This is the fourth annual Picture Book 10 for 10 celebration, but it’s the first year I’m participating. I didn’t really develop an appreciation for picture books until the past year or two, so my list of books to choose from is probably a little smaller than most. Regardless, I’m definitely enjoying picture books now and enjoying sharing them with my high school students even more.
My list is primarily a list of picture books that I think are cute and/or enjoyed reading to my students because of their reactions. I’d love to know which picture books you love using with your students, especially if you use them at the secondary level.
P.S.: I apologize for the size of the second set of book covers. No matter what I do, I can’t get them smaller than that. At least they’re cute covers
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Goodreads)–I read this during my Masters children’s lit class and loved it. I’m a cat person and love how adorable this kitten is.
Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (Goodreads)–I read this during my Masters reading clinic project at the end of our program. It fit perfectly with the nature of the work we were doing (working towards our Reading Specialist endorsement). The story is so powerful and touching and it made me cry. I had to get it together before my case study student arrived. Sigh. I love this book.
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds (Goodreads)–This book is so much fun and so cute! I LOVE the art and how it’s old school creepy in a very elementary school way.
The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley (Goodreads)–The biggest reason I like this book so much is because of how my students reacted when I read it to them. There’s a part in the book when Peg is singing a song or something, and even though I usually don’t actually sing anything in front of my students, I did for this group and they loved it.
Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw (Goodreads)–Again, it’s a cat thing. Plus it’s brilliantly told in haiku which I loved reading to my students when we worked on haiku in class.
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Goodreads)–This is so creative and makes me want to read more of her books. My kids thought it was adorable and they loved the illustrations. It’s simply a delight to read.
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (Goodreads)–Brian Wyzlic made this book. At an author signing he saw it on display and read it out loud to our group. It was the best picture book read aloud I’ve heard in a VERY long time.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs retold by Mo Willems (Goodreads)–This is another one that I love because of my students’ reactions when I read it to them. And I love all of the titles he has listed that he didn’t use. It’s too darn cute.
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown (Goodreads)–My students read this one and You Will Be My Friend! to a class of third graders this past school year and everyone loved it. It was so much fun watching the third graders react to this. Peter Brown is one of my favorite picture book authors/illustrators.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Goodreads)–I didn’t like this one nearly as much until I read it to my students. They had so much fun with it and it was contagious.