Since March is my birthday month, I'm trying to focus on things that I love or that make my life just a little bit easier. I love Scholastic for their picture books. The illustrations are pretty hard to beat and the prices aren't horrible if you can hit a clearance (or find them at Goodwill). The thing that I often forget about is are their teacher products. Frankly, I blame this on the fact that the website highlights so many worksheet books. I try to avoid using worksheets with my elementary students (though I used quite a few for my middle school case load). However, I couldn't resist digging through their books during the most recent Dollar Days sale. It was worth it.
The poems are perfect for articulation therapy at the reading level. They are short, but loaded with great sound targets. Even my most reluctant reader asked to read three of the poems. I printed out the entire book and marked the ones that will see frequently use.
The great thing about both of these books is that I can also incorporate them into language activities. The authors provide some great new vocabulary words for our lessons.