Picture Book 10 for 10

Mrs. Bielecki and I are trying a new thing in our classroom this year called #bookaday where we read at least one book a day with our sixth graders. We cannot wait to examine short mentor texts to help us become better readers, writers, thinkers, and global citizens. We know we will experience a large variety of texts across different genres that will help us all learn and grow.

When researching and hunDting around for new picture book ideas I stumbled upon a community called “Picture Book 10 for 10.” They have a hashtag on Twitter #pb10for10 and also a Google + community of learners. This is my first year joining the community, which is dedicated to the love of picture books. In August, they have a Picture Book 10 for 10 event and again in February with a Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10 event. I cannot think of a more timely group to learn from!

So, to participate in their August 10th Picture Book 10 for 10, here are my top ten favorite picture books (in no particular order). Each of these books can be/have been used for classroom purposes with my 6th graders and have also been read and enjoyed by my three sons (a 3 month old and twin 2 year olds). Enjoy!


  1. What do you do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom à We use this book in our team as a way to set up how powerful ideas are and to accompany work we do in #GeniusHour. In this text, a boy walks around with an idea behind him. He is afraid of it and tries to get rid of it, but the idea continues to grow and grow to become stronger until one day he just couldn’t keep it in anymore and had to let it out into the world.
  2. The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman à Every child has a “crown” on their head that makes them unique and special
  3. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman à The world is never the same after a child is born!
  4. Citizen Kid Series (Various Authors) go to link here to see full list http://www.kidscanpress.com/series/citizenkid à these books are amazing at teaching about global issues
  5. Our World of Water: Children and Water Around the World by Beatrice Hollyer à a story profiling children from around the world and their relationship with water.



  1. Wherever you go my Love Will Find you by Nancy Tillman à Speaks deeply of how pure, selfless, and all-encompassing a parents’ love is for their child
  2. Oh, the Thinks you can Think! By Dr. Seuss à celebrates imagination and all the things you can think if only you try
  3. I’ll Love you Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw à My most classic book about the relationship between a parent and a child and the circle of life
  4. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and Ruth E. Harper à a precious read of how to make a child feel better when they are away from home
  5. The Book With no Pictures by BJ Novak à I feel a little silly putting this on a list of picture books when it doesn’t have any pictures, but it’s my boys’ current favorite. There is silliness with words here and it explores the thought that what can make books great is the words you have to read.

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