10 for 10 Picture Book Day (#pb10for10) is here! I’m excited to share some of my all time favorites with you! Compiling a list of ten wasn’t easy, but for the ones I had to leave off (or forgot), there’s always next year. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here’s my list:
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – It was hard for me to pick just one Carle title, but without a doubt, this one holds a very special place in my heart. Perfect for practicing retelling, it also teaches about life cycles and encourages choral reading. The illustrations are classic and this is one title every child should read.
- Shhh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton – Something about the simplicity of the illustrations along with the comic story had my class in fits of giggles last year. This is another title they begged me to read over and over and we had many discussions about the plot simply from the illustrations.
- Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas – Want to introduce or practice rhyming in a hilarious way? This book takes the cake. There were days my class had me read this story three or four times. In a single day. As well as being super silly, it provides a simple way to informally assess how your class is doing with producing rhymes. How’s that for a winning picture book?
- This is Not My Hat – by Jon Klassen – For my money, there’s no better book to introduce or practice inferring than this Klassen title. The text is minimal. The real story takes place in the illustrations and readers/listeners have to really look in between the lines to garner the true plot.
- Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack – Another, ‘Please read it again!’ title – this book really allows the teacher to focus on cause and effect. The text is simple, consisting only of ‘Good News’ and ‘Bad News’ so listeners can read along. Multiple readings lead to deeper discussions and even creating alternate versions for each Good/Bad news scenario.
- That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems – Willems has so many fantastic titles and series, it was almost impossible to pick just one. I went with this lesser known title, because I love surprises and this one has a doozy at the end. Make sure you preread it so you’re in on the surprise and can really deliver the punch it needs to make your kids jump a little. Hehe…
- Stuck by Oliver Jeffers – I adore Oliver Jeffers style. There’s something whimsically youthful, yet with a nod to adults in his books. Again, it was hard to pick a single title, but ultimately, I went with Stuck because it’s so surreal in it’s unraveling and like some of my favorite books, just when the kids think they know what’s going to happen next, it doesn’t.
- The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen – There is much to love in Diesen’s story of a gloomy fish. The illustrations are sweet and there is wonderful repetition and alliteration that allows younger listeners to join along. Yes, it has a wonderful message as well. The power of a positive perspective can change your entire world – now who wouldn’t want to share that with their children?
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – by Bill Martin, Jr. – While I tried to include newer titles, no list of my favorite picture books would be complete without this classic. In addition to introducing the alphabet to young learners in a fun, colorful way, this book also lends itself to choral reading, retelling, and multiple reads (my class often begged me to read this up until the end of the school year – they loved it that much).
- And finally, my last book, technically has no pictures as it is The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. This book is nothing short of silly. The beauty in it truly comes out when the reader has not preread the book. In my class, whenever there was a guest or substitute, the kids begged for them to read The Book With No Pictures and naturally, people rarely refused. FITS of giggles always ensued.
The sharing is happening on blogs, twitter, and there is even an option for folks who don’t blog. I’m really hoping to read about your favorite picture books. It’s not too late to join in and share! What is your favorite picture book? Can you pick just one?