Today marks the ending of another year – my eighth year of teaching. No matter what age I teach, I like to end the year by reading some of my favorite picture books to my class.
I’ve used the following books with preschoolers and kindergarteners, as well as third and fourth graders, and I would use them with junior high and high schoolers, too. In no particular order, these are five of my favorite books to read at the end of the year with my students.
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Everyone knows this classic story about growing up, but my version was a gift from the Muellers on my high-school graduation. My version has calligraphy Bible verses on every page that correspond to the story. This is what makes the book one of my favorites, as God’s Word is applicable all the places we go. You can read more about my Biblical version and download a free pdf file of the Bible verses used here.
Max Lucado is a gifted author. He has many wonderful children stories, and this one tells the story of several orphans. While many of the children try to impress the King into adopting them, it is the orphan who simply longs to be with the King that is adopted. God loves us all just the way we are, and that’s what I want my students to know.
This book I stumbled upon this book in the dollar store and I am glad I did! It is the beautiful story of a famous painter and his painter son. When the painter son grows up and fears he has lost his talent, a visit with his father reminds him that he is not alone. The ending is a surprise and a poignant reminder that our Heavenly Father is with us always.
This book is the story of a blessing that is written perfectly for young children. Norbert the Elephant had a very bad day at school, and his parents tenderly remind him that they would choose him each and every time. I always tear up a bit in this one.
Of course, I’m sure you are well aware of this tender mother-son story. If you haven’t read it yet, go read it! I love reminding the children that “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always…”
These are my five favorite stories to read at the end of the year. Have you read these? Would you add any books would you add to this list? What are your favorites?