July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Books Linky Party and Freebie of course!

The Teacher Wife  is having a great linky party about "Must Have Picture Books."  I love picture books so it was so hard to come up with only a few. I narrowed itdown to my go-to classics that I use EVERY year.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
I love to give this book to new teachers and read it to my class at the end of the year while I'm sending my babies on to their new teachers. It shows kids that they have the potential to do great things

Where the Wild Things Are
I used to read this book to my son (complete with sound effects) almost everyday.  This book is a family and classroom fav.  It's great for teaching inference and cause/effect.

I'm sure this is a fav for a lot of people.  I just love how Kevin Henkes relates to kids real-life "drama."  I admire how her teacher, Mrs. Twinkle, influences the children to be more accepting.  I always use this at the start of the school year.

Click, Clack, Moo
I just adore Doreen Cronin.  I met her last year and she is so REAL.  She gets parenting and teaching kids to love reading. I like to use this as an introduction to letter writing - not to mention that the duck cracks me up!

The Giving Tree
This book is a classic.  I love the simple illustrations and story line.  This book is my go to book for Earth Day and how we should give to and receive from nature.   

Make sure you link up with The Teacher Wife to share your favorites!

The Teacher Wife 

Click HERE to snag a freebie Reading Skill Book List 
I sometimes use this list to find books for a specific reading skill or mini-lesson. 


  1. I love the book Oh The Places You Will GO. I received that book when I graduated from High school and I still love it.
    The Hive

  2. Great freebie!! Thanks!

    Just became your newest follower :)

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

  3. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? Great top 5! Two of your choices made my top 5 too. Come by when you get a chance. I'm your newest follower.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  4. Oh, and thank you for the great freebie!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  5. Love your blog! I have two of Doreen Cronin's books on my list-you are lucky to have met her!

    Your newest follower,


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    Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

  8. I love Click Clack Moo! Thanks for the great freebie!
    I'm a new follower!

    Strive to Sparkle

  9. Your top books are some of my favorites!! Every classroom library must haves :)

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway

  10. You chose some great "classics."
    "Oh the Places You'll Go" is a great book.


  11. The Giving Tree!!

    So upset I forgot about that one...I guess it's a good thing there are soooo many awesome books out there!

    We're your newest followers, we found you through Lindsay's linky!

    We hope you'll check us out!

    Across the Hall in 2nd

  12. Glad I found your blog through the linky! Great book choices and thanks for sharing your book list! I'm downloading it now!

    That's So Second Grade

  13. Thanks for the freebie!
    Found you from the linky party! I'm a new follower :)
    Buzzing with Ms. B