Picture Book 10 for 10

Ten picture books I am delighted to share with you.

1. Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site
This book was a delightful discovery thanks to my Twitter friends. I am looking forward to sharing the rhythm, rhyme and satisfying words with my students. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site has been my favourite gift book this summer.

2. In November Cynthia Rylant
Students in Alberta study seasonal changes as part of the science curriculum. This text brings all the rich colours and warmth of autumn to life. A beautiful book indeed.

3. Rocket Writes a Story by Tad hills

4 How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Experience delight as Rocket the very cute dog discovers the joys of reading and writing. Rocket will warm the hearts of primary students who are on the same learning journey and encourage all children to persevere as they learn.

5. The Black Book of Colors Menena Cottin and Rosana Faria

Imagine colours. What are they like? I first picked up this book for my own learning and soon was keen to share a new perspective on colours. This delightful, poetic book will enable students understand colour in new way as it provides insight about life as visually impaired person.

6. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown.

First published in January of 1949 , this book is a treasure. Are you using the 6 traits of writing to guide your student’s writing development? The topics and details Margaret Wise Brown develops in this book are a jumping off point for students to notice detail and develop description in their own writing. The pattern of this text is an excellent prompt for all kinds of writing. Of course a favourite topic would be “The important thing about… (Put child’s name here), is….. “.

7. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas (Sep 1989)

If you know an elderly person who is challenged with memory issues this book is one you will want to share with your students. How I love the message of this book.

8. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

What fun my students have had with the movie , the iPad app, and the text. They marvelled as we used the iPad app and could see themselves right in the story. This blend of text and technology to inspire reading and a love of books, is perfect for our digital age. But more than this, the opening lines of this book gave one of my reluctant writers just the right amount of support and inspiration to compose his own work. (Oh, I was cheering on the sidelines!!)

9. Author: A True Story by Helen Lester

Helen Lester shares her own writing journey and the the challenges and joys of being a writer. Share this with your students when they need to be reminded that the writing process has its moments.

10. The Napping House by Audrey Wood

You just might be wondering about a theme here, since both Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, and The Napping House, are ideal for nap time and bedtime. There is no intent. The Napping House could easily be called, “The Waking House”. Try this book as a reader’s theatre, your students will have fun with language as they learn new words for sleeping.

Here they are, my 10 books for you, dear literary friends, 10 books for August 10, 2013. I’m eager to hear about your selections.



4 thoughts on “Picture Book 10 for 10

  1. Margaret,
    I always enjoy seeing new blogs get started during an event. Welcome to the blogging world — and to picture book 10 for 10. I’m so glad you joined the conversation. You have a great list of books here. I’m interesting in reading The Black Book of Colors. Love the Rocket stories and In November is one of my all time favorites. Good luck as you journey forward with your blog.



    1. Thanks Cathy! I am looking forward to sharing and learning. PB 10 for 10 tipped the balance and started me blogging. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s picture book suggestions. Thanks for the inspiration.


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