Picture Day Books for Elementary Teachers – 2023

Picture day or the days leading up to it is a great time to discuss and explore these read alouds. This post shares 3 picture day books that you can use for this purpose. All of the children’s books on this list lend themselves to this topic really well. Take a peek below to learn more about these picture day books!

3 Picture Day Books

Below is a list of some of our favorite picture day books to share with elementary students. Check them out!

1. Bedhead by Margie Palatini

One morning, Oliver woke up to find he had a terrible case of bedhead. His family heard his screams and came rushing upstairs to see if they could help him manage his hair. They tried pushing, pulling, and wetting it with no success. Next the family decided they would try putting spray, gel, mousse and hair pins in Oliver’s hair to see if it would help, which it did not. When Oliver tried to brush it, the brush got stuck in the back of his head! Finally, it was decided that Oliver would wear his old blue baseball hat to school and cover up his bad hair day. 

However, when he got to school, Oliver learned it was picture day and he would have to remove his hat! Everyone stood ready for the picture and just as the photographer was about to take it, Oliver’s hat flew off his head. His hair was wild again and the brush flew out hitting a classmate and his teacher. The resulting class photo was one to remember!

Check out these Bedhead teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

Bedhead activity

2. Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen

Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen is the story about a young boy trying to get the perfect school picture. He has been planning it for months! Unfortunately, he runs into several mishaps on picture day. These include getting covered in syrup, making a mess with paint, and having the wrong backdrop.

In the end, the boy did not get his perfect picture, he was smiling! His mom thought it was the perfect picture, but next year the boy plans to get it right. 

Students will enjoy this hilarious story about school picture day. They will laugh at the boy’s mishaps and the funny pictures throughout. 

Check out these Picture Day Perfection teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

Picture Day Perfection book companion
Picture Day Perfection book cover and worksheet

3. On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

In this book, a boy got gum stuck in his hair and it caused many other problems. At first, the boy’s dad tried to use scissors to get the gum out. Unfortunately, the scissors got stuck in his hair too! The family decided to look at different websites for solutions and read that butter could help. However, the butter got stuck too. Eventually, the boy’s aunt and grandfather came and each had their own idea about how to get the gum out, but each solution only leaves another problem. Soon the boy has grass, a rabbit, a cat, and a vacuum stuck in his hair. 

On top of all that, it is the boy’s birthday. The family decides to get serious and invites fire fighters, a beekeeper and the police to the house. There are so many people each with their own idea that the boy is overwhelmed. He shouts and asks everyone to get out. That’s when the wad of gum hops out of the boy’s hair and walks away. He finally found the solution, although the gum thought the boy was rude. 

This book is sure to keep students laughing as the boy faces problem after problem caused by the gum.

Check out these On Account of the Gum teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

On Account of the Gum book cover
On Account of the Gum worksheets

Grab the Free Reading Resources!

In closing, we hope you found this list of picture day books helpful! You may also be interested in these back to school read alouds. If you want to get more book ideas to read aloud to your elementary students, then grab this reading freebie. It includes read aloud books lists, reading logs, and reading challenges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. It will have you covered for the entire school year, as well as the summer months! Grab this free elementary reading packet now!

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