Monday, January 21, 2013

Books books books

Just a quick one from me tonight. I am typing on the iPad and my son (3) is insisting on playing angry birds while sitting on my shoulders!

But anyway, as I head back to school next week I am interested in your beginning of school books that you like to read to the kids. We haven't moved to the national curriculum yet but as I understand it, there is a literacy/ reading part ( please correct me if I am wrong!)

I am keen for a bit of shopping on book depository (and if you have never shopped there, please google it! You will never go back I promise) but I need some recommendations.

In my cart already are Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Kissing Hand but have you got some other favourites? My plan is to gather a range of books, make some activities to go with them and BAM! - literacy time is ready to go!

So tell me, what are your faves?


  1. BAM! I love it! Hmmm, I might have to go back and look at my bookshelves for back to school reading but one book I do love reading with Kinder is Wombat Stew, oh and also Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Duck on a bike.
    Don't you love angry birds, someone should give them a hug then they wouldn't be so angry :)
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  2. I love to read Splat the Cat (especially with my Preps - they love that Splat's starting school!), Pete the Cat's another great one, too. For my firsties I have The Night Before First Grade (but I'm pretty sure there's a Night Before Kindergarten, too). Otherwise I stick to Aussie classics (Possum Magic, Wombat Stew), or anything by Eric Carle that my students are familiar with from Kinder/Pre-School.

    Like Tania I need to go in and have a look at my bookshelves (I remember pulling out a stack of starting school books at the end of last year). I'll let you know if I think of any more!


    1. Forgot to add, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my favourite books. There's also a counting one (Chicka Chicka 1 2 3) which is great for number work.

    2. When I was in at school yesterday I sorted through my books and set up my 'start of school' book display, so I can add to my list above:
      - Splat the Cat (great for students who are a bit nervous about starting school)
      - Spot Goes to School
      - Starting School (Janet Ahlberg)
      - I am too absolutely small for school (Charlie and Lola)
      - Off to Kindergarten (Tony Johnston)
      - It's hard to be five (Jamie Lee Curtis - great book!)

      and my absolute FAVOURITE book to share with my class is Teaching the Teacher by Janet van Loon. Every primary teacher should have this book!

  3. Last year I fell upon the Kissing Hand for the first time. I also bought a stuffed toy of Chester. Chester became a 'security blanket' for any of my children who were upset. Other children would get Chester and give it to anyone who was sad or upset. It was so cute. He got well worn so I have bought a new one for this year.
    I also like Glad Monster, Sad Monster. This is a fun book to talk about feelings and then you can do some monster craft activities. I also like stories by Alison Lester and Margaret Wild, both Australian authors. I could go on and on!!
    Enjoy your first week back and Kindergarten.

    Classroom Fun

  4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom quickly became a favourite of my preschoolers. I loved it too and I made a couple of Chicka Boom activities to go with it (as well as purchasing TONNES on TpT!!!)
    My littlies ALL love Pete the Cat books. I ordered them from fishpond (free delivery in Australia). There are mountains of resources to go with these as well. I downloaded the soundtrack to my Ipod (instant listening station!)
    Commotion in the ocean,Rumble in the jungle, Wombat Stew,Wombat went a walking, Come fly with Captain Kangaroo, Snug as a hug.
    My guys are in preschool but your littlies might still like them. I will have a look on the shelf and see what else jumps out at me.

  5. I love books for younger children!!!! I loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! We used to read it every week when we would introduce a new letter. I LOVE all the Pamela Allen books and Mem Fox! On the first day of Prep we would do an activity, then read a story, play a game, then read a story - I think we read 5 in the first day alone!

    Sorry my books are all packed away and I can't remember them all!


  6. Does your school have the really old (but wonderful) Joy Cowley Big Books? There is one called 'The Meanies". The kids LOVE it! It is very suitable for early kiner - repetitive text, rhythm etc... and itis EXCELLENt for linking in with a discussion about class/school rules. We always make a class book after we read it called 'The Goodies" and write about what 'The Goodies" do in the same way as the big book...
    I like
    - The Kinder Hat
    - Timothy Goes to School
    - Possum Goes to School
    - Grug Goes to School/Spot Goes to School etc

    I will dig out my list and get back to you with more :)

  7. Teachers do we sleep? I agree with the other selections and two additional ones are No David and Ms. Bindergarden gets Ready for Kindergarden.

  8. Teachers do we sleep? I agree with the other selections and two additional ones are No David and Ms. Bindergarden gets Ready for Kindergarden.

  9. We are using The Kissing Hand this year too. There is a video of the story read by the author on the Barnes and Noble website
    I agree with Mel from The Pond about the Joy Cowley books too. We use them all throughout the year!

    Learning is Rosey with Mrs Josey

  10. I just purchased 'First Day Jitters' to use with my Preps this year - it's so cute! I also added Pete the Cat and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to my collection this year =)

    Adoring Lilly

  11. Hey guys, I am also a Book Depository girl! I just purchased 'David Goes to school'. I'm going to use it to introduce school rules and routines etc. There were some fabulous activities that I saw from some other teacher blogs on ways to use this book in your classroom.

    Another one of my holiday purchases was 'The Best Story'. I'm going to use this one to introduce the writers workshop to my Preps (later on in the term). Its about a girl who wants to write a story and gets advice of everyone, however realises that the bests stories are ones that come from the heart. :) Nawwww

    Little Learners

  12. PS. Brooke, I have added your button to my Aussie Blogs section :)

    Little Learners