Must Have Picture Books {Linky}

Monday, July 16, 2012

I love books! I couldn't resist posting my favorites! The Teacher Wife put together this great linky. All you do is post about your top 5 Must-Have-Picture-Books with a link to purchase them.

1. Drumroll please... "Epossumondas Saves the Day!" by Coleen Salley (my favorite of all time!)

It’s Epossumondas's birthday, so Mama's whipping up his favorite biscuits. But she's plumb out of sody sallyraytus (baking soda)! Everybody knows you can’t make big, fluffy biscuits without sody. One by one, Baby Gator, Auntie, and Mama scoot to the store to fetch some. But when no one comes back, it’s up to Epossumondas to run out and see what’s what--until he runs smack into a great, huge, ugly Louisiana snapping turtle! I won't give away the ending...but I tie it into my states of matter unit. Baking Soda + acid (we use vinegar) = BOOM! Don't forget to use your cajun accent when reading!

2.  "Three Billygoats Gruff and Mean Calypso Joe" by Cathrene Vale Youngquist
I used this in my kindergarten class. Every year, we would do several versions of this story, but our favorite was always this one because of the caribbean dialect. I had a bridge we put up in my room and we would act it out for weeks! This is a GREAT read aloud!
The three Billygoats Gruff find themselves wanting treats on the other side of their island. However, to get there, they first must cross a bridge...a bridge guarded by Calypso Joe, the self-proclaimed "meanest troll dis part of de island." Joe demands a toll from the goats, warning of a "big problem" if it isn't paid. But Joe soon learns that he is the one with the "big problem!"

3. "Iggy Peck, Architect" by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

This is a great book if you are doing any engineering! Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up!

4. "Newton and Me" by Lynne Mayer 
I love to use this book when teaching physics to the younger ones! It is a rhyming book about a boy and his dog, Newton, discovering the laws of motion. Very cute!

5. "The Lonely Doll" by Dare Wright. I used this book in kinderarten. It was one of our librarian's favortie books and she introduced me to it. There is also a great biography about the author for a good adult read. :) Amazon summary:
"Once there was a little doll. Her name was Edith. She lived in a nice house and had everything she needed except someone to play with. She was lonely! Then one morning Edith looked into the garden and there stood two bears! Since it was first published in 1957, The Lonely Doll has established itself as a unique children's classic. Through innovative photography Dare Wright brings the world of dolls to life and entertains us with much more than just a story. Edith, the star of the show, is a doll from Wright's childhood, and Wright selected the bear family with the help of her brother. With simple poses and wonderful expressions, the cast of characters is vividly brought to life to tell a story of friendship."



  1. I am absolutely adding Iggy Peck and the Three billy Goats to my wish list. They look super cool!

  2. A science blog! I am totally your newest follower!! I can't wait to read your ideas :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  3. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? Come by when you get a chance. You have such a cute blog, and I'm your newest follower.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  4. What great choices, Penny! Stop by my blog! I have given you an award!

  5. I am not familiar with the books on your list, but you can bet I will be checking them out! I am now your 70th follower :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  6. Epossumondas! LOVE! I'm a new follower!

    Strive to Sparkle

  7. Hi. I love Epossumondas! Hope you are having a good day! I have given you an award for your blog. Pick it up from my blog and follow the instructions. :)
    Chris Kazanjian
    The Kinder"garden" Teacher

  8. I love your book suggestions... they are ALL new to me so I will definitely have to check them out!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway

  9. Thanks for sharing your "science" spin on picture books - chemical reaction labs are the best! Also, I just wanted to let you know that I am so excited to have found your great blog! I nominated you for the “Liebster Blog” award which means “favorite” or “dearest” in German. Come visit me to pick up your award! :)
    Antonia @ forkin4th


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