It seems that no one is able to forget their favorite childhood book. When I was younger, my favorite book was The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister. At the time it may have only been my favorite because of the bright and colorful illustrations. Today, however, I see that this story has a great lesson for young students.
The story is about a young fish that has scales more bright and beautiful than all the other fish. When asked to share his scales he refuses, because he does not want to lose his beauty. By the end of the book, Rainbow fish realizes that sharing his fins not only makes the other fish happy, but he finds joy in sharing as well. This story teaches students that it is more important to share, and to be a good friend than it is to have material posessions.
This is a great book to share with a kindergarten or first grade classroom because many students at that age will have trouble learning to share, especially when they are first starting out at school and having to share classroom objects with their new classmates.