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Old 06-12-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Does anyone have any good ideas for author studies for first graders? Which authors would be good to do?


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I always do Jan Brett. She is my favorite and it is great for the winter. She has a very interactive site: http://www.janbrett.com/
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Here are a few of my favorites...
Jan Brett
Robert Munsch
Tomie dePaola
Dr. Seuss
Particia Polacco
Mem Fox
Kevin Henkes
Pat Hutchins
Steven Kellogg
Leo Lionni
Max Lucado
Mike Thaler (compare/contrast the "Black Lagoon" series)
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We just did this author. The children wrote their own books after we read the ones that follow the pattern, If you give a ____, he'll want a ____. They filled in a flow chart for a diagram of things the mouse (or other animal) wanted. He kept wanting more and more. Then they wrote their books from that graphic organizer. Remind them that they should try to have it end with what the mouse first wanted. That way it starts and ends with the same thing. It was an adorable activity.
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I try to connect reading and writing workshop.
  • Kevin Henkes (very beginning of the year)
  • Vera Williams (when we do small moments)
  • Hans Wilhelm (in the spring - Bunny Trouble series)
  • Gail Gibbons (non-fiction)
  • Tomie dePaola
  • Lisa Campbell Ernst


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Margie Palatini - met her at a reading conference - love her humor
Mercer Mayer
Rosemary Wells

I also do many of what has already posted.
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I really think you should start with an author that is your personal favorite...as you can tell, Kevin Henkes is mine! And I noticed that my "passion", so to speak, really affected my students. They seemed to love Kevin Henkes, also! For my author study, I focused on the following authors:

Kevin Henkes
Ezra Jack Keats
Eric Carle
Lois Ehlert
Mem Fox

But there are so many others, which other posters have listed. Have fun with it...the kids will love it!
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I have used a chair for my mother for small moments-r all of vera williams' books about small moments??
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A Chair for My Mother, I've been told, is not a true small moment but does have small moments in them.

Some may not consider any of her stories true small moments however, mine are 6. They are written in a personal narrative manner and are telling about events that happened. They give a lot of detail that helps the reader "feel like they are there". This is why I choose her books. (She is a wonderful lady, by the way. She comes to our Author Illustrator night and has come as part of our author visit program)
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Thank you for your thoughts-sounds good to me!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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I do an author study each month. This year (before I left for maternity leave) we did Eric Carle, Eve Bunting, Robert Munsch and Jan Brett. Next year I plan on adding Gail Gibbons, Dr. Seuss, Patricia Pollocco, Laura Numeroff, Shel Silverstein and Kevin Henkes.
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:01 PM
 
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Donald Crews
Mem Fox
Eric Carle
Ezra Jack Keats
Jan Brett
Gail Gibbons
Kevin Henkes

Here's a link to our class' big books in the style of Eric Carle and Ezra Jack Keats.

http://www.classbooks.shutterfly.com/action/
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:32 AM
 
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Marc Brown is great, see PBS Kids.
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great non fiction author
Old 06-28-2008, 05:33 AM
 
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Did you ever try Seymour Simon? The kids love his books!
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Helen Lester does not receive much acclaim as a children's author, but I happened to stumble across her works this year in our media center.
She is great at playing with words so that is what our author study entailed. From her books we began a Rich in Words bulletin board with a piggy bank as the background. After reading the books, the kids chose interesting words from her books and we chose to study them further. Some of the words included - befuddled, ponder, and scamper to name a few. It was fun to see the kids trying to use these words in their conversations.

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