Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Books Linky

I linked up with Lindsey from The Teacher Wife and sharing some of my favorite picture books! Here is a list of some of my favorite picture books.
1. The Giving Tree (my ALL time favorite): I always begin and end the year with this story. It has always been my favorite picture book and has inspired the Tree Theme in my class (I'll do a post about that soon!)
2. A Tree Named Steve (catching on to the tree theme): This is a darling story to teach kids about sequence of events. I also used it for a water color lesson :) The illustrations are AMAZING!
3. Roxaboxen: This is such an amazing story to help teach adjectives, descriptive writing, and imagination. I also used this story for a schema lesson and helping my students understand meaningful connections.
4. Wemberly Worried: This is a great story for schema lessons in the beginning of the year when students are worried about starting a new school year :) It is such a precious story!
5. The Best Story: My student LOVED this story. I read it last school year when my students were writing their own stories. It really helped them generate ideas for their stories and where they can find inspiration.
6. Cherries and Cherry Pits: This story is PERFECT for teaching students the "seed idea" part of Writer's Workshop. When I first explained seed ideas to my students, all I saw were blank faces and was hearing crickets chirp. However, after reading this story, my students really started to understand seed ideas. "Cherries and Cherry Pits" is a great mentor text.
7. How I Became a Pirate: This story is not only entertaining the little kiddos, but it also a fun story to introduce "How To" Writing :) All of these stories not only are important mentor texts to help my instruction, but they are also stories that hold a special place in my heart :)

40 comments:

  1. I love Roxaboxen! It made my list too.
    ~Heather
    http://themeekmoose.blogspot.com

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  2. Our Tree Named Steve looks like a sweet little story. I will have to check it out! I found you through the links and I am a new follower.
    Eileen
    Second Grade Sunshine

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  3. Roxaboxen is such a wonderful story! It's great for teaching descriptive writing and schema :) My class loved Our Tree Named Steve. The pictures are amazing and it's great for teaching sequence of events.

    Thanks for following my new blog!

    Jessie

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  4. Great book choices! I have Wemberly Worried and The Giving Tree on my linky list as well! I'm now following you!

    Cyndi
    Lacy's Letters

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    1. Those are two of my favorite books. Especially The Giving Tree! My students loved it and I always begin and end the year with that story!

      Jessie

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  5. These are all such great books!! I'm a new follower. I've nominated you for an award! Stop by my blog to get it. :)

    Marissa
    WILD About First Grade!

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    1. Thank you! I love picture books! Thank you for following and the award! :)

      Jessie

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    1. No, thank you! It has linked me up with so many new and amazing teachers :)

      Jessie

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  7. The Best Story sounds like a great book to read to my kids during Writer's Workshop! Thanks for sharing!

    Newest Follower,
    Nicole
    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

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    1. It was a great book for writer's workshop! It really helped my students with writing their own story.
      Thanks for following :)

      Jessie

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  8. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? Great list! Come by when you get a chance. I'm your newest follower.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,
    Rebecca

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    1. Thank you! I love picture books and use them in all subjects! It really helps students understand better! Thanks for following!

      Jessie

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  9. I LOVE A Tree Named Steve!! It's such a beautiful story.
    Found you at the linky party!

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    1. A Tree Named Steve is one of my favorite books! I have a tree theme in my classroom :) thanks for checking out my blog!

      Jessie

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  10. You have a great book list. The only one I don't have is The Best Story, but it is now on my wishlist! I am now your 20th follower :) (my lucky number!)
    Shawna
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

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    1. Thanks for following!! :) The Best Story is one of my favorites and it's perfect for writer's workshop :)

      Jessie

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  11. You have How I Became A Pirate on your list too!! I love that book & have it on my linky too. Great book choices!! I am your newest follower!! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. My kids LOVED How to Become a Pirate! It was perfect for how-to writing. Thanks for following!

      Jessie

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  12. Just found your blog through the linky! Love your book selections :)

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

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  13. Great suggestions - love the links to writing!

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    1. Thank you :) mentor texts are an important part of my writer's workshop instruction.

      Jessie

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  14. Roxaboxen is such a great book for using your imagination and the Giving Tree is just a classic. Thanks for sharing such wonderful book titles.

    We have nominated you for an award. Stop by our website to check it out.

    Antoinette and EmilyK
    http://4321teach.blogspot.com/

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    1. After I read The Giving Tree to my class last year, my students were really interested in Shel Silverstein. It also goes along with the tree theme in my class.

      Thanks for the award! :)

      Jessie

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  15. Thanks for your book suggestions! I love How I Became a Pirate!!!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway!
    -Courtney
    2ndgradesnapshots.blogspot.com

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  16. I love The Giving Tree and still get a little weepy reading it. Come check out my share if you get the chance. Since you have a tree theme, you might like what we do with Mrs. Spritzer's Garden. =)

    I found your blog recently and love it. I am a happy follower. Everyone loves a new follower. =)


    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  17. Thanks for the great suggestions. I pinned one of them!

    EmilyK

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    1. Thanks Emily! I'll be posting more for schema, CAFE, and writer's workshop.

      Jessie

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  18. Heather,

    Thanks for following my blog :) I'm glad you are enjoying it. I looked at Mrs. Spritzers Garden and it looks like a great book for the beginning of the year :)

    Jessie

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  19. Love, love all the Kevin Henkes books. I like to use The Best Story with my writing lessons too. Congrats on being a new teacher.

    ilive2learnilove2grow.blogspot.com

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  20. Hi! I've nominated you for an award! Stop by my blog to get it!

    Cyndi
    Lacy's Letters

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  21. I'm going to have to check out the book, The Best Story Ever. It looks like something I could use in my Writing Workshop. I just became your newest follower. If you get a chance, stop by my blog for a visit.

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  22. I'm your newest follower. Come check my third grade blog out!
    Tracey :)
    Third Grade All Stars

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  23. Cyndi: Thanks for the award! I am very touched :)

    Tracey: Thank you for checking out my new blog. I'll have to look at yours :) I'm always happy to find new 3rd grade grade blogs.

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  24. I LOVE Kevin Henkes books!! There is one on my list too:)

    Tammy
    1...2...3...Teach With Me

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  25. I am your newest follower! Thanks for sharing these books!
    Drop by anytime :)

    Tracy

    Creekside Teacher Tales

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