Saturday, August 10, 2013

Picture Book 10 for 10: Picture Book Magic


Join 4th Annual #pb10for10
It's finally here.  Get your library cards ready and you might want to consider a limit to your Amazon purchases --- or maybe not.

Today is our annual picture book event.  We're thrilled to have so many picture book lovers joining the conversation this year.  This is the fourth year for this event, and Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning and I are expecting a wide range of participants today.  In past events we've had parents, media specialists, authors, educators and people who just can't resist a good picture book.  Participants post their ten picture books they can't live without, and then we create a magazine-like collection of everyone's lists.   It's always a great resource. (NF2013, 2012, 2011, 2010)

It is often a little challenging to link all of the posts to the Jog from both of our blogs without duplicating information.  For this reason, we have a few requests if you're joining the event to make it easier for us to collect picture book lists.  If you'd like to join us, here's how:
  • If you'd like to have your blog linked to the conversation, just comment with the link (cut and paste your post address in the comments) for your picture book list here OR at Enjoy and Embrace Learning.  
  • You are welcome to comment on both blogs (comments are always appreciated), but to simplify our work in creating this year's jog as a resource, please ONLY LEAVE YOUR LINK ON ONE OF OUR BLOGS.  This will help us to keep from duplicating posts in the jog. 
  • You can also mention us in a link on Twitter using the event hashtag #pb10for10.  However, we cannot guarantee that tweeted links will be added to the jog.  (It gets a little crazy out there!) 
  • If you don't have a blog, but would like to join, there are lots of ways to participate. 
My #pb10for10
In past year's I've shared many of my favorite picture books:
As an educator I am continually thankful for the authors and illustrators who rest on the shelves of our classroom library.  Picture books make us laugh, create opportunities for important conversations, and teach us big lessons about life.  Picture books are mentors for young writers.  I've been fortunate in my years as an educator to be able to rely on authors like Mem Fox, Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, Eve Bunting and Cynthia Rylant.  Many of these authors were mentioned in my 2011 post:  Ten Authors I Just Can't Live Without.  I can always count on these authors to capture the attention of the young learners sitting in front of me.

Now other authors are emerging in children's literature that I hope will continue to write and share their stories.  These authors and illustrators continually share this same level of excellent literature for children.  These authors and illustrators capture the attention of my students and keep them begging for more.  I'm going to share a few picture book creators I hope will keep sharing great books for the young learners in my classroom.

When I started making this list I thought I would be writing a list with 5 authors I love and then 5 illustrators.  What I discovered is I most often love illustrators who write their stories too.  It turns out that most of the authors on my list are writers and illustrators of their work; much like the young writers in my classroom.  Some were illustrators who sometimes do their own writing too.

My hope is that these writers will continue to work their magic:

Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Exclamation Mark:  written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.

This book written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a hit last year with my students.  They were spellbound from the start to the finish.  This is a story of Exclamation Mark and Question Mark and their friendship.  Of course, we've loved many of Rosenthal's books including Yes Day (early mentor text for writing....and what kid doesn't want to be told YES to everything?), The OK Book (a perfect book for setting the tone that it is ok to take risks and learn to do new things), and Spoon (poor Spoon just doesn't think he is as necessary as Fork or Knife).  Amy packs big messages into small stories that young readers can understand.  I love the diversity of her work which provides support for a variety of classroom conversations.  Please keep writing, Amy (@missamykr on Twitter)!  We love your work.


Alex Latimer
Lion vs Rabbit Written and illustrated by Alex Latimer .  

This year my students loved The Boy Who Cried Ninja and Penguin's Hidden Talent.  However, I am quite sure Lion vs. Rabbit just released this month will be the biggest hit.   Students love "vs." stories.  When Lion vs. Rabbit he is quite sure there is no way a little rabbit can beat him, but never underestimate good old-fashioned creativity and smarts.  

I tend to be a character reader, and the characters Latimer creates are hard to resist.  However, I have to really speak to his work as an illustrator as I know that is the part my students will love.  Much of the story is told in the pictures and my students never miss these fun clues.  I wish I were more of an artist so I could put words to the techniques I think make his work stand out, but it will have to be enough to say the colorful pictures in the story make it even better.  I look forward to more work from Alex Latimer (@almaxlat on Twitter).


Peter Reynolds
Ish (2004) Written and illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds often illustrates for others, but I really enjoy the books he has written and illustrated.  His thinly black lined sketches filled with color help to tell his story.  He sticks simply in his pictures to the things that matter strengthening his message for readers.  

In Ish, Ramon loves to draw.  One day his older brother laughs at his work and then nothing he draws is good enough for him.  He creates drawing after drawing, but crumbles his imperfect work into small balls to be discarded.  Soon however, his sister, Marisol, helps him to see his work a little differently.  She helps Ramon - and the students in my class - see the power of "ISH."  

