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Today is the 5th annual picture book event:  #pb10for10. Here’s how you participate!


And, here are my 10 favorite picture books for looking at the world differently:

The Napping House Not only does this book show varying perspectives of the room on each page, but I have an incredible story to go with it.  I had just read this book (numerous times) in my kindergarten class right before one Halloween weekend.  Over that weekend, one of my students was in an accident and went into a coma. My Teaching Assistant and I went to see her Monday after school and when we talked to/at her, her brain pressure dropped, so I kept going back, and took books to read to her as I sat with her. Whenever I read The Napping House, she became visibly calmer and seemed to be hearing and recognizing it.  I left the tape that went with it, and the nurses would play if for her. When she came out of the coma, she asked me to read it to her…over and over…so I know reading a favorite book made a difference for this child.

Piggie Pie NO group of kids I have ever shared this book with has  not enjoyed it tremendously!

Zoom such a great book for predicting and seeing things differently; especially great for working with “bird’s eye view.”

It Looked Like Spilt Milk  This book teaches that with a little imagination, something ordinary could become something extraordinary. (Amazon’s words)

The Potato Man (and The Great Pumpkin Switch), but these go together to show storytelling and the importance of seeing the world through another perspective. Kids want to know where # 3 is–and some of my 4th graders even wrote their own “Lucky Penny” stories.

If  You Give A Mouse  A Cookie (I use it to teach Algebraic thinking with the “if…, then…”)

Tomorrow’s Alphabet -Explore a wonderful world of possibility with an imaginative alphabet puzzle that encouraged young readers to look beyond the obvious. (Amazon’s words!)

Bedhead and Baghead (two books, but they go together) Having  a bad hair day? These two kids handle it differently, but help us understand the commonality of worrying about how we look to others.

Counting On Frank–this one shows how a mathematical thinker looks at and thinks about the world

Picture This-a book full of visual surprises, sharing new perspectives on what came before and what is yet-to-come


I could do another 10 like this….but am going to go read other’s lists and gather a whole new bunch of ideas for books to use in a new school year!

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6 thoughts on “#pb10for10

  1. I love your story about The Napping House. You should write the author! Thanks for all of these-I know some, but will look for others. I found It Looked Like Spilt Milk at my library!

    • I actually saw Audrey Wood not too long after at a conference and shared the story–she was less than interested, shall we say? She basically blew me off. I was definitely not a fan of her that day–she must have had too much going on…

  2. thelogonauts on said:

    Cool collection. Have you seen Re-Zoom (the sequel)?

  3. I love The Napping House too; it is calming and loving and hopeful all at once. I will read with with your story in mind from now on.

  4. Paula,
    I’m so glad you were able to join the conversation. You have some great titles here for thinking about the world a little differently. I had to laugh when I saw Piggie Pie. I agree, this book is a hit EVERY time. It’s a fun read aloud. I’m looking forward to checking out Counting on Frank and Picture This. I’ve added your post to the jog. There are so many great picture books shared across blogs. My library card is already maxed out.


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