Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Picture Book Linky: First Week of School

I'm excited to link up with DeAnne at First Grade and Fabulous for her weekly picture book party!  DeAnne is fueling my picture book addiction with all of her great book picks and my amazon book cart is quickly filling up! Yikes! Below I've listed a few books that I used with my class last year.  *Please excuse the pictures, my books are packed up, so the following images have been taken from amazon.com*

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt was THE first book I read aloud to my class.  He's such an adorable little critter and makes the whole class giggle that we soon forgot how nervous we were that first day!  If you're not familiar with the story, Scaredy Squirrel is terrified of leaving his nut tree and has the same routine everyday.  Except, one day he accidently falls out of his nut tree and realizes being out into the 'unknown' isn't that scary and can be fun.  After reading the book we compared ourselves on the first day of school to Scaredy Squirrel.  Then we decided to "jump into the unknown" of third grade. 
I LOVE Scaredy Squirrel!!!
Another one of the first books I've read in the past is Mrs. Brooks Loves Books! (and I don't) by Barbara Bottner.  This story depicts a little girl who simply cannot find any books that she is interested in, despite her overly enthusiastic teacher.  The class laughs and cheers when the character finally finds a topic she is interested in reading about...warts.  It's a cute and fun story that gets us talking about Good Fit Books. 
I picked this up at a Scholastic Book Fair and fell in love with the hilarious illustrations.  The book was put together by a collection of amazing illustrators with a great sense of humor! Each page has a different location or scenario and manners.  My students' favorite page was the "It's Not Polite to Pick" page.  With rules like, don't pick your nose, don't pick your bellybutton lint, don't pick your....you get the picture.  :)
Thanks for reading! I'd love to hear some of your favorite picture books for the beginning of the school year.  Be sure to check out DeAnne at First Grade and Fabulous!


  1. I've added Scaredy Squirrel to my wishlist! Can't wait to enjoy the hilarity with you ;-) Thanks for the cute ideas!!!

  2. I'm cracking up just reading your titles! Miss Brooks loves Books - and I don't! I'm going to have to check that one out! And the manners one - that would be a good way to teach manners to the class. Thanks for the suggestions! Following you! Sara

  3. Great books - love that Scaredy Squirrel! I'll have to check out that "Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't)!"

    Love to Learn

  4. Picture Books are an addiction, I tell ya! :) LOVE Scaredy!! :) I need to check out Manners Mash Up-it looks cute!! Thanks for linking up! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  5. Manners Mash Up looks like a good one! Definitely have to check it out! Thanks for the rec! :)

    Diary of a Second Grade Teacher