Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community was doing the same sort of thinking with an entry titled, Choosing Picture Books. I agree with all of her thoughts. Her thinking is written with clarity, make sure you stop by to read her thinking.I went home to Upstate New York for a few days to visit my parents, family, and friends who enjoy beautiful Keuka Lake all year long. I had a lot of driving time. I didn't take my laptop or any picture books. I didn't get far on picking my 10 for August 10th but I did start thinking about reasons I would choose books for. When I returned I read my co-host Cathy at
In thinking about how I would choose my 10 for 10 Picture Books, I realized I needed to have a reason to support my selection. Why would a book be on my top 10 list? How could I decide from the many wonderful new and old texts I've worked with over the years? What books did I become passionate about during the year?
Here's my thinking that will guide my selections for 10 for 10 Picture Books.
Engagement - I found such joy in watching and listening to my students rereading a book with me, shared reading shows growth for students. I loved watching their facial reactions while reading a story, this shows thinking. I loved watching them pick up the same book we used as a whole group to read individually and/or with a buddy. These are all examples of engagement.
Interactive - We had the most fun with books that encouraged us to move. I learned quickly movement is necessary and positive for younger students. I knew this but reminders are always good in life.
Illustrations - If I can find something unique about a book's illustrations I will most likely bring it home. I love collage, I love when different medias are used together, and I love texture in general.
Personal - We have to value personal connections. I have found if I am excited about a text and/or can share how or what this book means to me, others will get excited too for a text. I have bought many books based on others sharing them with me and the more I feel or see my friend connected to the text, the higher it goes on my want to use list. Kids do the same thing.
Series/Author - With picture books, I really think of characters in a few stories as a series. If my students connect with a character in one book they get excited to see them again in a new book. They also read more books by the same author once they find one they like.
Content Connections - Our time in the classroom is limited and busy. If I can use a book in one area of learning and use it again to further our thinking and possibly shift our thinking, then it is a keeper.
I think I have 4 books selected, but that could change leading up to August 10th. I hope you will join us for some sharing.