In my younger elementary groups we are reading "The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School" by Deborah Diesen. It is a fun book to start the school year about a fish who goes to school for the first time. He is nervous and doesn't know what to expect. He enters several different classes and can't find his teacher. Mr. Fish realizes that he can't do the work in each class and decides to leave. Finally, at the end his teacher appears and helps him find his classroom. There he finds other fish like him and work that he can do. The kids really like this book and are learning new words such as smooch, plop, corridor, frown, shy, peek, rhombus, doubt, confidence, and pride. We are also working on story grammar and story retell.