Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Must Have Picture Books

The Teacher Wife is having a must have picture books {linky} party.

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

Click on the picture to download a copy.

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.

Be sure to check out the huge list at the Teacher Wife.


  1. We use Stephanie's Ponytail for predictions too!

    Just found your blog :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  2. I love Cookie's Week! Great choice of books! Thanks for the freebie. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. Just found your blog! It's precious.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Great book choices! Following you :)

    Sliding into First!

  5. Love your choices and the cute "My Week" activity you made! Your blog is great!

    I nominated you for the the Liebster Blog Award! :) Visit me to see what it's about!

    Hoppin' Into First!

  6. Love your books choices, they are all great! I am now your 115th follower :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  7. Definitely some great choices in your list! Thanks for the freebie!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway

  8. Love the My Week booklet. Also found some new books through your great selections!

  9. Cookie's Week is a great book! Thanks for sharing your freebie!!!

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  10. Love The Important Book!

    I am your newest follower.
    Stop by soon.

  11. WONDERFUL CHOICES! I Heart Ruby the Copycat! Stop by anytime and become a follower! SMILES!

  12. Just a little note to say thank you for making your Cookie's Week booklet available to us!! I am using it for my homeschooling kindergartener. =) Thanks again!!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for letting me know. I hope your kindergartener enjoys it.



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