I have so many "must have" picture books, so I thought I would narrow it down to a few that I always use during the first week of school.
This book is a must on the first day of school.
It's a wonderful ice breaker on the first day of school. With so much anticipation on that first day, it's a nice way to lighten things up and laugh together . . . especially when Cookie falls into the toilet. And then many children have pet cats, so it opens up a wonderful discussion about the antics of their own cats. Tomie dePaola is my favorite children's illustrator, so there's another reason it's a MUST HAVE.
You can read it to the class and then have them write a book about their week.
Graphics by Scrappin Doodles
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I want the children to know that everyone is special in their own right, so a couple of others are:
Both of the authors in these books do a wonderful job of portraying the message that each person is unique and special in his or her own way. Be yourself. Again, you'll hear lots of laughter from the kids as you read from both of these books. They always think it's hilarious that the baby is laughing and clapping at Stephanie's ponytail in the picture. I have multiple copies so children can sit side by side as they reread these over and over again. And, by the way, all these books lend themselves to making PREDICTIONS.
The children write and tell about themselves especially during those first few weeks of school, so this is a great book to read. It's also helpful when brainstorming ideas about their likes and interests.
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