Monday, July 16, 2012

Favorite Picture Books

Lindsey (a.k.a The Teacher Wife) is having a fabulous linky party for favorite picture books. This is one of my favorite topics so I am more than happy to join in.  I love so many books that it's hard to choose a few.

I'm sure by now that most of you know about my obsession with Mercy Watson books.  These are my absolute favorites to read to the class and my kids love to read them too. They are absolutely adorable. I keep hoping there are more in the series.

A new favorite of mine is the Scaredy Squirrel series. I just found them last year and I love these books. They are so funny. There are so many funny things on each page. When I read these to my class, I find myself laughing at things that the kids really don't get.

Who doesn't love Splat the Cat? I am a sucker for illustrations and I just love the look of the illustrations in these books and the stories are good too.

I love teaching with "Goldie and the Three Hares." The kids really love the story and it's easy to use because it's a twist on a familiar story. It's great to use for teaching cause and effect. You can find my post about it here.

I don't know if this counts as a picture book but it is an extremely easy chapter book with lots of illustrations so I am going to include it. This is such a good story and the storytelling style is so funny.

One of the greatest picture book for teaching is "The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear." It's great for teaching inferring and predicting.

"Ish" is a book that teaches children to be confident in themselves and not worry about what others think.

Two new books I ordered that I can't wait to use in my classroom are:
 Don't those aliens remind you of the minions from Despicable Me? Haha

My friend Heather over at Swinging Through Second Grade introduced me to this one.
Super cute!

Okay, I could go on and on all day with books that I love. I have an addiction to children's literature. I can't wait to see what everyone else picks as their faves so I can add some new books to my classroom library. Not that I need anymore but I love getting new ones.

Don't forget to let me know your favorite children's book for back to school here.
I will be choosing a winner for my new "Back to School with Books" pack tomorrow morning.


  1. I love those books! Thanks for linking up! :)

  2. Great book choices! The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot looks awesome. I'm going to have to find that. It would be perfect for when we do our robots unit. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I bought The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot last year. My second graders LOVE it. When we do our fairy tale unit we always try to find as many versions as we can to compare and contrast. This was a big favorite.

  4. I have to get some Mercy Watson books! :)

  5. I love your book choices and I got some great ideas too! I'm going to check my school library for Lulu and the Brontosaurus. I also am a HUGE fan of Scaredy Squirrel! In fact, I bought the Scaredy Squirrel pack from you, I LOVE it! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac

  6. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? Great choices!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

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  8. My hubby and I saw I Need My Monster last time we went to B&N, and we loved it! He actually saw it first and showed it to me. Must add that one to my library!

    The Dalton Gang

  9. Hello Fellow Courtney! :)

    I love the book Scaredy Squirrel... I love that it's on tumblebooks too!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway

  10. I also teach 2nd grade and my favorite read aloud is anything Mercy Watson! I, too, am waiting to see if any more books are written too! The kids LOVE it!

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  12. Awesome book selections!! I love Splat! I think I own every single Splat book that's been published!
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  13. The "Scaredy Squirrel" sounds like a great book.
    Thanks for sharing.


  14. I hope I m not too late. Would love to win!!!! :) So glad I found your spot! Thanks for all you share!

  15. I love Mercy Watson too and so do second graders!! Great book choices!

    That's So Second Grade

  16. Oh! I LOVE LOVE Mercy Watson too! Those books are so great for building excitement about reading. I can't wait to check out 'The Three Little Aliens...' Thanks for sharing!

    Second Grade Sparkle


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