Top 10 2013 Picture Books my students will LOVE!

pb-10-for-10A huge thank you to Mandy Robek from Enjoy and Embrace Learning and Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community for hosting the Picture Book 10 for 10 event on August 10th!

2103 has been an amazing year for picture books! I can’t wait to share these 10 great titles from 2013 with my second grade students this school year!

tea rexTea Rex by Molly Idle is a hilarious picture book that my second graders will love! I plan to use it as a mentor text to teach about writing friendly letters.

crankee doodleCrankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger and Illustrations by Cece Bell

I plan on sharing the song Yankee Doodle and a picture book with the same title. Then we are going to compare and contrast the original song with this very funny book!

Mustache BabyMustache Baby by Bridget Heos and Illustrations by Joy Ang

I can’t wait to pair Mustache Baby with Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger this year. The students love our mustache party after we finish Fake Mustache! This funny book will add to the fun!

unicorn-thinks-hes-pretty-greatUnicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

This will be a great book to share with my students when we talk about friendship and getting along with others. Plus this book had me at “Hello”…. I mean “Unicorn”.

My New Teacher and MeMy New Teacher and Me by Al Yankovic and illustrations by Wes Hargis

I am going to share this book at the beginning of the year. I think it will make a great mentor text for storytelling and personal narratives. I also plan to pair it with Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry.

penguin on vacation 2Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon

A great book to share at the beginning or end of the year to talk about summer vacation. I love the illustrations in this book. Adorable!

exclamation-markExclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

A great book to share on being yourself and self-esteem. I will also use it to teach about punctuation. An awesome read aloud book.

the-day-the-crayons-quitThe Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrations by Oliver Jeffers

Such a fun book. Great mentor text for persuasive or friendly letter writing. I’m going to have my students make their case for their favorite crayon color. Personally, I plan to make the case for the color green. Support the crayons!

Doug UnpluggedDoug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

Doug Unplugged will go great with my robot theme. I will pair it with other awesome robot books  such as Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman and Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell. Doug Unplugged makes you want to unplug and discover the world.

RibbitRibbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira and illustrated by Poly Bernatene

I also plan to share this book at the beginning of the year. Great story to share about making friends, fitting in and accepting everyone.

So what 2013 picture books are you looking forward to sharing this school year? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments section.

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16 Responses to Top 10 2013 Picture Books my students will LOVE!

  1. Rachel T says:

    Great list to share with other primary teachers. I just shared Cranky Doodle with my nearly 1st grader and she thought is was hilarious. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    We just read TeaRex today. This list nicely sums up the books I have to get my hands on. Thanks!

  3. michelle says:

    what a marvelous post! I haven’t had a chance to read through your blog yet, but I have a feeling that I am going to love it. I will definitely be checking out the titles here that we haven’t read yet!

  4. alybee930 says:

    What fun! Your students are going to love this stack of picture books.

  5. Great list Niki! I thought Ribbit was a lot of fun. I think I will enjoy book talking Doll Bones and reading Tea Rex and The Boy Who Loved Math.

  6. Linda D says:

    I love how you paired so many of your books…can’t wait to try a few of your ideas! I don’t know Ribbit – planning on checking it out for the beginning of the year. Thanks!

  7. Cathy says:

    So glad you joined the event. You have so many great titles here. I still haven’t read Dan Yaccarino’s Doug Unplugged. I’m going to request it right now.

    Looking forward to seeing you next August (and hopefully in February for the nonfiction version of this event).


  8. carriegelson says:

    Niki – Your joy for the humour and fun in these books comes through clearly. I can just picture your students listening to you read with big smiles everywhere. And hurray for Gooney Bird!

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