Last year I discovered the blog Books That Heal Kids and immediately became hooked. It's such a fabulous website with reviews of tons of books that teach kids about character traits, self confidence, making friends and life in general.
One series of books that I discovered through the site was the Howard B. Wigglebottom books. Howard is a lovable bunny who has books in which he encounters all sorts of problems and life lessons. The great thing is you can see/hear all of his books read aloud online at the author, Howard Binkow's, website We Do Listen. I showed last year's group the book about bullying and they loved it. It has a REALLY fun song/rap all about bullying and standing up for yourself or others. We started singing the song during Morning Meeting as well.
Howard Learns to Listen is perfect for the beginning of the year when we talk about what it looks like and sounds like when you are a good listener. The best part is Howard is so silly and fun and the kids love him! I usually let them go to the website to hear the stories for a week or two for listen to reading and it's always a hit. Sometimes I'll catch them singing along to the songs with their headphones on. So cute. :)
There are also awesome games and coloring pages on the website as well. My kids last year really loved art and coloring so we did a few of these to reinforce what we learned.
After watching all of the stories online at the beginning of this year I decided to buy all of the books to have in the classroom. The great thing is Howard Binkow sells them to teachers for only $6 each for a hardcover. That's an awesome deal!