aren't really available to us in my school.  Plus, I was thinking maybe I can do some chapter book clubs during the final two weeks of school.  We all have to move classrooms and will be packing things up, so we won't have access to all of our materials and technology.

Then  I just got a bunch of random books for independent reading.  I did find I Wanna New Room! by the author of I Wanna Iguana! so I picked that up too for persuasive writing.

I also found The Book Whisperer which I have heard so much about.  Summer reading!

Speaking of summer reading, creating a summer reading list for our incoming second graders was one of my tasks this weekend.  Here is what I came up with.  Feel free to use it if you would like, just click on the image!

It is also time for Collaboration Cuties weekly mentor text linky.  This week's theme is science.

The text I chose is "What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?" by Steve Jenkins.

This is a great book for teaching animal adaptations, which we are required to teach in second grade.  It goes through different body parts and then explains specifically what each animal uses it for.  The kids also get a kick out of predicting which animal the body part belongs to.

When I taught science, I would have my kids create their own animal and describe the adaptations that help it survive.  It is always interesting to see what they come up with.


  1. The Scholastic Warehouse Sale will be in my area in June. I go to purchase books for literature circles or for reading with small groups. I try to limit myself to six new sets and 20 individual books. I haven't kept to my limit yet, but I keep trying! Thanks for sharing.

    Foreman Teaches

  2. I am almost afraid of the Scholastic Warehouse sale that is coming close to me at the end of the month...I have mixed emotions. :) I know I am going to love it, but it is almost more than I can refuse every year! lol! Every year, I say that I am going to have better control of myself. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Wow!! Glad we never have a Scholastic Warehouse Sale come too close to us!! Love your summer reading book list!! It is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  4. Oh my goodness. I did the same thing at our Scholastic Warehouse Sale in December. DANGEROUS!!! :) I love that book for my 4th graders too!! I had them predict what they thought the animals were before I turned the page. Some they totally got and some they were WAAAAAY off!
    ideas by jivey

  5. I am not allowed to go to those book warehouse sales! Well... it has been years since I last went. Looks like you got some great deals! Love the book you chose for the Science Mentor text. It captivates my kinderkids attention too!


  6. So exciting that you got so many great books! Scholastic's big sale will be in my area next week and I'm definitely going- I went 2 years ago and bought a bunch of books, so seeing I haven't gone in 2 years, I figure it's time again to go find some new goodies! I'm interested in that Book Whisperer book- I've heard about it to, but I'm hoping you'll be posting some info about it as well so I can decide if I want to read it too...:)
    Learning to the Core

  7. Oh my word! I would have spent so much money at that warehouse sale! It's a great time to buy sets of books! I have the Book Whisperer and I want to read it this summer, too! We'll have to chat about it! :O)

    I love the What do you do with a tail like this! It's great for adaptations!

    Thank you for linking up friend!
    Collaboration Cuties

  8. Your post has made me excited for the warehouse sale to come to my area the first week in June! I hope I can keep myself under control!

    Eclectic Educating

  9. I went yesterday too, but in Florida! Yay! And, I only saw 50% too! I like your summer reading list-I need one from 4th-5th please! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  10. Wow, you bought some fantastic books - I'm very jealous! I missed our Warehouse Sale this weekend : (
    I love that book and will have to remember to use it next fall when teaching animal adaptations. Thanks!


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