#PB10for10 2022

Books give me hope. They also give me an avenue in to big conversations and broadening perspectives. This year, the world often felt heavy. I was grateful to have so many amazing books to share along the way. Here are the books I highlighted in the last year on the Teachers Books Readers blog. If you click on each link, you can read a whole post about each title.

When Grandfather Flew by Patricia MacLachlan

This one helped me talk to my kids when my Grandmother passed away last August. When Grandfather Flew, is the story of a family living with their grandfather who is a lover of birds. Patricia MacLachlan does a masterful job of weaving in family history to show just how special this family’s relationship is. One day, when the kids come home from school, Grandfather wasn’t there. “‘But where is Grandfather?!’ asked Milo.” The family then rushed outside to see a bald eagle soaring. “‘Grandfather got his wish!’ called Milo. ‘He sees the sky. He sees the world. He sees us! Grandfather flies.’”

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

This story helped me think about my work as a literacy coach and how to layer in comprehension work alongside SEL work. Mel Fell, is the sweet story of Mel, a young bird determined to fly, despite a few nerves. As she finds herself falling from her siblings and their safe nest, she passes many supportive friends, who try to help and provide bits of humor that had the kindergarteners laughing out loud. Finally, Mel flies back to the top of her tree, past her pals all cheering her on. This story fit perfectly with the kindergarten class mantra, “We can do hard things.”

Pip and Egg by Alex Latimer and David Litchfield

I used Pip and Egg to model some comprehension work during professional development with our district’s first grade team. At the same time, I was able to share this beautifully illustrated story about friendship.

Trying Written by Kobi Yamada and Illustrated by Elise Hurst

Trying spoke to my teacher heart.

It is the story of a young boy, inspired and encouraged by an experienced sculptor. The sculptor encourages the boy to try to create his own beauty. The boy does, only to his own disappointment, things don’t go as he had hoped. He returns to the sculptor for more wisdom. His wise words do not disappoint: 

“The truth is, we are all failures. The dreamers, the doers, the creators…Being a failure means you loved something. You cared. It means you stepped forward, and you didn’t hold back, you tried…”

There are so many lessons, for people of all ages, to take from this simple story all about the power of making mistakes and the beauty that comes from those mistakes.

Listen by Gabi Snyder and Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

In Listen, Gabi Snyder invites readers slow down an pay attention to the world around them.

Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose by Lauren Tarshis and Illustrated by Lisa Bronson Mezoff

The best word I can think of to describe this simple and sweet story, is human. It invites kids to think about perspective and who they really are. I think it’s about time that we invite students, and grownups, to share about who they are-not only when they’re at their best.

Little People, Big Dreams: Greta Thunberg by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

We used this title as a whole school read aloud for Women’s History month. It helped us kick off conversations about books as Windows and mirrors.

Not Little by Maya Myers and Pictures by Hyewon Yum

Not Little by Maya Myers and Pictures by Hyewon Yum

One of my new favorites! Not Little, written by Maya Myers and illustrated by Hyewon Yum, is the story of Dot who is small, but mighty. When people around her underestimate her abilities, she likes to prove them wrong. Being small doesn’t mean she can’t do things like everyone else and she let’s those around her know, “I’m not little!” When a new boy, Sam, joins her class, Dot, she thinks he may be even smaller than her. Then, a mean boy starts picking on him and Dot steps in to stand up for him. Sam thanks her by saying, “‘I think you’re the biggest kid I ever met.’”

Stuntboy, In the Meantime, by Jason Reynolds

In this post, I explored using graphic novels as read alouds. Stuntboy would make a great read aloud!

The Tale of Mandarin Duck by Bette Midler and Photos by Michiko Kakutani

The book is a mix of whimsical drawings and beautiful photographs, that bring this story of a rare bird that inspired people to put their phones down and really see the world around them.

Here are my previous #pb10for10 lists:

2017: Picture Books to Inspire Writers

2018: Picture Books That Help Us Navigate What It Means to Be Human

2019: Still Navigating What It Means to Be Human

2020: For Humanity

2021: Hope for Humanity

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