Tuesday, August 10, 2021

It's Here! The 12th Annual Picture Book 10 for 10 Celebration

Please note:  You're in the right place. Today's Picture Book 10 for 10 event will be linked here at Reflect and Refine. You will find directions to post with the community in the "Joining Today" section of this post.

It's here! It's here! And I'm so excited. It's our annual August picture book celebration. It's our 12th annual picture book event! Can you believe it???

Some of you have been with us from the beginning (and through multiple posting platforms). Thank you for joining us again. You know we love your lists!

Some of you are new (or newer) to this event. Welcome. We're thrilled you are here. Buckle in for some fun - and hide your credit cards. 

When the event began in 2010, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning and I started with this question:  "What are the must-have books for your classroom library?." 

Thankfully, across the years, many other educators, librarians, parents, and picture book lovers have joined this event to share their favorites. I always find it to be the perfect way to get pumped for a new school year.


Without further ado, let's get this party started. First I'll share the particulars for joining. You'll find my list at the end of this post. 

Let the games begin! 

Joining Today?
  1. Choose Your 10 Favorites:  All you need to do is choose ten picture books you just can't live without for any reason. In the first days of this event, everyone shared their ten very favorite titles. This still works. You will notice, however, that many past participants choose some type of theme or thread to connect their selections (and many of them find ways to slip in extra titles - they're professional). We'll leave this up to you.
  2. Write Your August 10th Post:  Write a post about the ten books you cannot live without.  
  3. No Blog? No Problem:  If you don't have a blog, this might be the perfect time to start one --- or there are a million digital ways to join. You could post from a Google page, create a S'more, make a Padlet, share in Twitter (and copy the Tweet link to the host blog), or any other creative idea you may be considering. We will also be tweeting from the #pb10for10 hashtag. 
  4. Link Your Selections:  Please share your links HERE in the comments at the bottom of this celebration post. (Share them on Twitter too at #pb10for10.) This allows an easy to access archive to be maintained of everyone's selections. 
  5. Find Other Participants:  You will find the links to other 2021 collections in the comments of today's host blog. 
  6. Connect & Comment:  Take some time to read posts from other participants. We hope you will comment on at least three. Share the love! 
Warning:  Picture Book 10 for 10 can be hard on your wallet.  I'd pull out your library cards before you start to visit these wonderful posts below.  

My Past Collections
Before I share my selections for 2021, I always enjoy reviewing my past event selections. Here they are:

Here We Go: My 2021 #pb10for10 Collection


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  2. I love your theme for your selections this year. This year I chose to go with picks for remembering 9/11. https://growingbookbybook.com/books-about-september-11th-for-kids/

  3. Love it Cathy ... we even have a few of the same titles! I chose to highlight 10 lyrical personal narrative to give writers choice of form and structure in units of study - also great read alouds! www.clarelandrigan.com/blog/1md99ss6z8g7jmkfhsatje14lhf7ib

  4. My #pb10for10 - Picture Books with a Surprise Ending


  5. This year has been an amazing year of picture books already. I'm sharing my favorites so far! https://www.teacherdance.org/2021/08/pb-10-for-10-favorites-this-year-sofar.html Thanks for continuing this special tradition, Cathy & Mandy!

    1. I forgot to say how much I have enjoyed each one of your books shared, too, Cathy. This is going to be quite a day for long, long TBR lists!

  6. Online again and teaching some kids I taught two years ago, so needed to plan my books to start the year: https://msvictorreads.wordpress.com/2021/08/10/pb10for10-3/

  7. Thanks for creating this space. This year I created a list of books that give me hope for humanity. https://wheresthejoy.wordpress.com/2021/08/10/hope-for-humanity-pb10for10/

  8. I lovelovelove TEN BEAUTIFUL THINGS!

    Franki is representing A(nother) Year of Reading with a fabulous list of books that taught her about moments in history she needed to (we need to) learn more about: https://ayearofreading.org/2021/08/10/pb10for10-important-stories-from-history/

  9. Apologies if I broke the rules ... I posted mine here: https://twitter.com/joshfunkbooks/status/1425122486270709764?s=20

  10. I love quite a few of your titles, Cathy! Here is my list of picture books about the experiences of immigrants and refugees. http://www.literacyonthemind.com/2021/08/picture-books-about-experiences-of.html

  11. Excited to share my first #pb10for10! Thank you! https://bitaboutbooks.wordpress.com/2021/08/10/pb10for10-our-gentle-giants/

  12. I went with Remembering 9/11 this year since it's the 20th anniversary and several new books are out this year. Of course, I fudged the 10 a bit (as always!) because a few of the books are out of print and only able to be found used.

  13. Every time I see someone's list, I'm reminded of more books I love AND new books to discover! It's impossible to choose just ten! I went with books I've loved reading to my grandchildren!