Friday, July 20, 2012

The Teacher Wife is having a linky party for teachers to list their favorite picture books!  There are over 160 teachers who've linked up to share their favorite picture books.  Time to go shopping!

The problem is that she asked for five books!  I have a hard time picking "favorites" of anything!  I always like everything too much.  So, here are 5 of the MANY picture books that I like! :)

1. Good Thing You're Not an Octopus!  by Julie Markes
This simple story has cute illustrations and even includes a few facts.  Did you know that sharks can have 200 teeth?  Well, that's why it's a good thing you're not a shark!  Imagine brushing all those teeth!  This is a cute read-a-loud and the simple text makes it a good choice for beginner readers.  I'm thinking this would be a great book for a listening center.  I love that it ends with how great it is to just be you!

2. Sloppy Joe by Dave Keane
Joe is a very sloppy kid!  His room is a disaster and everything he does results in a huge mess.  He decides to "clean up" his act and transform into Neat Joe.  When the rest of the family becomes sick, Neat Joe comes to the rescue!  Can he help the family and stay neat?   The adorable illustrations and descriptive writing make this book a keeper!  I know many first graders who will relate to this title character! :)

3. Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt 
My students love this series!   Scaredy is scared of everything!  So, he never ventures out into the world ("the unknown") to explore.  He'd rather stay in his tree.  If he were to leave the tree he might encounter terrible things like killer bees, martians or germs!  It's a good thing he has an emergency kit and a plan.  If anything goes wrong, he is prepared!  Isn't he??? Oops!  What happens when he loses his precious emergency kit?

I would love to use this character as a class mascot.  Amazon sells it as a stuffed animal.

4. Cookies: BIte-Size Life Lessonsby Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  I love all of Amy's books.  This series takes big words like modest and compassionate and illustrates the concept for little learners.  They are cookie-themed with adorable illustrations!  What's not to love?

5. A Porcupine Named FluffyA Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
This is a great book for the beginning of school.  Who would name a porcupine "fluffy"?  That's what a rhinoceros wants to know as he laughs and makes fun of Fluffy.  The twist in the book is when the rhino reveals his name!


  1. Replies
    1. Thank YOU for hosting it! It was a lot of fun. I just started following your site. Have a great weekend! :)

  2. Hi...I just found your blog through the Newbie Blog Hop and am now a follower. I hope you hop over to my blog for a visit.
    Adventures In Teaching

    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for following! I just went to your site and became a follower. So glad we had the Newbie blog hop so we can help each other out as we get started. :) Have a great weekend!

  3. Scaredy Squirrel is awesome for sure! I love reading it with my class too.
    The Meek Moose

    1. Hi Heather! Thanks for following! I'm following your blog as well. Have a great weekend!



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