In 2011, my older son, Logan was a preschooler, and I shared 10 favorite picture books to add to your playtime. This would be a great list for a preschool classroom.
Last August I was too busy to write a list. Instead, I perused all of the other wonderful lists. You can find all of the suggestions on the blog jog. Of course, you may do what I did that year. I spent way too much money purchasing picture books from Amazon! My husband loved that!
This year, I am playing by the rules and sharing 10 must-have picture books for the classroom. Well, I did add one little twist to my list. I noticed that many of the books I had on my list had been recommended by other kid lit bloggers. In fact, almost all of the books were recommended through a weekly meme in which I participate. Each day on facebook, and often twitter and G+, I share a picture book of the day. These recommendations are put together by a group of bloggers. We have a weekly schedule and we all share our favorites. You can find these lists on my facebook page every day or by following #pbotd. Today I am sharing both the recommendation of the blogger and my own thoughts on the book. Links are amazon affiliate links.
1. Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee -- recommended by Growing Book by Book
Growing book by book recommended this book as a great mentor text for writing. I would agree that this is a perfect book for using in writer's workshop. But, we love it because it's just so funny. The illustrations are so detailed and provide a great depiction of the experience of waiting in line and riding a roller coaster. You can actually people watch while you read this book.
2. Birds by Kevin Henkes - Ready-Set-Read
3. Kids Like Me...Learn ABCs by Laura Ronay - The Good Long Road
The Good Long Road recommended this alphabet book. I was instantly interested in the book and had to purchase a copy. It's a wonderful alphabet book. The layout is simple and clear for beginning learners. I love how it adds diversity to the classroom library.
4. Jamberry by Bruce Degan -- What do we do all Day?
In the words of Erica from What do we do all Day?, "This classic was published more than 25 years ago. If you haven't read it, get thee to the library!" This may not be the newest book on the shelf, but it deserves a place on the shelf of every single classroom. There are many rhyming books to choose from but none are as imaginative as "Jamberry". It is silly and fun and begs to be read again and again.
5. The Monstore by Tara Lazar --Pragmatic Mom
Pragmatic Mom found this book related to the keep out signs that were being posted around her home. Does that sound familiar? I'll bet it will sound familiar to the kids in your classroom, too! The Monstore will help your kids do a bit of creative problem solving. I think every classroom library deserves to have books with the levels of creativity you'll find in this story.
6. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold -- Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Mother Daughter Book Reviews did a Father Son Review of Hi! Fly Guy. My five year old son also loves this book about a boy and his "remarkable" pet fly. This is a great book for early readers. In fact, I heard my son reading this one (nearly) independently in the back of the car the other day! Boys will definitely love this one, but girls will probably enjoy it too. There are other books in this series. We also love Fly Guy meets Fly Girl.
7. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein -- Ready-Set-Read
"The Man who Walked between the Towers" isn't a new book, but it came to my mind when Nick Wallenda's Skywire walk was aired on the Discovery channel this summer. It is a wonderful Caledcott award winning book. Children can use the book, "The man who Walked Between the Towers" to compare the experience of watching Wallenda's walk on Skywire on the Discovery Channel. The controversies surrounding both Wallenda's skywire and Petit's high wire walk may inspire some students to write argument or opinion pieces. The book also addresses the twin towers, so it would be interesting to add to a classroom discussion on September 11th.
8. My Little Book of Bald Eagles by Hope Irvin Marston --Reading Confetti
Reading Confetti used this book with her children when they showed a strong interest in bald eagles at the zoo. They found this book at the library and made a cute handprint and footprint bald eagle craft too. I included this book as a reminder that one "must-have" for a classroom library are books that follow the interests of the children. My five year old tells us all of the time that he wants to be a scientist that studies birds. When I saw this book recommendation, it was one I had to check out!
9. Flotsam by David Wiesner -- KC Edventures
KC Edventures recommended this book as a great book for summer reading. It can also find a place in your classroom this fall, though. This wordless picture book takes the readers on a journey underwater as a boy finds an underwater camera and discovers the secrets of the deep. This is a great fantasy story. I love wordless picture books for the classroom for read alouds, independent reading, and writer's workshop.
10. The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers --No Twiddle Twaddle
The Incredible Book Eating Boy would make a wonderful book to kick off your school year. It's pretty obvious what this book may be about. In this story, Henry likes to eat books and as he eats books, he grows smarter. Eventually he ends up with a giant stomach ache and jumbled up facts. He does learn to enjoy books without necessarily consuming the pages. It's always great to start the year off with a funny book. This book sends a great message about the importance of education and reading. Plus, while Henry is devouring genres, your students may learn a few things about different types of reading. Just make sure they know the class rules, "No eating books!"
This book was recommended by kid lit blogger, Bethany of No Twiddle Twaddle. She is the organizer of the picture book of the day meme. Check out her blog and follow along using #pbotd or by following any (or all) of the facebook pages that I linked in this post.
My picture book 10 for 10 list for 2013 is complete. I can't wait to start reading all of the top books that other teachers and bloggers have chosen. As organizer Cathy Mere says, "Warning! This event is rated D for dangerous! It's possible that your wallet will lighten and your shelves will grow smaller by participating. This event is intended for book loving audiences."