Monday, July 16, 2012

Perfectly Perfect Picture Books

The Teacher Wife

I love picture books so who could resist this linky party!  It's so hard to even begin to choose favorites but just for fun I'm going to share a few that I find I constantly come back to for one reason or another while teaching.

1.  Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Picture Puffins)
Julie Vivas is probably right up there on my list of favorite illustrators which means this book already has something going for it.  But I also love the relationship Wilfrid has with his elderly neighbors and the kindness he shows to them.  It's such a great book for discussing memories too.

2.  Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond

This is another book in which I love the illustrations.  I come back to this one whenever we talk about rhyming words because there's lots of fun to be had here.

3. Heatwave by Eileen Spinelli
Heat Wave

Let's just say this one makes the list because where I teach in West Africa we can all identify with it!

4.  Wolves by Emily Gravett
This one makes the list because it's written by a British author and I'm not sure how much exposure others might have to her writing but she really is quite a clever storyteller.  Rabbit checks out a non-fiction book about wolves and becomes so engrossed in reading up on their characteristics that he fails to notice that he has placed himself in harm's way.  Like I said, "Clever Storytelling."  Definitely worth checking out!

5.  My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
My Lucky Day
Who can resist the illustrations or the tale of the tricky little protagonist contained in this picture book?

Well that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of my favorite picture books!  So I'm wondering for all my non-teaching readers what was or is your favorite picture book?


  1. I love the Grufalo picture book. The story is funny and I love the illustrations.

    1. Anne, I can visualize the cover of that one but I don't think I've ever read many times do you get sucked into a book as you check it back in. :) I would have a hard time be helpful in the library I think! :)

  2. I just found your blog and have so enjoyed reading about your kids, your school, and Niger! I teach 2nd grade in a Christian school in South Carolina and I'm looking for another class to link up with as pen pals-would you be interested in having your class participate? You can contact me by email at

  3. I love the name of your blog.
    The Hive

    1. Thanks, Rikki. Here's the story behind the name:;postID=6211929993125463667 It was probably one of the most bizarre experiences I've ever had in the classroom!

  4. "My Lucky Day" is too cute! I love reading it to my kiddos.

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  5. Sometimes I cry reading Wilfred Gorden! It reminds me so much of my grandmother when she was in the nursing home. I used to take my classes to the nursing home every Christmas to sing and take cards. Now, it can no longer be a field trip during school, so if parents are willing we go at night.

    1. Wow! What a neat opportunity for your students and I can imagine those in the nursing home enjoyed it too! There is so much value in intergenerational relationships!

  6. AN adorable BLOG!!! 3 out of 5 of your book choices are new to me! THANKS FOR SHARING! Stop by and visit anytime!!!


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