Touchstone Texts

Touchstone Texts for conferencing and mini-lessons:

Narrative texts:

By my Brother’s Side by Tiki and Ronde Barber with Robert Burleigh

The Giant by Claire Ewart

Let’s Go Home:  The Wonderful Things about a House by Cynthia Rylant

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw by Kaethe Zemach: teaches you how to draw people

My Rotten Red-headed Older Brother by Patricia Polacco

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang


Nonfiction texts:

Alligators by Jim Arnosky

Dogs by Gail Gibbons

The Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley (ill. Nic Bishop)

Deep Thinking Read Alouds:

America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven

Art & Max by David Wiesner

Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg

Fluffy and Baron by Laura Rankin

The Forest by Claire A. Nivola

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo

The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco

Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh

Oliver’s Game by Matt Tavares

Pricilla and the Hollyhocks by Anne Broyles

The Rest of the Gettysburg Story by Linda Oatman High

The Shivers in the Fridge by Paul Zelinsky

Poetry texts:

Autumn:  An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schur

Count Me a Rhyme:  Animal Poems by the Numbers by Jane Yolen

I Didn’t Do It by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince

One Response to Touchstone Texts

  1. blink says:

    Just read one of your SOL posts and then spent the last 10 min going all around your blog! Love it. Thanks for sharing so much about so many books! You are inspiring me (a new literacy coach/reading teacher in my school) to do lots more reading!

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