Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Books Link Party

The Teacher Wife

Apologies for the double post today but when I saw this I sort of had to participate. :]
It's hard to limit to five. And a couple have very clear "teacher" possibilities while a couple are just plain FUN.

I'm going to link them to Goodreads ... if you go to that book page (not necessarily the author or my review page) there are links to all sorts of different places you could purchase the books ... big box and indie bound stores.

Chloe and the LionChloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LOVE. Definitely a must get for our school collection and maybe even personal collection. The different art styles are super cool (puppet type figures! paintings! crayon-style drawings!) and I love how it definitely shows author and illustrator working TOGETHER. Break the fourth wall anytime you want, guys. We'll come running.

How to Teach a Slug to ReadHow to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kids will love the pictures but they may not "get" the irony in the illustrations and book titles (but what does that matter?). I'm going to recommend it to parents cause it really does give some great tips that would transfer well to helping teach to teach their children how to read.

I Want My Hat BackI Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I like snarky dry humor. I think the kids will, too.
(And since I wrote this original review? I can say with certainty THEY DO. Cannot wait for the next one! #hatback)

My Life as a ChickenMy Life as a Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Didn't write a formal review for this one but have read it with kids almost every year since. HILARIOUS.

Shark vs. TrainShark vs. Train by Chris Barton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kids will love it for the pictures. Adults will love it for the irony and seeing their own "battles" depicted. 8]   Plus ... duh. Possible writing prompt!


PS I don't give out all that many 5 stars (dunno why!) so don't let that deter you. It's not like that means 80% in my book. I LOVE ALL OF THESE!


  1. Thanks for linking up! I need to check out I Want My Hat Back! :)

  2. Stopping by to check out your top 5 books. I'm your newest follower!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  3. I have had my eye on the I Want My Hat Back, I love dry humor myself. I'm adding it to my Amazon cart.

  4. What a fun list. I will have to look for My Life as a Chicken. I am now your 56th follower :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  5. I'm going to have to check out some of the books you listed! I'm your newest follower. :-)

  6. Hmmm I love dry humor... I have to check out I Want My Hat back! Just found your blog!


    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  7. These sound like really fun books.
    I am a new follower.

    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe

  8. Shark vs. Train is right up my alley! As I think about it, I am really diggin' on your whole list. Great selections for sure. I love that you are into silly tales!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  9. I love I Want My Hat Back!
    I'm your newest follower!

    Strive to Sparkle

  10. Oh my goodness! I will be purchasing I Want My Hat Back...very, very soon. Thanks you for sharing! Found your blog through the Linky Party and I'm your newest follower! Come visit my blog if you have a minute!

    Craft of Teaching

  11. I am ashamed to say that I haven't heard of any of your choices but I am SO glad that I have! I can't wait to check them out.. they have been added to my list! :)

    Make sure to stop by and enter my giveaway!

  12. I can't wait to check these out!
    I am your newest follower.... drop by anytime!

    Creekside Teacher Tales

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

  14. I'm a new follower :>) Yippee for me! Stop by and follow me back! SMILES!!!