5 Picture Books for the First Weeks of School

The Book With No Pictures  The Book with no pictures by B.J. Novack is a super fun book for the first days of school.  Although this book does not have any specific "back to school" message or theme, it is super cleaver and very silly.  Your kids will be falling out of their chair laughing a you read words like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY in the funniest voice you can muster!  

Big Bad Bruce  Bill Peet is one of my favorite children's book authors of all time.  If you are not familiar with Bill Peet, you should check him out.  His inspiring life story is captured so well in his kid-friendly autobiography.  In his book Big Bad Bruce, Peet tells the story of Bruce the bear who likes to pick on things smaller than he is.  This book can lead to an awesome class discussion on bullying and respecting and admiring everyone's talents, abilities and contributions.

Math Curse   Holy Moly!  I can't believe it has been 20 years since Math Cruse by Jon Scieszka was published!  Not only do the kids love this book,  Math Curse still makes me smile every single time I read it.  Not only is this a super fun read, it also presents a variety of math concepts that help to ease kids into your mathematical instruction in a fun way! Check out Jessica Lawler's fantastic set of Math Curse Task Cards.  These awesome task cards will help you take this fun read aloud and turn it into a first weeks of school mathematical adventure. 

The Exclamation Mark Book  It makes me sad when I see kids trying so hard to fit in and be just like everyone else.  The Exclamation Mark Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is such a cool story.  It promotes great discussions about the need to celebrate 
differences.  The message that it is okay to be you and that differences are to be celebrated is one that every kids needs to hear early and often.

Beautiful Oops!  Yeah for mistakes!  What a great messages for kids to learn and accept during the first weeks of school as you establish your classroom culture.  Although this is a board book, my students still love this book in upper elementary! Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg is a sweet story that teaches kids that mistakes happen and that they are simply a step to discovery! 

Wishing you the best year yet!    

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  1. Your blog looks amazing! I LOVE Bill Peet! I implemented a Bill Peet author study project this year and it was one of my FAVORITE highlights from the year! I'm not sure many teachers know about Bill Peet, but he is an awesome author to introduce to kiddos! Looking forward to following your blog!


  2. Thank you so much! I am the newest follower of your blog as well on Bloglovin! I love Bill Peet! When I was a kid I wrote him a letter and he sent me on in return! It made a lasting impact. I highly recommend his autobiography!


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