Having conversations is hard! Teaching students how to not only have conversations, but also how to listen is an important skill. Here is a list of my favorite read aloud picture books about conversations.
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Why Should I Listen? by Claire Llwellyn
Sometimes when kids are excited they forget about listening. This book helps them understand the importance of listening to teachers and parents.
Herman Jiggle, Say Hello! by Julia Cook
Herman Jiggle wants to make some new friends, but he is really shy. His mom teaches him some new skills, such as how to introduce himself and what to say first.
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones
Lacey Walker really loves to talk. She talks all day and even all night. But then she loses her voice. This is when Lacey learns that listening is important too!
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! by Trudy Ludwig
Owen is very similar to Lacey – he loves to talk! He loves to talk to his friends, his teacher, his dog, his parents, even himself. All this talking gets in the way of listening though. When he wakes up with laryngitis, Owen learns to listen to what others have to say.
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Shy by Deborah Freedman
A sweet book that will help students understand what it means to be shy. Shy loves birds, but he’s only ever read about them in books. When a real bird comes along, however, he is too shy to meet her. Can he overcome his fears?
What are some other picture books about conversations that you read aloud in your classroom?
Check out this blog post for picture books about relationship skills in the classroom!
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