Saturday, August 10, 2013

10 for 10: 10 Picture Books That Are New To Me

Here are my offerings for the 2013 edition of 10 for 10 Picture Books. Thank you, Cathy at Reflect and Refine and Mandy at Enjoy and Embrace Learning for hosting this fabulous event again this year! 

I hemmed and hawed and futzed and browsed and stewed and flip-flopped about the theme of this year's list. I finally decided that I just needed to DECIDE, and Maria gave me my unifying theme: 10 picture books that are new to me. I went to my Summer #bookaday shelf on GoodReads, and here are the 10 most recent picture books that I've read!


Disney-Hyperion (June 25, 2013)
from the public library

I didn't love this book when I first read it, but it generated THREE reviews from the Dispatch Readers. Definitely has kid-appeal and clearly I need to take another look!

by Aaron Meshon
Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 19, 2013)
purchased for my classroom

Did you every find the perfect book for last year's student?
That's this book, which features baseball in Japan and the US.
I'm hoping I have another student this coming year or in the future for whom this will be as perfect as it would have been for last year's student!

by Kate Banks
illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 8, 2006)
purchased for my classroom

How did I miss this book? It will be perfect for launching word study!


by Meghan McCarthy
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (June 4, 2013)
purchased for my classroom

I love Megan McCarthy's style, and Betty Shelton is the kind of person I want all of my students to know about. She had a big life full of adventures. She didn't let convention get in her way.

by Alice B. McGinty
illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
Two Lions (April 2, 2013)
from the public library

This biography-in-freeverse of Gandhi focuses on one critical event in his life and in the history of India. Interesting to compare India under British rule to the American Colonies. Thomas Gonzales' illustrations (remember 14 Cows for America ?) are gorgeous.

by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young
illustrated by Nicole Wong
from the public library
Charlesbridge Pub Inc (August 2013)

Told in a "House That Jack Built" sort of way, readers learn about the interconnectedness of all kinds of factors that result in the link of monkeys to chocolate.

by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin
illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Walker Childrens (January 8, 2013)
purchased for my classroom

We can't provide children with too many examples of people who
stand up for good in the world, can we?

by Jennifer Berne
illustrated by Vlidamir Radunsky
Chronicle Books (April 23, 2013)
purchased for my classroom

Beautifully written, beautiful illustrations, and the inspiration to 
attend to one's imagination.

WORDLESS (or almost wordless)

by Bob Staake
Schwartz & Wade (April 9, 2013)
purchased for my classroom

A heartbreaking testimonial to the power of friendship.
Have you ever used a wordless book as your read aloud? Try this one.
Just sit in front of your students, turn the pages, and let them talk.

by √ėyvind Torseter
Enchanted Lion Books, coming August 27, 2013
review copy provided by the publisher

Enchanted Lion always has the most interesting books.
They publish books from around the world.
THE HOLE was originally published in Norway.

The covers are heavy cardboard, the pages are stiff cardstock, and there's
a hole
all the way
through the book.

This is such a fascinating book that I'm going to give it a full-sized review on Monday.
If you're curious, come back for more!


  1. Anonymous8:03 AM

    Sadly I DO know the perfect for one of last year's students phenomenon,but you will find the next just right reader! I like how you grouped your books.

  2. What a fabulous list! I already had to add two books to my wish list and one to my cart - Max's Words. :) Thanks!

  3. There is also a wonderful short movie version of Max's Words. It is a favourite of mine.

  4. Great list, Mary Lee. I just got On A Beam of Light from the library, & will look for Daredevil-always good to have those kinds of books for certain students. Thank you!

  5. I loved On a Beam of Light. I'm adding Max's Words and The Hole to my to-read list. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great list, Mary Lee - The Price of Freedom is such a special book.

  7. I LOVE Max's Words. There are others in Max's series as well. I really need to get On a Beam of Light--I keep seeing it everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh no! I have not read even one of these! And they all sound terrific! A trip to Tattered Cover (just to look!) is definitely in order! Thanks for a terrific list!

  9. I keep wanting to get ON A BEAM OF LIGHT...and today I will! Thank you for this list today and for ALWAYS sharing such great books with everyone. xo, a.

  10. Anonymous4:12 PM

    So many of these books are new to me! I agree, Daredevil sounds like a book with a great role model, and No Monkeys, No Chocolate is a topic kids will be fascinated by. Thanks for sharing!

  11. You might also want to check out Max's Dragon by Kate Banks. Thanks for the great ideas!

  12. I just bought No Monkeys No Chocolate and I can't wait to read it! Wonderful picture book titles!


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