To celebrate picture book month, I am sharing peeks into the wonderful conversations I get to have with children about particular picture books. When I thought about writing a picture book post today, no conversations leaped out at me to share. I have no students here at home on a Sunday morning and I have been reading my own children the amazing novel Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. But . . . just yesterday evening, I was talking to Vancouver kindergarten teacher Sharon Hales about how great Elephant & Piggie titles are. She is a huge fan! (Great taste!) And, of course, I asked a few times – “Have you read . . . ?” “Do you know author . . . ?”
Hmmm, this was a conversation about picture books . . .
So I started thinking, if I were a kindergarten teacher, what would be must own picture books for my classroom library? Books guaranteed to inspire giggles and choruses of “Read it again”? Quickly, I started a list on a scrap piece of paper. I ran out of room! This post is the result. 🙂
Grab one of these, grab a child or a kindergarten/early primary class and prepare for smiles and giggles!
And because once you start laughing, you need to laugh some more:
Picture Books to help you giggle:
Count the Monkeys written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Z is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
I’m Bored written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Prudence Wants a Pet written by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Stephen Michael King
Brief Thief written by Michael Escoffier and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
Warning: Do not Open this Book! written by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
Let’s Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Don’t Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Interrrupting Chickenby David Ezra Stein
Chester by Mélanie Watt
You’re Finally Here by Mélanie Watt
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
Such a joy to share these favourite titles – perfect for the younger set but appealing to happy readers of all ages!
Are you in the picture book mood? Share some favourites! It’s Picture Book Month!
LOVE this list! Right now we’re into Elephant & Piggie in our house — BIG TIME!
I think you absolutely can’t go wrong with Elephant & Piggie at any age! They are still favourites in my Grade 3/4 class – even for kids who have leaped into novels.
An excellent list!!!!!
I hoped it would have people remembering to reach for a book to share some laughter on these dark fall days!
I just talked with some Intervention Teachers on Friday about Elephant and Piggie. They are wonderful. And what a great list of picture books! 🙂 Thanks for participating.
Lots of fun putting this together. I exercised control and stopped at 20!
Ha Ha! Laughing just looking at these! I LOVE “We Are In A Book” for generating class LOL’s! Also the great new book “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak? It is my new favorite for giggles! Have you seen the youtube of him reading it aloud at a school assembly? It’s hilarious!
I have seen the youtube but have yet to get my hands on the book. Soon, very soon! We are in a Book is amazing but then I start listing off all of the E & P titles I love. Willems is brilliant!
The Book With No Pictures is hysterical! It is on youtube and worth sharing with your class!
I have seen the youtube and must get the book! Agreed it looks fantastic!
Brief Thief & Let’s Do Nothing are new to me. Will pick up for more giggles. Thanks for sharing!
I hope you enjoy them! Kids love books that make them laugh. Always winners.
Love your list! Sharing across my networks. Bark George is my all-time favorite!
Oh yes! I too love Bark George! That is a beloved title in our humour bin!