You know you're an elementary school teacher when....you immediately head to the kid's book section. It's true. Take me to a book store, and that's where I head. My husband makes fun of me for it. I said I go for my own kids to pick out books, we won't mention I was doing that BEFORE we had kids. ;) My daughter is now at the point where she pokes fun of me too. She's an avid reader--likes to read just like her dad. Here good ole' mom is sitting on the floor reading picture books. Ohh well! At least my son stays close by *okay--not really, even he goes for at least chapter books*. It is what it is! Don't judge me. :)
There is always something new out when I head to a book store, or I check Amazon.
How on earth do I keep up with all the great story books?
Well, I had an idea--notice I didn't say GOOD idea, because I need help to make this go over. :)
Let me explain my thinking though.
I would like to do a weekly linky that showcases books.
For example, this week I'd like to do picture books to use the first week of school.
Next week, maybe I'll do math picture books or variations to fairy tales.
I'll post a new linky each week to get new book ideas for your classroom.
The downfall of this idea---I'm going to go broke, because just like cupcake liners and clipart, I have ANOTHER addiction--Picture Books. :)
First up-Recess Queen.
I just purchased this story last year. I LOVED it, my students loved it-and apparently my coworkers loved it as they borrowed it for their classes. The illustrations are wonderful, and the character ed traits you can teach with this book are endless. It's a great book for your bullying program, if you have one.
Have you read A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue? This is another story that I purchased last year.
My class really enjoyed the illustrations. It was a great story to lead into a discussion of tattling vs. reporting.
Of course, there's always my favorite.
Miss Nelson is Missing.
I've used this book for years. I read it, we discuss the behaviors of the students.
We come up with a list of class rules together, and I have my students sign it (like a contract.)
These are just a few of the books I use at the beginning of the year.
I love to take breaks and just read to them during the day.
BUT, everyone needs a change---so I add to my list each year too (to switch up routines).
Here are a few books I have in my cart right now.
AND these two books by
I really do love picture books, and I'd love for my list to grow.
Well, I'd love for it too--not so sure my wallet would like for it to.
So here's where you come in.
Link up friends.
Grab my linky button at the top, and share your favorite books you use the first week of school, and you can share a few that you are "wishing" for. :)
Link back to my blog post, and your link needs to be the blog link of your post.