Peter's books are perfect for helping young children understand learning is a journey and mistakes are expected - and necessary.  It is also is important to add, Peter is also one of the best authors for interacting with classrooms and students (@PeterHReynolds on Twitter).  It looks like he and Paul Reynolds have a new book coming next year:  Going Places.  I'm very excited!


Scott Magoon
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon

You most likely know Scott Magoon from his work with other authors.   He has illustrated for Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Spoon and Chopsticks), Michelle Krudsen (Go Mean Mike) and a variety of other authors.  However, I am hoping Scott will be illustrating more of his own stories. 

My students loved The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!  In this story, a little like The Boy Who Cried Wolf, no one believes the boy is seeing Bigfoot.  However, the boy is determined to prove it.  My students laughed over this tale again and again.  

Young readers loved Magoon's illustrations.  Magoon (@smagoon on Twitter) uses color to set mood and tone throughout the story.  His illustrations cover the page and delight readers.  Of course, young readers enjoy spotting Bigfoot and watching the antics of the boy's small dog.  This is a must for every classroom library.


Steve Jenkins
Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins

Really, I just couldn't leave Steve Jenkins off the list.  It is delightful to have an author and illustrator so adept at the genre of nonfiction.  I find Jenkin's work to be enjoyable for read aloud (not always an easy task for nonfiction), interesting for young readers, full of strong information, but most of all a perfect example that nonfiction doesn't just have to be a bunch of facts as it can tell a story too.  

My students fell in love with Time to Eat and sent me searching for more of his books for our library.  It is becoming more common to find nonfiction with illustrations which always starts an interesting discussion.  His use of white space and collage to show animals in action is appealing to readers.  I am looking forward to reading his upcoming release:  Animals Upside Down.


Loren Long
Otis by Loren Long

Maybe I love Loren Long's work because he is from Ohio.  Maybe it is because I just can't resist his characters.  However, I think it is his illustrations which draw me to his work.  In Long's biography on Amazon he says about his love of storytelling, "The words are like a screenplay and I'm choosing which scenes to bring to life."

In his story, Otis, Long (@lorenlong on Twitter) accomplishes this very thing with detailed pictures, character expressions demonstrating complex emotions, and strong use of color.  It is true the boys in my room sit up as soon as they see a tractor on the cover, but the story and character are loved by all.  You will often see Long's work alongside the writing of other authors, but I hope he will tell more stories in the years to come.  

Oliver Jeffers
The Day the Crayons Quit illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and written by Drew Daywalt

I can't wait to read this story to a class of young readers.  I know they are going to love it.  This book has voice and attitude which I know will be a hit!  Daywalt's entry into children's literature is colorful (couldn't resist) --- and has me hoping for more.

However, I want to talk about Oliver Jeffers here.  I would love to hear about the process of creating this book between author and illustrator.  In this story, Duncan's crayons are on strike.  Pink is tired of being used only by girls, blue is frustrated to be so small from overuse, and yellow needs orange to understand he is the color of the sun.  Jeffers work really brings Daywalk's story to life.  Crayons write letters of protest on paper.  Students could easily see themselves creating illustrations in this style and Jeffers use of white space draws your attention to the characters.

Jeffers (@OliverJeffers on Twitter) work is an asset in any classroom library.   We love Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and How to Catch a Star, among others; all written and illustrated by Jeffers.  Jeffers has the unique ability to bring stories to life in his illustrations.  I hope we will see more books by Jeffers in the years to come!


Peter Brown 
Creepy Carrots illustrated by Peter Brown and written by Aaron Reynolds

This book was a huge hit in our classroom.  Our neighbors in Deb Frazier's classroom shared it with us.  We enjoyed this story by Aaron Reynolds in which a rabbit is haunted by carrots trying to get him.  He determines a creative plan to stop them, but was it his imagination or were those carrots really out to get him?   

Peter Brown brings this story to life with his illustrations.  I am a huge fan of Peter's work (as is my friend, Deb, who introduced me to him).  In this book, Peter uses dark colors to make readers feel as frightened as the rabbit in this story.  The illustrations are dark with the contrast of orange.  The black and white shadings contrast the bright orange. He uses the entire space to tell the story in his illustrations.  While Peter is the illustrator of this book, he has his own collection of books he has illustrated AND written including Children Make Terrible Pets, YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND, and The Curious Garden.  I look forward to adding Brown's work to our library shelves for years to come.

Jon Klassen
The Dark illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Lemony Snicket

Oh, Lemony Snicket.  I can't really wrap my head about Snicket writing picture books.  However, I enjoy wrapping my hands around work by Jon Klassen and this is no exception.  Let's be honest, if you're on Twitter, you didn't miss the hubbub around I Want My Hat Back.  Twitter participants took sides in this story.  It was crazy!

My students loved The Dark.  In this story the dark takes on a life of its own.  Who hasn't been scared of the dark at some point in their lives?  Young readers can definitely relate to this and it creates space for interesting - and important - discussion.  Once again, I find myself lacking the words to describe Klassen's art in a way that speaks to the uniqueness of his work.  However, I can tell you young readers are drawn to his illustrations which add depth to every story.  While Klassen has illustrated for many authors, I enjoy his work as an author AND illustrator.  I hope he will continue to create and share his work.

