Spring is a great time to read books about the environment, animal and plant life cycles, and other outdoor topics. For English Language Learners (along with all students) it is important to read books with characters from diverse backgrounds. Try and integrate characters with similar backgrounds as the students you work with so that they can see kids that are similar to themselves in the books that they are reading and listening to.
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A Butterfly’s Life Cycle (Explore Life Cycles)
This book gives a basic overview of a butterflies life cycle. It is part of a series of books that cover plant and animal life cycles. The pictures are brightly colored photographs which helps this book to be appropriate for older ELLs that read on a lower reading level.
Everything Spring (Picture the Seasons)
This text in this book is simple but it integrates challenging vocabulary words. Students learn about the plants and animals of spring. The pictures are brightly colored photographs which helps this book to be appropriate for older ELLs that read on a lower reading level.
Up, Down, and Around
This book tells about how plants grow with simple language and many prepositions.
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox
This book describes a variety of celebrations that take place in Spring around the world.
Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
This book tells the story of Wangari who worked to plant trees and help the environment in Kenya. She won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.
Who Likes Rain?
This book follows a child on a rainy as she discovers who likes and doesn’t like rain. The simple text has alliteration and lends itself well to making predictions.
A young girl helps to transform an empty lot into a garden in the middle of her city. She is helped by a diverse group of community members.
Each letter of the alphabet is given an item that can go into compost. This is a great way for students to learn about what compost is and new vocaubary. As a follow up activity students can create their own “Compost stew” with different words either individually taking one or two letters, or attempting to do the whole alphabet. Students could also sort objects into those that can go into a compsto and those that cannot.
This book shows kids enjoying playing soccer. Creole words are mixed into the story which takes place on St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
The Big Umbrella
This book using simple language to tell about a big umbrella that is large enough for everyone in the community to stay dry. It has a subtle message of inclusion. The book is a good mentor text for descriptive language and metaphors.