Friday, August 10, 2012
10 for 10 -- Picture Books for the First Weeks of School
I've used the same set of picture books (including these books about names) to start the school year for several years now. It's not a bad set, in fact, it's a GREAT set, but I challenged myself to pick 10 different picture books to start this new year in a new position, and to think about what I'll be saying to my students (through these books) about my hopes for them, and for our year together.
1. Choose kind.
Little Bird by Germano Zullo
2. Make friends, not enemies.
Enemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book) by Derek Munson
3. Be faithful to your friends.
Otis by Loren Long
4. Work hard to solve your problems...but don't forget to think about what your solution might do to others.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
5. Live in this moment. Be present.
You're Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt
6. Be yourself. No matter what.
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
7. Be persistent. Believe in yourself. Follow your dreams.
Learning to Fly by Sebastian Meschenmoser
8. Know yourself. Be yourself. Follow your dreams. (And a special note to myself: make sure your "dance academy" has room for everyone.)
Brontorina by James Howe
9. Make memories, because memories make stories.
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
10. The world around us is amazing, awe-inspiring, and diverse. It is there for us to notice, learn about, and appreciate.
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
Thank you to Cathy, at Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community, and Mandy, at Enjoy and Embrace Learning for sponsoring this 10 for 10 Picture Book event for the third year. Be sure you hide your credit cards and then go look at all the fabulous lists!