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10 for 10 Picture Books

This August 10th, 2010, librarians, educators, and fans of children's books came together virtually to share and celebrate picture books. The event developed by Cathy Mere and Masdy Robek is August 10 for 10 Picture Books.

The idea was born after a twitter conversation in response to the question ""If you were stranded on an island and had to teach, what 10 picture books you would hope to have in your bag?"

These are my top ten favorite picture books. These are my favorite books to share with a group of children. I turn to these old friends for school visits and last minute storytimes. 

1. The Elephant And The Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont. I love the repetition and the humor. The bad baby shared all of the treats but he never once said please!

2. Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This is the newest book on my list. You never see the two characters debating whether a creature is a duck or a rabbit. Rather, you see the creature. Indeed, sometimes it looks like a rabbit but turn your head a bit and it looks like a duck. When the two finally see the other's perspective, the creature runs off and they see an anteater. But, wait. Is it a brachiosaurus?

3. The Talking Eggs:A Folktale From The American South by Robert D. San Souci.This Cinderella story set in the South has rich language and marvelous pictures perfect for group sharing.

4. Let's Go Swimming With Mr. Sillypants by M.K. Brown. This book about overcoming fears features a balding middle age man too afraid to learn to swim. It is just so silly and kids love to see Mr. Sillypants overcome his fears and learn to swim with the brave kids.

5. Millions Of Cats by Wanda Gag. I adore the wonderful repetition and refrain. Reading this book is as close as you can come to storytelling while reading a book.

6. "More More More" Said The Baby: 3 Love Stories by Vera Williams. This is my favorite book to share with family groups. I love the love these families have for their children and I love that it is three separate stories.

7. Two Of Everything:A Chinese Folktale by Lily Toy Hong. This folktale has humor, wisdom, magic, and even math.

8. Jack And The Beanstalk by Steven Kellogg. I know many young kids that love to be safely scared. This version of Jack and the Beanstalk is a favorite. This version keeps much of flavor of Joseph Jacob's text but includes the whimsical illustrations we all expect from Kellogg.

9. Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood. This is my other favorite slightly scary but witty story for kids. Seven sweet children named for the days of the week are changed by an evil witch into seven different food items. When the mom returns she has to puzzle which child is which food item.

10. Bark George by Jules Feiffer. George's mother tells her son to bark, but he meows. Eventually the go to the vet who pulls out a pup, then a cat, a pig, and finally a cow. I love it that occasionally kids bring up "The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" on their own. And, everyone laughs at the final joke.

Perhaps you have enjoyed one or two of these books during a story program at the Keene Public Library. What are your top ten picture books?

Enjoyed your list

I think I need to get a copy of Duck! Rabbit! for my collection. I keep seeing it on the jog. I also need to add more Audrey Wood titles to my collection.

More Duck! Rabbit!

I really love Duck! It has always been a hit with groups of kids for me but I know some grown-ups have found it difficult to read. To make it work for a group, I use two different voices. I also add "No" between the some of the arguments. The only thing that might have made this book better would have been different fonts for each character's duck or rabbit argument. But, has it is, it is still a great book that gets kids thinking! ~Gail

Nice job!

Mmm, yummy that you mixed in all those great folktales!  Love MORE, MORE, MORE, too, I read that to my son when he was little.  Thanks for sharing!

10 for 10 and Folk and Fairy Tales

The list was a lot of fun to do but it was hard at first to narrow it down. I am going to try to include more folk and fairytales into my story programs this year. Today, I shared folktales about shells with a group. The first story was "White Wave: A Chinese Tale" by Diane Wolkstein. It's a very magical book. A child asked if it was real and I explained that it was a fairytale. She then asked, "What’s a fairytale."  ~ Gail

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