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Must Have Books for Early Childhood Educators
Here is a list of some of my favorite teacher resource books. You may want to add these to your own professional library as you are able. If you can't afford a lot of books, check them out from your professional library at your school or on your campus. You won't regret making the investment in your future as an educator. If you can only afford one book, then I recommend Creative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom. It is expensive but for each theme it tells what vocabulary words you need to cover and the definition, exactly what to put and do in centers and gives you a list of books to read. All of the subject areas are thoroughly covered. But, it doesn't have worksheets so be warned if you are a whole group, worksheet driven type teacher.

I recommend the following books if you are on a tight budget and just need some content area books to get you started for the year:
1. Daily Skills Practice ( divided by grade level; math and language arts warm ups for every day)
2. Draw Write Now Books ( buy 1 at a time; handwriting, language arts, social studies, science)
3. Month by Month Phonics for (your grade level)
4. Science Poems and Songs for Young Learners
5. Social Studies K-1

If you are on a super,duper tight budget then I recommend the following 3 books:
1. First Grade (or whatever grade level you are teaching) in Photographs
2. Classroom Management in Photographs
3. Literacy Workstations (Debbie Diller is awesome!!!)

Differentiated Literacy Centers: 85 + Leveled Activities-With Reproducible Planning Sheets and Student Pages-to Support Centers in Fluency, Reading Comprehension, and Word Study       Look 'n' Cook: Step-by Step Recipes for Young Chefs Preschool/Kindergarten  The Children's Literature Lover's Book of ListsEngaging Young Writers, Preschool-Grade 1     Alternatives to Worksheets: Grades K-4          Teaching Beginning Reading: A Balanced ApproachLiteracy Work Stations: Making Centers Work  A Year Full of Themes Early Childhood Skill based lessons Developmentally appropriate Activities reproducible take home books        Fresh & Fun:  Calendar Activities (Grades K-2)Sandwich Bag Science: 25 Easy, Hands-on Activities That Teach Key Concepts in Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences-and Meet the Science Standards101 Science Poems & Songs for Young Learners (Grades 1-3)Creative Resources for the Early Childhood ClassroomSpaces & Places: Designing Classrooms for Literacy
Mathematics Their Way, Spiral-bound Teacher guide plus Blackline Masters             Literacy Centers in Photographs: A Step-by-Step Guide in Photos That Shows How to Organize Literacy Centers, Establish Routines, and Manage Center-Based Learning All Year Long (Teaching Resources)

More Alternatives to WorksheetsKindergarten in Photographs: A Mentor Teacher Shares Effective Organizing Strategies and Management Tips to Help You Create a Dynamic Teaching and Learning Environment

Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K-2Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All ChildrenThe Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook: Ready-to-Use Strategies and Activities for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (Jossey-Bass Teacher)Literature for Young Children: Supporting Emergent Literacy, Ages 0-8 (6th Edition)First Grade in Photographs: A Thoughtful and Practical Guide for Managing and Teaching Literacy in the First Five Weeks and Throughout the YearDaily Skills PracticeBook Cooks/Grades Prek-1

Classroom Management In PhotographsTeaching Effective Classroom Routines
Best Buy Bargain Books: Social Studies, Grades K-1Social Studies Activities A to Z

The Complete Book and CD Set of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and ChantsBeyond Morning Message (Grades K-2)Math And Literature, Grades K-1Draw Write Now, Book 1: On the Farm-Kids and Critters-Storybook Characters (Draw-Write-Now)

Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's LiteratureWord Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom
Draw Write Now, Book 2: Christopher Columbus, Autumn Harvest, Weather (Draw-Write-Now)Draw Write Now, Book 3: Native Americans, North America, Pilgrims (Draw-Write-Now)

Draw Write Now, Book 4: The Polar Regions, Arctic, Antarctic (Draw-Write-Now)Draw Write Now, Book 5: The United States, from Sea to Sea, Moving Forward (Draw-Write-Now)

Draw Write Now, Book 6: Animals Habitats -- On Land, Pond & Rivers, Oceans (Draw-Write-Now)Draw Write Now, Book 7: Animals of the World, Forest Animals (Draw Write Now, 7)

Draw Write Now, Book 8: Animals of the World, Dry Land Animals (Draw-Write-Now)Month-by-Month Phonics for First Grade: Systematic, Multilevel Instruction for First Grade (Month-By-Month (Scholastic))

Science Through Childrens Literature: An Integrated ApproachMentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6

Nonfiction Mentor Texts: Teaching Informational Writing Through Children's Literature, K-8Teaching the Tiger A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students with Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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