I stumbled upon the 10 for 10 idea on twitter. You can read more about it at Reflect and Refine. The task? To identify ten pictures books I cannot live without.
I’m using this post as an exercise to look back at the picture books I read this spring and summer to identify ones I want to use in classes in my K-4 school library or to promote with my kids. I’m linking the titles to World Cat so you can see if they are available at a public library near you. My ten are listed in no particular order.
1. Tell Me the Day Backwards by Albert Lamb
This picture book has a mother bear coaxing her child to retell the events of the day. This book could be a fun introduction to having students retell their own days or stories.
2. Baby Badger’s Wonderful Night by Karen Saunders
This is a beautiful bedtime story focusing on the relationship between father and child. This is a good read for the preschool audience.
3. Doodleday by Ross Collins
Harvey makes the mistake of drawing on Doodleday after being warned not to do so by his mom. The drawings come to life and every solution he comes up escalates the situation. This creative story would be a good pair for Chalk.
4. Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen
This book is well suited for preschool and kindergarten. Itsy Mitsy is determined to run away. Each time she starts to leave, her father suggests something else she might needing. This leads to some epic packing.
5. Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner
Kate Messner’s start of school story is adorable and one I’m hoping to share with many classes on September 1.
6. How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson
This is a picture book I’m excited to share with teachers. It would also be one to share with parents as it covers techniques to help a slug learn to read that translate well to young human readers. As my school is adopting Daily 5 this year, this might have some interesting uses for Read to Self.
7. Panda and Polar Bear by Matthew Baek
When a young polar bear strays from home to see what else the world holds he is mistaken for another panda by a young cub after an incident with a mud puddle. This is a lovely story of new friends and of overcoming obstacles to friendship.
8. Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks
Alex and Zina are a polar bear and penguin living on opposite sides of the world. While they are different in many ways, they are still friends. This could make for a cute elementary guidance lesson.
9. Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
Gerald and Piggie are back in this reader from Mo Willems. Kids will have fun hunting for pigeon on the endpapers of the book. Gerald imagines sharing his ice cream with a sad Piggie, but events turn his imaginings upside down.
10. Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting
This is a great book for the preschool audience. A young elephant tweaks the mother’s tail every time the young one comes up with a question. It’s a fun exploration of identity as what an elephant can or cannot do is explained in a light-hearted manner.