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Jessica Kruse 25 Books
Jessica Kruse Jessica May 25, 2018 12:50PM
Picture Books

1) Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson (picture book)
This is a fun book that talks about a boy's imagination. He draws what he wants to see and where he wants to be. This is a great book to help students reach into their imagination. You could have students create a story with a picture that they drew.

2) The Way I Feel by: Janan Cain (picture book)
This book talks about a lot of different emotions, including disappointed, which you don’t hear about much in children's books. The illustrator (who is also the author) does a great job creating the pictures to go with the emotions. Using the color black and lightning for scared, yellow for happy and more. She even uses different fonts for each word, a curved font for silly, letters that come to a point for disappointed and such.

3) Rock Basics by: Carol K. Lindeen (picture book)
This book is all about rocks; where they come from, how they are different, how they are used and more. The pictures are real and really teach students about the different kinds of rocks. This would be great for a science unit about geology and rocks.

4) A Home for Me: Apartments, by: Lola M. Schaefer (picture book)
This would be a great book for a unit on diversity and how everyone's home is different, or a unit about your community. It talks about how homes can be different and also similar. You would have to read this book to younger children but it could be used in preschool and kindergarten for this purpose. Students could draw a picture of where they live and write sentences about it (later kindergarten and older) and evaluate how it is unique.

5) Sheep in a Jeep, by: Nancy Shaw (picture book)
This is a story about five sheep and a jeep. The sheep all get in the jeep and then have to push and pull the jeep at times. This is obviously a rhyming book and about be great for early readers along with younger children. It also works on sounds that letters make together like “sh.” For example, on one page it says “sheep shrug.” You could use this book with students who are learning to read and with younger students on language and pronunciation.

6) The Little Train, by: Lois Lenski (picture book)
This book talks about the different things a train can carry, what a train does, places they can go and that engineers work on trains. I have actually used this book for a math lesson, by reading this book to students and then talking about measurements. Then, I had the students measure with train cars. I’ve also used this book for a transportation unit with younger children. There is a lot of great vocabulary for students to learn throughout the book as well.

7) Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes (picture book)
Pete has brand new white shoes and and keeps stepping in things that are changing their color and appearance. This is a great book to show kids that they don’t have to let little things bother them. It also is a great prediction and color learning book. I have three year olds in our daycare that can “read’ or retell this story so easily! It’s a fun one. Eric Litwin does a great job putting music in his books.

8)Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (picture book)
This is another great book by Eric Litwin, with a new song about about his four groovy buttons. Again, this shows kids that they don’t have to get upset about small things and also adds in some math concepts.

9) Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman (picture book)
A mother bird flies off and as she is gone, her baby egg hatches. The bird wonders around searching for his mother, asking machines and other animals if they are his mother. This is a fun read. You can ask kids how they would feel if they were the bird. You could also talk with them about how some animals are born from eggs and some from their mothers.

10) Materials Rock, by Cassie Mayer (picture book)
This book is all about rocks too. It talks mostly about where you can find rocks and what they can look like, but also about what you can do with rocks. It is a quick read with great real pictures of rocks and rocks being used for things. This would be great to use for comparisons or researching rocks and geology.

11) Measure it! By Joyce Markovics (picture book)
This is a math book all about measuring, with some great pictures.The book talks about measuring with rulers, measuring time, measuring temperature and measuring by weight. It has great pictures for each of these and has great math vocabulary words. It’s a pretty easy and fast read too.

12) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (picture book)
This is a fun rhyming book, that can also be a song. It teaching children about letters and humanizes the letters. The letters climb up a coconut tree and then the tree bends and makes the letters fall down. This would be a fun book for a letter unit.

13) Chicka Chicka 1 2 3 (picture book)
This is like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom only it teaches children numbers and the numbers are climbing up an apple tree instead of a coconut tree. This would be a great book to help children learn numbers.

14) Dem Bones (picture book)
This book can be a song or a fun read. It teaches children about the different bone names and what they can do for our bodies. This would be a great book for science.

15) Dinosaur Bones (picture book)
This book talks about different dinosaurs from the past and what they ate. It talks about how big they were and shares other facts too. It’s a fun book for children.

16) Alert! Wild Weather
This book tells about severe weather and has some great picture examples of what it looks like. This would be great for a science unit about weather, severe weather, and preparing for severe weather.

17) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (picture book)
This book has math and science as it talks about a caterpillar growing bigger and bigger, making a cocoon, and finally becoming a butterfly. Children can count the fruit that the caterpillar eats. They can also retell this story easily because the pictures help remind them what the caterpillar has eaten in order.

18) Head to Toe by Eric Carle (picture book)
This is a great book that keeps kids moving too. Children can learn about body parts, animals and movement as they move like the different animals in the book. Great pictures as always from Eric Carle

19) Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type (picture book)
This book is about Farmer Brown and the animals on his farm. He lost control of them after they found a typewriter and are demanding things like blankets. Farmer brown doesn’t want to give in to them.

20) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keets (picture book)
The little boy in this book looks out the window and sees that it has snowed. He goes outside to play and explore in the snow. He notices and learns a few different things. He has so much fun, he decides to take a ball of snow in the house with him. He puts it in his pocket and of course when he goes to get it later, it has melted. This is a great book about snow and what happens to it in different temperatures. This would be a great book for a weather unit in science too.

21) 10 Little Rubber Ducks by: Eric Carle
This is a fun book about rubber ducks being made in a factory and shipped off.One of the boxes goes overboard and the ten rubber ducks float away. Each of them sees something different. This book could work on counting, how things are made or where they come from, what you can see in the ocean, and more. I also feel like this could be a fun story to act out for students or it could be fun for them to write their own own version of the story.

22) The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (picture book)
This book is a great earth day book. You could use it for a science unit about keeping our earth clean. A man cuts down many trees, until they are gone. The animals must leave because the air is dirty and they can no longer live there. There is one seed left in the end, and if they can plant it, maybe they can turn things around.

23) Goodnight Moon (picture book)
This is a great rhyming book. You could also have children guess what will happen on the next page. It’s about saying goodnight to everything in a bedroom, including the moon in the window. This book has great, detailed illustrations.

24) Eating the Alphabet (picture book)
This book is all about healthy foods that start with the different letters of the alphabet. This would be a good time to add vocabulary for fruits and vegetables. You could also use this book if you were going to classify foods or if you are working on letter sounds.

25) The Shivers in the Fridge by Fran Manushkin (picture book)
This book is about a family who lives in the fridge for a while. The family are magnets that are humanized. They are stuck in the fridge, cold and keep disappearing. They soon find themselves on the front of the fridge, happy as can be. This would be a good introduction to a magnet unit for science. You could also talk about what the objects actually are in the fridge and have kids make predictions.

26) Little Blue and Little Yellow (picture book)
This book teaches children about colors and what happens when colors are mixed. You could use this book to teach preschool children or younger elementary

This book is a great educational book for youngers children to read. I think this book is a great way of engaging children due to its colourful and interesting pictures. This is a great book for teachers to use because it catches childrens eye and they enjoy looking at the pictures and therefore enjoy reading the story.

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