Sunday, August 10, 2014

Possibilities #pb10for10

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Every year that I have participated in the #pb10for10 -- sharing ten (yes, only ten!) picture books that I could not live without in my classroom -- I usually shared my here-are-my-now-favorite ten picture books.  My lists had some standby solid favorites sprinkled with a few newer titles.  Never once had I thought about a theme like many of the other smart picture book lovers that were sharing.  This year I thought I would stand my ground and share my right now favorites.

And then I got to thinking a little more.

Oh, the possibilities ...

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What Do You Do with an Idea?
1.  Possibility of IDEA:  
What Do You Do With an Idea? 
by Kobi Yamada

Love the possibilities of ideas that grow! A gift of nurturing your dreams, being unsure to share, watching them grow!  Just a beautiful story accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.  Let the ideas flourish!  Something I want to encourage in my children and my students.


2.  Possibility of WONDER:
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert EinsteinOn a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein 
by Jennifer Berne

An important book to encourage children to never stop asking questions, wonder, think, and asking more questions about all things BiG and small.  Kids already have this natural curiosity and we need to continue to foster and encourage that wonder and questioning in the classrooms.



The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend3.  Possibility of IMAGINATION:
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend 
by Dan Santat

Everyone needs a friend, even an imaginary friend is looking for a friend.  Beekle courageously sets out to find his perfect match to do the unimaginable.  Loved all the imagination that Dan Santat used in creating this book.  (Fabulous illustrations!)  And Beekle is just too adorable!


4.  Possibility of HOPE:
Fly Away HomeFly Away Home by Eve Bunting

This is one book that has stayed on my list.  A touching story about a father and son living in an airport trying to live unnoticed.  This story is full of hope and a future beyond the glass doors of the airport, especially after the boy watches a trapped bird is freed.  It's sure to allow for many questions and wonderings.




The Invisible Boy5.  Possibility of KINDNESS:
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

This is one story that will never, ever be forgotten.  A heartprint book. (Oh, that would have been a great idea for a book list!) A story that needs to be shared in every classroom.  No one wants to feel invisible, especially Brian.  Yet, there are many students that feel invisible even in our own classrooms.  This is one story that tells about the power of one little, "Hello." The words and illustrations work together beautifully to tell the story about the invisible boy.


6.  Possibility of OPPORTUNITY:
Each KindnessEach Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Another heartprint book.  A perfect pair with The Invisible Boy.  We all know a Maya.  The new girl who wanted to be invisible because of Chloe and her friends.  Chloe wasn't an outright bully, but little things like ignoring, whispering, laughing still hurt.  A lot.  However, Chloe learned a BIG lesson about kindness, but after it was too late.  (A powerful activity to see and remember the scars of bullying: The Crumpled Paper.)


The Lion and the Bird


7. Possibility of FRIENDSHIP:
The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

I was taken by surprise by this book.  The simplicity of the text.  The unlikely friendship between the lion and the bird.  The lion's kindness.  The hope of goodness.  The soft, beautiful illustrations. So much to enjoy in this book.


8. Possibility of JUSTICE:
The Day the Crayons QuitThe Day the Crayons Quit 
by Drew Daywalt

If only the crayons could talk!  This book holds so many possibilities!  Every crayon shares a frustration with crayon box owner Duncan. And they are just not happy.  Quite amusing to read from their point of view.  Laugh out loud funny.  (A great mentor text too!)




Bear Has a Story to Tell
9.  Possibility of STORY:
Bear Has a Story to Tell 
by Philip C. Stead

Not your average bear book -- and there are a lot of bear books out there!  A story about Bear who is so sweet, so kind, so patient, so willing to help his little animal friends prepare for winter, even when he wants to tell his story before everyone is asleep ...



10.  Possibility of POSSIBILITIES:
The Most Magnificent ThingThe Most Magnificent Thing 
by Ashley Spires

All the possibilities are held in the creation of the most magnificent thing.  The struggles, the in-betweens, the wanting to give up, the sticking-with-it, the triumphs ... This books holds the power of teaching creativity and perseverance -- and even a little lesson about making mistakes. The perfect book for the perfect time - and I love that the main character is a girl!



