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.
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
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