my post about a Thanksgiving story, you'll know I love this type of challenge - finding a read aloud on a particular topic that I can also dress up for! And you'll also remember that I have to read a lot of books to find the perfect one. Finding a book to read to a whole elementary school is a tricky thing, but Giant Dance Party worked beautifully!
Lexy is a dancer, but she's done with dance classes. Dance classes mean dance recitals, and those are NOT Lexy's thing. But she decides that since she still loves dancing, perhaps she'll teach dance. After all no performing is required of teachers (of course every teacher in the room rolled his/her eyes when I read that part!). Lexy goes through quite a lot of effort to get the dance lessons off the ground, unfortunately, all to no avail. No one comes to her dance lessons. Until...the giants. And although giants don't dance, Lexy figures out (more effort) how to teach them to dance. And she discovers something about herself in the end as well. It's a fun and funny book that models the value of effort in a painless and non-didactic way that the kids enjoyed. AND since it mentions the chicken dance in the story, we all got to learn and do the chicken dance at the end. It was a delight. I'll be using the same story for another school that's focusing on perseverance after the holidays. If you haven't seen this book by the brilliant Betsy Bird, librarian and blogger extraordinaire, check it out soon.
Me in my Lexy costume
Other books I considered for my assembly presentation that have to do with effort are listed below. I liked these books, but they weren't just right for the assembly.