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!)
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!