August 10 for 10 Picture Book Event!

We are excited to be participating in the 10 for 10 Picture Books project again! This is the fourth year that Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek have hosted this compilation of blog and Twitter posts (#PB10for10) about the 10 picture books you just can’t live without.

The first five are Katie’s picks and the second five are Pat’s. Enjoy!


Good News Bad News, by Jeff Mack is a simple text that uses only 4 words to tell the story of two friends who have very different ways of looking at the world. Kids love reading the pictures and beg for this to be read again and again.





It’s a Tiger, by David LaRochelle and Jeremy Tankard.  This book was voted as the #1 Favorite by my class this year. They absolutely loved it!  A rollicking adventure with a tiger makes this an instant favorite read aloud.





Beautiful Oops!, by Barney Saltzberg.  This is a wonderful book to show kids how mistakes can be something beautiful. With fun cut-outs, pop-ups and interactive pages, this book engages children and encourages them to create and not be scared of making mistakes.





Press Here, by Herve Tullet. I absolutely love this fun book. The text instructs the reader to push dots, shake the book and then through your imagination the book magically comes alive. This is a must-have for your classroom library regardless of the age of your students.





Ol’ Mama Squirrel, by David Ezra Stein. Mama Squirrel will do whatever it takes to protect her babies. Kids enjoy this funny story of brave Mama Squirrel. This book also has nice text features to use as a writing mentor text.




6140VbmaPML._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson. I would not be surprised to see this book on everyone’s list of 10 for 10.  It’s a big hit with everyone I share it with, adults and children alike.  A little girl learns a lesson about kindness after being mean to one of her new classmates. This book leaves children with a desire to treat everyone with a little kindness lest you regret your missed opportunities.




51E7nP9Xi-L._SX300_The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, is a book filled with subtle humor.  Each crayon writes a letter to their owner telling him about why they are feeling rejected, overused, stubby, or naked. Yellow and orange fight over what color the sun really is.  I had to laugh out loud at Purple’s letter because one of my grandchildren just LOVES purple and uses up all our purple markers and crayons. This book would be fun for K-2 to hear, but also useful in upper grades for an example of point of view writing.



31y-kfs3+XL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_I am definitely on an “Amy Krouse Rosentahl” kick these days.  I just love her humor.   In Exclamation Point we get a quirky lesson in punctuation.  My favorite page is when the question mark shows up and asks no less than 20 questions in a row.  When reading it aloud, read these fast.  It cracks the kids up.



51TAO9fNSrL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_This one has been around since 2006, but I just discovered it.  Another A. K. Rosenthal book, One of Those Days, would pair nicely with Viorst’s classic book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. All kids will relate to “Feeling Left Out Day” and “Can’t Find Stuff Day” and “Nobody’s Listening To You Day.”  The pictures tell it all. This one is an easy mentor text for getting writing ideas too.




31OLeLfeF2L._SX300_Kathryn Otoshi does it again with Zero as she did with OneAnother great book with a serious message.

Our Favorites

Reading aloud to kids is one of my most favorite things to do. This past week we read our 100th book of the year in my kindergarten classroom. Many of these books are put in the “Our Favorites” box, by request of the kids, to be reread many times. On a whim, I asked the kids what their 5 all time favorite books were for the year so far. They ran to the “Our Favorites” boxes and started pulling ALL the books out. I realized that question is just as hard for kids to answer as it is for me. My favorite book today may be different from my favorite book tomorrow. And just 5? Well, that quickly proved to be impossible. We had a fun time revisiting the books we’ve read since the beginning of the year and predicting how many books we would read by the end of the year. “A hundred million” was the most popular answer. Gotta love those kindergarteners – although I’m willing to take on that challenge! Here are just a few of our favorites so far this year. These are books that get the whole class yelling, “read it again!”, and the ones that have tattered covers out of love and frequent rereads. They are the ones that I hear lines from repeated over and over during play and throughout our day – “It’s all good!”, “Goodness, gracious me!”, “I’ll give you five bucks.”, “Can you believe this guy?” and “Aggle flabble!”.  They are the books by authors that my students “stand upon the shoulders of”  in our Writer’s Workshops –  creating their own books about adventures of pigeons, Knuffle Bunny meets Power Rangers, animals that hop and hoot and many adventures of Pete the Cat. Hopefully you can discover a new one here that your class might enjoy or that a lucky kiddo will find wrapped under the Christmas tree.  Enjoy!

Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox








Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems










Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (as well as the other “Pigeon” books in the series) by Mo Willems












Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin













I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen












Who Hoots? and Who Hops? by Katie Davis












Chalk by Bill Thomson










What are your class favorites this year? Please share!