Thursday, March 1, 2012

What is Your Prediction?

I am always on the lookout for literature books that lend themselves to teaching specific reading strategies.

I have a big book that has been the favorite of all favorites for all of my classes. I use it when I introduce predicting as a reading strategy.

The author is Joy Cowley. It's titled, Do Not Open This Book!  Isn't that intriguing? Of course, the children demand that the book be opened!

And the poor rat keeps trying to keep you from turning each page, warning you that something dreadful will happen if you do. Each page has further clues. So, the children keep making more predictions based on the visual clues. Perfect for first graders!

Children read it over and over again. Needless to say, my book is tattered and worn. I'm frequently mending it.

I say it's especially loved. I've had it for many years. Though I weed out worn out books at the end of each year, I just cannot part with this one. It's a reminder that our quest is to create lifelong readers. It's simply joyful seeing children so excited about reading!

I predict that someday I will get another copy of this book.

I'd love to hear about the literature books you use for teaching reading strategies.

Joyful reading to all of you.


  1. What a wonderful book to use when teaching about predicting. Definitely have to find this book. Thank you for sharing & I am now following you.

    First Grade Delight

  2. Thanks for sharing this information!

  3. Very cute book! I am now one of your newest followers and your blog is wonderful!
    Deb at Fabulously First

  4. I love this book! Thanks for sharing. Also, I just love your blog design. Where did you get the graphics? I am your newest follower!
    Patti White :)
    A Series of 3rd Grade Events

    1. Hi Patti,
      Thank you. The graphics for my blog were designed by KPM Doodles. You can click on her button under "Great Sites" on my sidebar. What a clever name for your blog. I'm on my way to visit your site.

    2. Sounds just like The Monster at the End of the Book... which was a favorite when I was a kid.

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  6. You share such great ideas on your blog! I am so glad I found it!

    What a blessing you are to me and the kiddos you teach.

    Heather's Heart

  7. This looks like a great book, but I found it on Amazon for $44.52 (shipping is free!). Maybe it will come down in price in a bit? It says it is currently out of stock.

  8. If you go to and search for the book (Do not open this Book) and you will find it for 14.42 and that includes shipping!! I am picking up for the Grand!! Thank you!!

    1. Thank you, Susan. I know a lot of people have been trying to find a place to purchase it.

  9. I hope I can find this book! It looks so fun! I am glad I clicked on the link on pinterest! I LOVE your blog...very cute! I look forward to reading more!

  10. This looks like a book I grew up loving. It was with Elmo and called The Monster at the End of this Book. I loved that book when I was little and still love it now. So excited that I found a copy of it but this book sounds like it would be great as well. I might have to look into getting a copy.

  11. Sounds wonderful. I have ordered the book. Thanks so much for telling me about it. Do you have anymore suggestions/lesson plans to go with it?

    Thanks again!

    Carol Fair, SLP

  12. I will have to get this looks about as good as "Shhhhh!" by sally Grindley. ..... it is a class favorite also. Mine is tattered and torn too.


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