Todd Parr
The I'm Not Scared Book by Todd Parr

Last, but certainly not least, is Todd Parr.  This book, The I'm Not Scared Book is a favorite each year.  Todd Parr shares things that are scary....and the ways we feel better when we're scared.  This patterned text is enjoyable for young readers to listen to and for young writer's to use as a mentor.  Todd Parr's use of bold colors and thick black outlines help give his work a style of its own.  Todd Parr's work is perfect for looking closely at shape and the way shape can be used to illustrate.

I love that Todd Parr writes and illustrates his own work.  We enjoy so many of his titles including:  It's Okay to Be Different, Reading Makes You Feel Good, and The Peace Book.  Todd's books are always helpful in creating caring communities.  The messages of kindness, friendship, and caring are always understood by kids.

Todd Parr is another author who takes the time to interact with classrooms and readers.  Todd often shares new drawings on his Twitter and Pinterest pages.  I hope Todd will continue to write to help make our world - and each classroom - a better place!

What authors and/or illustrators do you hope to see continue to create picture books?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.




172 comments:

  1. Thank you for doing this, Cathy. I look forward to it although I really do not need to expand my wish list, or my 'buy' list. I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books & hope she continues to shine with her work. And I am lately reading more of the early readers written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes-love the sweet characters he draws! Have a great day tomorrow! Here's my link! http://teacherdance.blogspot.com/2013/08/its-picture-book-10-for-10-day.html

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    1. We are so fortunate to have so many terrific authors and illustrators to fill our shelves. I always wonder about picture books in other countries. What are the favorites?

      Cathy

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  2. We are excited to participate in the #‎pb10for10 for the first time!
    These picture books can be used in reading instruction with big kids, and each title is accompanied by skill-based short answer questions!

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    1. So glad you joined the conversations!

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  3. Cathy, Thank you for all your efforts in organizing #pb10for10. I know it's going to be a huge success! I love so many titles on your list! I agree, The Day the Crayons Quit is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to school starting, and Creepy Carrots is great.

    My list is devoted to the work of Jane Yolen. It was a real challenge to keep my list to 10 books (and I really didn't, because some of the books are part of a series), but I tried to be representative of the different kinds of books she's written. Read about my choices here: http://readingtothecore.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/picture-book-10-for-10-picture-books-by-jane-yolen/

    Thanks again!
    Catherine

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    1. Looking forward to more work by Daywalt.

      Cathy

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  4. Such a wonderful celebration of the power of the picture book! Thank you for all of the time and effort you and Mandy are putting in to make sure that everyone has access to all of these lists.
    I am also a big fan of these Jenkins titles and just picked up the Time to Bath book so now my collection is complete! I am also a huge Jon Klassen fan (met him this past fall and have a signed copy of I Want My Hat Back!) Creepy Carrots is VERY popular in my room as well. Kids love to read it to visiting guests and see if the person gets scared. Very funny.

    Here is my list: http://thereisabookforthat.com/2013/08/10/my-picture-book-10-for-10-for-2013/ Carrie Gelson @ There's a Book for That

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    1. I am picturing your students reading Creepy Carrots to guests. How fun! My class last year would have several "creepy" stories to share with your students.

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  5. Hi Cath,
    Thanks for sharing your list. You always suggest great titles that I've yet to read. I also like how you've grouped for authors and illustrators-so creative. I especially want to check out Creepy Carrots and The Dark. Thanks again to you and Mandy for organizing this event! Go girls go!
    Here is my link to my blog and my choices for this year:
    http://theamyrudder.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-picture-books-10-for-10-2013.html
    Amy :)

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    1. Amy,
      I'm so glad you joined the event! I'm always to happy to see your name pop up in the comments. Your students will LOVE Creepy Carrots and The Dark!

      Cathy

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  6. Thank you so much for this wonderful event! Glad to see some of my faves - and several new books to add to my to-read list :) Thank you for all your hard work putting this celebration together. Here is my link to my blog post (and first time participating): http://inthekeyofbooks.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-picture-books-for-teaching-teens.html

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    1. Eti,
      My daughter and husband both teach 8th grade and I can't wait to share your list. So glad you joined the fun!

      Cathy

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  7. I can't wait to read all of the posts! Thanks for doing this! My post is here: http://msvictorreads.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/pb10for10/

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    1. So many great titles! Thanks for joining.

      Cathy

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  8. Hi Cathy!

    Happy #pb10for10 Day! Can't believe how much this "little" celebration has grown over the past 4 years!

