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By Clara Fiorentini

Picturebooks for the Infant Classes

Some of my favourite picturebooks for the smallies.

Anything by Oliver Jeffers is a treat but everyone needs a copy of The Way Back Home in their repertoire!

Do pet owners have responsibility? Rita's Rhino tells us the answer!

Grandad's Island
Granda's Island is beautiful text which subtly tackles the difficult theme of the death of a grandparent.

Ssh! We Have A Plan is a text that will guarantee laughs and all the while illustrating that kindness and sweetness goes a long way!

 I love all of David Weisner's texts but The Three Pigs is a favourite of mine for the younger classes!

If you haven't got This Is Not My Hat in your picturebook box already, then you should!

An oldie but a goodie! Brown Bear, Brown Bear presents lots of lovely opportunities for introducing the skill of prediction!

It's a Little Book: Smith, Lane: 9781596437586: Books
It's a Little Book was always a popular one in my infant class library. A dotey little 'must-have' for all bookshelves my opinion!

Owl Moon is simply beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Kindness Corner: The Invisible Boy
The Invisible Boy is ALWAYS one of my most difficult reads but still one of my most favourite picturebooks. A beautifully poignant and powerful story depicting the challenges that come with standing out from the crowd, whether you want to or not.

Well, firstly,  our beloved Miggeldy features - but besides that, The President's Glasses is brimming with wonderful word selection and carefully crafty illustrations!

Dubray Books. The President's Cat
Again, Michael D. Higgins reminds me so much of my Granda - so anything relating to him, I will forever be drawn to. The President's Cat is a wonderful story with so many nods to our delightful Dublin.

Oliver's Wood is a text I always used in the early months with Junior Infants. Lots of lovely animals & a perfect text to link in with a 'day/night theme'. 

Who doesn't love a spin on a fairytale? The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig is an essential text for the shelf from Infants - 2nd!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems, Mo Willems ...
Anything by Mo Willems is generally a 'sure bet' but if you wanted to make a start on a classroom collection, 'Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!' is a good place to start.

Buy The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Book at Easons
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes poignant little picturebook which helps to teach us that life is more enjoyable when we learn to enjoy life - especially the mistakes along the way!

A classic but filled with the warm-fuzzy-factor, Corduroy is great one for working on emergent storybook reading!

Fish are fun but what if you're a fish with fingers? Barry the Fish with Fingers is a lovely story about kindness and sharing the spotlight.

Stellaluna tells the tell of a little bat who gets lost and the journey and interactions she finds herself him - all on her way home! Not a Box (9780061994425): Portis, Antoinette, Portis ...
A great one for inspiring Junk Art or Creative Play! Not a Box is a simple text, with fuss-free illustrations yet wonderful for fostering imagination.

Another great one for fostering the imagination required for Junk Art  or Creative Play, Not A Stick is a wonderful little addition to your collection for play!
A classic. An incredible piece, nonetheless - We're Going on a Bear Hunt will always be a staple text in my eyes! Lends itself excellently to planning for playful learning!

The Rainbow Fish: Marcus Pfister: Books
Sharing is caring - and no one shares that message better than 'The Rainbow Fish'.

Cows are fun, but cows that type? Double fun! Click Clack Moo Cows That Type is my favourite of this Doreen Cronin series. 

The Wonkey Donkey is laughter-guaranteed storybook and plenty of rhyming within!

The Kissing Hand is a text you're going to want in your collection for Week 1 in Junior Infants! A lovely text to aid with that transition to 'big school'.

I Want My Hat Back presents us with an entertaining plot and crafty illustrations! One of my absolute favourites.

'What Do You Do With A Tail Like This?' is brilliant text for subtle introductions to questioning, inferring and predicting!

Some classics are 'must haves' - and The Tiger Who Came to Tea will always be one of them!

Duck for President : Doreen Cronin : 9780689863776
Duck for President is great text to introduce children to persuasive writing!

How to Babysit a Grandma: Reagan, Jean, Wildish, Lee ...

How to Babysit a Grandma / Grandpa are two of my favourites for introducing children to procedural writing!

A lovely little story about an owl who decides to stay up all day instead of all night. Wow! said the Owl is also a lovely text for learning about colours.

Dogs don't do Ballet - or do they?

The Day The Crayons Quit
I adore The Day The Crayons Quit for a myriad of reasons - one being that it is illustration by Oliver Jeffers and another being that it is a super mentor text for introducing the children to letter writing, explanations and persuasive writing!
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy (Hairy Maclary and Friends)
Hairy Maclary has been a favourite of mine since I was a tot and was always a series I always seeked out in the local library. I love that these rhyme-filled little gems are still as popular as ever!

Julia Donaldson's texts are indeed magic and each are wonderful in their own right. What the Ladybird Heard is a super one as it lends itself to wonderful opportunities of extended learning and cross curricular integration.

Nerdy Birdy: Reynolds, Aaron, Davies, Matt: 9781626721272: Amazon ...
Nerdy Birdy shows us that not fitting in with the cool crowd isn't a problem and that if we look in the right places we'll find the right friends!

Goodnight Moon was published in 1947 and hasn't lost a bit of it's charm. A bedtime story but also lovely little text for getting us to pay attention to our surroundings.

Owl's Winter Rescue is a great text for your collection of winter themed picturebooks. Lovely for storytime but also for learning about water safety.

I may be biased because my name is in the title, but What Clara Saw is brimming with beautiful illustrations and tells us all about Clara's trip to the wildlife park with her class.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
This is special edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland illustrated by the wonderful Helen Oxenbury.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Everyone can have bad days and Judith Viorst sums it up perfectly in Alexander and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Giraffes Can't Dance teachers readers about how determination, courage and a little encouragement go a long way in helping our talents shine through.

A super little text to have in your armoury. Two Homes deals with the topic of separation or divorce in a wonderfully positive and clear manner.

It Takes Two to Twit Twoo is a beautiful story about the story behind the call of an owl.

Mr Tiger Goes Wild is clever little text that deals with that funny old topic, bordeom!

Another Oliver Jeffers gem. Stuck will guarantee laughs but also opens lots of opportunities for talk, discussion and critical thinking!

My infants used to fight over this one, because anything with the word Pants is sure to be funny!

Duck Rabbit is another text to guarantee laughs but also offers lots of opportunities for visual literacy, critical thinking and problem solving.

THE BAD SEED: Jory John: 9780062467768: Books
The Bad Seed will always make me chuckle. A brilliant text for working on self awareness, in a humorous, hopeful manner!

I Don't Want To Be A Frog tells us all about a little frog who isn't so happy being himself but after much consideration, he realises that being himself isn't so bad after all!

More recommended texts (If I keep writing bios you'll never get to the bottom of the page!


Giraffe Problems - Jory John                      Winston Was Worried                         Fluff and Billy
                                                                    Pamela Duncan Edwards                         Nicola Killen


The Dot - Peter H. Reynolds                    That's not funny, Bunny!                    There was an old lady who 
                                                                        Bethany Rose Hynes                       swallowed a fly 
                                                                                                                                Pam Adams

The Boy who said NO! - Charlie Griffin
A great one to approach and navigate that stage that many young children go through... the 'no' stage!


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