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Books We Love: Professional Crocodile


Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

Every year, my class of third graders falls in love with wordless picture books. When I read Professional Crocodile, I knew I had to add this one to my classroom library!

Every day, Mr. Crocodile wakes up and gets ready for work. His morning routine may look familiar to readers: he picks out some clothes, eats breakfast, puts on his coat and hat, and rides the train to work. But where exactly is Mr. Crocodile going? The whole book builds anticipation as readers wonder where Mr. Crocodile could possibly be working. The surprising ending does not disappoint!

As kids get older, we sometimes forget that they still love a visual story. The lack of words can drive our kiddos to create the narrative in their own heads. This demands so much higher-level thinking, and reveals so many skills in young readers!

With gorgeous illustrations and a plot filled with suspense, Professional Crocodile earns its place on the bookshelves of those who love a great visual story.

#CelebrateMonday: Coming Back from School Break


Have you heard of the #CelebrateMonday movement? Created by educator Sean Galliard, #CelebrateMonday is an opportunity for educators to share the positive things that are going on in our schools and our lives. While the post-weekend slump can become routine, we have the power to change our mindset and find ways to celebrate the start of a new week. As a member of an amazing school community, I always feel that there is a lot to celebrate about Mondays! Here’s what I’m celebrating this week:

Coming Back Rested and Rejuvenated

Today is our first day back from school vacation week, and we’re hoping that students and staff have renewed energy! Over break, I had the opportunity to spread the word about my favorite nonprofit organization at the NerdCon conference in Boston (check out!), visit with my best friend from DC, and read lots of great new books.


Authentic Learning Experiences

This year, my third graders are participating in a worldwide project called Same Day in March. As part of our unit on weather, we will read the book On the Same Day in March by Marilyn Singer, collect data on temperature trends in our community, and interpret data from other schools around the globe. As a self-proclaimed data nerd and book lover, I am so excited for this opportunity to connect literacy and science through an authentic learning task. Check out the Same Day in March website for more information!

Our Amazing Profession

How lucky are we to get to work in the world of education? Every day, we get to spread our love for learning. What we do matters, and it’s making a huge difference for kids and families in our communities. We don’t have to look far to find things to celebrate. Have you read the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report? While there are still so many ways to grow, the data are encouraging. More parents are reading out loud to their children. Let’s keep spreading the literacy love!

Have a great week in your classrooms!