For this week’s Friday Five, I wanted to share some of my favorite children’s books. Over the first four years of my teaching career I acquired over 3,000 children’s books to use in my classroom. Some of these were donated and others were purchased through Scholastic. I always knew that one of my goals as a teacher was to ensure that my I had a large classroom library for my students. Now that I teach in the computer lab, I don’t use my books as often but I am thrilled to have them for W as he grows.
My 5 Favorite Children’s Books
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There are five children’s books that are staples in my classroom and my home because I have just fallen in love with them:
Llama Llama Red Pajama: Llama Llama Red Pajamais one of my favorite books. It tells the story of Baby Llama’s struggle to go to bed. It’s a story that children and parents can both relate too and also features a simple rhyming scheme that many children enjoy. I was thrilled when the author, Anna Dewdney, continued writing the Llama Llama books. The series now includes Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Misses Mama, and Llama Llama Home with Mama. You can learn more about the Llama Llama books at www.llamallamabook.com!
The Kissing Hand: The Kissing Handby Audrey Penn is the book I always read on the first day of school with my first grade classes. It is a great story for the first day of school, no matter how young or old your child! It tells the story of leaving the comfort of home and taking that comfort with you through the school day! If you don’t know the secret to making school feel as cozy as home, be sure to check out The Kissing Hand to find out!
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) is one of my absolute favorite books. Written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, it is one of many books in the If You… series. As a teacher, I enjoy the cause and effect aspect of these stories and the repetition. I often used this book during writer’s workshop as a model for a type of story the kids could write. At home, this is a great book because there are many resources online to go along with it. From coloring pages to craft ideas, you can find plenty of activities to go along with this silly story! Remember, if you give a mouse a cookie…
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin is a wonderful read aloud book. In my classroom I also had the big book version and it was extremely well-loved! If you’re looking for a book that will help familiarize your child with the alphabet in a fun way, this is the book for you! The book features great colors and rhythmic text. You can also watch a video featuring the book put to music! I will warn you that the video is addictive and catchy! Once you hear the song, it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day and your child may want to watch the video again and again for the rest of the day!
Skippyjon Jones: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner is one of my favorites as well as Grambo’s favorite! Judy Schachner has written many books about Skippyjon Jones and I have enjoyed all of them. They tell the tales of a kitten, Skippyjon Jones, with a lot energy and a big imagination! In Skippyjon Jones, he imagines he is a chihuahua and goes on an exciting Spanish adventure. This book is for older children beginning around kindergarten age due to its length but can be enjoyed by all! I recently purchased a Skippyjon Jones board book, Skippyjon Jones Shape Up (Skippyjon Jones), and W loves it! If your child loves animals then this is a very fun series to share with him or her!
Other children’s books I love: I have mentioned these two before so I didn’t include them in today’s list but if you’re looking for new books for your son or daughter I recommend Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Arnie, the Doughnut.