    You have highlighted several of my favorite author/illustrators that I hope continue to create wonderful picture books here including Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Steve Jenkins and Jon Klassen. I would add Tony Fucile (Let's Do Nothing), Matt Tavares (There Goes Ted Williams),and Lane Smith (The Big Elephant in the Room) to that list.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what others did with their #pb10for10 lists. Here is the link to my list with a new twist! https://www.smore.com/txut-2013-pb10for10

    Thank you for inviting me to join that first year! It's become a highlight of my summer! Thank you also for all the work you and Mandy put in to organizing and promoting it! It's exciting to see teachers for older readers joining the fun this year!

    Happy Reading!

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    1. Susan,
      You always find such creative ways to share. Always learning from you!

      Cathy

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  9. Hi Cathy! So excited to read everyone's lists. I almost put ! on my list because it so great, but I chose Spoon instead. There is so much to love out there. Here is my link http://1stinmaine.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-pbs-for-august-10.html

    Kimberley
    First in Maine

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  10. Hi Cathy, This is my first year doing this, so I kept it classic--love the idea of ten favorite authors, though. Thank you so much for doing this. What amazing positive energy to start the school year with! Here's my link. http://tworeflectiveteachers.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-for-10-picture-books-2013.html

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    1. Melanie,
      Always so happy to have new picture book fans join us! Keeping in classic is always perfect!

      Cathy

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  11. Hi Cathy! Thank you again for hosting this year - I love participating each year! I also love Exclamation Mark and Ish - I love all of Peter Reynolds books!!
    Here is the link to my post: http://tworeflectiveteachers.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-of-my-favorite-picture-book-read.html

    Thank you again!

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    1. How can you not love Peter Reynolds: inspiring messages. Thanks for sharing your list!

      Cathy

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  12. That you for doing this again! I always walk away wanting to read so many new titles. Here is my link: http://stephanieshouldis.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10-august-10-2013.html

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    1. Stephanie,
      I am so thrilled to see your link here! Loved your fun list as well.

      Cathy

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  13. Hi Cathy

    I am on the run this morning (picking up my daughter who is home for a week!), so here is my post and I will read and comment later. Thanks so much for hosting.

    http://juliebalen.weebly.com/3/post/2013/08/stretching-picture-book-use-all-the-way-to-senior-classes.html

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    1. Julie,
      Thanks so much for joining the event. You are such a collaborator! You always make events more fun.

      Cathy

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  14. Great list Cathy, thanks again.
    Here's my contribution:
    http://tonykeefer.tumblr.com/post/57871222149/pb10for10-waiting-for-caldecott-books-of-the-week

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  15. Thanks, Cathy. I'm happy to be part of this event again this year. Can't wait to read the posts!

    http://www.mentortextswithlynneandrose.com/blogging-with-rose.html

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    1. Rose,
      So glad you could join us. Thanks for sharing so many great new books.

      Cathy

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  16. I love the theme for your list, Cathy! It reminds me of a post I wrote on Two Writing Teachers the other day about the importance of kids knowing illustrators, http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/author-illustrators-as-mentors/.

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    1. Stacey,
      Such an enjoyable post and very timely for me. The next time we're together I'm going to have to pick your brain about this a little. (Tony Keefer's post also spoke to this.)

      Cathy

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  17. Love your list! I have some of the same illustrators/authors this year too. My list is 10 fabulous illustrated books to inspire young illustrators! http://growingbookbybook.com/2013/08/10/exploring-illustrating-techniques-in-picture-books-10-for-10/

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  18. Thanks Cathy! Love your list and love the event! Can't wait to see all the lists.

    Clare and Tammy

    http://assessmentinperspective.com/?p=277

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    1. So glad you both are joining #pb10for10. Always an amazing community event.

      Cathy

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  19. Great list! Thank you so much for hosing this event! Can't wait for the jog to see all the links! What fun!

    Here is my list: 10 must haves for 1st grade

    http://bit.ly/19UgSz3

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    1. Meghan,
      Wow! Loved your presentation. Interesting. Loved your titles too. So glad you joined.

      Cathy

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  20. Hey Cathy!

    Another exciting day! It will be fun to checkout the lists throughout the weekend!

    Here are 10 books that I love over and over again - we have a few of the same titles:

    http://literacyzone.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-books-galore-pb10for10.html

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    1. Michelle,
      I'm not surprised we have some of the same titles. Love the updates to your list (but I'm guessing the titles in the old list are close at hand).

      Cathy

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  21. I love this list Cathy!!! Thank you for making it happen.
    Here's my list: 10 Books from my last 10 years of teaching I can't be without.
    http://learnlovegrow.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-books-from-last-10-years-of-teaching.html

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    1. Stella,
      Yay! So glad you joined this year's conversation!

      Cathy

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  22. Great list. Can't wait to see all the others. Some of the books on your list were sooooo close to making it on mine. What fun!

    Rosanne

    http://rlkurstedt.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/picture-book-10x10/

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    1. Rosanne,
      It has been fun to see which titles reappear across posts. So glad you could join us.

      Cathy

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  23. Thanks so much for organizing--here's my first entry into August Picture Books!
    http://room5-1112.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-picture-book-10-for-10.html
    Looks like I'll be visiting Amazon and/or the library for a couple of your titles that I don't know. Yay!