*After thought:  I was amazed after compiling this list that the illustrations play such a crucial role in the power of a picture book story. (I know that's why they call it a picture book, but not all picture books were created equal.)  Almost every one of the titles I added to my POSSIBILITIES list was included because of the words and complimentary (and usually beautiful) illustrations. 

Oh, the POSSIBILITIES picture books bring into our lives.  
Enjoy ALL the possibilities today!
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My previous #pb10for10 {non-thematic} selections:
2013                    2012                    2011

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26 comments:

  1. I'm a SUCKER for bear books, but only if they're stellar. Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead sounds like one I have to get my hands on!

    I loved your list of possibilities. Fantastic!

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    1. Me too Stacey! Bear books are plentiful, but this is one to read!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Great theme, and I love how it allowed you to feature so many different books! Now I am to narrow down all the possibilities for how to best use these with my students!

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    1. Thanks Katie! The possibilities are endless... happy reading!

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  3. Love love love this theme!! We are feeling a OLW possibility for next year….. The word possibility is strong for so many reasons. We want our readers to think about the possibillities in books - not find the answers. Thank you for a great list and an inspirational word to think more about!
    Clare and Tammy

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    1. Thank you!! Possibility would make a fantastic OLW! I agree that readers need to read about possibilities and then devise their own thinking and ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Beautiful way to share, Michelle. I know each one, & they're worth savoring & sharing!

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    1. Thanks Linda! Yes, they are worth savoring!

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  5. Fabulous theme! What a great way to think about a story!

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    1. Thanks Mary Lee! The possibilities are endless ...

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  6. Wonderful theme! This is one of my favorite lists I've read so far today.

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    1. Wow, thanks Elisabeth! That means so much!

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  7. So many possibilities! So inspirational! Thank you for sharing your list!

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    1. Thank you Loralee! Aren't picture books just amazing?!?

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  8. Great theme! And I love all of these books. I like how you put these together because it makes me think of some of the books in a way I hadn't thought of. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Michele! It was fun creating the list!

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  9. I love the use of "possibility" and I love this list. Great selection of books.

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  10. Oh, I love this! I've read and loved them all except Fly Away Home - I need to look for that one!

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  11. Michelle,
    It looks like you've participated each year since starting your blog. I'm impressed that you wiggle your list down to 10 every time! I love these titles and the way you set them up as having "possibility." This is perfect thinking for the beginning of a new school year. Can't wait to check out The Lion and the Bird. You are right, you have many #heartprint books in this collection. It makes me smile.

    Cathy

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  12. Like several others, I love the idea of possibility. And it seems like there are so many books that have the power to really change kids' lives. I've only read about half of these. Seems like I have lots of catching up to do! THE INVISIBLE BOY and THE LION AND THE BIRD are at the top of my list. Thanks so much!
    P.S. If you need some nonfiction titles, I'd be glad to recommend some. Start with Steve Jenkins. He's a Colorado author and is my absolute favorite. From there, go to the CYBILS nonfiction list from last year. I was on that committee and there were TONS of terrific books.

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  13. I've enjoyed seeing certain titles pop up again and again. I really need to read Each Kindness and Bear Has a Story to Tell!

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  14. I love how you frames all your book choices - possibilities. Isn't that what we want for our students - to open up a new range of possibilities for them.

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  15. Michelle, not to intentionally echo everyone else, but I LOVE your theme, and your choices. A couple new ones for me (Bear Has a Story to Tell) and some favourites - but with a new way to look at them. Thank you so much for sharing. And thanks for the links to your earlier lists.

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  16. Michelle,
    I love the idea of possibilities! Such a positive message for students to see all of these books together. I've, of course, added to my list of books-to-buy!

    Stephanie

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  17. So many books! So many possibilities! Your theme captured me. Thanks for sharing this great list of books.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.