I’m excited to be, once again, participating in this summer’s 10 for 10 Picture Book celebration! #pb10for10 This annual celebration of picture books is hosted by Cathy from Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community and Mandy from Enjoy and Embrace Learning. Hard to believe this is my sixth year of participating in this event! (you can read my 2017 post here, 2016 post here, 2015 post here, 2014 post here and 2013 here. ) Each year, the blogging community chooses 10 picture books on a range of themes – from diversity, to community building, to writing, to conservation. It is an amazing opportunity to explore new picture books related to a wide range of themes. (It can also be a little hard on your bank account, if you are anything like me!)
Keeping with tradition, I have organized my post to feature new releases that support Reading Power strategies. I have included two books for each: Connecting, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, and Transform (synthesizing). For those who are already using RP, these would be my recommendations for adding or replenishing your collection this year!
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! – Trudy Ludwig
From the amazing team who brought us “The Invisible Boy”, Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton’s new book “Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!” is a must have for a first week read-aloud to help build your classroom community. Owen McPhee loves to talk… and talk and talk and talk! (connections, anyone?) But when he develops laryngitis one day, he discovers the the value of being a good listener. Wonderful depiction of the social dynamics of a busy classroom with a gentle message about the importance of listening. LOVE!
Alma – And How She Got Her Name – Juana Martinez-Neal.
Who named you? What does your name mean? What connection does your name have to your family? These are questions I love to ask my students as we explore identity (and the first lesson in my Powerful Understanding book!) Alma has six names – each one connected to people in her family. A perfect connect book for a lesson on exploring our names.
The Stuff of Stars – Marion Dane Bauer
Wow. This stunning picture book (release date – Sept. 4th) presents readers with factual events about the birth of the universe, planet Earth, and life on Earth. Expressive, lyrical free verse with magical, mesmorizing illustrations. This would be an amazing book to explore and promote questions about how Earth began. I love how the story parallels the birth of the Earth with the birth of a child. An amazing blend of science and art — and how we are all the stuff of stars. Wow, again.
My Wounded Island – Jacques Pasquet
This book, originally published in French, is a heartbreaking story of a northern island slowly disappearing into the sea. But why? A great book for questioning that introduces the new concept of “climate refugees” to young readers (and to me!) Beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated. Would make an excellent introduction to a unit on climate change or northern indigenous cultures. I also like the use of metaphor:”the beast” in the story is actually global warming. ( I cheated just a little with this book as it was actually published in 2017 but I didn’t discover it until 2018!)
A child and a grandfather walk around the neighborhood and share the wonder around them as they discover all sorts of tiny, perfect things together. A celebration of childhood curiosity, adventure, and wonder in everyday things. Rhyming text and detailed illustrations. Love this one.
This beautifully illustrated children’s picture book traces the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his wife in a lighthouse on a very tiny island in the middle of the sea. Seasons pass, wind blows, fog rolls in, icebergs drift by…. all unfolding with beautiful language and vivid details – perfect for visualizing.
We are All Dots: A Big Plan for a Better World – Giancarlo Macrì
If you attended any of my workshops this past spring, you will have heard me going on and on about this amazing, powerful picture book that introduces, in simple format, many important social issues. Intended for an older audience, this book would stimulate great discussions about equality and diversity with older students. SO many inferences can be made from the many different dot images. This is one of my favorite books of 2018.
Whale in a Fishbowl – Troy Howell, Richard Jones
While on the surface, this is a gentle story of Wednesday – a whale who lives in a giant fishbowl in the middle of the city but yearns for a life beyond her bowl. But metaphorically, it is a universal story of belonging, about possibilities, and finding one’s perfect place. Stunning illustrations. SO many inferences can be drawn from this story – from following your heart, believing in your dreams, having the courage to explore the unknown, animals in captivity… the list goes on!
Oh my. This book. It’s a must read for every teacher to share in the first days or week of school. A wonderful, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity, inclusiveness, acceptance, and celebration of all cultures in a school community. I hope this book ends up in EVERY library in EVERY school EVERYWHERE! If you are familiar with my “One Word” transform lesson – the one word I would use with this book is, of course, “Welcome”.
The Day You Begin – Jacqueline Woodson
“There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.” And so begins this poignant, powerful story by the amazing Jacqueline Woodson (Each Kindness, The Other Side, Brown Girl Dreaming). If there is only ONE book you read this summer – this is it. This is a must-own book for teachers, librarians, and parents, and a must-share for all kids, no matter their ages. I am absolutely in love with this story of pride in self, fear of not fitting in, and ultimately belonging. A PERFECT book for sharing at the beginning of the school year to help build a welcoming community in your classroom and a perfect reminder that we are more alike than different. Possibly my favorite book of 2018 so far – release date is August 28 so pre-order now!
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