Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Books Linky Party

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!


  1. Thanks for linking up! I have heard a lot about Elephant and Piggie! I need to check them out now! :)

  2. I have got to find Unloveable! It looks precious!

    Strive to Sparkle

  3. I had never heard of most of these-will have to check them out. That "Unloveable" is pulling on my heartstrings already! :)


  4. Pig Kahuna looks super cute!! I need to check it out :)

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  5. I really enjoy Mo Willems' books! I need to go out and buy more of them! I'm now following your posts!

    Lacy's Letters

  6. Thanks for your comments, friends! I'm glad you found books to add to your classroom library. :)

  7. OMG! I love the Pig Kahuna! If you visit my blog, you will see why!! I am now a follower. I found you on the linky!

    2nd Grade Pig Pen

  8. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. You have some books that I haven't heard of...I'll have to check them out.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  9. The only book I have is Henry's Freedom Box. I will have to look for the others, they sound cute! I am now your 3rd follower :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  10. I love "Henry's Freedom Box"!!! Thanks for sharing your list! I am your newest follower! Stop by my blog if you have a chance and follow!
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  11. I love Unlovable! It is such a cute story! I am also your newest follower!

  12. I love Unlovable! The cover alone is absolutely adorable!

    On another note, I was extremely excited when I found your blog! I am a first year second grade teacher and also blogged throughout my student teaching (on a different blog). I can't wait to read about your adventures (since we will be on very similar ones).

    That's So Second Grade

  13. I've never heard of two of these so I will definitely have to check them out!

    Stop by soon and enter my giveaway!


  14. Ashley, I'm so excited you found me! I love your blog!! I had originally used my blog as a portfolio type thing but am just starting to get up and rolling with maintaining it and joining the bloggy activities! I look forward to reading about your adventures too!

  15. What a fun list, and thank you for including The Pout-Pout Fish!

    Best Fishes,
    Debbie Diesen (author of The Pout-Pout Fish)

  16. Wow, Debbie! So cool to receive a comment from you! Thank you! So glad you wrote The Pout-Pout Fish and The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark (I own that one too :) ). I and the kids I've shared them with love them both!

  17. Hi, thanks for sharing. I haven't heard of these books. I will have to check them out. Thanks for sharing.

  18. THanks for the book recommendations! As a teacher, especially a new one, there can never be enough recommendations!

    Drop by anytime :)
    Creekside Teacher Tales

  19. I have some new books to check out! I think Unlovable is one I will have to get. It sounds like a great book to talk to the kiddos about using kind words. We call kind words in our room "heart words". =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

  20. LOVE, LOVE Henry's Freedom Box!
    Just found your blog and I am your newest follower.
    I have given you an award. Stop by to pick it up.

  21. Playful Learning BrooklynJuly 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    I love Mo Willems! Thanks for the heads up about the new book coming out! :)

  22. Found you from the linky party! Newest follower :)
    <a href=">Buzzing with Ms. B</a>


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