Picture Book 10 for 10

PB 10 for 10

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.

The Chicken ProblemWon TonExclamation Mark

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.



  1. 3 books I used when I taught 8th grade ELA that students loved and helped with punctuation and mechanics are Eats, Shoots & Leaves, The Girl’s Like Spaghetti, and Twenty-Odd Ducks by Lynne Truss. I liked your list – I am a Peter Brown fan too.

  2. This is a great list! I am still building up my list of picture books to use with my 8th graders also. I wish I were in my classroom for this post because I am sure I missed one or two great books that I have on the shelf there. Thank You, Mr. Falkner always makes me cry! Here is my list of books used with 8th graders: http://mrspayanreads.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-picture-books-i-use-in-my-middle.html

  3. I love when middle school and high school teachers celebrate picture books! Great choices! Isn’t it interesting how some titles seem okay/good even and then when we read them to a class, they become WOW! Stuck by Oliver Jeffers was like that in my room. I still haven’t read The Chicken problem – I need to find it 🙂

  4. Honored to have my book mentioned on your blog! If you and your students would ever like to Skype with me, give me a holler at author@leewardlaw.com. And please look for WON TON AND CHOPSTICK, a companion title to WON TON, coming in spring of ’15. 🙂 Best fishes, Ms. Lee Wardlaw

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