Sunday, July 10, 2011

August 10 for 10: Our Second Annual Picture Book Event

Start Searching
Mandy Robek, of Enjoy and Embrace Learning, 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 and find the 10 you just cannot live without in your classroom (library or home).  Now I know many of you have been participating in #bookaday, making wishlists on Amazon, and racing to the door when the delivery truck arrives with new books so you might want to look through those new book stacks too.

What is August 10 for 10?
Last year, Mandy (her 2010 post is here) and I (my 2010 post is here) began wondering about the "must have" books for our classroom.  You know how it goes, one conversation leads to another and, before we knew it we were hosting this event.  Last year over 40 blogs participated.  Each blogger chose 10 picture books s/he could not live without and wrote a post about the titles.  Each blogger put her/his own spin on a collection, and at the end of the event we had a resource with over 400 "must have" picture books.

So start searching.  What are the 10 picture books you could not live without?  This isn't going to be easy but here are some tips (Choosing Picture Books and More About Choosing Picture Books) .  There are so many things to consider when narrowing your list (especially when there are so many amazing books).  After you have finalized your list, write a post about your favorites.  On the day of the event, August 10th, place a link to your blog in the comments of one of our posts.  We will then link your blog to the other participating blogs.  If you don't have a blog.  No worries.  You can share your favorites on Twitter using the hashtag #pb10for10 (or you can start a blog **wink wink**).

Join Us
Pass the news along to your friends and join us August 10th for a virtual picture book party!  You might want to save your money as last year this event resulted in some new picture book purchases.  Contact us on our blogs, on Twitter (@mandyrobek or @cathymere), or by e-mail to let us know you are joining this event.  On the day of the event - August 10th - we will be linking all the "must have" posts.  Can't wait!!


  1. Already started browsing last year's selections...can't wait to join in this year. It will be tough to narrow it down to 10!! Great idea and thanks for hosting yet another wonderful event!

  2. I had so much fun reading last years 10 for 10
    I think this year I will join in the sharing!

  3. I'm in. I might have to focus on a category...books to start the year, books to use when starting writer's notebooks, etc. More books to buy! :)

  4. I just realize I posted on the 2010 event. Count me in for 2011. I will blog my 10 for 10! Great idea! I will spread the word too.

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  5. Already started working on it! :)

  6. What a great idea. I'm in! Sticking to ten is the tricky part.

  7. I'd like to join the 10 for 10 challenge, although I'll have to work on the blog part!

  8. I can't wait! I agree with Julie - just might need to focus on a catagory. There are so many wonderful books out there that serve so many purposes! :-)

  9. Glad to hear you are all going to join us and starting to narrow your list. HSeslteacher, this is a great time to start that blog. **wink wink** You can also join us by commenting on one of our blogs or tweeting your favorites at #pb10for10.

  10. I'm planning to join this year. Can't wait to add to my wishlist! :)

  11. I hope it's alright that I want to 'crash' your party. I so enjoyed reading last year's lists that I'd love to take up the gauntlet this year. My blog is Apples with Many Seeds (

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  12. Just wrote my post- when should I publish it? Loved the exercise and can't wait to read all the other lists!

  13. Oh my goodness! I knew this was coming up and it crept up on me. Last year I focused on a category, interactive read alouds to use in teacher professional development sessions and new teacher groups. I need to sleep on this year's category!

    Oh my! I only have two days!