Saturday, August 10, 2013

10 for 10: Books that Might Be on The Bear's Bookshelf #hatback

We have participated in August Picture Book 10 for 10 since it started in 2010. It is one of our favorite annual events, even though it is sometimes a little bit expensive! (The creators have rated this event D for Dangerous for your wallet:-) #pb10for10 was created by Cathy Mere of Reflect and Refine and Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning.  You can visit their blogs and get a link to past Picture Book list as well as this year's list.  And make sure to follow the hashtag on Twitter.

This is a great day---I am planning to spend a few hours browsing all of the great book lists that are always part of this event! Thanks, Cathy and Mandy!

This year's blog post/booklist came out of our evening chat at the Choice Literacy Writing Retreat. After a day of hard work and writing, we started talking about PB10for10. And how could the conversation not somehow turn to I WANT MY HAT BACK?  So, the idea for our 2013 lists was created.  My list this year includes 10 picture books that would be on The Bear's bookshelf.
You'll want to visit Jen's blog (Teach Mentor Texts).  Her post includes books that might be on the Rabbit's bookshelf.

You see, I am 100% #teambear and Jen is 100% #teamrabbit. When we talk, we realize that we each think both characters are a bit misunderstood and that knowing what is on their bookshelf might help readers understand them a bit better. So, because we have spent YEARS talking about these two characters, we feel that we know them well enough to know what might be on their bookshelves.  Because it is a picture book events, we have focused only on the picture books, although we are certain that both characters are both avid readers of many types of books.

And you see, no matter how long we've talked about this book, there are always new ways to talk and think about it!

10 PICTURE BOOKS that would be on The Bear's Bookshelf

The Cat in the Hat (Beginner Books(R))by Dr. Seuss..... because he was the first book character to make wearing a hat seem so cool, right?

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt and Bossy Bear by David Horvath....because both characters like things "just so".   It is very stressful for either of them to think outside of their plans. Not because they are not kind, but because they like life to go as planned:-)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems....because doesn't everyone have a little temper tantrum now and then?  One that takes up an entire two-page spread?

When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... (Scholastic Bookshelf) by Molly Bang...because everyone could learn better ways to deal with their anger.

Arnie, the Doughnut (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut) by Laurie Keller.....because had the Rabbit asked nicely not to be eaten, maybe The Bear would have thought of a better solution.

The Meanest Birthday Girl by Josh Schneider...because Anthony has become one of The Bear's favorite new characters.  His solution seems comparable to eating his friend.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes...because Lilly loved her purple plastic purse so much that she made some bad choices. Lilly is easily forgiven for her mistake.

Who Took the Farmer's Hat? by Joan Nodset...because sometimes it helps to know that similar things have happened to others.

Hat by Paul Hoppe..because in this story a little boy imagines all the terrible things that could happen if he keeps a red hat that doesn't belong to him.


  1. As a fellow #teambear member I congratulate you on your choices. These books will make kids laugh (or think) or both!

  2. I love this list! I am really looking forward to finding a lot of the picture books I read about today. I need to find Scaredy Squirrel books to read them. Thanks for a great list and a cute idea. Go #teambear!

    1. Scaredy Squirrel is one of my absolute favorite characters--you will be so happy to discover him!

  3. YAY #teambear! Love the choices here and the reasons. So much fun.

  4. Fun to read the backstory on this list! Some are new to me so thanks for that-will go looking for Hat by Paul Hoppe! Love that Kevin Henkes made your list-he's a favorite!

  5. I love this list...great choices! #teambear! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I still haven't decided which team I'm on! Hmmm… Pretty darn clever! Now I have to read Jen's list.

  7. What a clever list! Love Lily and her purse, and I'm adding Who Took the Farmer's Hat? to my list now. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This was great - I'm off to read the rabbit's list next!

  9. Awesome list - what a great idea!

  10. Fun list! I love Arnie the Doughnut!


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