If you haven't read the book Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker, you must check your local bookstore or library for a copy. I can't wait to read this charming little picture book to my classes when the school year begins. I always like to let my students talk quietly while they create if they wish but for some students, they can't seem to regulate their talking. This little book tells the story of Lacey Walker who loses her voice and discovers all she has been missing out on with her non-stop talking! I absolutely am charmed by the story. It is written by Christianne Jones and illustrated by Richard Watson.
The second new book for the fall is The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. If you are not familiar with Jeffers, you will recognize his art from other books you have probably used in your classroom. You can learn more about him here. This picture book tells of the frustration experienced by a box of crayons over the way their owner uses them. Some feel overused, some under used and others limited in what they are allowed to color. I recommend both to you for your classroom collection. It has been selected by Amazon as one of the Best Children's Books of the Year.