Mandy Robek, of Enjoy and Embrace Literacy, and I are so excited to announce the 2nd Annual (cue flashing lights and loud music) AUGUST 10 FOR 10 PICTURE BOOK EVENT (#pb10for10). Yes, that's right. It's time to dig through your stack of picture books once again to find the 10 you just cannot live without in your classroom. Now I know many of you have been participating in #bookaday, making wishlists on Amazon, and answering the door when the delivery truck arrives with new books so you might want to look through those new stacks too. This isn't going to be easy.
What is August 10 for 10?
It's a conversation about picture books. Last year, Mandy (her post last year) and I (my post last year) began to wonder which picture books were the ones we just couldn't live without in our classroom? Which books did our students beg to have read over and over again? Which picture books had language we loved? Which books could serve as mentors for our young writers? Which books sparked lively conversation? Which books did we know our children would return to time and time again? We began to wonder what other educators would say about this, and this wonder led us to this event.
Last year, 40 blogs participated in this event. Each blogger put his/her own spin on a list of 10 favorites and the result was an amazing resource of over 400 picture book titles. This year I am hoping these same blogs will participate and more bloggers will join us. I am looking forward to hearing the "must haves" of so many literacy friends knowledgeable about children's literature.
So start your search. Write a post about the 10 picture books you couldn't live without in your classroom. Sometime during the August 10th event, comment with a link and brief description of your post to my blog or to Mandy's at Enjoy and Embrace Learning (no need to link to both). We will then link all of the blogs together. (Oh, no blog? No worries. You can comment on Twitter using the #pb10for10 hashtag.)
Pass the news along to your friends and join us on August 10th for a virtual book tour - a picture book party! Just in time for back-to-school shopping. Let us know you'll be joining us on our blogs, on Twitter (@mandyrobek or @cathymere) or by e-mail. You can grab the picture and place it on your sidebar so others will know you are participating. On the day of the event we will both be linking to the posts of your "faves". Can't wait!!!!!