One of my and I know the kids favorite authors is Mo Willems! We are going to do an author study and read TONS of Piggie and Gerald and Pigeon books. These are great books for early elementary age kids, whether they can read on their own, with help or have you read to them! They have tons of high frequency words that kids can identify which gives them confidence! We will map out the characters, story elements and all the different writing characteristics we love! These are also great books to read to help us with expression-I mean, the Pigeon himself is the best at that! We will revisit this as the year goes on, but it's a fun way to start out reading workshop when we aren't quite ready to read quietly on our own for long periods :) We will get there! Promise! They are already doing a FABULOUS job enjoying books quietly or with others.
This website is fun if you have time to play this weekend!