“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School. Written by Herman Parish. Illustrated by Lynne Avril. HarperCollins Publishers. c. 2009, 32pp.
Reading Level: 380L
Synopsis: Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about school, and she ends up having quite an interesting first day of school. She literally jumps off the bus, glues herself to her chair, and sticks her nose in a book!
Rationale for Use: This book would be a great text to use on the first day of school. By first grade, students are usually familiar with Amelia Bedelia and will enjoy her mishaps on her first day of school. This text would also be good for getting students to describe characters and setting.
Common Core Connection: RL 1.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrates understanding of their central message or lesson. RL 1.3: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.