Saturday, August 10, 2013


Do you want to know what picture books your "edufriends" can't live without?
Today is your lucky day! 
Thanks  to Cathy Mere @cathymere and Mandy Robek @mandyrobek  for hosting this event and supporting the addiction of many picture book fans.  You can see the  variety of choices and categories that have been highlighted before in Cathy's NBC post here:
As most #nerdybookclub friends know, narrowing down a list of "must haves" is very difficult.  If you regularly follow @nerdybookclub you are privy to the many wonderful top ten lists that support students and teacher readers of all ages. 
For this year's #PB10for10, I tried to narrow it down to books I love for building community.   These books celebrate diversity and also support a sense of community for our readers, writers and thinkers.
"Nobody cares what you know, until they know that you care."
  Charise Harper
 I also love her book about healthy choices, exercise and the heart:
Which is why making a list is always so hard...the lists keep growing for us addicts.
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
This book is an oldie, but a goodie.  It is filled with beautiful language and  images.  It simply illustrates a powerful message about how unique and beautiful we all are.
"A laugh sounds the same, as does a blech, a sneeze..."  One Green Apple will leave your reader with a smile as wide as Farrah's and possibly in need of a Kleenex or two.

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
Zero demonstrates power in team work and helps with conversations about self worth and our unique talents and strengths.
Zero is the follow up to Kathryn's amazing book One (which should also make this list)
 Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon   (I really want to ask her if Ralph was inspired by our own very special @fletcher ralph).
Struggling with finding ideas for writing, this young writer learns that stories are everywhere.  Speaks to the heart of the story: writing from your experiences and passions.
 Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler & Kevin O'Malley
Find what they love. Match books to readers... for those readers that need that extra special TLC. 
 Hey, Little Ant By Phillip and Hannah Hoose
"Should the ant get squished, should the ant go free? We'll leave the kid with raised up shoe...
what do you think the kid should do?"
 Love sharing this book to discuss choices we make and how we impact one another in our classroom and beyond.
Say Hello by Jack and Michael Foreman. 
Product Details   
 #choosekind - One little word can make a big difference. 
Only One You by Linda Kranz

We are all unique and I can't wait to hear more about others' #pb10for10. 
Be sure to check out Cathy's blog to read and follow other lists of #pb10for10:
Happy Reading and Happy almost New Year!
Thanks for adding to my TBR with #pb10for10. 
Here is a link to an older NBC post I shared with the Top 10 Picture books that had me at hello- These are also titles I couldn't start the year off without. 


  1. Joellen, this is a fantastic list! Many of these books are new to me and I'm really excited to head to the library to find them, especially Cupcake :-)
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. It's a great list. I love your theme of building community & will add some of the new titles to my list. Great resource here for the beginning of the year!