Saturday, August 11, 2012

August 10 for 10........ on the 13th: Ten Picture Books For Building Classroom Community

I totally missed it. It was the third annual Picture Book 10 for 10 Event(#pb10for10) hosted by my amazing teaching and blogging friends, Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek. I look forward to this day every year, reading everyone's list, being introduced to new blogging friends and new books, and then making my own book wish list....and participating in this event myself. On time. On AUGUST 10th. I missed it..... But never fear....the day on the calendar cannot stop me! In total Ann Marie fashion, I am breaking the rules and posting my list, not just at the very last minute, but three days late! I'm excited to have the opportunity to teach second grade at Cherokee Bend Elementary this year, and I've been thinking lots about those cute little faces that will enter the door on August 20th. I've also been thinking about the picture books I'll share with these children in the first weeks of school. My list this year consists of some new and some old favorites to help build classroom community (in no particular order).
1. I Know a Lot of Things by Ann and Paul Rand 

2. Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg

3. Being Friends by Karen Beaumont

4. The Little Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

5. Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski

6. How To Lose All Your Friends by Nancy Carlson

7. Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

8. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are by Maris Dismondy

9. Some Helpful Tips For a Better World and a Happier Life by Rebecca Doughty

10. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts   


  1. As long as we are breaking small rules in order to make the world a better place, I think we're off the hook!

    LOVE your list! Thank you for reminding me about Little Hummingbird. I keep it here at home so it won't get lost...and then I forget about it. Putting it in my bag right now.

    And THOSE SHOES. I'll be sneaking that one into my tub even though it didn't make it onto my list...or my second list!

  2. What neat cover collages! How did you make those?
    I can't wait to check out How to Lose Your Friends because I really feel like I had one student last year that I needed to help more on this front. Oh, and thank you for reminding me of Beautiful Oops.

  3. Our art teacher introduced me to Beautiful Oops. Love it. I hope you are enjoying your new group of thinkers.