Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Picture Book 10 for 10 Day - books about identity - 8.10.21

Thank you Cathy Mere at Reflect & Refine 
and Mandy Robek at Enjoy and Embrace Learning 
for organizing this day.

It's that time of year again!  The time where you'll spend all day looking at blogs and noticing how educators and librarians and book fiends have put collections together.  And then thinking about how that would fit into something you teach during the year.  And then before you know it you have a long list of books to either purchase or find from the library!  It's a good kind of day!

This year I am thinking more and more about identity.  It's honestly a big topic, not one that 10 books (or you know, plus one...) can even begin to fully explore.  But I'm thinking these 10 (+1) books will be important to use, whether it's at the beginning of the year or throughout the year.  These books explore all of those parts that make up our identity.  From our behavior to our likes and dislikes to the people that influence us.  It's about our names and how they are a big part of who we are.  It's about gender and accepting ourselves and others.  And sometimes, we may have to look at our identity in a new way, a new perspective.  Sometimes something we didn't like, or appreciate, about our identity can change.

Titles and authors:
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Becoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Thao by Thao Lam
Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima
Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown
What I Am by Divya Srinivasan
Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
Remarkably You by Pat Zietlow Miller
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker
Watercress by Andrea Wang
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

If you would like to see the other 10 for 10 roundups from my blog, click here.
Be sure to follow along using the hashtag #PB10for10!
Have fun!


  1. Love this list. Watercress is such a beautiful book and Eyes That Kiss in the Corners is one of my favorites of the year.

  2. Great list! I don't know Thao Lam - thanks for that one. Hardly Haunted and What I Am are in my TBR stack - look forward to reading them. Happy Reading!

  3. Super list, Michele. I loved using books about naming with my students, having them research to learn about their own names. What your background makes you who you are is also a way to research self. Your list has a way to show that. Thanks!

  4. I love these choices. I've seen Watercress on multiple lists so far today - it's even on mine! Hardly Haunted is on that I don't know and will have to check out.

  5. This is a great list of picture books! I've only read Watercress and Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, and they were both lovely. My library STILL hasn't bought a copy of Nana Akua Goes to School for me to borrow on Libby, and I can't fathom why! I've heard of a few others, but I didn't realize they were good enough to get on this top 10 list, so that's great to know. Thanks so much for the great post!