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Books Bloggers Love: September Edition!

Hey all! The talented ladies above and I are back again this month for Books Bloggers Love! This is where we share one our favorite books with you in preparation for the upcoming month (September)... It'll be here before we know it! We also give away FOUR books!!
You can read last months post here.

I am so excited this month to be sharing a book with you that I have recently become obsessed with! 

The book I wanted to share with you today is called, "Bad Apple - A Tale of Friendship" by: Edward Hemingway. This book is perfect for back to school time -or- our ever so favorite apple week!

This book is about an apple who stays firm in his friendship with his worm friend, Will. He was getting bullied by some other apples because apples aren't supposed to like worms. He got called, 'rotton' and 'a bad apple' because of his new worm friend, Will. After all of the bullying, Will left him so he wouldn't get bullied anymore. But, Mac, the apple felt lonely without him. So, he decided he would rather be a bad apple than a sad apple without his worm friend Will!

This book sends such a great message to students about friendship and bullying.

This year, I will be using this book for a week long whole group literacy unit.

We will not only be focusing on the moral of the story, but also other important story elements! 

When teaching my whole group literacy units, I love to use anchor charts during my mini-lessons. After my mini-lessons we complete a quick graphic organizer that is quick and to the point!

I'll be using in with our apple week activities while also hitting on the importance of being a good friend. It'll be a great time to bring that message around again after all of the back to school madness!

Feel free to grab this little moral of the story freebie anchor chart by clicking the picture below!
You can also read more about this unit here.

If you are interested in the entire unit, click here!

If you want to win THIS BOOK along with three other books being blogged about, then enter the rafflecopter below! Then, go check out Jen, Meredith and Emily's books!

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Also, be sure to hop around and read other AMAZING posts about some great books to use in September!


  1. What a great way to start the year! Friendship, apples..what more could you need??