I am linking up with Lindsey (LOVE her and her blog!), The Teacher Wife, to share my top five picture books. Click her button below to read other bloggers' top five or to join the party!
My Top Five (so hard to choose just five!):
1. The Pout-Pout Fish: This story is SO CUTE AND SO FUNNY!! The Pout-Pout Fish is very sad because of his pouting lips. BUT THEN he realizes he can choose to be a kiss-kiss fish instead. The kids get a kick out of the smooching parts in the end. They wanted to read this again and again. Such a cute story and good opportunity to teach lesson about how we are in control of our behavior.
2. Pig Kahuna: Another super cute story! Fergus and Dink (the two pigs on the cover) love the beach but will not go in the water. They are collecting treasures along the shore when one day a surfboard washes up. They name the surfboard Dave. But then something happens to Dave!! Will Fergus and Dink be brave enough to save Dave?! You'll have to read to find out! :)
3. Henry's Freedom Box: A fascinating true story about a slave named Henry, who escapes to freedom. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story is engaging. This book would probably be most appropriate for intermediate grades.
4. Unlovable: I seem to be drawn to super cute stories and this is one of those melt your heart books (particularly on pages 24 and 25). Alfred is a cutie patootie pug, who thinks low of himself because the other pets make fun of him. When Alfred meets the new neighbor's dog through the fence, he is afraid the new dog will think he is unlovable too so he tells a lie. What will happen when Alfred and the neighbor's dog finally meet face to face? This is the perfect story to demonstrate true friendship and accepting one's self. SO CUTE!!
5. Can I Play Too?: I LOVE all of Mo Willems' books, especially the Elephant and Piggie series and the Pigeon series. These books are addicting...the kids ALWAYS want to read them. The Elephant and Piggie series is hilarious, entertaining, and teaches great lessons about friendship and problem solving. They are also great for Readers' Theater because the text is already written in dialogue. I cannot get enough of Gerald and Piggie!! There's a new one that will be released on October 2: Let's Go For A Drive. I can hardly wait!
I can't wait to see everyone's top five! One can never have enough picture books, right? :) Have a super week!