"It has to be ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’ by Julia Donaldson. It is fantastic, and all the boys and girls love the story in my group," says Duncan Greenhorn, an ECE teacher in Scotland.
“I don't think I have a favorite, but nothing seems to beat the old classics such as 'Hairy Maclary,' Dr. Seuss and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,'" says Conrad Treweek, who works with kids ages 2 to 5 and is currently teaching English to students in Spain.
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“I love reading ‘Little Tree’ by Loren Long. It connects so well with my teaching philosophy," says Peter Dargatz, a kindergarten teacher from Wisconsin.
"So many to choose from. One of my new favorites is 'Oi Frog!' by Kes Gray and Jim Field," says Glenn Denny, who writes the blog, The Male Practitioner, and works in early learning and child care in Scotland.
“My favorite book to read to a classroom is 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein. It is filled with lessons on so many levels applicable within so many grade levels," says Steven Weiland, who works with kids in Uganda with the Peace Corps.
“My favorite books that I like to read to the children are generally the ones that are born from children’s ideas during play. Mem Fox or Dr. Seuss are always classics!" says Brett Gent, who currently works in a public preschool in the suburbs of Adelaide [Australia].”
"We have so many we love to read. I guess when I was in the older classroom my favorite would have to be ‘The Day the Crayons Quit.’ The children loved it!" says Nathan Johnson, who works at Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. This is also Adam Antrobus's favorite. He's a teacher at Ingle Farm Primary School in Australia.
"For the younger room [it would] probably have to be ‘The Very Silly Sheep.’ I love being able to make the different animal noises and get a reaction out of the children. We make funny noises together," adds teacher Nathan Johnson.
Burl Tooshkenig, who works in the Early Childhood Education field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, loves reading "Don't Wake Up the Bear!" to his classroom.
“Oh, I have loads but 'The Ravenous Beast' has to be one of my favorites," says David King, who works at a preschool in Dublin, Ireland.
"Hands down ‘The Gruffalo!’" says Barbara Sheridan, the founder and lead teacher at Barrie Forest Kindergarten and Nature School in Ontario, Canada. This book is also Steven White's favorite. He's an early childhood teacher at Tiptoes Children’s Day Nursery in the United Kingdom.
“'Where Is the Green Sheep?’ is a favorite, as it allows the children to participate as they are able to describe the colors of each sheep. They also often laugh at some of the sheep such as the train sheep, the swing sheep and the slide sheep," says Darren Moore, a daycare worker who loves working with young children.
"Anything by Shaun Tan or 'Tadpole’s Promise' by Jeanne Willis," says Dr. Martyn Mills-Bayne, a lecturer in Early Childhood Education from Adelaide, South Australia.
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"I generally don’t make the decisions of what I read. If I’m asked to read, it’s always whatever the child who is asking’s choice. Many kids in my program like 'The Sad Book' by Michael Rosen," says Travis Manley, a childcare center owner from Nebraska.
"I am a big fan of anything William Joyce," says childcare center owner Travis Manley.
Noel Jensen, an early childhood lecturer, loves Mex Fox’s "Koala Lou." "Just love that book and it resonates with me knowing the story behind the story Mem shared with me.," he says.
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