Friday, August 10, 2012

Picture Books: August 10 for 10

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Ten picture books 
I can't live without 
in my classroom.

I read a lot.  Not as much as some, but more than others.   A good chunk of my reading consists of picture books.  (Check out my Goodreads account!)   For one, I adore picture books.  The illustrations in combination with the words and the message -- whether simple or complex, pulls me in as a reader.  Also, I don't have a lot of free or extra time, so squeezing in a picture book here or there, or sharing one with my two little ones is feasible.  In my classroom, I utilize more picture books to enhance my reading and writing mini-lessons or just to share my pure love of reading.  I notice the more I share a picture book, the more I learn and the more I fall in love.  Maybe every picture book deserves a second and third read.  I wonder if there is a nugget waiting in the stack of books I currently have checked out from the library.

I've been keeping a mental list of books - of course, more than the elite ten I must choose.  I have considered looking back at last year's PB10for10 post . . . but I'm going to check it out later.  I know there will be books that I missed, but some books I just love more than others!  Also, I've come to realize that:

In different seasons of life, 
different books speak to us.

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Here's my list for #pb10for10, in no particular order -- just ten books that I go back to over and over:

I fell in love with this book earlier this year.  It's truly just spectacular - the words, the illustrations, the waiting and waiting.  This was one of those books that every time I read it I realized something new or spotted something in the illustrations.

We are in a Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems 

Truly any Elephant and Piggie book will do, but I had to pick one to share.  Each new book in the series is better than the last!  Two fun characters that come to life through the pages of the book.  Some simple text with some big meaning!

Amazing story, even though many of us could never relate.  It's a story about a dad taking his daughter owling.  We hear the child's narrative of what happens during this silent event.  Rich vocabulary and word choice.  Gorgeous illustrations.  Touching story.

The Wall by Eve Bunting

A father takes his son to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in search of his father's name.  A remembrance of our veterans and those that fight for our freedom sparing their own lives. A thoughtful book that will lead to many conversations.

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting

Another touching story by Eve Bunting about a father and his son forced to survive and live in an airport.  A story of hope and future beyond the glass doors of the airport.  It's sure to allow for many questions and wonderings.

A story about a girl who is in search of her own 'something beautiful.' She learns such a powerful lesson on her search:  what we hold near and dear to our hearts is our something beautiful.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon   

A sweet little bat that I just go batty for every time I read it.  She's adorable and it's heartbreaking when Stellaluna is separated from her momma.  However, she does the best she can and hangs out with the birds until she is reunited.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

A short story with amazing illustrations about teamwork and survival.  Worth a read at the beginning of the year to remind your team that we all need to work together to learn together.

An adorable puppy who gets sucked into an enticing book by a sweet little yellow bird who eventually teaches Rocket how to read.  A perfect read aloud for those just learning how to read. And coming soon . . . Rocket Writes a Story.  I can't wait to add this book to my library!  A perfect pair.

Described as street poetry, this is a fun book to read aloud together, in pairs, or by yourself.  Awesome how little words can bring two boys together as friends.  A perfect read for fluency while noticing punctuation marks and the size and color of the words.

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  1. Can't wait to read Rocket Writes a Story! Loved you picks- Owl Moon is on mine,too.

  2. Swimmy!!!! I love that book. "He was black as a mussel shell." My son and daughter loved that book. I have to pull that book out more in my classroom.

  3. You have picked some great ones! I've contemplated And Then It's Spring several times. You may have moved this into the "gotta get it" pile. Rocket Writes a Story is a perfect complement to Rocket Learns to Read.

  4. Great books MIchelle. I have almost all of them, except Rocket Learns to Read. I've seen others talk about it, so must put it on my list. I just purchased We Are In A Book. I love the elephant and piggie books-have checked out all I can that are new, but wanted to buy this one. It is terrific. And then it's spring is another beautiful recent one. I'm glad to hear you like it too. Thanks for stopping by my post, too. I'm so swamped, back to work this week, & reading & writing as fast as I can. Happy beginnings wherever you are in the getting ready.

  5. Thanks for joining us today. I'm so glad to see Swimmy on your list.

  6. So true, each time we read a book we find something new! Even after reading a book over and over with each new class someone always manages to find something I had not seen before! It would be interesting to see if any of your book are repeated are the comments different?
    Enjoy your rereading!

  7. Michelle,
    Both the Rocket stories are on my list to purchase! You're right about books having their season! Thanks for sharing your great list. I love Eve Bunting's stories.

  8. Here, here: "Maybe every picture book deserves a second and third read."


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.