Boysenberry Books

Go Dog Go by PD Eastman


All varieties of dogs come to party in a tree…one of my all time favorite books.

Teaching Word Choice in Writing using 6 Traits of Writing:

Kindergarten children will love reading this book. It will expand their horizon in the many dogs and many colors. Have them model this story using 2 of their favorite pages.  Teacher should model the writing of two pages first-without planning it ahead of time.



Arturo’s Baton by Syd Hoff


Arturo is a well-loved conductor. On the day of a very important concert, his baton is no where to be found. Felix his assistant tells him he can conduct without the baton, after all he is a great musician/conductor. How will the orchestra and audience respond?

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing:

Have your students read the story aloud with fluency: emphasis, rhythm, even beat, good pronunciation, etc.

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi Yangsook


Unhei has immigrated from Korea. The students in her American school expect her to change her Korean name. They give her a jar from which to find suggested names. Would you change your name if you moved to another country? Would she be saying good bye to her heritage if she left her name behind?

Teaching Word Choice in Writing by using the 6 Traits of Writing:

In your small groups, write out your favorite names (5) on a piece of paper. Then, have students write emotion words on the back of the “name” papers chosen. Following this activity, have each person at the table may choose a name from the jar that they would consider as their name. Next, have the students make name tags that can be used all week (yarn lanyards). At the end of four days have the students reflect how he/she liked or disliked the new name. Use descriptive words. [The teacher model each step in front of the class-you should also choose a name for that class only.]

The Boy Who Loved Words by Diane Santiago


Selig loves words. He saves every word he finds interesting or unique. What will he do with all of these words? Find out as you read this lovely story of a man who ends up finding his true passion in words and the love of his life.

Teaching Word Choice in Writing using 6 Traits of Writing:

Read The Boy who Loved Words. Next, have students write 10 of their favorite words. Then have the students attach the words to pictures that you have gathered before class to distribute to each table. Using the words and pictures attached, students find word/picture that makes him/her smile and write about it. (10 minutes)

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman


This is a hilarious book of a beloved dog who accompanies Officer Buckle’s Safety Tip lectures. Let us just say that Gloria livens up the lectures.

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing using the 6 Traits of Writing:

In a small group have students write out as many school rules as they are able to do in 3 minutes. For the next 8 minutes, have their groups creatively write these rules in a more fun way. (Use rhyming, poetry, alliteration, etc.)

There Was an old lady who swallowed a fly by Simms Taback


The old lady has a series of events that are written in a singsong manner. Find out where the fly ends up at the end of the story.

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing using the 6 Traits of Writing:

This story sells itself in sentence fluency. Ask the students to find the fluency traits listed on the Anchor Chart which you have been making all week.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault


The alphabet wants to climb the coconut tree. What happens when they all race up at once? Find out.

Teaching Sentence Fluency in Writing using 6 Traits of Writing:

Have student choose a favorite tune. Then allow a few students to read this book to the tune he/she chose. Next, in table groups, have each table practice reading this to any tune that is appropriate. (Start a Fluency Anchor Chart to be continued all week giving the different aspects of Fluency.)

Curious George by H.A. Rey


George’s curiosity seems to get him into trouble.

Teaching Organization in writing using 6-traits.

Have students write out the detailed instructions to make one of the following items:

peanut butter sandwich, toast, or popcorn

  1. Have fun reading and asking the rest of the class if anything was missed. You could have the ingredients out to make a peanut butter sandwich and do exactly as they say.
  2. Read Curious George. Ask, “Does Curious George follow instructions exactly?
  3. Is he organized?
  4. Discuss ideas that you would give to Curious George to be able to follow instructions.




If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff


If you give a moose a muffin….the story goes on to talk about him then wanting milk, spilling the milk, wiping it up, etc. I love this book. It is a fun read and is ORGANIZED very well even if this moose is not all that organized. (I always say, “If you give a wife a paint brush…she will end up remodeling the whole house. At least, that is true for me.”

Teaching ORGANIZATION in writing using 6 Traits:

Have your students write a mimic model writing using the ORGANIZATION of the first page of this book (in a small group). Next, have them write two more pages as a group. Have fun with it. [This assignment assumes you have discussed ORGANIZATION already as a class.]

Bible Integration:

I Corinthians 14:40

But everything must be done decently and in order.


Blog at

Up ↑