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    1. Loved your beginning of the year list. I had to reserve a few of your books at the library too. I think our kids will be excited.

      Cathy

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  24. I love many of the authors on your list as well, Cathy. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful event. This year, I thought I'd make my list a theme -- nonfiction. Then I saw that somehow I missed the new Nonfiction 10 for 10 back in February. I stuck with my list though because I'm sure I'll have 10 more to share in February 2014. Here are my choices: http://teachingwithpicturebooks.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/august-10-for-10-a-picture-book-event-3/

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    1. Dawn,
      I'm so glad you could join us. Everyone always enjoys a nonfiction picture book list. There are so many new books out with discussing.

      Hope you'll join us in February.
      Cathy

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  25. Such a great list, Cathy! So many of my students' favorites too.

    I'm excited to join in and share my books with you all here: http://readwriteandreflect.blogspot.com/2013/08/its-here-pb10for10.html

    Thanks!
    Katherine

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    1. Loved your list, Katherine. So glad you joined the conversation.

      Cathy

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  26. I love this day! All these books that are so loved collected and shared. Thank you to you and Mandy for creating this tradition. Rosenthal has become a favorite for me too. You've given me a few to look for on my next bookstore visit. Here's my ten for this year:
    http://lcinmo.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/2013-ten-for-ten/

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    1. Elsie,
      You are right. It has become a delightful tradition for me as well. It really gets me excited about going back to school to share books with my new community of learners.

      I'm so glad you joined us again this year!
      Cathy

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  27. There are so many fun books on your list! I love picture books! Here's my spin on the top 10: www.meganginther.blogspot.com

    Thanks for an exciting day of blogging and tweeting!
    Megan

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    1. So many good books....so little time.

      Cathy

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  28. I may spend the day visiting all these lists! Thank you for putting all this together for us.

    Here's my list of the best edgy picture books.

    Here's the link: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10-10-edgy-pictures.html

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    1. Deb,
      There were a lot of new titles here for me. Thanks for sharing your edgy list.

      Cathy

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  29. My first #pb10for10 post... Loving the chance to take in everyone else's favorites, and thought it was only fair to try to put mine in the mix!
    http://www.ohchs.sad17.k12.me.us/~Melissa_Guerrette/FOV1-0008B8C8/

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    1. I enjoyed your list. So many great titles. Sorry, but I couldn't figure out how to comment.

      Thanks for sharing,
      Cathy

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  30. Thank you so much for organizing this event this year, Cathy. There are a couple of new books to me on your list that I can't wait to look at using in my class. Thank you for sharing!

    Barbara

    Here's my post http://wonderingthrough2012.blogspot.com/2013/08/pb10for10-2013.html

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    1. Barbara,
      Always love this picture book event. As you said, it's the perfect back to school kick off.

      Cathy

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  31. So much fun! I love your book choices. This is also my first time doing a ten for ten. Here is my link.http://thelatebloomersbookblog.blogspot.com/

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      Welcome! So glad you're here!

      Cathy

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  32. I loved your choices! Looking forward to reading everyone's lists. I tried to focus my list on books that I love using to inspire writing across the grade levels. Here is my link:
    http://www.whisperingspines.com/whispering-spines.html

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    1. Reading the lists takes some time --- but well worth it!

      Cathy

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  33. Love your list! Here's my link : http://mrswilliamsreads.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10.html?m=1

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    1. Enjoyed your list. Several new titles for me to explore.

      Cathy

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  35. So fun! This is my first year participating and here are my selections!
    http://authorsandillustratorsinschools.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-for-10-picture-book-event-2013.html

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  36. Always excited to participate!
    http://amostlyrosyoutlook.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-picture-book-10-for-10-2013.html

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  37. August 10 should be a national holiday! Woot-Woot! http://lori-lifelessons.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-10-for-10-picture-book-event-2013.html

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    1. That's a great idea! We're working on an Amazon discount too. Oh, to dream.

      Cathy

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  38. Yay!! Here is my link: http://creativeliteracy.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-for-10-picture-books.html
    Love your list and can't wait to check out Lion vs Rabbit!!!

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    1. Katie,
      I know it's a busy time. So glad you made the time to join us! I always look forward to your book suggestions.

      Cathy

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  39. Hi Cathy,
    Your list is great...I love Exclamation Mark and The Day the Crayons Quit, too. I also can't wait to check out Lion Versus Rabbit. Here is the link to my list:

    http://rethinkingmediacenters.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/picture-book-10-for-10-pb10for10/

    Thanks so much!

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  40. Thanks for doing this, Cathy! Wonderful books, and some that are new to me. Here is my list:
    http://tmsteach.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10-day-2013.html

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      Thanks for joining us. You had many biographies in your list I look forward to reading.

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  41. Great list, Cathy! I see some new titles to check out. :)

    Here is my very first PB10for10 list: http://onascalefrom1to5.4hcs.org/2013/08/10/picture-book-10-for-10/

    Thank you!

