Do you do morning meetings with your students each day? This year I have been very intentional with making sure I don’t miss this time with my class every morning, and I can honestly say how beneficial it has been! My students love sharing their feelings, greeting each other, and sitting and talking together as a class “family” for a few minutes. It does not take long and it really helps them have a great start to their day. I do many different things during our morning meetings throughout the week, one of them being reading picture books. I think this is so important, even in upper grades, to teach different life skills or concepts!
Here is a list of 10 +picture books perfect for morning meeting:
I absolute love this story! It talks about what Humpty Dumpty did AFTER he fell off the wall, how he got back up again, and that mistakes happen! The ending is beautiful and unexpected.
This story is a fantastic example of how you can face your fears and how to persevere through something hard for you.
This book quickly turned into one of my favorite books ever. It is a beautiful story about what it feels like to feel invisible to others, and how we can all be a friend to everyone around us.
4. Nerdy Birdy
This story touches on how it’s okay, good even, to be different and that there are lots of people who will want to be around you because of who you are!
The picture version of Wonder, this is a beautiful story about how we are all special the way we are.
This is a hilarious story about manners, being kind, and forgiving others.
This book gives great perspective on how sometimes things don’t go as planned, but they can still turn out magnificent! It’s also perfect for growth mindset discussions.
8. Those Shoes
This book is great for teaching empathy and about the real things that matter in life.
9. The Bad Seed
I love this book! It is a great example of how we can all change. We can always choose to be kind and do the right thing, even if that isn’t the choice we were making before.
If you don’t have this one yet, RUN! It is so powerful! This book uses real students’ writing and pictures about what their favorite part of them is. It is very empowering to your students and provides a great activity to do afterwards too!
11. The Name Jar
This book is great for remembering to be proud of who you are and to love and accept others for who they are as well.
Oh my word! I love this book. This is all about learning to see and embrace what makes us all unique. Whether it’s our personality, abilities, or even just the way we look, we are all different and that is what makes us wonderful!
13. Jabari Jumps
Another great book about facing your fears!
I also love using this character flipbook for some of my morning meetings. It works perfectly along side all of these read alouds!