10 on the 10th Picture books
While not the newest, it is still a powerful choice with which to begin the school year. There is certainly power in a book. I love to use the video!
This book shows us several things; the English side of World War II, and the softer side of Winston Churchill. Every illustrated page includes Churchill’s beloved little poodle. A great humanizing factor is demonstrated here.
Love this one! Great on so many levels. One, how should you use that exclamation point? I love to overuse it, myself. Could have students writing “books” for other punctuation marks, but I really like the underlying idea of finding your place – should spark great class discussion.
With the three parts to each page like a flip book, Chuck provides an interactive approach to sharing his art, and his disability. Engaging and inspiring telling of the life challenges Close has had to make, but through it he continues to create art.
Did you know he worked in the French Underground during World War II? He helped to move children to safety; using wordless gestures to show direction. A very interesting biography, good for looking deeper at what we think we already know.
This is a powerful narrative about something we can all recognize, a fear of the dark. A great mentor text if you have teachers who ask students to create picture books for a class project. Of course, I could also love it because it is illustrated by Jon Klassen!
Done is gray, with black pencil lines, this wordless picture book clearly demonstrates the power of humanity, one person helping others.
A fable for our time, this tale told sparsely with words and more with illustration, sends the message “too much stuff”. Sure to spark classroom conversation.
William Carlos Williams’s famous poem ”This Is Just to Say,”, models fun, thought ful poetry students can create.
The Fox in the Library by Lorenz Pauli
OK, I admit it; this book is here because it takes place in a library! The fox did not come to read, but that may change.