Must Have Picture Books to Build Your Classroom Library

Must Have Picture Books to Build Your Classroom Library



There is nothing more powerful than a good picture book to engage students of any age in meaningful discourse, reflective activities, and build a love of reading.


Getting cozy in the reading corner with my students, regardless of age, with a beautiful picture book is always the happiest time of my day. There are so many picture books that I love to read for a variety of reasons, from teaching a wide range of reading strategies, celebrating holidays and seasons, and just having fun. 


This {growing} list includes some of the many favorites that I have in my classroom library that I highly recommend. Each link includes several picture books on each topic and free activities that you can use to accompany these books. 


Have fun exploring these lists and reading with your students! Be sure to bookmark this page or pin to save this growing list!



mentor texts for reading and writing workshop


10 Mentor Texts to Read for Both Reading and Writing Lessons



mentor texts for opinion writing


Must-Read Picture Books to Teach Opinion Writing




mentor text for making inferences


The BEST Book to Read When Teaching Inferring



back to school books for inclusive classroom


Back to School Picture Books to a Create Inclusive Classroom




picture books for goal setting


6 Goal Setting Picture Books




community building picture books upper elementary


Community Building Picture Books



growth mindset picture books


Growth Mindset Picture Books Already on Your Shelves



kindness picture books upper elementary


Kindness Themed Picture Books



picture books for september 11th


September 11th Picture Books



autumn fall picture books upper elementary


Autumn Themed Picture Books



winter themed picture books upper elementary


Winter Themed Picture Books



activities for henrys freedom box


One Amazing Picture Book, Many Lessons



motivational picture books for testing season


Picture Books to Read During Standardized Testing Season



womens history picture books


Celebrate Women's History with Picture Books



spring themed picture books for upper elementary


Spring Themed Picture Books



poetry read alouds upper elementary


Poetry Picture Books to Celebrate National Poetry Month



earth day picture books upper elementary


Earth Day Picture Books



endangered species picture books


Endangered Species Picture Books



end of year picture book countdown


Last Week of School Picture Book Countdown


end of year picture books for upper elementary


End of Year Must-Read Picture Books



summer themed picture books upper elementary


Summer Themed Picture Books















Picture Books to Celebrate Diversity {coming soon}



Reading picture books is definitely my thing! I love that through the simple act of reading aloud picture books like these, students are exposed to new people, ideas, and engage in meaningful discourse with their peers. Plus getting cozy in the reading corner with students creates powerful memories and a love of books. Children love to listen to a good story no matter their age. Read aloud to your students each day and watch your students grow into readers who love books!



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Check out my favorite reading activities HERE

Like this Digital Book Talk Activity
to use with ANY book! 



book talk activities for upper elementary




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Must Have Picture Books to Build Your Classroom Library





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