Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 #pb10for10

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.

I seem to go with a theme for this day, I guess my mind is always on the start of the school year at this time of year.  Last year, my #pb10for10 post was about 10 books you could use for Quick Writes at the beginning of the year.  See that post here.  Sticking with the beginning of the year theme, here are 10 books that would be great to use at the beginning of the year.  Whether it's to set the tone of your classroom community, give ideas on how to problem solve, or to put the new year in perspective, these books are sure to give you and your students a lot to talk about!

Books About Perspective
Use these books to help your students think with a new perspective,
think about things a little differently.

Dear Dragon
Dear Dragon
by Josh Funk
 illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo

They All Saw a Cat
They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel

School's First Day of School
School's First Day of School
by Adam Rex
illustrated by Christian Robinson

Looking at Things a New Way
When students get stuck, how do they go about solving their problem?
Sometimes you have to look at things in a new way.

A Unicorn Named Sparkle
A Unicorn Named Sparkle
by Amy Young

What Do You Do with a Problem?
What Do You Do With a Problem?
by Kobi Yamada
illustrated by Mae Besom

Turn That Frown Upside Down
We all have those days.  But how you deal with them make a difference.

Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus
Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus
by Edward Hemingway

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
My Teacher is a Monster! (No I'm Not)
by Peter Brown

Look for the Positives.  In Everyone
It's easy to get caught up in what is wrong.   What is not right.
Use these books to encourage everyone to look for the best.

Excellent Ed
Excellent Ed
by Stacy McAnulty
illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

We Are Growing! (Elephant & Piggie like reading!, #2)
We Are Growing
by Laurie Keller and Mo Willems
publishes Sept. 20th

Working Together
Round up your classroom community and think about 
how you'll work together this year.

Bring Me a Rock!
Bring Me a Rock
by Daniel Miyares

Here's to everyone having a great start of the school year!


  1. I love many of these, but others are new to me. I just placed Excellent Ed on hold at my library so I'm looking forward to reading that one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great choices! We have a few overlaps with books I've chosen to share with my middle schoolers. These are great concepts for all kids!

  3. Books for the start of the school year - awesome! Just what I need as I move to a new school, but also for anyone wanting to switch things up a bit. Thanks for these Michele.

  4. What a wonderful theme Michele AND fantastic choices!

  5. I love this theme. It puts books together that I wouldn't have thought of as being about the same theme.

  6. I love the way you organized your list, Michele. I'm headed to the bookstore today and hoping to pick up What To Do With A Problem and Excellent Ed!

  7. Dear Dragon sounds good, a new one for me, and I saw Bring Me A Rock on another list too-also seems like one to have. Thanks for the way you shared, Michele. I'll find some of these for my granddaughters!

  8. A great theme for 10 for 10 - love having books to share at the start of the school year. I keep hearing about Dear Dragon so am definitely going to read that one! Thanks, Michelle!

  9. I'm really looking forward to reading Dear Dragon. I love your other titles, too. I get lots of great book ideas from your lists. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oooh, great theme! I love teaching point of view/perspective. I use My Teacher is a Monster from your list, but most of the others are new to me. Thank you!

  11. Have you read/considered Grumpy Pants by Messer? I think you'll like it for your list!

  12. Great theme! I am going to use some on here for my biweekly picture book reading and reflections in my class. Some new ones to me on here :) Thank you!