Monday, August 12, 2013
August 10 for 10 Picture Book Event - A Few Days Late
I've been reading all the posts up for the 10 for 10 picture book event and in doing so I've been inspired to write my own. I find this a difficult task though as I like a lot of books for a lot of different reasons. You should ask my students. I often say, "oh, this is one of my favourite books to read". I say that a lot. So in no particular order, and being removed from my books at the moment as they are all waiting to be unpacked at my new school I present my 10 for 10 a few days late:
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Leoni
This book has been around for a very long time but it is still one that almost brings me to tears every time I read it. I love the friendship that these two have and how together they become one. I love hearing how my students think they will solve their problem, and then we are all surprised by the way that they have. It's a wonderful heart warming book.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
I love how this boy eats every book in sight and then has a problem because of it. The surprise ending on the back cover always puts a smile on my face
Boy + BOT by Ame Dyckman
I love the interaction and friendship between Boy + Bot but I also love Ame Dyckman. As a children's author she has gone above and beyond with her interactions my grade one students. She's a real gem.
Stanley Paste by Aaron Blabey
Stanley Paste, the shortest child in the class, is someone most can identify with. When Stanley meets his friend, completely opposite in size to him, things changes so wonderfully for both of them. It's a wonderful story about friendship and embracing who you are.
No David by David Shannon
As a grade one teacher how could I not love No, David! My students eat it up year after year. They can easily relate to David. It's a great book for classroom discussions and problem solving.
Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
A real favourite for the use of punctuation in a powerful way. Friendship is the key focus of this book and it's wonderful to read how their friendship gets stronger just through simple one word dialogue. It's a great book for my students to act out.
Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
The first time I read this to a student was during one on one time with a student who was very upset. The book was the perfect thing that put a smile on his face, and then we talked about how his smile will positively effect those around them, and so on, and so on. It made my students more mindful of their own behaviours and how they positively influence others. It was great to hear the discussions that spontaneously came out from it.
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel
Being Jewish, and owning all the props mentioned in this story, is just two reasons why I love this book so much. I love the suspense that is build up in the story and even though it's a very long read aloud, my grade one students seem to love hearing it. I love how it teaches many of the traditions related to Hanukkah as well. It is a book that I share every year around Hanukkah.
Exclamation Mark by Ame Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
I love, love, love this book for so many reasons. I love how it makes punctuation so entertaining and easy to figure out. I love how simple the story is but how powerful it is. It's certainly a class favourite.
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
To be honest I love all the Elephant and Piggie, and Pigeon books by Mo Willems but this one in particular has me laughing and crying all the time. I love how snake is so determined to play catch but without any arms and legs it's really not that easy to do. And just when you think everyone has given up they come up with the perfect plan to include snake in the game of catch. It's a heart warming story that helps my students realize that if we look hard enough there is a fair and reasonable solution to all problems.
*All images have been take from Amazon.ca and full credit belongs to the author's of these books.