Thursday, August 2, 2012

Back to School Picture Book Linky Parties

Chrissy @ First Grade Found Me  is hosting an awesome Back to School Picture Book Linky party, plus Lindsey, The Teacher Wife hosted an awesome MUST HAVE Picture Book Linky a few weeks ago.  I LOVE books.  I make weekly trips to the thrift store just to peruse through the books.  And Kid-to-Kid has a free book club.  You can get a free book EVERY month with any purchase.  Sometimes I buy a book just so I can get another one free.  Anyway, here are some of my favorite back to school books.
Strega Nona is a cute, clever, catchy story PERFECT for illustrating the importance of following rules and the justice of consequences. Students love it, plus it sparks great class discussions.
You are Special is so wonderful for creating a positive classroom community, recognizing each child's worth and unique strengths and talents, and discouraging labels and judgements.
Heckedy Peg is my childhood favorite.  I LOVE the story and LOVE the hand-painted pictures. Kids absolutely adore this story and beg me to read it again and again. This suspense-filled story also underscores the importance of listening to instructions and following rules. Check out this awesome picture below.
Last, but not least, Hooway for Wodney Wat.  So cute, so funny.  This is another great story for creating a positive classroom community environment.  The kids identify with Wodney Wat and quickly understand the importance of not bullying others.
Now I know these last two aren't exactly "picture books" but they do have pictures and they are GREAT beginner chapter books.  My students love reading them in small guided reading groups and LOVE it when I read them aloud.  You can check out either of these units that I created to go with them if you're interested. 

 If you haven't read any of these awesome books, you definitely need to give them a try. I promise your students will love them and I think you will too! :)


  1. Wodney Wat and Strega Nona are among my favorites! I'll have to look for those other 2. Thanks for linking up to the party.

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog! I haven't read any of those books, so thanks for sharing! :) I swear my first paycheck will be gone before it comes!

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  3. You are Special is one of my favourite books. It is often the last book I read to my kidlets at the end of the year.

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  4. I LOVE Heckedy Peg and Wodney! I never thought of using Heckedy Peg as a spring-board into rules. Great idea!
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  5. Love these books! I am one of your newest followers. I would love to have you visit my blog!

  6. I have only heard of Wodney Wat out of that list-will definitely have to check out the rest! :)


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  8. Great book share! I also use Strega Nona and Hooway for Wodney Wat but the others are all new to me! I will have to put them on my want list! Thank you for sharing and thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog too!

  9. All GREAT books! Kevin Henkes is a great back-to-school author! I read Heckety Peg as a kid, but not as an adult... will have to check it out again!

    Angela :)
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