Monday, July 16, 2012

My Favorite Picture Books Linky

I know, I know it's probably in some blogger etiquette book somewhere not to blog twice in one day, but this linky party from The Teacher Wife looked like too much fun to not join in on! 
The Teacher Wife
I love using quality children's literature for mini lessons, in science, in social studies, and even math! I'm fortunate enough to have a Marilyn Burns classroom library in my classroom, and I love having so many math books at my disposal to use to help reinforce math concepts. I have lots of favorite picture books, but this list is definitely my top five.  The books that instantly put a smile on my face when I open it up to read to my kiddos. 

1. When Jo Louis Won the Title {click the title to find it on Amazon}
This precious book is all about a little girl named Jo Louis who dreads the first day of school because she doesn't like her name, until her Grandpa tells her all about the night when Joe Louis won the heavyweight boxing title, and why she was named Jo Louis.  It's a sweet story about self acceptance and pride in yourself.  Plus it is the basis of one of my favorite writing units.  
Available {here} on TpT. 

2. Annie Bananie {click the title to find it on Amazon}
Annie Bananie was one of my all time favorite books as a child.  My childhood best friend moved away before we started kindergarten and she gave me a copy of this book. I love everything about it, to the rhyming text and the fun illustrations.  When I student taught in first grade, I gave the class a copy as a goodbye gift.  I think I sobbed my entire way through reading it to the class. 

3. Ruby The Copycat (Scholastic Bookshelf: Being Yourself){click on the title to find it on Amazon}

I love this book! It teaches such a powerful lesson of the importance of being yourself! I feel this book does such a better job than I any motivational speech I've ever given on the importance of just being you.  It's also a plays an important part of my Cooking Up a Great Year Together unit.  
 Available here on TpT. 

4. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers {click on the title to find it on Amazon}

 Every year on September 11th, our district requires us to do an activity to commemorate Patriot Day in classrooms.  I've always struggled with this because I do feel that it's important, but teaching younger kids, I struggle with what to include in our discussion and what is appropriate/not appropriate.  I've loved this book since I read it in a children's literature class in undergrad.  I love how it focuses on how the spirit of the towers remains, and lets my kiddos know that the Twin Towers were so much more than just a victim of a terrorist attack.  They were buildings were people worked and visited, and played a huge role in the city.  Each year on/close to September 11th, I read this book to my class.  Since my dad and uncles are/were firefighters and my cousins is currently in the application process for FDNY (so proud!), I always tear up when reading it!

5. Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 {click here to find it on Amazon}
I read this to my kids every year when introducing myself to my kiddos.  Some years I go all out, meeting them at the door with my robe on pretending that I really do live at school.  Some years I don't, but either way it opens the door to a little discussion about me.  I show them some items from a bag that represent me and my interests, and even give them a little pop quiz afterwards to introduce our classroom testing procedures. ;)  

I loved this linky, thanks Lindsey for hosting! I can't wait to check out everybody else's favorites! I'm sure my Amazon cart will become even fuller! 


  1. Thanks for linking up! I love Ruby the Copycat, too! :)

  2. I love your book choices. Ruby the Copycat is such a cute book!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I love Annie Bananie. I'd actually forgot all about it. Thanks for recommending it! As soon as I saw it, I remembered it! I think I read it during my student teaching as well.

    I'll have to check out the book about 9/11. I've seen this on two different blogs today. Thanks!

  4. My students loved the story about the man who walked between the towers. We also watched a youtube about the real deal.
    It was awesome.

  5. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? Great choices! Gotta LOVE Ruby the Copycat.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  6. Looks like I'll be making a trip to the bookstore soon! Thanks for sharing such great reads. I'm going to check out more on the Linky Party...look out wallet!

    Craft of Teaching

  7. I love The Man Who Walked Between the Towers! It's always interesting because the kids have heard about the towers, but they were so little (or not quite here yet) when they fell that they always have so many questions.

    The Dalton Gang

  8. I love your book suggestions! I can't wait to see how I can use them in my classroom this year!!!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway!

  9. Your list was great. I totally pinned several of them.
    Thanks for sharing!


  10. I am your newest follower! Thanks for sharing these books!
    Drop by anytime :)


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