Monday 16 July 2012

Must Have Picture Books {linky}

I am obsessed with picture books. When I packed up my classroom, I could not believe how many books I have aquired so far in my teaching career... I am linking up with The Teacher Wife for a fabulous linky party to list our favourite picture books. I was barely able to narrow down a Top Ten List. I feel bad for excluding all the other picture books and authors I love :( I am also scared to check out the other blogs that have already linked up. I know I will end up filling my cart at Amazon with even more books... It's a sickness I think ;)

The Teacher Wife

Here are my Top Ten Favouite Picture Books (in no particular order):

1. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin -- Who does not love Pete the Cat?? I love all the books, but the first one is still my favourite!

2. Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt --Melanie Watt is one of my favourite authors. I love her Scaredy Squirrel books. They are so cute and have so many different aspects in them... maps, labels, schedules, etc. Love it!

3. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems -- Mo Willems is definitely on my list of my favourite authors. This is definitely my favourite pigeon book.

4. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson -- I just love this story! The clever little mouse convinces the mean, old gruffalo that he (the mouse) is the scariest animal in the forest.

5. The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers --I love Oliver Jeffers and this is such a cute book. It is about a boy who discovers he enjoys eating books. The more he eats, the smarter he gets. But then he starts to get sick and everything starts getting jumbled in his head. He figures out another way to enjoy those books ;) Cute book about enjoying reading!

6. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems -- Another book by Mo Willems. I just love the pictures on this one. Drawings on black and white photographs. Really cute!

7. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister -- Such a cute story about sharing, friendship, and being unique!

8. Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) by Barbara Bottner -- My mom introduced me to this book. It's about a librarian who just LOVES books, and a little girl who doesn't. The little girl has to find a book she likes to do a presentation on, but she can't seem to find one. Finally a book about an ogre covered in warts catches her attention ;)

9. Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett -- A cute story about a boy who wanted a pet, but not a boring fish. He eventually learns that Norman might be a pretty good pet after all!

10. Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel -- Love this story!! A family moves into a house with a huge tree that becomes a part of their family. It is a great story to teach the concept of personification. Steve the Tree is there to "greet them" and is good at "holding the jump rope". The ending always makes me a bit teary, but it's such a sweet book.

Well, that's my Top Ten! I really could have made this a Top 30. Or 50. If you're brave enough, go check out the other book lists at The Teacher Wife's linky party! :)

The Teacher Wife


  1. Great choices. I LOVE Gruffalo to teach visualization. Not familiar with Not Norman. Going to have to check it out. I can relate. My wishlist on Amazon is very full too. LOVE me some books!

  2. I have no idea where you got this addiction the funny part is that I have all 10 of these!


    1. Hehe. You are definitely the cause of my addiction ;)


  3. I really thought about doing this linky, but I think I'm too indecisive! LOL I would end up with a top 50 list instead.
    I mentioned you in my blog post today- I hope you will come by and check it out! I loved your rainbow sums of 10 idea! :)

    First with Franklin

    1. I know what you mean... it was really hard to narrow it down to ten!

      Thanks so much for the shout out! I will definitely come by your blog and check it out!


  4. I LOVE the Knuffle Bunny books! My kiddos loved them this past year too :)

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway.

  5. LOVE Pete the Cat and his stories!! I downloaded the songs from the publishers website. My students always love to hear them!! Our Tree Named Steve is great! Love the illustrator David Catrow. Any books that have to do with learning to love reading/books are a MUST like Miss Brooks Loves Books and The Incredible Book Eating Boy. You have great picks!

    WILD About First Grade!

  6. I love all of your books. Pete the Cat is one of my all time favorites. My teenage children love singing along with him!
    Owl Things First

  7. I love your choices of books.
    I am your newest follower.
    Stop by soon.