Whole Book Approach Storytime Guides

Would you like a list of 70 picture books that I love to read with children?
Would you also like Whole Book Approach storytime plans for those 70 titles?
If you answered yes to these questions, you can find my list below. (Although the list is set up by grade level, I’ve heard from lots of teachers and librarians who have used the titles across grades with great success!)
Then, head over to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Shop to order my seven Whole Book Approach Storytime Guides with storytime plans for every title on the list:
 PRE-K WHOLE BOOK APPROACH STORYTIME PLANS:
Freight Train by Donald Crews
City Shapes by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett
Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Jacob Grant
Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez
Baby Says by John Steptoe
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
The Twins’ Blanket by Hyewon Yum
KINDERGARTEN WHOLE BOOK APPROACH STORYTIME PLANS:
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
The Little Red Stroller by Joshua Furst, illustrated by Katy Wu
If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Loren Long
Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story by JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Priscilla Burris
Bob by Tracy Campbell Pearson
The Girl and the Wolf by Katherema Vermette, illustrated by Julie Flett
The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Canessa Brantley-Newton
This is Sadie by Sara O;Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad
We’ve Got The Whole World in Our Hands by Rafael López
Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
1ST GRADE WHOLE BOOK APPROACH STORYTIME PLANS:
Water Is Water by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin
Wave by Suzy Lee
Wild Berries by Julie Flett
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López
Saturday by Oge Mora
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Sing, Don’t Cry by Angela Dominguez
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
2ND GRADE WHOLE BOOK APPROACH STORYTIME PLANS:
My Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel
Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
Flying Deep: Climb Inside the Deep Sea Submersible ALVIN by Michelle Cusolito, illustrated by Nicole Wong
Another by Christian Robinson
A Crow of His Own by Megan Dowd Lambert. illustrated by David Hyde Costello
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
3RD GRADE WHOLE BOOK APPROACH STORYTIME PLANS:
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
Write to Me by Cynthia Grady, illustrated by Amiko Hirao
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Roger is Reading a Book by Koen van Biesen
A Kid of Their Own by Megan Dowd Lambert, illustrated by Jessica Lanan
How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Wings by Christopher Myers
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry, illustrated by The Fan Brothers
4TH GRADE WHOLE BOOK APPROACH STORYTIME PLANS:
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre
Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington, illustrated by Shelley Jackson
Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda & His Muse by Alexandria Giardino, illustrated by Felicita Sala
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
5TH GRADE WHOLE BOOK APPROACH STORYTIME PLANS:
Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee
We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac
What If? by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hajib and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Sarah Jacoby