Must Have Picture Books!

I'm excited to join my first linky party for:

over at The Teacher Wife!  This is such an awesome linky because who doesn't need more books!  I already have well over 2000 but who's counting???  I love when my new students walk in the first day and spy the books filling the shelves over their mailboxes.  Then, their eyes catch sight of the room library.  But by far my favorite part is when, for some reason, I open one set of the cupboard doors over the cubbies and they catch a glimpse of the shelves of more books hidden there!  Eyes get huge and whispers start--she's got even more in THERE!  Love it!

So, with that many it's hard to decide but here are some of my favorites:

Kiddos are fascinated by the pictures in Steve Jenkins book Actual Size because true to the title all the animal parts included are the actual size.  Awesome fold-out pages!

Helen Lester is one of my favorite authors for the classroom!  She sure knows kids and Hooway for Wodney Wat is one of her best!  I love the story of poor, bullied Rodney, who can't pronounce the "r" sound, but becomes a hero when he defeats the new classroom bully!  A great story for BTS!  

Another fav for kiddos is David McPhail!  For beginning readers, you can't beat Edward and the Pirates! Edward is a voracious reader and teaches the illiterate pirates a thing or two about reading when they visit him one night!

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue  by Julia Cook gives kiddos the tools to determine what is tattling and what is telling.  Josh doesn't have any friends because of his tattling until he gets a visit from the Tattle Prince and learns the "rules."  Kids love MYOB-Mind Your Own Beeswax!


Maybe it's the 23 days of 90 degree or over temps that made me think of this book!  Stranger in the Woods is one of my all time favorites!!!  The pictures are outstanding and the first pages describing the snow are beautifully written!  The story is written from the animals point of view about the "stranger" and you can have a blast with the animal sounds.  Carl Sams II and Jean Stoick based the story on actual experiences they had with forest animals.

That's my 5!  I hope I chose some new titles for you to think about the next time you're in the book store or shopping online!

No post would be complete without the summer's latest and greatest giveaways, so here goes!

Simply Kinder is giving away a $25 gift certificate to TpT!

Lory at Fun for First is giving away amazing prizes with her bloggie friends!

Win 6 items of your choice from Ms. Fiorini's Stadium store and a $25 gift certificate!

Fabulous in First is having an I Love CTP! giveaway and you could win the above set!

 Nicole at Rowdy in Room 300 is celebrating 500 followers and will custom make one of these adorable burlap signs for 2 winners!

Miss I's Class has soooo many prizes in her giveaway!  Check it out!
Good Luck!


  1. Great book choices!! I have The Bad Case of Tattle Tongue on my list of books to buy for the new year. I'm sure it will be very useful especially with first graders! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Tattle Tongue!! I love that book :)

    Just found your blog!

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

  3. Edward and the Pirates looks great! I'm adding it to my wishlist.
    The Meek Moose

  4. Thanks for sharing your favorite books! Actual Size looks really neat. I am going to have to add that to my classroom library before school starts.

    Delighted in Second

  5. I'm a big fan of Hooway for Wodney Wat too. :)


  6. "Actual Size" is such a great book! My kiddos love to pass it around and share their amazement as they read it.

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway

  7. I am going to have to check out Actual Size. Seems like a good book.

    Thanks for spreading the word about my giveaway.

    Ms. Fiorini’s Stadium

  8. "Tattle Tongue" is a great book! My kinders actually believe I can see polka dots on their tongues when they tattle or lie! LOL Thanks for sharing your list.
    Newest Follower,
    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

  9. Fantastic book choices Patti, Steve Jenkins has so many fantastic non-fiction books. I wanted to let you know that I just presented you with an award, check out my blog to pick it up.

    Love to Learn

  10. I'm so glad to see someone pick Wodney Wat! I love him!
    I'm a new follower!

    Strive to Sparkle

  11. Love the book suggestions. I've found a new to add to my list. I've had to keep a notebook by my computer to keep a list of all the great books I've found through this linky. Thanks for stopping by my giveaway. I'm now your newest follower.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

    1. I love this linky party! I've found so many great books! Thanks for following!