Sunday, July 22, 2012

Must Have Picture Books

The Teacher Wife

I'm linking up with a bunch of teachers with my Top 5 6 must have picture books.
Well here goes!

1. My Mouth is a volcano My Favorite Social and Emotional Learning Books  This book is great if you have students who can't stop calling out!  I love it!!!!!!!!!  It teaches kids to take a deep breathe, blow out the words, and then breathe them back in when they are called on.  It's Fabulous!

2. The Judge: An Untrue Tale   This was the First book I bought as a teacher. My college Reading Professor Mrs. Voelker introduced me to it. I actually need to buy another one, because one of my students loved it even more than I did.  Anyway the thing I love about this book is it has a repetitive rhyme: "Please let me go Judge, I didn't know Judge, that what I did was against the law, I just said what I saw"  (see I have it memorized :0)  It's a great way to get kids to Choral read!

3.   The Keeping Quilt            Patricia Polacco!  Enough said.  She is amazing and awesome and wonderful.  I love her illustrations.  After I read this book, I like to encourage my students to try and illustrate with pencil and only make the important items in color.  Here's a peek at the inside of this book.
4. Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum! I love reading this story for the first week of school. It is a great way to teach your class, that everyone is different and you shouldn't tease anyone because of it.  I also love how the Teacher is the hero of the story, and makes the girls realize that just because Chrysanthemum has a long name doesn't mean there's anything wrong with it. I love doing the voices of the whiny girls in this story--the kids love it!

And now a little known book called

The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch The Tale of Meshka the Kvetch
I found this book when my school was closing and the librarian was giving away all of her older, much loved books.  I quickly scooped up this little gem. First of all my grandmother was Jewish and would always tell me to stop "kvetching"  (complaining).  Now, I was raised in a Christian home, but my roots are in the yiddish/Jewish world. (I was Yenta in my 4th grade play of Fiddler on the Roof) But I digress, I love this book (Wait, I think I have said that about every book)  First of all it teaches a lesson--STOP COMPLAINING! or you will get the Kvetch's itch!  Your tongue will begin to itch, and low and behold everything will begin to come true.  I usually break this book out when the kids have had enough of each other and can't stop tattling.  No One wants an itchy tongue.

I have one more ( I know it's supposed to be 5, but I can't help it)
6. Stone Soup (see my post from March) I use all 3 versions, plus a reader's theater!  Text to Text here we come!
Stone Soup     Stone Soup (Favorites on CD)

                                                Happy Reading,



  1. I love Patricia Polacco! She actually came to our school for an author visit!! She was amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now your newest follower!!


  2. Stone Soup is such a wonderful book! I love all of the different versions and the various skills that you can teach with the book.

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway

  3. Oh gosh, thanks for sharing the book, My Mouth is a Volcano! I haven't heard of this before, but it sounds like a great one for me to get! Thanks!

  4. LOVE your blog!!! Can't wait to read "Meshka" to my K's here in Providence, Rhode Island!!!!

  5. Great books! Going to Amazon to check out My Mouth is a Volcano!


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