Because I am a new teacher, I don't know what to expect when it comes to planning over the next year. So, I have been trying to get a lot of other things done on my "classroom to-do list"while I can. I have tried to keep myself busy with little projects here and there but as I am getting ready for the move, I am trying not to get myself into any messes... Just clean up what I have started and get organized for the next whirlwind of a month. Luckily, since I'm not busy working away on projects, I have been able to focus more on my blog. Don't ya like my new design and features?! I am very excited to write this post because it is my first "official" linky party post! So without any further adieu from The Teacher Wife:
1. Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch
This book is hilarious and really teaches students to be themselves. My students always love when I read Stephanie's Ponytail because it hits their level of humor and is simple, but not cheesy. Robert Munsch is an incredible author and really, all of his books are great to have in a classroom library.
2. The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio
This is a sweet book about friendship and diversity. I love reading it to students because it is relatable to them and shows the importance in valuing people's differences. Students also really like reading this book because one of the authors is a beautiful queen (Which they think is so cool).
3. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Really, who doesn't love Kevin Henkes and his mouse books?! Chrysanthemum is one of my favorite Kevin Henkes books because of its repetitive texts that students can join in on and the overall lesson that teaches students to embrace who they are because everyone is special.
4. The Very Best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton
The Very Best Pumpkin is a great book for students because you can use it along with so many lessons. Besides all of the reading activities that can go with this book, lessons can be taught about science and friendship. The illustrations in this book are so cute and really ties this meaningful story together.
5. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
This book is by far one of the most beuatiful books I have ever seen and read. Although The Lion and the Mouse is a wordless picture book, readers can make meaning from the text easily. I love this book because it can be used with all ages and every reader can get something from it. This book also aids to teaching a variety of reading and art lessons, such an added plus!
My list could go on and on when it comes to my favorite picture books. In my opinion, both writing nd illustrating books is such a work of art and can enhance student learning in incredible ways. Providing students with time to dive in to quality children's literature will not only help them to become better readers, it will also help them to become better thinkers and learners.
I hope you love reading as much as I do and if you haven't heard of some of the books I have included above, I hope that you will check them out! I would love to hear about what your favorite books are, please let me know of some of your must have books in the comments below!