Wednesday, August 10, 2011

10 Picture Books That Help Us Face Life's Challenges

This is my first post in a VERY long time. Thanks Cathy and Mandy for creating this wonderful event that would push me to write again.
This list of 10 books have in some way or another helped me face life's challenges with courage and strength this past year. I'll be telling the stories of these books in the coming weeks on the blog, but for now, here's the list....with the book covers below (I've already forgotten how to make the right book title and author fit nice and neatly next to the cover!)
1. The Little Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
2. All In a Day by Cynthia Rylant
3. I'm In Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor
4. Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack
5. Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
6. Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
7. The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood
8. A Box of Friends by Pam Munoz Ryan
9. Courage by Bernard Waber
10. Believe: A Gift to Celebrate New Beginnings by Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamada


  1. I'm so glad you are back! I've missed your thoughtful posts. I can't wait to hear your stories and connections to these great books. This is such an awesome event. I had so much fun creating my list.

  2. Courage has been listed several times - I just going to have to get my own copy.
    Thanks for your recommendations.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  3. I'm so glad to see a post from you and hope this finds you in good health and wellness. I can't wait to hear your stories behind the books, they are always beautiful and thoughtful.

  4. Ann Marie,

    I can't wait to check out a few of these- as they are new to me. I also look forward to reading your stories behind your choices! Hooray!!
    Would you consider writing a short guest post for my blog??? My blog is being redesigned and I am creating a Teacher Talk page that I would LOVE for you to share a post on! I learned so much from you at Lakota Literacy View and through reading your book. It would mean SO MUCH to me if you'd consider. Please email me at if you are interested!

    Literacy and Laughter

  5. Ann Marie!

    That picture of your classroom is so inspiring and brings back great memories. You are so thoughtful in your planning and work, as always.

    I love all the recommendations, and was happy to see "Believe" on your list. I have that book propped beautifully on my desk. I found it one day by chance.

    Mary Anne