Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Books Linky

Good Morning Blogland!! Waking up today I saw that Lynsdsey over at The Teacher's Wife is having a linky to share some of your favorite class read alouds. I am ALL ABOUT the Read Aloud in 1st grade! I use stories to introduce new concepts and ideas whenever I can. So I had to jump on board.

My first book is a little gem I discovered randomly at my local library when I looking for a book about owls. It is a sweet  story about a nameless owl who travel likes to see the world. He finds a tree full of beautiful brightly colored owls that he tries to make friends with. But the little white owl is too plain in their eyes so they don't care to make friends with the little white owl. Then the little owl starts to tell his stories and they other owls come to see what an interesting owl he is. Beautiful illustrations!! 

Two ways I like to use this story...

1) This book is a great beginning of the year to introduce how we are all unique and have special things to share with the world. I was inspired created my Whooo's In Our Class {Writing and Craftivity Kit} after reading this book, I will begin these activities after reading The Little White Owl one of the first days of school.

2) This story is also a favorite of mine to introduce writers workshop when we're talking about how everyone has stories to tell,  our purposes for writing, and how stories in our minds can be transferred onto paper.

My second book is one that keeps my kids giggling the whole way through. The Incredible Book Eating Boy is about a little boy who likes to eat the pages of books. The more he eats the smarter he gets! Eventually though the pages start to make him feel sick to his stomach, so he has to find a new way to enjoy his beloved books. It's a great book to get kids excited about learning to read!


Finally, Martin's Big Words is a must read in my class. (Random fact: Martin and I share the same birthday- January 15th!!)  I love love LOVE the illustrations in this book. I also love teaching about this powerful man and everything he stands for. I had a mom one year write to thank me for whatever I taught her child about Martin Luther King Jr. because her daughter came home so inspired the day after we learned about him that she insisted they make a cake to celebrate his birthday :) 

I'm hoping many of you will link up too so I can add to my list of read alouds for the upcoming school year!!


  1. I'd love that one about eating books!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I lovelovelove Martin's big words!! I just did a post on that book. Ohmigoodness I swear I cry every year when I read it lol - my kiddos just get so emotional (or maybe its because I'M getting emotional lol)

    Great choices Stephanie!

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

  3. I love Martin's Big Words! It's one of my favorites! I'll have to check out the other two.

  4. I love Martin's Big Words. There is also a video on Discovery Education. Have you seen it?

    Blessings of Teaching

  5. The little White Owl looks terrific. I must check it out!
    Second Grade Sunshine

  6. I found you through the linky... I'm your newest follower!

    Lacy's Letters

  7. The Little White Owl would be great for my friendship unit at the beginning of the year! Your craftivity that goes along with it is super cute. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? I love Martin's Big Words! I need to check out that "eating" one! Come by when you get a chance. I'm your newest follower.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  9. I also love Martin's Big Words. Such a beautiful book!

    Apples and Papers

  10. I've added Martin's Big Words to my wish list! Great picks!

  11. I was going to mention the video on Discovery of Martin's Big Words too-it's just such simple, beautiful dialogue. A great message!


  12. Great list! I am now a follower! Stop by my blog if you have a chance!
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  13. I love your book choices! Thanks for sharing!

    That's So Second Grade

  14. I love your owl activity with the book!!! Too cute!!

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

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