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      So glad to see many of my new #nerdyfriends joining this year.

      Cathy

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  42. Love this list and the Ohio authors! Here's my list: http://wp.me/p3FLrJ-3m All wordless PBs we used for a PB study last spring in my 7/8 classes. Thanks for putting this together!

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      Cathy

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  43. Love your list! My "to buy" list is growing! I've joined in this year. Here's my first PB 10 for 10.

    http://jennivanrees.blogspot.ca/2013/08/picture-books-10-for-10-authors-i.html

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    1. Jenni,
      Our lists are very similar. My reserves, Amazon wish list, Pinterest, Feedly are all growing! Send help!

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  44. Using picture books in the Secondary Classroom:

    http://theuninterruptedreader.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10.html

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  45. Watch out bookstores and libraries, here I come. Thanks for organizing this. Please add my post to the jog. http://margaretkobewka.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/picture-book-10-for-10/#more-15

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    1. Margaret,
      I had to laugh when a friend told me that our local library system was down on Saturday. Could it have been #pb10for10??? LOL

      Welcome!
      Cathy

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  46. This is really great! I discovered it as a twitter newbie.
    Please add my post to the jog.

    http://coffeecupsandlessonplans.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-10th-picture-book-10-for-10.html

    Thanks
    Michele
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

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      Welcome Twitter newbie. It's addictive! So glad you were able to join the vent.

      Cathy

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  47. I love this day, and I'm excited to participate for the first time. I can't wait to check out The Boy Who Cried Bigwolf and many others I discovered this morning. And the day is young... Thanks for organizing this!

    Here's the link to my post, plus my friend/rockstar colleague's list.

    Annie: http://simplylearningtogether.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-picture-books-that-make-us-laugh-lot.html

    Kendra: http://simplylearningtogether.blogspot.com/2013/08/kendras-10-for-10.html

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    1. So glad you and Kendra were able to join us this year. Two great book lists!

      Cathy

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  48. Great ideas! My first year participating http://www.janekise.com/2013/08/top-10-picture-books-for-adult-workshops/

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      Welcome! Love your idea to share picture books for adults!

      Cathy

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  49. I finally got my list done (well actually Xena did it for me). Here is the link: http://bit.ly/17f3joE
    Many, many thanks to both you and Mandy for hosting this event. Now I'm off to see what others have chosen.

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    1. Margie,
      So glad you joined the event. Well, or Xena joined the event. :o) Can a person (or a dog) have too many dog picture books? I'm wondering what Xena would think of my cat basket?

      Cathy

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  50. I only learned about the event this morning, but I am so glad I did because I'm having a great time learning new titles, finding new blogs, and following people on twitter. I decided to pull a list together too. My theme is 10 books an English teacher enjoys with her sons. You can read it here: http://www.reneeboss.blogspot.com/2013/08/10-for-10-picture-books-english-teacher.html

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      That's an impressive turn around time! Welcome to the fun.

      Cathy

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  51. I love so many of the titles on your list. I need to check out the Steve Jenkins book--love his work and I haven't seen this one yet. Here is my list: http://www.readingpastbedtime.blogspot.com/2013/08/2013-picture-book-10-for-10.html

    Thanks to you and Mandy for hosting!
    Kate @ Reading Past Bedtime (@ksull723)

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      After reading your list, I think you and I (or maybe our students) like many of the same books. Looking forward to continuing book conversations this year!

      Cathy

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  52. I finally got the post up. Here are picture books that touch my heart and/or make me think.

    Thanks!
    Crystal @ Reading Through Life

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      So glad you could join us again! Loved your list!

      Cathy

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  53. Hi! My post is up now! It's my third year participating! Thank-you for co-hosting this annual event. I enjoy seeing everyone's ideas! Please add it to the listing. I've shared on Twitter, too (wmsbg301) Thanks!!! @MW Reading and Writing http://mwreadingandwriting.blogspot.com/2013/08/fourth-annual-august-10-for-10-picture.html

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    1. Three years! I have been wanting to go through and see how many times participants have joined the event, but it seems a daunting task. Glad you are back. Hope to see you in February for #nf10for10.

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  54. Cathy, Thanks for inviting me to participate! It's been so much fun (and expensive)! I have so many picture books to add to my TBR list now...and I still need to read The Day the Crayons Quit!

    Here's my link: http://www.heisereads.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10.html

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    1. Jillian,
      Wait. The book never made it to your table? I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it might take a book some time to move around a room of nerdy friends. :o) I'm so glad you joined the conversation. Loved your selections!

      Cathy

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  55. Now, I can dive into all these great post! Thanks agin for hosting, sorry to be late!
    http://deb-frazier.blogspot.com

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      Cathy

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  56. I do not have a blog but still would like to participate. My list contains 11 books. Sorry, I just could not narrow it down to 10. Here it is, in no particular order.

