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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Sick Day Books For Early Readers Help Make Connections

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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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