I love love love Mo Willems' books! I read this book to my class last year so many times...except I only have the book in Spanish. So of course, I had to buy it in English as well.
2. Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems
3. What I Like About Me! by Allia Zobel Nolan
Believe it or not, some kindergarteners have told me they think they are ugly and that's why they don't have friends. I'm still searching for the perfect book to read to explain how that could not be further from the truth.
4. Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis
I read this to the little girl I babysat for in college...and I love it. There's no reason 5-year olds can't use words like persevere and cooperate!
5. Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
A great book to explain how we all learn at different times! I borrowed this book from the library a lot this year--it can be frustrating for students who struggle with their numbers and letters...and this book is a good reminder that we all will get there!
I don't have a lot of read-aloud books for shape recognition, and this book has quite a few shapes included!
7. Kipper's A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure by Mick Inkpen
I'm hoping to start Reader's Workshop this year...or at the very least give my students more independent reading time since I really want them to love reading! Alphabet books are perfect for kindergarten, especially at the beginning of the year, because my students can pick up the books and read along, even when most are still learning their letters!
8. Miss Spider's Tea Party (Scholastic Bookshelf) by David Kirk
I'm really excited to have my own copy of this book! For starters, this book is great for practicing counting and for practicing the dreaded skill of rhyming (I never knew how hard a concept rhyming was until teaching last year!). Plus, I love to get ideas from Kinder by Kim, and I'm hoping this year I can do her super cute graphing idea for this book. The kids taste different types of fruit punch and then graph their favorites (pictures from kinderbykim.com):
So there you have it: my first blog post and my first big purchases for the school year! More to come later!