August 10 for 10 (or 20)- My Take

Here is my contribution for this marvelous project– teachers listing their top 10 picture books and blogging about it. My reasoning behind some of my choices:

  • Being a curriculum coordinator, I’m not in a classroom but might be called into numerous ones without warning. I like to have books that I can rely on to hook  a variety of age groups.
  • I miss the connections that you can form with your own class.  I look for books that will quickly engage and involve the students.
  • I work with boys so  I love to find a story that engages them but also widens their experience.
  • I strongly believe picture books can be used as springboards in all subjects so I like to have a variety to recommend to my teachers for across the curriculum.
  • I’m committed to a strong anti bias curriculum so I am always on the look out for new books that help kids develop a sense of social justice.
  • I have been teaching for 29 years so some of mine are rather old! Plus I cheated by adding runner ups.

1. Best book to encourage participation with anticipation and rhythm : Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins                                      Runner Up: Jump Frog Jump By Robert Kalan

2. Best book to discuss environmental issues: Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg             Runner Up: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

3. Best book to involve the students and incoporate music: Abiyoyo By Pete Seeger           Runner Up: The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

4. Best book for math: Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews                                                  Runner Up: The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

5. Best book when talking about values: Elmer by David McKee                                  Runner Up:  The Empty Pot by Demi          

6. Best book for social studies: Encounter By Jane Yolen                                                         Runner Up: The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

7. Best book with no words: Tuesday by David Wiesner                                                        Runner Up: The Red Book by Barbara Lehman

8. Best book to laugh with: We are in a Book (and entire series) by Mo Willems           Runner Up: No Jumping on the Bed by Ted Arnold

9. Best book you can read and listen to over and over again: Frederick by Leo Lionni  Runner Up: Dr. DeSoto by William Steig

10. Best book to show boys they can break stereotypes: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf                       Runner Up: Max, The Stubborn Little Wolf by Marie- odilie Judes

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4 Responses to August 10 for 10 (or 20)- My Take

  1. Tammy Flanders says:

    Great list of classics. I appreciate how you’ve included how you use them. Also, thought it very clever to have a runner up – twice the number of recommendations.

  2. Sylvia says:

    I must smile (and say cheater!) — all in good humor 🙂 … I LOVE your post (and I wish I had thought of the runner-up idea – you are so smart!). Thank you for sharing so many books in such awesome categories. Next year, I may have to try to be more clever as well. 🙂

  3. Mandy says:

    Thanks for joining us today. I love your categories with runner ups to help get m ore titles out there to share.

  4. Jackie says:

    Great list. I really like that you included runner ups. It helps to see a known book in a category and think, I liked that one so I might like the one it is paired with.

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