So your young elementary student is down with the flu, or a really bad cold.
SchoolFamily.com has an excellent article, Make School Sick Days Less Stressful, that offers wise advice in dealing with childhood sick days.
I thought I would chip in with a list of wonderful age-appropriate books that would help your child make some great Common Core “Self-to-Text” connections while recovering. A Self-to-Text connection happens when a child makes a personal connection between reading material and their own life experiences, deepening comprehension.
The following books should be available at your library, local book store, from Amazon, or from an e-reader. If possible, snuggle and read along with your child…and add your own childhood connections.
Here are five suggestions for each grade level:
For kindergarten students:
- Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
- Don’t You Feel Well, Sam? by Amy Hest
- Felix Feels Better by Rosemary Wells
- I Hate To Be Sick by Aamir Lee Bermiss
- Miss Bindergarten Stays Home From Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
For 1st graders:
- A Sick Day for Amos McGhee by Phillip C. Stead
- Llama, Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
- Jordan’s Silly Sick Day by Justine Fontes
- Germs Make Me Sick by Melvin Berger
- The Berenstain Bears: Sick Days by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
For 2nd graders:
- My Cold Went On Vacation by Molly Rausch
- Germs! Germs! Germs! by Bobbi Katz
- Magic School Bus Inside Ralphie: A Book About Germs by Joanna Cole
- The Sick Day by Patricia Maclachlan
- Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, Sick Day by Steven Banks
Good books can turn a nasty childhood illness into a memorable, educational, and maybe even somewhat pleasant experience!