Sunday, August 10, 2014

#pb10for10 Day! Books to celebrate the readerly life!

It's 10for10 Picture Book Day!

I'm very excited for this event because last year I watched from afar, reading everyone's posts, finding new picture books, and here it is, a year later and I'm participating!

If this is your first year, take a look at what I have, but then go back to Cathy Mere's blog Reflect & Refine or Mandy Robek's blog Enjoy and Embrace Learning to see the jog of all the pb10for10 posts.  Get some great ideas of groups of picture books that you can use in your teaching throughout the year.  What I love about this day, is you get a list of 10 picture books that you can use with a theme or idea or unit, not just 1!

This past year I have embraced a "readerly" life.  I read for myself.  I read to put books in the hands of others - my own daughter, my students, the students at my school, teachers, and friends.  I continue to grow as a reader and hope to see everyone embrace the reading life.  My 10for10, is a group of books that you can use to show students what a readerly life looks like and then some books that will grab those kids and help them read read read!  So without further ado, here goes!

To show what a readerly life is, try these books:

1.  The Reader by Amy Hest

The Reader
I love this beautiful picture book illustrated by the amazing Lauren Castillo.  Read this book and have students look for characteristics of readers - they bring books with them, they read in many different places, identity of a reader.

2.  My Pet Book by Bob Staake

My Pet Book
When you first read this story, you think about how cute it is that a boy has a book for a pet. But when you look closer, you see what this book means - how a book helps you journey to imaginative places, how books are always there for a reader, how books bring joy and how they are a friend to its reader!

3.  The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty

The Snatchabook
Readers could hardly imagine a night that goes by without the comfort of a bedtime story.  Imagine the shock in the little town of Burrow Down where this exactly happens.  The story of the Snatchabook and why this creature steals all the books is one that will resonate with young readers.

4.  Please Bury Me in the Library by J. Patrick Lewis and BookSpeak! by Laura Purdie Salas

Please Bury Me in the Library       BookSpeak!: Poems about Books
I'm cheating just a bit by putting these two poetry books together, but they both speak of living the readerly life so well, they had to go together!  Share a poem or two a day and have students do a quick write about the readerly life that is being spoken of by these two wonderful poets!

5.  Read All About It! by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush

Read All About It!
Living a readerly life means having characters come to life as you are reading their stories.  We know what it's like to have characters stay with us long after a book has been closed, this silly story shows young readers who wonder where the characters are once the book is closed.  Illustrated by the talented Denise Brunkus, young readers will giggle and think about their own favorite characters.

Once you've talked about a readerly life, now you'll want to hook them on some great reads.

6.  A story for IMAGINATION:
Journey by Aaron Becker

This wordless picture book takes you on such an amazing journey, every child can get lost in this story.

7.  A story for your HEARTSTRINGS:
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy
The conversations that come from this book, from the youngest reader to wise, experienced readers are just amazing.  Your heart can't help but feel for young Brian, who is there, always ready to participate, but just isn't seen by his peers or teacher.  This is a story that stays with you for a long time.

8.  A story for your SNARKY side:
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds

Oh, how I love this book!  Those poor, misunderstood carnivores.  They can't help what they do.  I always feel badly for the sensitive souls in a class when reading this book, I don't think they appreciate the sarcastic humor, but it's one that makes me laugh and laugh and laugh...  And those illustrations by Dan Santat!

9.  A story for FRIENDSHIP:
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
Dan Santat sneaks in here a couple of times!  I feel like this book has it all.  It has a beautiful story about friendship.  Beekle is such a lovable creature, anyone would want him for their very own unimaginary friend.  The artwork in this book is amazing.  There are so many spreads that I would love to have up around my house!  Dan Santat proves he can write, he can illustrate, and he can surpass his own work!

10.  A story for your LAUGH OUT LOUD side:
Naked! by Michael Ian Black

Go ahead.  I dare you.  Read this book without laughing.  This book makes you want to run around.  Naked.  Or maybe naked with a cape on.

This has been such an adventure finding a collection of books to put together.  I hope you read this collection and embark on a further readerly life!  I will expand my readerly life by going on the #pb10for10 jog and see what collections you have put together!
Do you know another book that shows a readerly life?  Add them in the comments!
Happy Reading!


  1. Really fun collection - and who doesn't love a theme about readers and reading? I read Carnivores to my class last year in honor of a shark-lover in our group, and my third graders could not stop talking about that one! Such fun, thanks for sharing!

  2. I love books about books! 6-10 are fun too! :-)

  3. Michele,
    Since I am moving to a reading intervention position I have been busily going through books about reading to find favorites to share when I work with classrooms. I've started a Pinterest board to house this collection. You have some of my favorites here: My Pet Book, The Snatchabook and The Invisible Boy. You also have three I haven't read I want to check it out: Naked, Beekle, and Read All About It.

    I'm so glad you joined the conversation this year. I'm on my way to add your post to our jog.