Monday, August 10, 2015

#pb10for10 2015

It's 10for10 Picture Book Day!

10for10 Picture Book Day is one reason I look forward to August!  Getting new picture book ideas is always fun, but my favorite part is seeing how people put picture book ideas together.  I see ways to put picture books together that I never would have thought.  So many wonderful ideas as we start our new school year.

Thank you Cathy Mere at Reflect & Refine and Mandy Robek at Enjoy and Embrace Learning for organizing this day. Stop by the Google Community to see even more ideas, or look for the hashtag #pb10for10.

Since this is the beginning of the year, I'm thinking about books to use right at the start.  The start of the year means the start of new habits.  Reading stamina and writing long.  But first the ideas need to flow.  Here are 10 books that inspire great quick writing ideas!

Ten Rules of Being a Superhero
10 Rules of Being a Superhero
by Deb Pilutti
This is a great story about the features and talents a superhero should possess.  Some of them are surprising and not what you think it would say.
Quick Write ideas:  What would your superhero power be?  Think about what type of person you want to be, what superhero power would help you with that?

Wild About Us!
Wild About Us!
by Karen Beaumont
All of the animals in this story embrace their uniqueness and those qualities
 that make them special.  
Quick Write ideas:  Think about who you are.  What makes you special?  What makes you unique?  Hang on to this quick write - later take these qualities and add them to a character in a story you are writing.

Wherever You Go
Wherever You Go
by Pat Zietlow Miller
Join this adventurous rabbit as it travels and goes on various adventures!
Quick Write ideas:  Where do you want to go this year?  What adventures do you think await this year?  What will happen if you get stuck, how will you problem solve?
When you think about your reading, where do you want it to take you?
Where would you travel in a book.

Something Extraordinary
Something Extraordinary
by Ben Clanton
A boy makes extraordinary wishes as he travels through nature.
Quick Write ideas:  What do you wish for?  Look around you - in the classroom, out in nature - what wishes can you make?  Hang on to this quick write - later, take out a wish and turn it into a story.

The Most Magnificent Thing
The Most Magnificent Thing
by Ashley Spires
A young girl sets out to make, what in her mind, the most magnificent thing.  But what she finds out, sometimes it's hard to take that idea in your mind and make it happen.  But sometimes, it's something different that happens that makes the difference.
Quick Write ideas:  Talk about growth mindset.  Write about the young girl's growth mindset.  What did she learn?  How can you take that lesson and apply it this year?

The Reader
The Reader
by Amy Hest
We see a younger reader sent out on a snowy day, in search of a great place
to read a book.  I love how the reader protects the book in the suitcase!
Quick Write ideas:  What does your readerly life look like?  Where do you enjoy
reading?  What do books mean to you?  What do you want me (your teacher)
to know about you and reading?

Marilyn's Monster
Marilyn's Monster
by Michelle Knudsen
Marilyn is waiting to get her monster.  She knows it sometimes takes some time.
But then everyone arounds her gets their monster.
Marilyn decides it's time to take matters into her own hands.
But, as she is reminded, that's not how it's done.  You must wait.
But if she waits, will she ever meet her monster?  Marilyn learns that sometimes,
you have to think outside of the box in order to get a new solution.
Quick Write ideas:  How are you at solving problems?  What do you do when something
isn't going the way you planned?  As the year begins, how are you
going to handle a situation that is difficult?  Thinking about Marilyn,
do you agree with how she solved her problem?  Why did it work
for her?

There's No Such Thing as Little
There's No Such Thing As Little
by LeUyn Pham
It's all in how you look at things in this book!
With cut outs on each page and the next page a surprise, readers will 
delight in looking at things with a new perspective.
Quick Write ideas:  What does growth mindset mean to you?  
Write about what the author did with each new idea.  Did it make you
look at things differently?  How can you look at problems differently?
How can you solve problems differently?  Using the concept in this book,
how can you approach something in a new way?

What Do You Do with an Idea?
What Do You Do With an Idea?
by Kobi Yamada
In this creative story, a young child has an idea.  It's what happens to get the idea 
flowing in this story that makes it a fun one to share for a writing mini-lesson!
Just like you can use The Reader to know about your students' reading life,
use this one to find out about their writing life!
Quick Write ideas:  Tell me about yourself as a writer.
How do you get ideas for writing?  What do you think about the writing process?  
What is hard for you?  What part do you like best?
What are your goals this year in writing?
What do you want me know about you as a writer?

by Kathryn Otoshi
What seems like an easy concept book, actually has a deep, quiet message.  
Told with colors and numbers, readers discover that someone is being bullied.
Readers pick up on the message that it just takes one person
to put their foot down and stop the bullying.
Quick Write ideas:  How can you be the One this year?  
If it were up to you, and everyone would look positively
on your message, what would you do to stop bullying?  To promote kindness?

There you have it, 10 quick writes ready to go!  I hope these picture books inspire some quick writing that turns into some longer writing for you and your students this year.  Do you use any of these books already?  Any good writing suggestions you use?  Share in the comments for everyone to learn!  

Happy Picture Book 10 for 10 day!


  1. Great list of books - lots that I need to check out. Love your theme and I can see how these books will help with quick writes as the year begins! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Great list of books! So many I want to check out!

  3. We can't wait to read these books. So many are new to us - 10 Rules of being a Super Hero, Wild about Us, Something Extraordinary and Where ever you go look terrific

  4. Michelle- some of my favorites are on this list! Love your idea for quick writes too. Thanks for always sharing your book love!

  5. Great list and quick write ideas! I'm going to have to search for several as our library didn't have them.

  6. Awesome list Muchele! Best part...I already own many of these books. ;)

  7. I pinned this for future reference! Can't wait to try some of your ideas with some of my favourite titles here!

  8. Wow! As a writer of picture books, I was thrilled and filled with gratitude to see how you are using these books to inspire creative thinking as well as self-discovery in kids. Thank you! Thank you!

  9. Yes, love these! A few are already on my list from earlier posts, so now I am really raring to read them! Thanks, Michelle!

    My #pb10for10 is about PB featuring diverse characters.

  10. Michele I love this list not just for the titles, but also for the Quick Write ideas you share. I'll be sharing this post with teachers for sure...which means I need to get the titles I don't have so they are handy. :-)

  11. I love What Do You Do With An Idea but didn't have it on my list. I keep seeing Wild About Us! so I'll have to get it. And There's No Such Thing As Little looks awesome, too.

  12. What a terrific theme to choose your 10 from! Thank you!

  13. I'm loving that some books keep appearing on many lists - I need to add Something Extraordinary, One, Marilyn's Monster, and Wild About Us to my TBR list RIGHT NOW! Ha. Great idea for a list - your students will be using their imaginations! :-)

  14. I love your quick write prompts for each! Smart idea for getting to know your kids and getting the writing flowing!!

  15. It's a fabulous list, Michele. I just saw Wild About Us on Elisabeth E's blog today. Janet Stevens is a former parent, & I don't know this book, so excited to see it. I know the others, think Marilyn's Monster is a new favorite. Your ideas for writing will be helpful for many.

  16. I just love these! I'm thinking they would also be perfect for playing in our writer's notebook.