Kindergarteners Are Super

School Visit Materials
School Visit Materials

Last week, on World Read Aloud Day, I shared my love of Kidlit by reading and acting out scenes with Kindergarteners. Not only did I read Ninja by Arree Chung and Twenty-Six Pirates by David Horowitz, I read my own picture book manuscript to three classes.

Since the topic of my picture book is superheroes, I created a handout where the kids could write their superhero name and power and illustrate their super people. The five and six year-olds then shared their creations with each other. Fun!

The kids were excited to be the FIRST kids to see my book dummy.
Reading from my book dummy.
Channeling my charactesrs.
Channeling my characters.
Acting out scenes.
Acting out scenes.
I'm getting into character.
Showing not telling.

Shout out to Wyoming Elementary School’s Kindergarten teachers. When I thanked them for allowing me to visit their classrooms, one teacher sent me this: “Thanks goes to you, Mrs. Gruer, for continuing to be a reading inspiration to the children at Wyoming School!!” Wasn’t that nice?

Super Kids’ Quotes:

To the question, “If you were a superhero, what would your power be?”

A boy answered: “Ocean! I’d save everything that lives in the ocean, even sharks, and all the sea creatures would love me.”

A girl answered: “My superpower is fire and fly!”

Another girl answered: “I am strong and speed!”

To the question, “If you were a superhero, what would your name be?”

One boy asked, “How do you spell “Estaban the Magnificent?'”

Confidence in Kids Literature

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Confidence is the theme of the week.

In honor of World Read Aloud Day, Litworld asks,”What stories make you feel confident and proud to be you?” It must be the kid in me and my love of kidlit that makes picture books the natural place to find confidence. Here are my picks for the…

Top Five Confidence Boosting Picture Books 

  1. Yoko by Rosemary Wells. Yoko has the confidence to bring her unique lunch to school. She doesn’t “yuck anyone else’s yum” even when other kids call her lunch icky.
  2. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. Little Red Chicken knows what he knows. Fairytales are dangerous.
  3. Zoomer by Ned Young. Zoomer isn’t afraid to let his imagination run wild.
  4. Ninja by Arree Chung. Maxwell is ready to face any obstacles as a true ninja.
  5. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. If you need the confidence–and permission–to be silly, you get both in this book.

Hon, do you think I’m confident or crazy to take lessons on the flying trapeze?

Me on the flying trapeze. Confident or crazy?
Me on the flying trapeze. Confident or crazy?