Sunday, August 10, 2014

PB10for10! - A Mix of Favorites

Cathy Mere of Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community and Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning host this wonderful tradition, the annual #PB10for10, 10 "must have" picture books for the classroom. Get your library site open, or your list of books to buy!
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     Thank you Mandy and Cathy for doing this for the 5th year!

           I tried to think of a theme to share, and then I tried to do only certain kinds of books, but I checked the past lists, and I was repeating too much. Today I'll share some old favorites, a few recent ones that "perhaps" you haven't read, and one that hasn't even been published yet, but I know it'll be great.  Here's my list, and the ways I use them, or will use them. 
          Also, except for the final one, I'm not going to comment on the illustrations. Each book in its own way has been illustrated beautifully, and that art is an integral part of what makes the books we choose shine.


      For use in writing workshop: Sometimes it's good to choose a topic, to show students that writing about a common topic can show the diversity of our opinions, and we learn so much about each other.  Bookspeak, Poems About Books is a great mentor text for celebrating point of view. Laura Purdie Salas shares her lovely poems in both different structures and different kinds of ways to look at writing. A favorite is her poem about the sadness of being the book's "middle" instead of being "first" or "last". 


      I've also used Eureka, Poems About Inventors by Joyce Sidman for a poetry lesson, this time to illustrate to students how they can use research to write poems. It's a book filled with interesting poems about inventors and their creations.
         You Have To Write by Janet S. Wong is full of tips for the writing process, and she tells the story straight to the reader, giving ideas and hope for budding, and feeling stuck, writers.

        Recently published, Inside My Imagination by Marta Arteaga, offers ideas to inspire. I haven't used it yet, but have already loaned it to a colleague, and I know I'll love it for writing lessons this year. A favorite line tells how imagination works in writing: “like a sea of thoughts that float and glide over each other”.

        For celebrating and respecting differences. All children feel apart from the "crowd" sometimes, even those who seem to have lots of friends. It's important to open the subject with good books that support differences, but also celebrate unique qualities that each person has.
         In Three Hens and a Peacock, Lester Laminack writes about three hens whose jealousy increases as a peacock appears to be so successful in bringing business to a farm stand. Each takes a turn being the "main attraction", yet also discovers that the job coveted didn't fit well at all. It was time to celebrate one's own best qualities!
          Well, the title, Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox, really says it all. It doesn't matter if homes, schools, or lands are different, everyone has the same smiles, hurts, and joys. It works so well when sharing with young students. They love to tell how they are the same or different.
         There are two books I've used for both younger students and older ones, All In A Day by Cynthia Rylant, and The Way To Start A Day by Byrd Baylor. Both are poetically written, and show positive ways to think of the day, to start well, have fun, notice beauty, laugh with friends, and on. Many times I've read the books, and sometimes we've written responses, sometimes we just talked in our group. 


          I actually might have shared more than one Elephant & Piggie book. Each holds a story full of laughter and along the way, there is something serious to discuss.  In A Big Guy Took My Ball, a conflict is solved in such a manner that they make it look easy. But we all know that compromise is not easy, and we can learn a lot by examining how others do it. It's a terrific book.

             And the one I haven't read, but can't wait until it arrives. By Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet, The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus just has to be a great biography about Peter Roget, a boy who wrote lists. This fits so well with the support of those who do things that others believe is a little odd, and I wonder if it also wouldn't be great for some important writers notebook entries. The illustrations look wonderful, and you can read about Melissa Sweet's process here.

That's my ten. I can't wait to see what you share!


22 comments:

  1. Off to make my first (but not my last) requests of the day for Inside my Imagination and Eureka. So many of your titles are also some of my favorites, especially Bookspeak and All in a Day. I haven't started my post yet, although I have 30 books pulled from my shelves. Two airport runs already this morning and now it's time to get ready for church. I'll be back later today with my list.

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    1. Inside My Imagination is only available in Spanish at our library system. I'll head to Island Books to see if they have it.

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    2. Hope you can find it, Ramona. I'll look for your list later! Eureka is a favorite of mine for sure!

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  2. Linda - this list is so lovely. I love how you shared how these books have been or could be used. Whoever you Are is such a special book - I have shared it so often, I think I have it memorized We are all going to have to compare notes on how we use Inside my Imagination this year. It is a book I can't wait to share as well.

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    1. Yes, it can be a good share about Inside My Imagination, Carrie. Looking forward to it, & sharing old favorites too, of course. I'm finding a few new ones today, too!

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  3. Thanks for this amazing list and the comments about how I can use them with my students. You are an inspiration to me.

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    1. You're welcome, Margaret. Hope they are helpful. We should keep sharing since we have such connections in students!

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  4. Whoever You Are is one of my favorites! I received it when my first son was born, and it's one of those books that bounces back and forth between home and school. I'm also adding All in a Day to my TBR list. This seems like it would be a great book as we introduce morning meetings in first grade. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, I've used All In A Day for that, Kendra. It's so sweetly written. Whoever You Are is great, I agree!

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  5. Linda - I love seeing how everyone has organized their titles and which ones they selected. You have some I know well and others I need to go find. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Yes, it's been a treat to see the posts. I've a long, long list of books to find. It's such a pleasure getting recommendations!

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  6. Linda,
    I love these titles! I learned about Eureka at NCTE and loved it. You have so many titles perfect for sharing with learners. Thanks for taking the time to share the way you envision them working with students. I can't wait to hear what you think about The Right Word.

    Cathy

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  7. I've seen Inside My Imagination a couple times today. I love the cover! Cynthia Rylant and Byrd Baylor are a couple of my favorite authors. Great list!

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    1. Thanks Holly. Hope you enjoy this new one, too.

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  8. You have lots of my favorites on here. I don't know YOU HAVE TO WRITE and INSIDE MY IMAGINATION. I think you are totally safe in recommending ROGET. Coming from those two you know it will be terrific!

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    1. I agree, Carol, Bryant & Sweet are just awesome in their work. I hope you find the other two & enjoy them!

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  9. I really want to read Inside My Imagination and The Right Word. I've already told customers to keep an eye out for them!

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    1. I'm so glad you are sharing what you see in the bookstore, too, Earl. It's a gift to all of us!

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  10. I'm honored to have BookSpeak on your list, Linda--thank you! Your list looks wonderful, with quite a few I haven't seen yet. Goodreads, here I come. And I just heard about the Roget book at my critique group yesterday--VERY excited to get my hands on that one!

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    1. Happy you're delighted, Laura. I really think it's a treasure! And hope you find others you enjoy here, too! Looking forward to the Roget book!

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  11. I love this list, Linda! I took it with me to Bank St. Books yesterday and was able to find Inside My Imagination. What a fabulous book! Thank you so much for sharing. Now I'm off to find The Right Word...

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    1. So happy you like the book, Catherine. Isn't it fabulous? The Right Word doesn't come out until Sep. 15th-can't wait!

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