Picture Book Must Haves!

Yay!  A linky about reading!!!  The Teacher Wife is having a linky title "Must Have Picture Books".  I love picture books and use them all the time for teaching various lessons, even with the older students in my school.  I just can't pass them up!

One of the things that Beyond Leveled Books talks about is using picture books with older kids.  Many times we think they are too easy for them, but some of them are actually written at their grade levels.   They are perfect for teaching many different concepts.

So, today I am linking up with The Teacher Wife for her:

The Teacher Wife 
So, here are my top five!

1.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst.  I love reading this book when I am having a bad day with my students.  It shows them that no matter what, tomorrow will be better!  I have to remember that myself sometimes, so it is quite therapeutic.
 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

2.   Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems.  I read this every night with my son, and it reminds me of his "Baby" that he carried everywhere with him.  Even at eight years old, he sleeps with Baby most nights.  Trixie is adorable and unforgettable.  Of course, Knufflebunny Two is equally adorable, and my husband still laughs at that one.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
3.  Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner.  Who can't resist Skippito Friskito?  He is just so much fun as he uses his beeg imagination in his closet.  I love all of them, but this one is one of my all time favorites!
 Skippyjon Jones

4.  From Head to Toe by Eric Carle.  This one gets the kids up and moving.  When we need  a little pick me up, we get up and move around.  Even fourth graders enjoy this one when things are kind of slow!
 From Head to Toe

5.  The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone.  My mom read this to my brother and I ever night for I don't know how long.  When I found it in her basement, we read it to Zack every night.  I can still hear his giggling!  This one is fun and really gets kids thinking about how silly Grover is.  It is also a good springboard for trying to think of ways to stop the reader from turning pages.  LOVE IT!..
The Monster at the End of This Book
So, head on over to The Teacher Wife and link up!  I love seeing what everyone's favorite picture books are.  It has given me some new ones to look at!

I am getting close to 200 followers, and I want to do a big giveaway at 207 followers.  I just picked a fun random number!  If you are interested in helping out, please either leave a comment below with your email or email at readerstars@gmail.com.  

Until next time!


  1. No one can resist a little Skippy Jon Jones!! Too cute! Love your book choices!

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

  2. My 2 year old loves The Monster at the End of This Book! We have it on the iPad and it is amazing! So funny.

  3. Thanks for linking up! The Monster at the End of this Book is one of my all time favorites, too! I read it OVER and OVER as a kid! :)

  4. I was just telling another blogger that my students love The Monster at the End of This Book. One year I had a class that was absolutely obsessed with the book & fought over who was going to read it constantly! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I LOVE Eric Carle! I have several of his books! I"m a new follower!

    Lacy's Letters

  6. I love the Knuffle Bunny books! They're so cute and I love the pictures!

    Live, Laugh, Love, Teach

  7. It is skippy Jon jones month at Kohl's. Books, stuffed animals, backpacks, and notecards for $5. :)

    1. I know! I have already hit them up! My mom keeps me posted on those and will watch them until they go half price for me.

  8. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? Great list! My boys {now 30 and almost 25} loved "The Monster At The End Of This Book" when they were little! Come by when you get a chance. I'm your newest follower.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

    1. Picture books are so versatile and can be used in so many ways! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I love Skippyjon Jones! Those books are the best. I want to join this linky, but I'm having trouble committing to less than 50 books! Hahaha.


    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  10. Love your book choices, and I NEED to check out these SkippyJonJones books ASAP! I would be willing to help out with your giveaway also.

    The Dalton Gang

  11. My teaching partner teaches voice using The Monster at the End of the book. It's so funny! Thank you for following me! I followed you back! :)

    Teaching Mrs.T

  12. GREAT LIST!!! 3 out of 5 of your books where on my list of top 10 books. It must be our star connection : )
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  13. I remember reading the Monster at the End of the Book when I was little too!:)


  14. I just love the Knuffle Bunny books! My kiddos would be me to read them over and over again! Too cute!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway!

  15. I grew up with the Monster at the End of the Book, too. I love Grover!
    Thanks for sharing!


  16. I just found your blog through the linky party and I am so glad I did!
    Drop by anytime :)

    Creekside Teacher Tales


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