I just purchased a few picture books at a school Scholastic Book Fair. Count The Monkeys by Mac Barnett is by far my favourite of the bunch! It is such a great interactive book and I read it with a Grade 3/4 class today and they loved it! It is also a great book for practicing counting but the story invites the reader to interact with the characters making it engaging. Not to mention some witty wording throughout the story. I recommend picking it up! It will stay in my supply teaching ‘bag of tricks’ for quite some time.
The series of Llama Llama books by Anne Dewdney are extremely cute and a great tool for the primary classroom. I am especially fond of Llama Llama and The Bully Goat. As anti-bullying is a focus in schools this is a great book to introduce young children to strategies for dealing with bullies. Anna Dewdney also has a great website with activities that compliment the books. Students can make their own pledges to play nice which can be printed and filled out from the website. I will be bringing Llama Llama books with me whenever I am expecting to be in a primary classroom.