If you are anything like me, I am always excited when I find a great deal. This weekend, I found lots of them. One of my finds was a copy of First Day Jitters. I've heard of the book, but never read it. I roared when I read the last page! (Especially since I have felt just like Sarah). Anyway, today when I was blog stalking, I found a linky party hosted DeAnne over at First Grade and Fabulous. Bloggers are linking up to share their favorite picture books to read aloud the first week of school. So, here are a couple of my tried and trues, along with some new ones that I can't wait to use this year.
First up, is Chrysanthemum, a great story about a perfect mouse with a perfect name, until she starts school. There, she meets classmates who decide that her name is silly. Luckily, she has an understanding teacher who helps her appreciate her unique name. I love this book because it is a great discussion starter about how we treat each other, along with embracing the things that make each of us unique.
Another book I read every year is The Crayon Box That Talked. Again, it is a great story that has helped my students begin to understand that each person in our class is important, even though each one is unique. If you've never read this one, it is a story about a box of crayons that discover that while each one can make a beautiful picture by itself, when they work together, they can create a masterpiece.
I am excited to add First Day Jitters to my collection. I found a copy at a yard sale (50 cents is a great price!) and snatched it up. I think the kids will really enjoy hearing about how teachers can also be nervous about the first day of school.
Now, on to some new ones I am planning to pick up before school starts. I found all of these on blogs that have already signed up for the Linky Party and can't wait to use them.
I chose this book to add to my shopping cart (Love Amazon!) just because I have either said or heard so many of the things RJ hears throughout his day.
I LOVE Splat the Cat and was thrilled when I found this one.
The Recess Queen looks like a great book for introducing the idea that we will be kind to each other (and that I am the only Queen (or boss) in the room - LOL).
Finally, I found the following books, based on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. I am going to be teaching a K-1 class this year and found one for each grade. What a great way to make sure both grades are represented!
I can't wait to see what other great books are out there. Be sure to link up and add your ideas.