I've been teaching second grade again for two years now and I'm getting ready to start my third year. I tried to get creative with a theme but that didn't feel right. I tried to think of my ultimate go to picture books but felt the core set has been shared in previous years. Then I began wondering about what I've purchased since moving up to second grade. My account history shows more nonfiction/content picture books, and early chapter books and honestly not as many picture books. Since I'm purchasing fewer picture books, I believe these are going to turn into those must have picture books and as I look over this collection they are all books I use at the beginning of the year. I bet I discover some must have picture books today for later in the school year from everyone joining #pb10for10.
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner
A great way to share the process readers use while reading.
I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Wishes aren't just for birthdays or seeing the first star at night. I usually read this story at the end of the year but I'm thinking about starting the year with it and then revisiting it at the end of the year.
What Do You Do with An Idea? by Kobi Yamada
Let your ideas sit with you and grow into something big.
Rufus the Writer by Elizabeth Bram
Why have a lemonade stand when you can have a story stand?
Limelight Larry by Leah Hodgkinson
Limelight Larry discovers it's always better to do things together than on your own.
Wolfe the Bunny by Amy Dyckman
We need to model and encourage bravery.
My Cousin Momo by Zacharaha O'Hora
We need to encourage and embrace doing things differently.
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Who doesn't need a great book about persistence.
My Teacher is Not a Monster by Peter Brown
Not that anyone would think I am a monster but I find this a fun light hearted book to help dismiss little worries about the new teacher.
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Gary Rubinstein
We all need to know mistakes help us learn.