August 10, 2014

Picture Book 10 for 10 | 2014

I am thrilled to be participating in the Picture Book 10 for 10 for the first time! It is a celebration of picture books hosted by Cathy from Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community and Mandy from Enjoy and Embrace Learning! What a wonderful way to discover new treasures!

1. Petunia by Roger Duvoisin

Petunia thinks she is wise because she has a book, but she soon learns that she needs to read the book. My favorite line is when she says, "Now I understand it was not enough to carry wisdom under my wing. I must put it in my mind and in my heart. And to do that I must read."

2. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

My eyes always fill up with tears when I read this precious book about a lion who loves going to the library. When faced with a decision, he does the right thing.

3. A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker

At first, Bear doesn't think he wants any visitors. The mouse keeps showing up and an unexpected friendship grows. This book is so much fun to read aloud!

4. Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

A beautiful story about a tree that has been a loyal  family member over the years. It's heart-moving! (We have a hedge that we could name Steve!)

5. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

A story about a boy who gets his kite (and many other things) stuck in a tree. The response to this book was hilarious! My students were in hysterics every time we read it!

6. The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah & Kelly Dipucchio

A sweet book about friendship and how two friends learn to appreciate their differences.

7. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Tacky is very different from the other penguins! Not only is Tacky hilarious, he is a very brave penguin.

 8. Don't Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

The pigeon tries to persuade us to let him drive the bus! My students can never get enough of the pigeon books!

9. All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

We enjoy this book when we are talking about special places in our lives. The paintings are breath-taking!

10. Equal Shmequal by Virginia Kroll

With a teeter-totter, the animals learn what it means to be equal. It's a favorite book in our math workshop!


  1. A great list of books. Some I know, one I have home now from the library (Steve), and others I will soon check out! I love bear books, so I will need to read about the visitor!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! Students love it! So much fun to read aloud!

  2. Great collection of books! Growing up I had a climb-able tree named Becky - will definitely have to read about Steve! Sandwich Swap is one of my favorites - I bought the Arabic version in Jordan and share it with my students every year. Bugs me that they didn't make a bilingual one.

    1. Thank you, Katie!
      You will love reading about Steve! It will tug on your heart, especially with Becky in your life!
      Wow! How exciting to have the Arabic version!

  3. That IS a great quote. What a classic! Thanks for pointing it out.

  4. Loralee,
    We have so many of the same favorites. I love love love Stuck and who can resist any book by Mo Willems. Sandwich Swap is a sweet story as well. You also have several new to me titles I look forward to checking out in the weeks to come.


    1. Just the title of Equal Schmequal makes me laugh.

    2. It's a good title, eh? :0)
      Thank you for hosting this great event, Cathy!

  5. My students also lose it every time I read Stuck! I love this book I smile just picking it up.

    1. It is so much fun to see their reactions!


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