Must Have Picture Books Linky Party

The Teacher Wife
Oh how I adore picture books.  I can't even begin to tell you how many hours I have spent in bookstores such as Books-A-Million, Hastings, Barnes&Noble, etc. in the picture book section!  So, when I saw Lindsey's Linky Party, I had to join in!
I am suppose to list my Top 5...OMG...just 5...I'll try!

1.  Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland
Zack is not excited about second grade at all.  That is until he meets his new teacher that can really bring a story to life!  You can find this book here.

2.  Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack
Nothing ever happens on the Tucker Farm...that is until a peacock shows up.  The hens and the peacock think they work the hardest.  After the old hound dog suggests them to swap jobs, they find out that others jobs aren't as easy as they seem.
I adore Lester Laminack!  He is the best storyteller and author.  I have had the great pleasure of hearing him a couple of times at conferences, as well as, as a guest author at our school.  
You can find it here.
3.  The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
This book holds a special meaning to me.  Every time my sweet little 2 year old granddaughter goes back home {in another town} she gets a little sad {and so does Gramma}.  I kiss the palm of her hand and gently close it for her.  I tell her that whenever she is feeling sad and wants me, just open up her hand and kiss it, and it will be like me giving her a kiss.
That's what happens in this story when Chester Raccoon has to leave his Mommy to go to school.  You can find it here.

4.  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
This story is a bit sad, but shows the unconditional love the tree has for the boy.
You can find it here.

5.  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
I know that everyone probably has this book, but I just love it.  I always use this book during the first week of school.  A sweet story to teach about how hurtful it is to make fun of others.  You can find it here.  
Oh, I have SO MANY more but I narrowed it down to these five.  They are all great books that are a must have in the elementary classroom.
Be sure to head over to Lindsey's to see what books other teachers are suggesting!
Loving this linky party,


  1. Thanks for linking up! And I know, 5 is hard! I have a million favs!

  2. I forgot about Ms Smith's Incredible Storybook-will have to dig that one out again! I love using the Giving Tree as well, you can do a lot of really deep activities with that one!


  3. Three Hens and a Peacock is actually the free book I chose when I first downloaded the Reading Rainbow iPad app. And you're right! It's hilarious! Will definitely have to get the print book for our school library.

  4. I have the same obsession. I think it is a teacher thing. I'm going to have to join this linky too. What fun!!

    The Teaching Thief

  5. The Kissing Hand was on my list too:) I'm your newest follower!

    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  6. Mr. Laminack visited my old school as well once- I will have to check out Three Hens and a Peacock!

  7. I love Kevin Henkes! Chrysanthemum is one of my faves as well! Thanks for your comment on my blog! Following you :)

    Sliding into First!

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog! The Kissing Hand is a beginning of the year staple. I honestly think I've read it every year on the first day of school.

    Newest follower
    Lanier's K Lions

  9. I only read The Kissing Hand for the first time this year and I instantly fell in love with it. Great selection of books!

    Stef @ Oh, the Places You'll Go

  10. I've never heard of Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook but its now on my wishlist-it looks like a perfect book to start the school year with. Thanks for stopping by my new blog. I'm following you now too!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Now I've found you and I am a follower! I love Chrysanthemum and The Kissing Hand (although I've had to take a little break from that back book for the past two years--I needed a change :)
    Thanks for following!

  12. Hi! I love your list. Henry Cole visited our school last year and he was awesome. I love his chickens! I read Chrysanthemum every year and we count the letters in her name. I love Kevin Henkes.

  13. I don't have Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland. It will be the next book I buy. It looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh, how I love Chrysanthemum! It's one of my favorites for the beginning of the year. :-) Thanks for sharing your favorites!

    Craft of Teaching

  15. Chrysanthemum is one of my favorite books too. The problem is... that I have way too many favorite books! I'm going to have to check out The Three Hens and a Peacock :-) I'm also your newest follower.

  16. These are all wonderful books! Especially love Miss's Incredible Storybook!

  17. The Giving Tree! Excellent! I love that book! Thanks for following me! I'm following you back! Your story about your granddaughter is so sweet!

    Teaching Mrs.T

  18. I love Kevin Henkes and Shel Silverstein! Three Hens and a Peacock looks cute! I've seen Lester Laminack at a conference, as well... he was great!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm your newest follower!

    Lacy's Letters

  19. Oh . . . The Giving Tree . . . sniffle . . . sniffle. I love this one. Thanks for visiting me today :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  20. I love your list. I could have had the exact same list, I have and love all of your books:)

  21. I'm a new follower. Love your book suggestions. I have many of them, too. Must look into "The Incredible Storyteller" and the book "Three Hens and a Peacock." Both look so well illustrated.


  22. Hi Rebecca,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I definitely know what you mean about having too many favourites, even as I was writing my list more kept popping into my head!

    Love to Learn

  23. I love your book choices! I added Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook to my amazon cart.. it will be perfect for my first year of teaching in 2nd grade!

    That's So Second Grade

  24. Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook and Three Hens and a Peacock are new to me so I will have to check those out! LOVE learning about new books!!!!

    Make sure to stop by soon and enter my giveaway!

  25. There are some new books on here we will need to check out. Thanks for stopping by our blog, we're your newest followers!

  26. Oooh! I love these book choices Shel Silverstein is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.

  27. I love Mrs. Smith books :)
    I cant wait to check out Three Hens and a Peacock!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Drop by anytime :)
    Creekside Teacher Tales

  28. Found you from the linky party! I'm a new follower :)
    Buzzing with Ms. B

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