by Megan McDonald (2000) (Available in Spanish)
“Roar!” says Judy Moody as she wakes up for the first day of third grade. Judy is not excited about a new teacher, a new desk, or a new class pet. And the worst part? None of her shirts have words on them.
Judy Moody is unabashed. She gets mad, acts silly, is surprised, speaks up, and is always curious. Girls and boys will delight in her antics and identify with her frustrations. Megan McDonald expertly creates a character who feels so real — as if she is sitting next to you in Mr. Todd’s third grade class.
Judy is interested in science, doctors, the rainforest, space, secret clubs, and her many collections. Judy’s interests suggest numerous opportunities to engage your students with Judy Moody Was in a Mood — at home and at school. Judy and her classmates spend the entire book working on a project called a “Me collage.” Your own students will jump at the chance to create their own collage, too.
McDonald also subtly includes practical scenarios with money and helpful illustrations that ensure younger ones don’t get left behind. You can even weave Judy Moody into your science and math classes.
Judy Moody is a book to get your families laughing together and hooked on reading together. She’ll help you create a culture of literacy in your families’ homes. There are over a dozen books in the series as well as a spinoff series starring her brother, Stink. You’ll want to make sure your library has all of them!