Yay for my very first linky! I am so excited to be a part of this one!
Let me tell you how surprised I was to learn that intermediate students love picture books as much as primary students! Since I figured out this simple truth, my picture book collection has grown. And grown. And grrrooowwwnnn! Every where I travel, I look for picture books and I’m pretty sure the bookstore employees know my credit card number by heart. My husband has resigned himself to carrying home much more than we started with on our trips, due to my love affair with picture books. I love this linky from Lindsey at The Teacher Wife, even though I know my pocket book will suffer!
Here’s 5 books I don’t think my classroom could live without…
1. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
I read this book every year near the first day of school. I love the twist at the end and the surprise on the kids’ faces when they realize who the book is REALLY about!
2. Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter
This book comes in very handy when we start discussing Writer’s Notebooks and ideas for writing! The main character realizes that there’s a story hiding in plain sight in her neighborhood. Now that I think about it, there might be a lesson about cause and effect in there too!
3. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
I have used this book for many years and in many different ways. I love to let students use it as a mentor text for writing in other content areas about concepts or ideas. It’s a great way to share new knowledge!
4. Fireflies! By Julie Brinckloe
When I was young, my family would always take summer road trips to Iowa to visit my grandparents. One of my fondest memories of those times is delighting in watching the fireflies and trying to capture them (we don’t have fireflies in Colorado). This book is a great way to share a bit of myself with my students AND talk about personal narratives!
5. My Big Dog by Janet Stevens
Another book that lets my class in on a little part of me! The cat in this book looks (and ACTS) just like my kitty and the interaction with the dog seems eerily similar to what we went through when we brought him home as a puppy (yikes!). I am a sucker for a happy ending and this book delivers!
Ok, folks! There you have it! Five wonderful picture books we couldn’t live without in my classroom! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to go link up with Lindsey, share your treasured books and find some new ones. Happy reading!
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