Chicken Cheeks: This book has come up with more synonyms for a "behind" then I could ever think of! Students love the fact that they have learned so many new words for a body part that they are often asked...do you mean "but" with one "t" or the not-appropriate word with two "t"'s. I love the fact that the students always remember what a synonym is and the mood that is appropriate with each one. You will love "the end" :)
2. Duck! Rabbit!: This is my go-to book at the beginning of the year! I show just the illustration below the title and ask the class what they see. Great conversation about listening to each other's point of view and using evidence "from the pictures" to convince us.
3. Queen of the Falls: This historical fiction account of the first lady to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel has students on the edge of their seats. Perfect for understanding a character's motivation and struggles to achieve a dream.
Pulling the Lion's Tail: Patience and time are the clear message while a child learns to use her grandfather's advice with adjusting to her new stepmother in an Ethiopia community.
5. Questions, Questions: Of course my list would include a book that inspires wonders around us to promote inquiry.
6. Read Anything Good Lately?: This is an ABC book that lists all of the ways we read around us... both with genres and our world. Great mini-lesson at the beginning of the year to try to create an ABC list of what we read...M for menus, B for blogs, etc...This book does not contain any digital reading...that would be fun to add in!
8. The Empty Pot: Honesty is the lesson while trying to succeed in the emperor's contest.
9. Courage: This book shows us that we can find courage in what seem to be simple tasks around us.
10. Pete the Cat: This book puts anyone in a good mood...especially if you play the song with it! If you have read it, you know that it is "all good"!!!