In celebration of love, we are reading Gennifer Choldenko's A GIANT CRUSH to all students this week. It's a picture book with wonderful illustrations by Melissa Sweet and features Jackson, a larger rabbit who has a crush on Cami, one of his classmates. He brings her a yellow flower. he give her heart candy. He makes a lovely Valentine for her and fills it with chocolate kisses. Another classmate likes her, too, and that poses a bit of a problem. Both Cami and Jackson get red cheeks (like a wrong-answer-pencil) during the story, but in the end, Cami makes her feelings known.
Though the children clearly want to be embarrassed by this elementary school romance, they obviously love how Jackson wins Cami's heart. And all the girls chant along with the K-I-S-S-I-N-G! It is the perfect light-hearted story to share with kids of all ages.