Thursday, July 10, 2014

Picture Book 10 for 10 is back

Dear Cathy,

I am sneaking out from my blogging break and moments of renewal to check in with you.  Did you remember today is the day we launch Picture Book 10 for 10?  It's just one month away and I can't wait to co-host this event with you.  I still tell people who ask me about blogging and twitter how I met a mentor when I shared reading her book and then she asked me what my favorite picture books were to use in my classroom.  I was just thrilled you left me a blog comment and I was clueless how we could brainstorm and feed off each other to make this teaching journey fun, more work, and rewarding!  It is an honor to be your colleague and friend.

I do have to give you a heads up though.  I had a piece of writing not accepted for publication elsewhere but realized it was really meant for this event.  It was more about my own learning and of course 10 picture books are included.  So, I am ahead of the game.  I have my pre-event post to share some new learning I recently have.  I have also completely changed my list of 10 favorites, anchoring them to a theme.  This is huge my friend.  If readers look closely, my list just get tweaked a bit each year.  Favorites are like good habits, why break them?

I can't wait to see what everyone shares.  I was scared last year when you did some big publicity that the participant numbers would be too high.  It wasn't, it just proved that the more the merrier actually works!  I hope this note finds you a bit nervous.  Do you have your list of 10 favorite picture books, ready?  Do you have the energy for positive people to join us and share such wonderful ideas?  Did you plan a #pb10for10 book shopping budget?

Your friend, Mandy

PS Readers - 

Contact us on our blogs, or 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. Please use the hashtag #pb10for10, it's another way to help us find you.   In the  past, we or I should say Cathy creates a Jog the Web.  I can't wait to have you join us!


  1. Oh, Mandy, you always make me laugh. Thanks for the reminder as quite honestly in the midst of travel and #cyberPD, I had forgotten. True confessions of a teacher working too hard in July. I am a little nervous. You already have a post and a plan. As usual I will be working to keep up with your energy and smart thinking.


  2. We are looking forward to it --it was our first cyber challenge! We too have an idea for it…. Thanks for the reminder and the date!!! Hope summer is going well --you are reading up a storm!

  3. Hope to join in this summer. Last year added so many recommendations to my room library.

  4. Oh - this sounds wonderful. Can I play too? Someone I follow on twitter tweeted about about the event - and I would love to join in the fun.

  5. Dear Mandy (and Cathy),
    Thank you for hosting this event! I should probably start planning now, but as it is the tradition to scramble at the last minute, I'll go with that!
    Happy renewal!

  6. LOVE this post! Can't even believe the reminder blog is posted. Continue your renewal and I am thrilled we will get to read your top 10 picture books.

  7. Sounds like fun! I would love to join in. Looking forward to reading everyone's selections.

  8. Heard about the 10 for 10 idea from a colleague and would love to join in! I don't have Twitter, but I have a blog. Will link to your blogs as well. Looking forward to all of the top-10 lists!