First Grade – First Rate Picture Books
Teaching with picture books in primary grades is one of the most enjoyable ways to teach reading, writing, character building, problem solving, while getting to know your little guys. Here are some of our favorites!
1. Penny and Her Marble – by Kevin Henkes
Everyone loves Penny. She has a real moral dilemma in this story. Should she do the right thing or not? Along with standard main idea, story sequencing, writing activity, and predicting, students debate the right and wrong of the story conflict.
2. What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
This book is a best seller and a perfect read throughout the year. The story takes kids through a series of scenarios and discusses consequences of our actions. Students in primary grades are keen observers of their surrounding and are ready to analyze cause and effect in fiction and their own life. After reading “What If Everybody Did That?” students are able to gain better understanding of rules that seemed unreasonable or needless before.
3. Ruby’s Wish – by Shirin Yim Bridges
A story of perseverance and goal setting. Amazing character building book.
4. “The Story of Ferdinand“
Everyone wanted Ferdinand to be something he is not. This timeless story teaches kids to be who they are.
5. “The Three Little Pigs Count to 100”
A beloved fairy tale told in a creative way that not only tells the story but teaches math and reading comprehension at the same time.
6. The Empty Pot – another beloved classic
Lesson – Tell the truth and things will work out. Perfect character building book.
7. The Invisible Boy – by Trudy Ludwig
Every class has an invisible boy. This wonderful book teaches acceptance and inclusion.
8. “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” – Kevin Henkes
Lilly is hilarious. She will have kids laugh and relate all throughout. She loves school until she doesn’t. Henkes masterfully describes a life of a primary age students.
9. The Giving Tree – by Silverstein
In “The Giving Tree” the tree selflessly gives everything away, until there is nothing to give. Another amazing character book on making better choices.
10. Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me” – This interactive book intertwines science and language arts. STEM activity included in the lesson plan below.