must have picture books {linky}

Hello, Friends! At this point in the summertime, I assume that most of us are enjoying our summer vacation! YAY! How are you enjoying your break? I can honestly say that I have spent a majority of my summer shopping. {My husband can't wait for me to go back to school...} I just moved into a new home and so I have been shopping for furniture & decorations like crazy.  I have also been shopping for school stuff {I can't help it} and PICTURE BOOKS! I have a serious addiction to picture books and I NEED to have them ALL! I love them. My goal is to have my own neighborhood library... ;)  I seriously get giddy whenever Kohl's has a new shipment of picture books in! $5.00 for a picture book? HECK YES! As teachers, we all LOVE pictures books! So why don't we share our favorites with each other? {I may regret this, because I know I will be buying a bunch of books after I read your posts!}
Here are my top five:

1. The Empty Pot: My mom read this story to me all the time when I was a little girl and I have such fond memories of it. This story teaches a very important lesson on honesty. Click {here} to read a great summary of this book and click {here} to get your own copy.

Enemy Pie
2. Enemy Pie: This book was a lucky find! I found it in a cute little book store I love to spend time in. I bought it based on the cute cover and title. I lucked out when it turned out to be a wonderful story with a great moral about friendship. Click {here} for a great lesson plan to go with this book and click {here} to get your own copy.

3. Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed: I LOVE THIS BOOK! It teaches the sweetest lesson about kindness. This book is great for creating a caring classroom and it will show your students that one person can make a difference. Click {here} to get your own copy.

4. What Are You So Grumpy About?: This book is just plain funny and I adore the pictures. This book is great for teaching about moods and different emotions. Click {here} to get your own copy.

5. Purple, Green and Yellow: This book is such a funny read aloud and my students asked for it ALL THE TIME last year. I also love it because I think it is fun to say {in one breath} Super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later coloring markers!
Click {here} to get your own copy.


Wanna link up? Just be sure to add the button below on your "Must Have Picture Books" post,
make a list of your top 5 picture books with a link to purchase the book somewhere {The Clever School Teacher is a great site}, and be sure to link to the actual post, not your blog.


With this linky I hope to create a HUGE list of recommended books for teachers, by teachers!
So let's get going... what are your favorites?


  1. Love this linky party! I had one not too long ago and found some wonderful books.

    ✣ Miss Nelson✣
    Miss Nelson’s Blog

  2. Thanks for hosting a great linky party! Love it.

  3. Yay for this linky! My credit card is hiding in my wallet in fear of how much damage I'm going to do later with new books to order! Haha!

    Strive to Sparkle

  4. Purple, Green, and Yellow is one of my absolute FAVS!
    First Grade Blue Skies

  5. Thank you for hosting! I'm excited to find some new books that I won't be able to live without!


  6. such a great linky party =) im your newest follower...drop by =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  7. Purple, Green, and Yellow is a favorite in my class, too! Love watching it on Tumblebooks.

    Coffee for the Teacher

  8. My first linky party! I do so hope i did it right!

  9. Great idea for a linky party! I love anything that has to do with books. I will be linking up soon. I'm your newest follower.

    The Teaching Thief

  10. Thanks for hosting Lindsey! I have already found tons of good books - most of which I've never heard of!!

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

  11. I too love finding new books. However my husband isn't going to be happy. What he doesn't know doesn't hurt him right?
    The Hive

  12. Excellent idea! Right in the heart of garage sale season to search for some of these! Thanks for hosting!

  13. Wonderful linky party! I love finding new books!
    Rowdy in Room 300
    Come check out my awesome giveaway HERE!

  14. I must check out that grumpy ones!! I have a few students who I would playfully joke with last year when they got upset... they would get the silliest grumpy faces! This seems like such a perfect book for them, haha :) The Empty Pot is also good... it was actually part of our 2nd grade curriculum last year with SRA Imagine It.

    I don't think I'll have time to link up now (MUST read the other posts first haha), but I'll be linking up soon!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  15. Great linky party! I can't wait to read about all the great books! I just linked up and I'm a new follower!

    Lacy's Letters

  16. I love this linky party!!!!!! I've already started getting some great ideas!

  17. It's gonna be hard to pick just a few . . . but I plan to link up tomorrow. Thanks for giving us a list of new "must reads!" for our shelves!!

    The Corner On Character

  18. I LOVE this linky party. . .GREAT IDEA!! As soon as I narrow down my books, I'll be sure to link up.
    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  19. Thank you Lindsey for hosting this fun linky. :)

  20. Such a great idea. I've just joined the link-up - it's my first time joining so hopefully I did everything properly!

    Love to Learn

  21. Such a great idea. I've just joined the link-up - it's my first time joining so hopefully I did everything properly!

    Love to Learn

  22. I love this linky! It was hard to pick just five!
    Come check out my new blog Teaching in Valley

  23. I linked up! My very first linky. I love the grumpy book and the Robert Munsch book. I've used both at the library in storytime and with my Kinder Kiddos.
    Thank you for hosting this fun linky.
    You are my very first follower on my new blog! Thank you!

