Trying to choose just 10 picture books that I couldn't live without was difficult. I decided to choose 10 books that I use at the beginning of the year that focus on building a caring community and focusing on building skills..
Here is my list:
1. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
A fun book that helps
see that even teachers can have the jitters. Great to lead to discussions of
what we worry about.
2. The Memory Stone by Anne
I use this book the first week of school to
help children focus on a special memory and how an object can help us remember a
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
This is a special book about memories,
love, generations, by a favourite author.
It's a Book by Lane Smith
My students loved this book! Great way to
discuss books and media forms.
Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna
A gentle look at the impact of rumours and
looking past appearances.
One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
An excellent book that looks at fitting in
and being different, especially for ELL students.
7. Have You Filled a Bucket Today and
Fill a Bucket by Carol McCloud
I start the year with
these 2 books and we share ways to fill each other's bucket. This is referred to
all year. It's a very visual way for kids to see how their actions and words
There is even a website to give ideas and teaching
The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and Gabi |Swiatkowska
A lovely book that really focuses on how
we treat others.
9. The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
Love this story about how to stand up to a
bully and change the way things are.
10. Who is Melvin Bubble? by Nick
A great intro to point of view and how
others see us. The children turned their writing into books.
(This is a return look at favourite books from July; check here for links to where to purchase.)