June 22, 2013

Picture Books for the First Week of School

DeAnne from First Grade and Fabulous has set up an awesome linky party! She is highlighting picture books for different topics. This week she is featuring picture books for the first week of school.

I have some books that I love to use the first week and I'm excited to look at the other blogs linked up to find some new favorites! I usually use my read-alouds during the first week to help us establish rules and address crucial character traits to get the year started right. Here are six of my go-to books for the first week.

Creating Rules: 

I read Miss Nelson is Missing to introduce the importance of rules. I pretty much tell my kids that when they are well behaved I get to be the nice, fun teacher I want to be. When there are behavior problems then class is not as fun.

Following Directions: 

I read The Worst Day of My Life Ever to emphasize how things go better for them when they actually follow directions the first time.

Accepting Others: 

I read Odd Velvet to show that everyone is different and you may just find that someone you thought was odd can end up as your best friend. Basically, don't judge others and give everyone a chance.

Being Friendly: 

Have You Filled a Bucket Today is one of my favorites. I read this to discuss how making others feel happy actually makes you happy too.


My little ones seem to love to tattle. I read A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue to teach them the difference between tattling and reporting. I love the catchy phrases in the book and the concept seems to really stick with them.

Interrupting/ Calling Out: 

I read My Mouth is a Volcano to help teach my kids to use self control and not blurt out every little thought that pops into their heads.


  1. I love 'The Worst Day Of My Life Ever' and your blog
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  2. I haven't heard of lots of these. I'm definately going to buy My Mouth is a Volcano. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Thanks for the great suggestions! I'm your newest follower!

    First Grade Magic

  4. Hi Caitlin! I love the books you posted! I'm always searching for good picture books. I just found your blog, I’m your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog

  5. I have never read The Worst Day of my Life Ever, and I think I would love it!!!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  6. How fun! I will have to check out the Linky. I love all of Julia Cook's books-- I used a lot of them during my counseling internship!

    EduKate and Inspire

  7. I have never seen Odd Velvet, and will be adding it to my wish list. Love this linky! I am a new follower--just found your blog through the linky...

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  8. I've added Odd Velvet and My Mouth Is A Volcano to my "wishlist"!!! I've been looking for a book that teaches students that they don't need to blurt everything out. Thanks so much!!

  9. I have to find My Mouth is a Volcano. I keep reading about it & it's definitely on my wish list. I'm so happy to have found your super cute blog & be your newest follower (Bloglovin' and Google)! :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  10. My Mouth is a Volcano is great! It's always funny when you're having your class discussion after, it's your interrupters that have tons of suggestions on how to keep our mouths from "erupting". :)

    Diary of a Second Grade Teacher