  24. Such a great linky for all us book nerds! I've posted and linked up my top 5!

    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

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  26. Thanks so much for the fun linky party! Now to browse all the others who linked up :)

  27. Love this idea! Can't wait until someone does a "Favorite Chapter Book For Kids" Linky! :)
    Patterson's Porch

  28. Such a clever idea! I'm loving all the new ideas! My boys and I have been having a Robert Munsch author study this summer! Lauren
    Teacher Mom of 3

  29. I am loving your blog! Just started following you! :)

    Adventures in Mrs. Martin’s Room

  30. What a fun idea! We've been collecting all sorts of Books and Activities on our Love Books Page. We'd love for you to share your favorites there too! http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/p/love-books.html

  31. I love picture books! I just linked up...this is my first linky party to participate in. Thanks for all the new books at add to my wish list!

  32. I am so impressed with everyone! I've almost made it through the entire link-up and there have hardly been any repeats! I highly recommend clicking on every blog and looking at their favs! Make sure you have pen and paper nearby to make your new book wishlist!

    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

  33. Nicole: I know what you are talking about! I feel the same way! This is a great list! :)

  34. This was a great linky party! I have visited everyone so far {67} and have found numerous new books for my wish list! Thanks again!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  35. This is awesome! I just had to pin this so I would always be able to find this great list of books. Thanks for hosting and maybe I'll get brave to link up for the first time once I narrow things down. Great job!

  36. Thanks for doing this! I think I'll have to start pinning :)
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  37. I love this linky party! I just linked up and now need to go and add the books to my post! Can't wait to share and see what books I can add to my library collection!!!
    I now a follower and would love for you to follow my blog!
    Thanks for setting this linky party up!
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  38. Just wanted to invite any US blogger who's interested in participating in our Fall Love Books Exchange. It's going to be called "Fall in Love with Books! as part of our ongoing LOVE BOOKS program. Even classrooms could get involved! Here's a link to how we did it this summer. http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/05/love-books-summer-reading-book-exchange.html

  39. This has been great. So many new books. I don't have my own blog but wanted to share 3 of my favorite books.
    1. The Great Fuzz Frenzy - by Susan Stevens Crummel The kids love this book. It is so much fun.

    2. Hey Little Ant - by Phillip M. Hoose
    Great book for point of view.

    3. The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram
    I use this when I teach Daily 5 and the "right fit" book.
    Just wanted to share.

    Thanks again for doing this.

  40. I love this linky! I just moved into a new house and have been doing a lot of shopping, too! Now I'm going to have to go shopping again for these books! I don't have any of them!

    Owl Things First
    Do you have AC at your new house? I don't, so I may melt before I get the chance to link up. I may have to do more shopping so I can stay cool!

  41. What a great linky idea! Firing up the Amazon wish list and visiting some fab blogs! Thank you! :)

  42. I love this linky! Finding new picture books is a great feeling and I'm loving seeing what everyone else treasures. Thanks for letting me link up!

    Craft of Teaching

  43. If I'm not mistaken, Enemy Pie is on the website, Reading Rockets, where the book is read online with animation. I show it on my smartboard.

  44. Great great great idea! Had fun thinking about my favorites and found some new ones! :0)

  45. Love this linky. Sooooo many wonderful books to add to a my collection. Love your choices. Thanks so much for such a great idea!

    Liz :)

  46. Thank you so much for hosting this linky party!!! I've been reminded of old favorites and have a list started of new books to try:)

  47. I need a copy of "What Are You So Grumpy About?" Way too cute!!

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway

  48. I like using Enemy Pie too! A great book about making friends.


  49. Just linked up! I LOVE BOOKS and this LINKY PARTY! I'm going to have to set aside a LOT of time to go check everyone's picks out. :)

    WILD About First Grade!

  50. Love the linky party. This is the first one I've felt like I could contribute to. I especially love the diversity of books - as unique as the students we teach. I've been pinning like crazy. If anyone wants to follow by book pinterest board it's a great archive of some of these great suggestions.


  51. LOVE this linky idea! But how in the world am I supposed to narrow this down to my favorites? What if I have 100 favorites?! This is torture! Torture! But oh-so fun! Perhaps this should be a monthly party so as I pull out my new thematic books each month, I can add to my favorites list. :)

    Thanks for the fun!

  52. Thank you for taking the time to come to my little science blog after I linked up. I never expected you to especially since I was like #176... I appreciate it.

  53. I just discovered your blog and linked up, as well as, became your newest follower. I love checking out others must-have books!

  54. TOO FUNNY! My favorite part is saying, "Super-indelible...." too!!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  55. Great idea for a linky party.
    Love it!
    i found you while blog hopping.
    I am new to the blog block,
    stop by my blog.

  56. I have absolutely loved your linky party!!! I can't tell you how many books I have found that I can't wait to make lessons for and add them to my reading page!! Stop by and check out my first linky party...EVER about first day procedures...I would love to have you join me in helping other teachers!
    Mrs. Saunders' Lovelies

  57. Hi! Thank you so much for hosting this Linky! What a great idea!!! I need to dig out my library card for this one :)

  58. I am a new blogger,but loved the chance to join in on this one!! It's a first for me!


  59. I finally had a chance to link up!! Thank you for hosting this linky party. I am obsessed with children's books :)

    EduKate and Inspire

  60. Thanks so much Lindsey! So glad I found this linky. I just had to join in. Sharing a good picture book with my class is my favorite classtime activity. :)

  61. I've been meaning to link up and finally did! Thanks for a linky where so many great books can be found in one place!
    Laura @ Mrs. Castro's Class


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