The Jelly Donut Difference - Virtual Book Tour

How do you use picture books in your classroom? I use them for a variety of reasons, including teaching some important life skills and lessons. Maria Dismondy is an amazing author that writes children's literature that focuses on making a difference in the lives of our students. This includes her newest release, The Jelly Donut Difference. I am participating in a Virtual Book Tour with 27 other bloggers to bring your the very best parts about this book and why you need to add it to your classroom library! 

The Jelly Donut Difference is a sweet story about two siblings that learn that kindness is important! They work together to make a special dessert to share with their elderly neighbor, they work together to build a snowman family in front of her house and more! Throughout the book we see these two siblings' relationship grow and change from always fighting to finally getting along and showing kindness! It is a wonderful read that should be shared in every classroom! 

I decided to use the book to review some important reading skills including sequencing and character traits. Emily Yost from Third in Hollywood, put together a reader's guide that is packed full of resources for you to use with your book. You can download it for free HERE. We used a few pages from the reader's guide to focus on sequencing and characters! 
The first sheet we used had my students summarizing using first, then, next and finally. Then we talked about how Dexter and Leah changed from the beginning to the end of the story. It was the perfect way to discuss the book and review some skills we have been working on all year. After doing those graphic organizers we dug even deeper and discussed the theme of the book, after all... that's the lesson inside this wonderful book! 
You can find this book and many all of Maria's other books on Amazon by clicking HERE. Want to read more reviews or see how other bloggers used the book in the classroom? Click the image below to check out the full schedule for the Virtual Book Tour! 

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