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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 ...

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Sick Day Books For Early Readers Help Make Connections

Posted by: Connie McCarthy on Feb 05, 2013 in Reading, Connie McCarthy


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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!

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