This post is for #PB10for10, which was started by @mandyrobek and @CathyMere to share resources about favorite picture books used in classrooms. This is the second year for this. So, without further ado here is my list:
1) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. And John Archambault
I always start the year out with this book and come back to it. Kids love the rhythmic text and being able to say the A,B,C,'s. Kids beg for this to be read over and over.
2) Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
I use this book when teaching about mixing colors. Children live that it's about friendship and are curious to see if the two primary colors do in fact make green.
3) The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater
I love this book. It's about being individualistic and not copying what everyone else does. My classes and I have had great talks about feeling the need to be one's own self.
4) Hey Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose
In this story, a boy must decide whether or not to squish an ant. The ant's side of the story is told. It makes for great discussion on whether or not the boy or ant is right. Also, good book to read or sing to kids. I find them discussing book long after we finish.
5) Mouse Paint by Ellen Stohl
This is a good book about mice who splash in pant and mix to make new colors. Another good resource for teaching about primary and secondary colors. Also incorporates concept of camouflage as well.
6) The House that Jack Built by Simms Taback
Great interpretation of the classic rhyme. Great illustrations and good for showing cause & effect. Lots of silliness and rhyming involved too.
7) The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
Story involving Peter and a snowy day. Great for discussing melting, snow, and cause &effect. Kids love hearing this story over and over.
8) The Fourth Little Pig by Teresa Noel Celsi
Nice twist on what happens after the Wolf is defeated. The Pigs have a sister who shows them to not be afraid to get back outside. Kids absolutely adore this one.
9) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I love Eric Carle. This story of how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly is beautiful and engaging for children.
10) Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis
I picked this book up last year after meeting Katie Davis on twitter. It's a cute story about Kindergarten and well, how it does rock. Dex is nervous about starting K and his older sister helps him by explaining what school is like. Kids love this book.