    The Dark by Lemony Snicket
    Let's Go For a Drive by Mo Willems
    Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
    Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
    Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
    Chopsticks by Amy Krause Rosenthal
    On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne
    Miss Rumphius by Barbara Conney
    Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
    Bluebird by Bob Staake
    Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

    I have read so many picture books this summer thanks in part to summerthrowndown. I have tons more on my TBR list and continue to add as a result of today. My public library will become familiar with me very quickly!

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    1. Flora and Flamingo...I need to check that out!

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  57. Finally, here's my list! http://wanderingandwonderinginlibraryland.blogspot.com/
    Liz Deskins

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  58. I'm super excited about this idea! I wish I would have known about it years ago!

    I posted! Here's my link!
    http://mrsdimmittsclass.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10.html

    Courtney

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      I'm glad you know about it now. I hope you'll join us again next year in August (or in February for our nonfiction version).

      Cathy

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  59. Thanks so much for co-hosting this event! It's such a fun one! I finally got mine written - I'm on a mother/daughter weekend in Nashville, and I was trying to write the post on my iPad, and it was NOT cooperating. But I finally got it all written and posted. I love several of your selections, but I haven't read them all, so more books on my TBR list! :-) http://hollymueller.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10-favorite-picture.html

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      Thanks for finding the time. I'm so glad you were able to share your favorites for the beginning of the year. (I was happy to see Meghan join too.)

      Cathy

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  60. Hi Cathy,
    I didn't think I was going to make it today, but I pulled it off. :) Thanks for sharing your list. I just got The Day the Crayons Quite from Amy Rudd when we met for lunch the other day. I can't wait to share it with my kids. Now, I'm off to do some reading. Thanks to you and Mandy for hosting. Here's the link to my blog: http://www.raisingreadersandwriters.com/2013/08/10-for-10.html

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      So glad you took time out of your busy schedule to share 10 titles.

      Cathy

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  61. My top 10: http://ramblingreader1.blogspot.com/

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      Thanks for joining the fun!
      Cathy

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  62. Thank you, Cathy, for co-hosting this event. Finally finished my post (in the middle of a family gathering).
    http://pleasuresfromthepage.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10-favorite-picture.html

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      Trying to figure out how you wrote that amazing post without your books and during a family gathering. Loved it!
      Cathy

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  63. Cathy - my friend Adrienne is having internet problems - she is away on holiday. I said I would share her post with you here to be include in the jog: http://readingpowergear.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/summer-reading-day-26-top-10-for-10-picture-books-new-reading-power-titles/ Her name is Adrienne Gear and she blogs at ReadingpowerGear

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      Thanks for passing it along. I've added it to the Jog. Several new titles for me on this stop.

      Cathy

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  64. Another request: My daughter is ten and got inspired by my excitement. She wrote her ten favourites as a guest post on my blog: http://thereisabookforthat.com/2013/08/11/picture-book-favourites-shared-by-book-loving-daughter/ Would you include it as well! So proud of her. Her name is Beatrice.

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    1. Carrie,
      When I saw the tweets on Twitter that she had added a post I had to smile. Like mother like daughter. I loved her recommendations.

      Cathy

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  65. Pat and I are excited to be a part of this again! Thank you! http://catchingreaders.com/2013/08/10/august-10-for-10-picture-book-event/

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  66. This is my first time participating. I'm loving these lists! I posted books that teach tolerance and courage at http://leadingandlearningtoo.blogspot.com
    Enjoy!

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      Loved your list of books to teach tolerance and courage. Many of your titles were new to me and I can't wait to check them out.

      Cathy

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  67. Awesome Post! Agree with your list! :) So many great books out this year! Here is the link to my post: http://daydreamreader.com/2013/08/10/top-10-2013-picture-books-my-students-will-love/
    My first year taking part....not my last! I love it!

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      So glad you were able to join the conversation. Many great 2013 titles on your list.
      Cathy

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  68. A crazy busy week, so I'm kind of late to the party, but I couldn't stand not participating. Here's my list of ten favorites for intermediate and middle grade readers.
    http://carolwscorner.blogspot.com/2013/08/ten-picture-books-for-big-kids.html

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      So glad you made it. It wouldn't have been the same without you!

      Cathy

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  69. Here's my list of 10! http://thinkingthroughmylens.wordpress.com Looking forward to reading through the submissions!

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      Cathy

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  70. 10 for 10 librarians and libraries picture books that honor the best! http://tlangeberg.blogspot.com/

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  71. My 10 books for the first week of school. http://mturman.edublogs.org/?p=57

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    1. Marnie,
      My students love Tacky. Once I've read one book, they want me to read them all. You have many titles here second graders will just love. Good luck with the change. I hope it is an amazing year.

