Must Have Picture Books!

July 16, 2012

Lindsey, over at The Teacher Wife, has a FANNNtastic linky party I just had to join!
It’s all about your….
This is perfect because now I can compile a list of alllllll the new books I obviously NEED for the upcoming year!

1. My Mouth is a Volcano! By Julia Cook
I recently posted about this one {here}, but I just LOVE this book. Julia Cook is amazing and this book starts the discussion of interrupting and blurting out! It puts my little chatty-kathys to a rest… at least for a bit 🙂

2. Mean Jean The Recess Queen! By Alexis O’Neill
This book is about mean ole’ Jean and her being a bully on the playground. She gets whatever she wants, when she wants it and no one stands up for themselves! Well.. that is until a new girl comes to school. She doesn’t take any of Jean’s bullying and… you’ll have to read it to see what happens.

3. Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler. By Margery Cuyler
I always read this one at the beginning of the year. This book emphasizes all the kind things we can do for others both inside AND outside of school. In the book, Mrs. Ruler and her class make a bulletin board highlighting all their kind deeds as they try to reach 100 of them! So obbbbviously, my class makes a bulletin board too! 🙂

4. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
Okay, I never heard of this book until last year when a colleague recommended it. I had a little lady in my class who was a PERFECTIONIST to the max! She was super smart, super creative, super everything…. and one time in front of the class she made a silly mistake when solving a math problem… ya know because she’s human. Dear goodness, this little lady had a near meltdown. She couldn’t get passed her mistake. Well this book helped BIG time and it is one of my absolute new faves!

When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry . . .
5. When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really, Angry… By Molly Bang
 I love the pictures in this book and I think it teaches a great lesson about what to do when you’re really, really angry. I know it has mixed reviews because some think it only teaches students to walk away when angry and doesn’t give other options, but hellloooo that opens the door for a FANTASTIC class discussion! And the rule in my class is if you’re too angry and about to explode you need to get out and go for a “walk” (aka get a drink) to collect yourself before calmly discussing the issue with me or another student!

Hmmm… so we’ve had…
being kind
 making mistakes
and how to act when you are angry…
looks like we’ve got it covered! HA!

These books are my favorite because these issues come up ALL the time in class and my kids make connections to each story. Throughout the year we revisit each story numerous times based upon the needs of our classroom situation.

Now, GO!
Link up with {Lindsey} so I can see your books 🙂

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  • I found your blog through this linky party–I just HAD to click when I saw that blog title! It is SO CUTE! I am so glad I did! Just the other day I was trying to remember the name of a book and it was "The Recess Queen" your post totally reminded me!

    I'm a new follower! 🙂

    Creating & Teaching

  • I also found your blog through this linky party and I'm now a follower! I've added your books to my evergrowing wishlist. Thank you for sharing!

    Go Fourth and Inspire

  • So many books…so little…hmmm..Wish I could just spend some days sharing books with my kiddos all day! I found you through the linky party and am now a follower! Thanks for the wonderful suggestions.

  • The Recess Queen is perfect for the beginning of the year! I really want to get My Mouth is a Volcano… I've heard really great things about it! Great list! I'm a new follower! I'd love it if you could check out my blog too, I might have to link up to this party today!

    Lacy's Letters

  • Thanks for stopping by my blog for the linky party. Now I'm at yours and I'm following you! I haven't seen the books you chose before so I'm excited that I can start looking for those to use–especially for those character traits!

  • Awesome books! I could have really used the "Girl Who Never Made Mistakes" book during my student teaching. I had a child in my class who apologized for everything even when she didn't do anything wrong. She couldn't stand to make a mistake. I wish she could read this book now..

    Thanks for the great book suggestions!

    That's So Second Grade

  • More books to add to my list…This linky party is dangerous!

    Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler sounds like a must have especially because it will go along with Our School Family job of the Kindness Recorder.

    Thank you for sharing. =)

    Heather's Heart

  • Love your book choices! Added to my list of "to buy" this year now! The perfectionist story…oh my…I must have had her twin! Thanks for sharing…a new follower :0)

  • I love The Recess Queen! Always something I read at the beginning of the year! I've heard about My Mouth is a Volcano but I don't own it.. it's on my list! 🙂

    Stop by soon and enter my giveaway!

  • Our school counselor reads "The Recess Queen." I love hearing her talk about Mean Jean and Lazlo.
    I really want to read the "My Mouth is like a Volcano."
    Thanks for sharing!


  • I am your newest follower, mainly because of the name of your blog! I just got my dream job in first grade, and I found myself saying those exact words! When I saw your name i had to follow! I also added my mouth is like a volcano to my beginning of the year reads. Actually, maybe I should add all of them! I love fun ways to teach social consciousness and expectations! I Follow my first year in first grade !