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Thursday, July 19, 2012

You Know I Can't Resist a Picture Book Linky!!

Hello everyone!

The Teacher Wife is hosting a Linky Party for favorite picture books, and it has been killing me that I haven't had the time to post mine.  I took place in a linky like this before, and since it's so hard to pick just 5 books, I'm going to pick 5 different books.  But seriously, check out the books I wrote about before, they are awesome.

The Teacher Wife

Without further ado...

1} When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant.
The copy that I have of this book is so old and beat up, but for good reason.  This is a book my mom read to us when we were younger.  It's about a family reunion, and I love how perfectly Cynthia Rylant describes the whole experience {eating, hugging, talking, hugging, kissing, hugging}.  The pictures are great, and my kiddos love it.  I usually read it during Back-to-School because the book just screams summer memories to me.  I have never used it as a mentor text for anything, I just love reading it my class for pure entertainment, but this book could be used for so many skills.

Buy it here
(Amazon doesn't have an image for it.  I wonder if it may be out of print.  If it is, scoop it up right now!!)

2} When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Yes, another Cynthia Rylant book!  This is another favorite from my childhood.  This book is partly autobiographical.  Again, Cynthia Rylant does such an amazing job of painting a picture with words of what it was like growing up in the mountains.  I am in love with all of Cynthia Rylant's books, including Henry and Mudge!

Buy it here

3} Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran (and illustrated by Barbara fave!!!)
I actually use this book to introduce communities, but I have an ulterior motive every time I read it.  This book celebrates imagination.  It goes back to a time when kids didn't have video games or laptops.  I am always trying to tell my kiddos how important it is to get outside and use their imagination.  This book actually makes them listen to me, because it makes using their imagination look fun!!  And of course, the pictures are beautiful, because they're by the wonderful Ms. Barbara Cooney!

Please buy it here.

4} Dogzilla by Dave Pilkey
Your kids will go gaga over this book.  I don't care if you teacher Kindergarten or 6th grade.  The concept is gross and funny {really bad dog breath}, which is a guaranteed successful formula for read alouds.  When I taught 3rd grade, I read this book without showing pictures to reinforce "voice".  My students laughed the whole time, sans pictures!!!!  It was the perfect book to show how important it is for voice to come through in one's writings.  Now, in 2nd, I use it for fun, with a reinforcement sheet afterwards.  Amy Lemon's just posted some great ones that I'll be sure to have on hand!

Buy it here.

5} The Pain and The Great One by Judy Bloom

Yet another book from my childhood.  This book is told from two perspectives {The Pain and The Great One}.  I'll let you guess which one is which!  I feel so fortunate that my mom exposed me to so many wonderful books as a child, books that stood the test of time!  THANKS MOM!!!  This book is perfect for teaching points of view.  I use it to launch a writing piece that I'll blog about in the future.  It's also fun because your students will identify and side with one character or the other, despite Judy Bloom doing a wonderful job of showing both sides. {I'll let you guess who I side with, being the oldest sibling ;)}

Buy it here.

All the links to buy the books are for  I am a Prime member, which means I get everything {Prime Eligible} in 2 days when I order from Amazon.  Prime has saved me so many times when I need something last minute {fake mustaches for my class for example!!}, so I am a loyal {non-paid} fan of Amazon.

I hope I was able to turn you on to some new books!  I have loved finding new books from so many of you!

Have a good one!



  1. I love your book choices!! Dogzilla looks like a book that I need to check out! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. So many of these are also favorites of mine! It's been a long time since I read Dogzilla, I think it's time to go dig it up again.
    The Meek Moose

  3. "Dogzilla" is new to me but I will HAVE to check it out! :)

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway.

  4. I love Dogzilla! My kids crack up whenever I read aloud anything by Dav Pilkey. Have you read Cat Kong or Dog Breath? Oh my gosh - you'll love them!

  5. Great book choices. I absolutely love Pain and the Great One. I just referred it to some third grade teachers who are writing reading units of study. Also, Roxaboxen is a great book about imagination.

    Check out our picture book choices if you get a chance. :)


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