      Cathy

      (sorry I couldn't comment on your blog because I don't have an edublog account)

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  72. My 10 for 10 is posted at http://chrquietly.tumblr.com/post/57934916353. Thank you!
    Carol Hampton Rasco

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  73. Here is my list of 10! http://wearthecape.blogspot.com/2013/08/pb10for10-picture-books-picture-books.html

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  74. My top 10 books center on brave and clever characters. It took a degree of braveness and certainly a pinch of clever to narrow a list to 10 books. Thanks for hosting this again this year! Stephanie Joyce

    http://kidblog.org/MrsJoyces1stGrade/ae14b539-a310-4efd-bf3d-42548de7c3e0/10-for-10-day-of-celebrating-top-10-picture-books/

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      I was unable to read your post as it appears to require a log in. So sorry. I'd love to read it if there is a way to access it.

      Cathy

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  75. My 10 for 10 is posted at:
    www.aliposner.wordpress.com

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  76. Good Morning!

    Thank you for this great event. Turns out switching browsers allowed me to add my list here, nearly 24 hrs later.
    My list is about Aztecs & Mayans. Deals mainly with myths and historical fiction texts where messages and archetypes are better explained with the illustrators interpretation and assimilation of mesoamerican art forms. Its a unique list and kinda expands the definition of picture book.
    Hope you enjoy.
    http://mrstygleclass.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-10-for-10-mesoamerican.html

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  77. Dear Cathy, I just came back from out of town, and I'm so excited to check out these lists. I always learn about so many new books, and it is very generous of you to host this! Watch out bookshops and Amazon! xo, a.

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      The participation has been amazing. I have a feeling everyone could read posts for weeks before they would ever get caught up. There are so many great titles mentioned. It's fun to begin to see certain titles repeated across posts.

      Cathy

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  78. Just amazing how many choices from the lists that I had forgotten about and wished I could have included. However, I am still content with my list http://thefunlibrarian.blogspot.ca/2013/08/10-for-10.html?m=1and happy that I chose a Canadian approach. Thank you for your part in making this all happen.

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    1. Great idea! I wish we could get a more world-wide participation. I think it would be interesting to see picture books from around the world.

      Cathy

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  79. What a great event! I'm in for 2014.

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  80. Here is my list:
    http://nerdychicksrule.com/2013/08/10/the-top-ten-books-written-by-nerdy-chicks-who-ive-laughed-with/

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  81. Since I didn't get it posted on August 10, I just went ahead and made a top 11 list! Thanks for hosting this awesome event! http://writingmomentum.blogspot.com/2013/08/picture-book-bonanza-pb10for10.html

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  82. My apologies if I post this twice, but it didn't seem to show up. I absolutely love this concept and had to get my list in even if it was a day late. I went for the top 10 Jewish picture books that have nothing to do with Hanukkah and Passover. It was inspired by the upcoming holidays. thanks for hosting this awesome event. I've learned about a ton of great sites! http://booksmykidsread.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/10-awesome-jewish-picture-books/

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    1. No worries. It's good to double check. We have quite a large number of participants and I'm so worried we will miss someone.

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  83. Here is the link to my post. I enjoyed writing this up, and now I want to go through the other blog posts to see what books were mentioned. It is so hard to limit to 10.
    http://comprehensionconnection.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-10-for-10-picture-books-2013.html

    Carla

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    1. Choosing just ten is nearly impossible. Perhaps that is why we all come back year after year.

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  84. This is my first time participating in 10for10 and I so enjoyed creating my top 10 list of picture books. Thank you for creating this way to celebrate and share the power and joy of picture books. I am a huge Amy Krouse Rosenthal fan so was happy to see one of her books on your list. Also love Todd Parr and was excited to see this new title. My friend Carrie Gelsen helped me to post my list on Friday as I was without internet access but just in case, here it is again: http://readingpowergear.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/summer-reading-day-26-top-10-for-10-picture-books-new-reading-power-titles/ Thanks again!

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  85. Great books Cathy. For the first time ever, and a few days late, I wrote a post to join along too! http://learningandsharingwithmsl.blogspot.ca/2013/08/august-10-for-10-picture-book-event-few.html

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      I'm so glad you joined the event. I hope it's not the last time!

      Cathy

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  86. Is it too late to add my post? I am a high school teacher living in a house full of picture books. My wife and daughter both did posts. Here is mine http://jo-online.vsb.bc.ca/blogs/jo/keller/?p=6202

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      What a fun family! Three people from one house contributing a post to #pb10for10 is a bit new to this event. Thanks for joining the conversation.

      Cathy

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    2. Those Gelson/Keller's are book lovers for certain! It's contagious in that house hold in a really positive way.

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  87. Hi Cathy!
    Coud have sworn that I posted on your blog -- but I think I left my URL of my #pb10for10 list on your 2012 post, where you had linked from Twitter at the start of it! Just posting it here again to avoid any confusion, 'coz I noticed it hasn't made it to the jog yet :)

    Thank you! this is a great resource. Thanks again for co-hosting it :)

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  88. Nine days late to the party -- yikes!! But here is my 10 for 10:
    http://literatelives.blogspot.com/2013/08/pb10for10-9-days-late-also-imwayr-on.html

    Thanks so much for hosting, even for those guests who show up insanely late! :)

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