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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Friday Five: Must-Have Children's Books!

When I left the classroom, I had many people ask me if I'd be selling some of the hundreds (possibly thousands...?!?) of the books I had collected over the years.

I couldn't bear to get rid of a single book.  Instead, I created a library in our playroom at home.

The thought of somehow choosing just 5 of these books as must-haves seems impossible.  After all, a child can never read too many books!  Here are 5 that I read to my class every year without fail, and I can't wait to read them to Beckett!

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
I think Skippy is my spirit animal.  I love this siamese cat who thinks he is a chihuahua.  His books are lengthy but hilarious, and his imagination is the best!  When you are in the mood for reading a lively book and are ready to read with lots of silly voices - this is it!

No, David! by David Shannon
We have all taught - AND ADORED - a David, right!?  So mischievous but so precious and loving.  These books speak through the illustrations, and they're fabulous.  Kids love these books, but I do, too!

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Clever farm animals and sound effects?  Always a good time!

The Way Mothers Are by Miriam Schlein
I read this to my class before Mother's Day every year.  It's a beautiful book about a mama's unconditional love, and it means even more to me now.  It was published in 1993 and was part of my own childhood library.

I Knew You Could! by Craig Dorfman
A fantastic book about perseverance and self-worth!  I read this book to my class on the last day of school every year and never once made it through without crying.  It's a story that can apply to every human all throughout life - not just in childhood.

What books make your top 5?  I'd love for you to share!

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