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Librarian Recommended English Books for Children for ESL Students, Preschool to Secondary

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book

It’s a classic text and rightly so. There is a lot of vocabulary that can be practiced and learned beyond that included in this delightful and engaging book. I have a regular copy and a pop up version for special occasions.
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Have You Filled a Bucket Today

Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol Mccloud

I read this book at the beginning of term as it helps establish my expectations of classroom behaviour. I have also read this to parents, and sen it read at a teachers PD. A classic book for teaching empathy and understanding. It is available in multiple languages too.
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Actual Size - Steve Jenkins

Actual Size - Steve Jenkins

I learned a lot about animals myself from this book! All animals are drawn true to life size, or at least as much as will fit on a page. Students love to touch the real size hand of a gorilla or see sharks teeth.
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Press Here By Herve Tullet

Press Here. By Herve Tullet

A great class / crowd participation book. Practice reading this book before you do so with students for the first time so that you know where all the coloured dots get moved too. Students love to play along.
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No David by David Shannon

No David - David Shannon

A delightfully cheeky boy called David doing everything that he shouldn’t. For engagement substitute the word David for your own child’s name or those of your students. This was bought for me by none other than David from The Magic Crayons.
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Go Away Big Green Monster - Ed Emberley

Go Away Big Green Monster - Ed Emberley

This book was probably written to be read at halloween, and does a great job at those events. Over time I have begun to use it to teach young children what to do if they are approached by a bad person. Go away ! they shout.
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Eric Carle From Head to Toe

Eric Carle - From Head to Toe

I could easily fill this list with Eric Carle books. Children here lean colors, animal names, and to stomp, thump and wiggle! I bought the giant book version to read at my tim sensei schools xmas party.
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Old Hat New Hat - Stan Berenstain

Old Hat New Hat - Stan Berenstain

Great for expanding vocabulary. I often ask students to draw their own hat idea afterwards and describe it to me.
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See - Bill Martin

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See - Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carl

An engaging and easily to follow book explained by the title. On each page there is a different animal of a different colour looking at me.
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Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow

Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow

… jumping on the bed! I’ve found the children get so excited by the images and characters they need a little extra encouragement to read with me, but it’s still a real favourite. You can sing the words or read them.
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adjective: preschool; adjective: pre-school
relating to the time before a child is old enough to go to school.
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noun: graphic novel; plural noun: graphic novels
a novel in comic-strip format.
synonyms: comic, comic book, cartoon; manga
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a book containing many illustrations, especially one for children.
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