Saturday, June 22, 2013

Picture Book Linky Party- The First Week of School

Every now and then I actually blog about stuff I do in the library instead of clip art.  lol  :-D  Today is one of those days.  I get to talk about one of my favorite subjects... PICTURE BOOKS! 

This week she's linking up about books for the first week of school.  I have a bunch, but I'm going to tell you a little bit about my favorites and what we discuss after reading.  First up, Interrupting Chicken!

See a video of me reading the story. (The picture isn't that great, but it will give you the idea of how I hear Chicken in my head. Let me know if the video doesn't work for you. :-))
After we read all about Chicken and her problem with interrupting, I talk to my students about why it's important that we don't interrupt during our storytime.  :-) A great lesson for the littles! 
Another one that I like to read to my littlest ones is I am too Absolutely Small for School.
I'm not a huge Charlie and Lola fan, but this book is cute.  The kids especially love it when Lola wants to wear her alligator costume to school!
The other thing I really like about this book is that you can fool the kiddos into thinking its magic.  :-) I love the little gasps they make when they think they can see something that we can't!  In the book, Lola has an imaginary friend that only she can see.  I ask students if they can see him because I can't.  The images are printed in a way that makes the imaginary friend less visible than the other characters. Now, of course, I CAN see him, but they don't have to know that. :-)  I even have students come up and point him out to me sometimes.  It's so fun!
My absolute favorite for teaching rules is David Goes to School.
David is a train wreck.  The best anti-example that their ever has been, but in the end, he redeems himself... and he's just so bloomin' cute! 
Another great one for teaching about rules and when they are important is Library Lion. As a librarian, I totally LOVE this book!  It's not a back to school book really... its just a SWEET book. 
Miss Merriweather is the head librarian and she believes in following the rules.  ALWAYS.  Even if you are a lion... and as long as the lion can follow the rules, he can hang out at the library.  BUT... every now and then, there's a really good reason to break the rules.
It's a great way to explain to more mature students that rules are there for a reason.  They aren't to hurt you or drive you nuts.  They are to keep things running smoothly, but some rules have to be broken sometimes for good reasons.  If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it.  :-)
Here's a few others that I love to throw in somewhere just for fun. 
Give some of these a try in your library or classroom!  :-)
Have a great day tomorrow.... on purpose!


  1. I completely forgot about David Goes to School!! Love that book! Interrupting Chicken sounds like book that I need to have. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. I absolutely LOVE Interrupting Chicken! Library Lion is a new one for me :) Thanks for sharing!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  3. Crystal, I just found your blog today, and let me just tell you that my favorite teacher in school was the school librarian. She even found books on tape for me. Wow! I'm really showing my age! :)

    I've never before heard of "Library Lion" and "Library Dragon" before and I'm definitely going to check them out.

    If you have a second, please come and take a peek at my blog. :)


    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight