Must Have Picture Books! - Susan Jones Teaching

Must Have Picture Books!

Lindsey, over at The Teacher Wife, has a FANNNtastic linky party I just had to join!

It's all about your....
This is perfect because now I can compile a list of alllllll the new books I obviously NEED for the upcoming year!

1. My Mouth is a Volcano! By Julia Cook
I recently posted about this one {here}, but I just LOVE this book. Julia Cook is amazing and this book starts the discussion of interrupting and blurting out! It puts my little chatty-kathys to a rest... at least for a bit :)

2. Mean Jean The Recess Queen! By Alexis O'Neill
This book is about mean ole' Jean and her being a bully on the playground. She gets whatever she wants, when she wants it and no one stands up for themselves! Well.. that is until a new girl comes to school. She doesn't take any of Jean's bullying and... you'll have to read it to see what happens.

3. Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler. By Margery Cuyler
I always read this one at the beginning of the year. This book emphasizes all the kind things we can do for others both inside AND outside of school. In the book, Mrs. Ruler and her class make a bulletin board highlighting all their kind deeds as they try to reach 100 of them! So obbbbviously, my class makes a bulletin board too! :)

4. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
Okay, I never heard of this book until last year when a colleague recommended it. I had a little lady in my class who was a PERFECTIONIST to the max! She was super smart, super creative, super everything.... and one time in front of the class she made a silly mistake when solving a math problem... ya know because she's human. Dear goodness, this little lady had a near meltdown. She couldn't get passed her mistake. Well this book helped BIG time and it is one of my absolute new faves!

When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry . . .
5. When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really, Angry... By Molly Bang
 I love the pictures in this book and I think it teaches a great lesson about what to do when you're really, really angry. I know it has mixed reviews because some think it only teaches students to walk away when angry and doesn't give other options, but hellloooo that opens the door for a FANTASTIC class discussion! And the rule in my class is if you're too angry and about to explode you need to get out and go for a "walk" (aka get a drink) to collect yourself before calmly discussing the issue with me or another student!

Hmmm... so we've had...
being kind
 making mistakes
and how to act when you are angry...
looks like we've got it covered! HA!

These books are my favorite because these issues come up ALL the time in class and my kids make connections to each story. Throughout the year we revisit each story numerous times based upon the needs of our classroom situation.

Now, GO!
Link up with {Lindsey} so I can see your books :)


  1. Thanks for linking up! The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is on my wishlist!! :)

    And, YES! You've got it ALL covered!!

    1. Thanks for hosting Lindsey! I am already finding some great books I had never heard of! Wahoo!

  2. I found your blog through this linky party--I just HAD to click when I saw that blog title! It is SO CUTE! I am so glad I did! Just the other day I was trying to remember the name of a book and it was "The Recess Queen" your post totally reminded me!

    I'm a new follower! :)

    Creating & Teaching

    1. Thanks Erin!! I'm headin' on over to yours rightttt NOW!

  3. I also found your blog through this linky party and I'm now a follower! I've added your books to my evergrowing wishlist. Thank you for sharing!

    Go Fourth and Inspire

    1. Loving your blog name! Thanks for stopping by Lauren!

  4. So many little...hmmm..Wish I could just spend some days sharing books with my kiddos all day! I found you through the linky party and am now a follower! Thanks for the wonderful suggestions.

    1. I knowwww I just want to read to them and have them read to me all day too!

  5. The Recess Queen is perfect for the beginning of the year! I really want to get My Mouth is a Volcano... I've heard really great things about it! Great list! I'm a new follower! I'd love it if you could check out my blog too, I might have to link up to this party today!

    Lacy's Letters

    1. Just checked it out! lovin' what I'm seeing! Thanks for swinging by Lacy!

  6. Thank you for the great suggestions! My sopping list is growing by the minute! I love it.

  7. My kids love "When Sohpie Gets Angry".....Love all your choices:)

    1...2...3...Teach With Me

  8. I love "Mean Jean"...she is always a hit in my room!

    KinderKids Fun

    1. I know right?! Mine too! My kids love to let others know when they're acting like Mean Jean....

  9. I need My Mouth is a Volcano for my son! Thanks for the great book ideas!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  10. I love Mean Jean too! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  11. Great book choices!! I forgot about Mean Jean. I need to add that to my list for back to school time. :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  12. I'm visiting through the Linky Party. Don't you just love picture books?!!? Great top 5! Come by when you get a chance. I'm your newest follower.

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  13. Thanks for stopping by my blog for the linky party. Now I'm at yours and I'm following you! I haven't seen the books you chose before so I'm excited that I can start looking for those to use--especially for those character traits!

  14. I need to check these books out. I have the last one, but have never heard of the rest. :-) I'm your newest follower.

  15. What a great list - will have to add them! I had Recess Queen as well.

  16. I have heard of some of these books but realizing I need to add them to my library! I did get Kindness is Cooler and used it as part of my 100th day celebration! I am also a new follower!

    Apples and Papers

  17. I love My Mouth is a Volcano - read it a lot. Its language has become part of our classroom lingo - just like Interrupting Chickin.
    I am your newest follower.

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  18. Yes, I have four of the five and agree that they're awesome! I've got the perfectionist one on my ever-growing wish list. Thanks for stopping by the Corner!

    The Corner On Character

  19. I love the Recess Queen! It's always a first week read :) Great picks, friend.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  20. Great book choices! There are a few I could use to add to my classroom collection! I just started following your blog! If you have a chance stop by my blog and follow!

    Thanks again for sharing!
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  21. These sound like great book choices! I was actually wondering about My Mouth is a Volcano. I've had it come up a couple times recently as a suggestion on Amazon.

    ★ First-Graders from Outer Space ★

    1. I love that book! I think since I'm so chatty... It transfers to my kids, so we need to talk a lot about interrupting and listening to others!

  22. I'm thinking I will definitely need a copy of My Mouth is a Volcano! I can totally will help me just as much as my students! Thanks for the recommendations!

    You can check out my recommendations on my blog if you want: Craft of Teaching

    Craft of Teaching

  23. I love your book recommendations-I have not read any of those books, but they seem like they would be appropriate for any elementary classroom. I will definitely be checking them out!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!


  24. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for the recommendations. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is one that I can definitely use. I'm excited to find your first grade blog. I'm your newest follower.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  25. Awesome books! I could have really used the "Girl Who Never Made Mistakes" book during my student teaching. I had a child in my class who apologized for everything even when she didn't do anything wrong. She couldn't stand to make a mistake. I wish she could read this book now..

    Thanks for the great book suggestions!

    That's So Second Grade

  26. More books to add to my list...This linky party is dangerous!

    Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler sounds like a must have especially because it will go along with Our School Family job of the Kindness Recorder.

    Thank you for sharing. =)

    Heather's Heart

  27. Such good books! I will be adding these to my list of books to buy! Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower :)

    The Teacher Wears Prada

  28. Your blog is so cute! Thanks for finding mine so that I can creep on yours. haha

    Spotted in First Grade

  29. Love your book choices! Added to my list of "to buy" this year now! The perfectionist story...oh my...I must have had her twin! Thanks for sharing...a new follower :0)

    1. lol I'm sure there a bunch like her! She was such a sweetie but my oh my she needed a chill pill!

  30. I love The Recess Queen! Always something I read at the beginning of the year! I've heard about My Mouth is a Volcano but I don't own it.. it's on my list! :)

    Stop by soon and enter my giveaway!

  31. Wow! Thanks for the new book ideas! I am your newest fan!


  32. I am soooo embarrassed to say, that I have never read any of these books...and I am a book aholic, or so I thought!!! thanks for visiting me and I'm your newest follower:)
    Mrs. Saunders' Lovelies

  33. Our school counselor reads "The Recess Queen." I love hearing her talk about Mean Jean and Lazlo.
    I really want to read the "My Mouth is like a Volcano."
    Thanks for sharing!


  34. I want that Volcano book! It's on my pinterest wish-list. I'll have to do the linky later, but I'm excited about it.

    Joell <--Your newest follower
    Totally Terrific Teaching

  35. I am your newest follower, mainly because of the name of your blog! I just got my dream job in first grade, and I found myself saying those exact words! When I saw your name i had to follow! I also added my mouth is like a volcano to my beginning of the year reads. Actually, maybe I should add all of them! I love fun ways to teach social consciousness and expectations! I Follow my first year in first grade !

  36. Thank you for coming by and joining my blog. I love your idea's and I love the MLK craft. I am your newest follower.

  37. Can't wait to check out your recommendations! I only have one of them in my library so far.
    I'm your newest follower!

    Creekside Teacher Tales

  38. I ran across me personally stating these actual terms! When I found your name i had to follow! Also i extra my mouth area is sort of a volcano for you to my personal start of the year says.
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