We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
This is one of the first books I do with Kindergarten in August. It helps them learn how to repeat after me. Plus it is a good introduction to fast and slow. Sometimes I add instruments to this book as well: wavy grass (scarves), stumble trip (castanets), going up the stairs (slide whistle), etc.
Pout Pout Fish
The Pout Pout Fish is a great book to do in the middle of the winter when students start getting on each others nerves. This book reminds kids and adults to remember to be nice to people when they are having a bad day. I get out my viberslap with this book and have the students hit it on the words "Glumb, glub glub!" They love it!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A...
Lucille Colandro has many types of 'There Was an Old Lady" books for every occasion! I usually try to ham it up for the students and try the last one in one breath! My favorites are There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed: Snow and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves.
The Bear Went Over the Mountain
By Iza Trapani, The Bear Went Over the Mountain helps students learn a folk song while also learning about personal space. The bear gets to close to his friends and gets hurt each time. We then talk about why his friends got mad at him and why people need personal space.