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When our first grade teacher told us that the school was opening up for parent volunteers this year, my heart did a little pitter patter! I’ve desperately been waiting for this day to happen since before I had kids! That seems like an exaggeration, but I promise, it’s not! The first opportunity I had to volunteer in my son’s classroom, was as a mystery reader. I signed up at “Meet the Teacher” for a date “way in the future” in September, thinking I had plenty of time to get my life together and choose appropriate books. Well, as September approached, I quickly realized that it was MY turn to be a mystery reader and MY turn to pick books. Luckily, I have a great following that includes several teachers so they helped me more than any list on the internet.
I was insanely nervous to show up as the mystery reader. I wanted to bring books that my son hadn’t yet heard, but that were funny, entertaining and not too long. I was also so nervous that my son would be embarrassed by me (but he wasn’t, he ABSOLUTELY loved it) It turned out to be so much fun and the kids LOVED the books I picked. If you have the opportunity to volunteer as mystery reader, I HIGHLY recommend. PS, yes, I did practice my book that morning AND in the car RIGHT before I went in 🙂
Because I know how nerve wracking it was, I wanted to share a GREAT list of books appropriate for 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. I found a great list for Kindergarten books by another local blogger, Lucky Lovely Life, so if you need recommendations for that age, head to her blog!
What I decided to read as Mystery Reader
I ultimately decided on these two books because we had not read them at home and because they are funny and silly. I feel like it helped me to be less nervous knowing that the kids would think these were silly and funny.
Close Second Picks
These were three books that I highly considered and if I had more time, would have used these books for sure!
The Pigeon Has to Go to School or any books from this series