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Week 3: Woobo’s ‘Teacher-Approved’ Kids’ Book Giveaway

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This week’s contest is over 🙁 BUT no worries! Head over to our blog post for Week 4 of our ‘Teacher-Approved Book Giveaway’ contest to enter!

Also, a big congratulations to Week 2’s winner: Laura

With the summer coming to a close and the school year quickly approaching, let’s get some kids ready for the new school year with some amazing, hand picked books by our favorite teachers! Check out our featured teacher below, the four books we are giving away this week, and how to enter the contest.


Week 3: Featured Teacher

Julianne McVicker


Ms. McVicker’s Favorite Books That She Wants to Share With You!

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    I Like Myself

    I Like Myself is a rhyming and silly story with amazing illustrations and a fabulous message. It teaches all children that no matter who they are or what they look like, they should have a sense of pride and self esteem about themselves. I love this book and read it to my class every year!

    Author: Karen Beaumont

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    The Elephant and Piggie Series (1 Book)

    My first graders absolutely love The Elephant and Piggie Series*! Not only do they make for a fun-loving, silly read-aloud with relatable characters, but they are also decodable for students to read alone or with a buddy. It gives the kids such a sense of pride to be able to read the same book that the teacher can! I have used them in my classroom as a way for students to practice reading with expression, and making text to self connections.

    Author: Mo Willems

    * Winners will receive the “Waiting is Not Easy!” book.

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    Make Way for Ducklings

    As a teacher in the Boston area, this Caldecott winning story is relatable for all of my students! Throughout Make Way for Ducklings, the main characters- Mr. and Mrs. Mallard- search for a place in Boston to lay their eggs and raise their children. It is a sweet story with black and white illustrations that are drawn from multiple points of view. There is a “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture in the beautiful and historic Boston Public Gardens where kids can go visit, sit on the ducks, and see all the spots that were referenced in the story. It’s a cool way for kids to connect a captivating story to a real life experience!

    Author: Robert McCloskey

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    Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte’s Web is an all-time chapter book classic that students love to listen to year after year! I read it to my students during their snack time and this book is always the one I choose to read first. When listening to this chapter book aloud, students tune in to the compelling story, connect with the characters and practice their listening comprehension skills. It’s a sweet story filled with friendship and love, and we always top off studying Charlotte’s Web by comparing and contrasting it with the 2006 movie version of the story!

    Author: E.B. White

Week 3: Featured Teacher

Julianne McVicker


Ms. McVicker’s Favorite Books That She Wants to Share With You!

I Like Myself is a rhyming and silly story with amazing illustrations and a fabulous message. It teaches all children that no matter who they are or what they look like, they should have a sense of pride and self esteem about themselves. I love this book and read it to my class every year!

Author: Karen Beaumont

My first graders absolutely love The Elephant and Piggie Series*! Not only do they make for a fun-loving, silly read-aloud with relatable characters, but they are also decodable for students to read alone or with a buddy. It gives the kids such a sense of pride to be able to read the same book that the teacher can! I have used them in my classroom as a way for students to practice reading with expression, and making text to self connections.

Author: Mo Willems

*Winners will receive the “Waiting Is Not Easy!” book.

As a teacher in the Boston area, this Caldecott winning story is relatable for all of my students! Throughout Make Way for Ducklings, the main characters- Mr. and Mrs. Mallard- search for a place in Boston to lay their eggs and raise their children. It is a sweet story with black and white illustrations that are drawn from multiple points of view. There is a “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture in the beautiful and historic Boston Public Gardens where kids can go visit, sit on the ducks, and see all the spots that were referenced in the story. It’s a cool way for kids to connect a captivating story to a real life experience!

Author: Robert McCloskey

Charlotte’s Web is an all-time chapter book classic that students love to listen to year after year! I read it to my students during their snack time and this book is always the one I choose to read first. When listening to this chapter book aloud, students tune in to the compelling story, connect with the characters and practice their listening comprehension skills. It’s a sweet story filled with friendship and love, and we always top off studying Charlotte’s Web by comparing and contrasting it with the 2006 movie version of the story!

Author: E.B. White

About Ms. McVickers

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself!

    I am currently beginning my fifth year teaching 1st grade at the Bennett Hemenway Elementary School in Natick, Massachusetts. I have spent the whole beginning of my teaching career in the same school and at the same grade level, which has allowed me the opportunity to build strong relationships with the staff at my school, as well as develop a love for the grade that I teach! In addition to my role a classroom teacher, I also am on my school district’s Teacher Advisory Board and was elected this year as my grade level team leader. I love incorporating technology in my classroom and giving students as many hands-on learning experiences as possible! When I’m not teaching, I love to travel, read, and spend time with my husband, family, and friends in Boston! 🙂

  • Can you share something you find special about the children you teach?

    I love teaching first grade! The kids skip into school, give unlimited bear hugs, and learn the life skill of reading. As a teacher, there is truly no better feeling than helping a struggling reader have that “aha!” moment and start to connect with the world around them. I also love the piece of the job where I can help support them to be polite, kind, and considerate little human beings.

  • Do you have any thoughts on reading with children that you’d like to share?

    Many people underestimate the value of reading aloud to children. A variety of scientific studies have proven that children who are exposed to books and who have books read to them aloud early on in life have an increase in brain stimulation and development. It is never too early to start reading to a child and there is no better nightly routine than reading a book together before bed!

  • Do you have any links or resources you’d like us to recommend?

    I share this Scholastic Book Wizard website with my students’ parents every year- http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/ – because many parents want to help support their child’s learning at home but they don’t know which books are right for their child to be using when they are learning to read. This website allows them to search for books by specific levels, or simply type in the title of a book they already have to see its corresponding reading level. In a quick email, I can share with parents what level their child is reading at in school and they cause use this resource to help find books at home or in local libraries for additional reading practice!

Thank you, Ms. McVickers, for being a dedicated teacher and sharing your selections with us!


Now it’s time to win some books!


Week 3’s contest has ended! Click the link to the right to head over to our Week 4 blog post to enter!

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Unfortunately, our Teacher-Approved Book Giveaway has ended 🙁 But get ready for a really fun contest we will launch in a few days giving away some of our favorite STEM toys over here at Woobo. Check out this youtube video for one of our favorites called a Makey Makey. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to know when the giveaway begins!!

Thank you so much for being a part of our Teacher-Approved Book Giveaway! We are so happy to share these books with you and are so grateful to the teachers who participated!

Team Woobo