Educators Reveal Their Favorite Education Books

Theodor Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) once wrote: "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn the more places you'll go.”ed_books_recco

And what Geisel describes couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to youngsters and their favorite stories. As educators, nannies and parents, we understand the relationship between the education a child receives and his or her level of success later in life. We also know that the number and quality of books at a child’s disposal is where that lesson-learning begins.

So if your bookshelves are looking a little light, be sure to prepare yourself before the big yellow bus rolls into town with these favorite education books. Once you’re done reading about why these educators recommended these books, be sure to take a moment to bookmark or share this post with your friends.

Hopefully this article encourages and motivates you to think about your future in education.

Adventures in Exercise // Len Saunders

Ages:

2+

Recommended by:

Len Saunders, author of Adventures in Exercise and teacher at New Jersey-based Valley View Elementary School

Why do you recommend this book?

“These books teach young children to exercise while also learning to read. The children exercise with the main characters of the book.”

Exploring the Garden with the Little Rose // Sheri Fink

Ages:

2+

Recommended by:

Ann Morgan James, author of How to Raise a Millionaire and motivational speaker

Why do you recommend this book?

“The book is wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated and has an amazing message for kids.”

Five Little Ducks // Annie Kubler

Ages:

2+

Recommended by:

Kelly Madigan, merchandising associate at Internet-based bookstore Bookworm.com

Why do you recommend this book?

“[The book] can be read as a song. My kids loved memorizing the book that way and being able to ’read along‘. [As well] it helps [children] to learn counting and subtraction, as one more duck is gone every day, until all five come back at the end.”

Good Night Moon // Margaret Wise Brown

Ages:

4+

Recommended by:

Elizabeth Santiago, nanny at Minneapolis-based Twin Cities Nanny

Why do you recommend this book?

“Good Night Moon is a great book for toddlers because they not only enjoy repeating the words ’good night!’ but they become more aware of their surroundings. It also helps children understand the night routine. The word ‘good night’ reminds them that it is not time to play, it's time to sleep.”

How to Lose All Your Friends // Nancy Carlson

Ages:

3+

Recommended by:

Chelly Wood, author of young adult novels and English teacher at Idaho-based Buhl School

Why do you recommend this book?

“This book uses satire to demonstrate that if you don't use good citizenship, you'll lose all your friends. The author begins by saying, ‘If you want to lose all your friends, take my advice ....’ Then she follows with examples of poor sportsmanship, bullying and whining among other trade secrets of the friendless. Students as young as kindergarten understand the humor and get the point. I use this book in my advisory class to help students understand the importance of good citizenship.”

Skippyjon Jones // Judith Schachner

Ages:

5+

Recommended by:

Allie Wilde, science specialist at Minneapolis-based Gideon Pond Elementary

Why do you recommend this book?

“Skippyjon Jones is fun to read and [as well as] interactive. [The book] has rhyming songs he sings, and you can have the students clap along when the book says clap clap and they love it. The more the teacher has fun reading the story, the more the kids enjoy it.”

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish // Dr. Seuss

Ages:

3+

Recommended by:

Loulou Szal, author of Hungry Mr. Croc

Why do you recommend this book?

“[This book] is one of my favorite books to use in teaching children. Children of all ages love it because of its ridiculousness and crazy characters. Every page is different and expectation is high. Its language is simple and repetitive and the rhyme is almost musical, it has a hidden, simple rhythm that makes you bounce along with it.”

Some Parts are NOT for Sharing // Julie K. Federico

Ages:

4+

Recommended by:

Julie Federico, former middle school counselor and author of Anger is OKAY, Violence is NOT

Why do you recommend this book?

“It teaches children about body safety and what to do if they encounter unwanted touch. Children will learn what the boundaries of appropriate touching are in a very non-threatening way.”

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Kendall Bird is an Online Community Specialist for Rasmussen College. With her Bachelor’s degree in public relations and a passion for social media, she enjoys writing motivating and enthusiastic blog content to encourage future, current and former students to learn more about their discipline of study. Kendall’s ultimate goal is to generate a positive community through blogging to promote learning and change lives.

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