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?