{Book Looks}: The Koala Who Could

One of my favorite things about teaching is finding amazing picture books to use in my classroom. Personally, I love finding {Best Friend} books that I can use throughout the year to teach the standards AND social skills. My Book Looks blog series is a series of posts about some of my favorite pictures books and how I use them in my classroom! You can read all about Sneaky Spinach, The Jelly Donut Difference and The Fruit Salad Friend

This year my son is in the same grade I teach, and it's SO crazy that he's already a little first grader! I absolutely LOVE his teacher and all the amazing things she does with his sweet little class. When she mentioned the book The Koala Who Could by Rachel Bright, I knew I had to find a copy for myself! 

This sweet little book has SO much to offer and I know I will be using it in my classroom for years to come!

This sweet little book is all about Kevin the Koala, who likes to keep things safe high up in his tree! He misses out on many different opportunities, like playing with his friends, because he doesn't want to leave the comfort of his tree! However, one day a woodpecker comes and taps at his tree causing it to fall down! Kevin learns that someitmes change can be a good thing, and not so scary! 

This book was written by Rachel Bright! Rachel is not only an author but created a company, The Bright Side, which is "a collection of opitmistic thinkings celebrating the art of the silver lining." Rachel lives with her family and dog, Elvis, in Dorset, England. You can learn more about her on her website

This book is one of my {Best Friend} books because there are so many different ways that you can use it in the classroom! It would be a great book to read at the beginning of the year to introduce your new students to change and trying something new, hello growth mindset! 

We started by brainstorming all different things that we COULD do, but were scared to try! If I did this at the beginning of the year, I would have guided my students to more academic responses and what they COULD do during the upcoming school year! I loved all the things they brainstormed! 

Afterwards, we really dug deep into the author's purpose for writing this book and the central message of the story! This is a hard concept for little learners and this story is a great way to really break down the concept! 

Then, my students wrote about what THEY could do and created the cute little koala craft!  It made the cutest hallway decor! 

If you are interested in using the activities in your classroom, you can grab this Book Looks unit, here

This book really is a great addition to your classroom library and one that I think you will LOVE! Make sure to comment below with how you would use it in YOUR classroom! 

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