Thursday, August 9, 2012

Picture book 10 for 10

The Third Annual Picture Book 10 for 10 is now here. Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine)  and
Mandy (Enjoy and Embrace Learning) have organized this fun event. Be sure to visit their sites to see everyone's lists!

Trying to choose just 10 picture books that I couldn't live without was difficult. I decided to choose 10 books that I use at the beginning of the year that focus on building a caring community and focusing on building skills..

Here is my list:

1. First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

A fun book that helps see that even teachers can have the jitters. Great to lead to discussions of what we worry about.

2. The Memory Stone by Anne Louise MacDonald

I use this book the first week of school to help children focus on a special memory and how an object can help us remember a special time.

3. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

This is a special book about memories, love, generations, by a favourite author.

4. It's a Book by Lane Smith

My students loved this book! Great way to discuss books and media forms.

5. Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna

A gentle look at the impact of rumours and looking past appearances.

6. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

An excellent book that looks at fitting in and being different, especially for ELL students.

7. Have You Filled a Bucket Today and Fill a Bucket by Carol McCloud

I start the year with these 2 books and we share ways to fill each other's bucket. This is referred to all year. It's a very visual way for kids to see how their actions and words affect others.
There is even a website to give ideas and teaching hints.

8. The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper and Gabi |Swiatkowska

A lovely book that really focuses on how we treat others.

9. The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Love this story about how to stand up to a bully and change the way things are.

10. Who is Melvin Bubble? by Nick Bruel

A great intro to point of view and how others see us. The children turned their writing into books.

(This is a return look at favourite books from July; check here for links to where to purchase.)


Linda B said...

I love some of your list, & others I'm going to write down; I have a blank document all ready! I do love Mem Fox, & it was hard not to put one of hers on my list (I'll post it tomorrow.) I am interested in those books you begin the year with and the one titled Mr. Peabody's Apples. (I know and use One Green Apple-terrific). thanks for all!!

Looking for the Write Words said...

Thank you for your list. There are a few of my favorites like Mem Fox & Eve Bunting. And also some new ones I'd like to check out - The Memory Stone for sure. Do you know The Memory String by Eve Bunting? I really should have included her on my list too! Definitely could go beyond 10!
Happy Reading! ~ Theresa

Tammy Flanders said...

Thanks for your recommendations. I haven't heard of Who is Melvin Bubble? and think it will be a good addition to a book talk I'm doing focussed on the 'big idea' perception.
Apples with Many Seeds

Mandy said...

Thanks for joining us today. I must get The Memory Stone.

Mrs. Johnson said...

I enjoyed your list. I love the idea of a memory stone. Sounds like a wonderful book for writing. I am also going to check out Melvin Bubble. I love The Recess Queen and It's a book.