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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Picture Books-A LInky Party

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 
Helen Lester.

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. 


  1. My children are 20 and 23 so yes I sit alone in the children's section. My favorite beginning of school books include Leo the Late Bloomer and Chrysanthemum.

  2. I love Interrupting Chicken! I would go back and revisit it if we needed it during the year. I love this idea. I added some of them to my wish list on Amazon and will acquire them a little at a time.
    Oh there are so many possibilities. . . science books, abc and I love the math book idea. :)


    1. I hope I get a lot of response to help feed my addiction of children's books. I'm glad you like the idea! :)

  3. This is SUCH a great idea for a linky party! Sometimes I feel like I get stuck in a rut reading the same books. This is such an awesome way to add new titles to my wishlist!

    First Grade Magic

    1. Thanks Megan. I hope that it helps get some new ideas for myself (and others) :) I love picture books!

  4. I will be linking up. I'm already thinking about all the books I want to blog about. There are so many choices and I have so many favorites! How do I choose? The Bad Case of Tattle Tongue is a great read aloud!

  5. I love this linky party. I'm always looking for new picture books. Thanks for doing this. Oh I'm a new follower, I've been following you on FB, but didn't realize I wasn't following your blog until today, so glad I found it.


  6. I love a number of books for the first of the year my favorites are: s is for alligator, a funny abc book. Another is Chester by Melanie watt and duck rabbit.
    Thanks for letting me share.

    1. OHH yes, Melanie Watt is a GREAT author!! Love her books!!

  7. Thanks for setting up this linky about great books. I have posted my 'great books' and am off to check out the other blogs for some shopping ideas and can't wait to sit on a floor in a bookshop here in Aus while my family try to ignore me.
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  8. I LOVE books of all kinds - chapter books, picture books, nonfiction books - so this is a great link-up. Can't wait to find some new books to put into my Amazon cart!

    Love to Learn

  9. Thanks for sharing the book ideas. I will have to check out A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue - I am not familiar with that one but definitely one I could use.

    I'm sure others have used this but we often read "The Little Engine That Could" and talk about our goals for the year. The "I think I can..." mantra seems to work, especially for the struggling students.

    Learning in the Little Apple

  10. Hi DeAnne, 2 of those books look like they would be great for some of my science lessons- Chamelia & Don't Eat the Teacher -I just pinned both! Great idea for a linky, I'm always looking for good picture books for my kids!
    Science for Kids Blog

    1. Thanks for pinning---I'm always looking for picture books. I even keep a collection here at the house. I have books all over the place ;)

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    1. If you love that book Kathy, then I HAVE to have it!! LOVE everything you do! :)

  12. Love this linky! Interrupting Chicken is one of my faves! Can't wait to read all the other posts!
    Twins, Teaching, and Tacos

  13. So many great suggestions here - thanks so much for this AWESOME linky idea - I will check back regularly for this!
    Whimsy Workshop 

  14. Thanks for having this linky, DeAnne! I love getting new ideas for great picture books. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  15. I am very excited about this linky! i hope you will continue it so we can all get good ideas for different times/seasons of the school year! Maybe a monthly or bi-weekly? I think this is a great idea! I enjoyed linking up & I can't believe there is another Charlie the Ranch Dog book that I didn't even know about! Thanks, DeAnne!

  16. I love picture books and I love this linky! I totally agree with Amber's idea of continuing this throughout the year. I need to know what to look for when I run for the picture book section in every bookstore! What teacher doesn't do that? Hehe.

    Thanks for sharing about some great books. Some are already favorites; some I will have to check out.

    Compassionate Teacher

  17. Thank you! This is such a great linky! :) I love seeing books that other teachers are using!


  18. What a great linky! Thanks for hosting!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  19. This is a great idea! So glad to link up. Thanks for hosting!

    Read With Me ABC

  20. Thanks so much for sharing! I have not seen Don't Eat the Teacher, so I will need to pick up a copy! I love Charlie and have not seen his school one... Thanks for the opportunity to link up with you!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  21. Mine's an old post from last summer ... but it was about this topic so I wanted to add it. Hope that's OK.

  22. I LOVE Don't Eat the Teacher! Classic first week read. I will be back tomorrow to join in the linky fun. Hugs friend!

  23. Hi Deanne! Thanks so much for hosting this linky! Picture books are one of my favorite things about teaching! I LOVE doing read alouds. I was so excited to see that you were doing a linky on this! Thank you!

  24. I just have to say that everytime I come and read your blog I get SOOOO hungry and have uncontrollable cravings for goodies. hehe I wish you lived near me!!! LOVE this linky! Such great book choices!

    Charts N Chit Chat

  25. Great idea! I have enjoyed reading through the blog list and seeing all the book suggestions!


  26. I'm loving this Linky! Great idea! Interrupting Chicken was a favorite of my students' last year- you will not be disappointed! Happy to be your newest follower!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  27. This is *such* a helpful linky! I'm pretty jealous I didn't think of it!!! I've added Recess Queen, A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue, and Interrupting chicken to my wishlist! Thanks for the great ideas!

  28. Deanne, thank you for posting about what happens to you in book stores! I have always felt so strange going to the picture book section while the rest of my family laughs at me. :)

    I am your 1300th follower! And I will be writing my link-up post tonight.

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

  29. Love this post and linky! I linked up my picks. I love picture books so much I have a blog all about them! :) Gidget's Bookworms. :) so they can't make fun of you anymore! :)

  30. I have really enjoyed going through all the awesome book suggestions in this linky! It has been super fun and very informative! Great idea!

  31. Thanks for offering this linky! I just added mine. :)
    Preschool Wonders

  32. Thanks for hosting this linky! I just added mine (better later than never!)

    Thanks again,
    Allison Stuckey
    Stuckey in Second


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