It’s August 10, time for 10 for 10!
Here are 10 of the best picture books I’ve read so far this year. It was so hard to narrow this list down, as there have been others I’ve adored, too, but I stuck to the rules. The first two are poetry collections/anthologies, and the final two are rhyming picture books, so I’m using this as my Poetry Friday post, too! (I’m also sometimes sharing my comments from Goodreads.) Enjoy!
Jumping Off Library Shelves: “One of my favorite Lee Bennett Hopkins anthologies ever!”
Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection: “This collection is pretty much perfection.”
Ginny Louise and the School Field Day: “An anti-bullying story wrapped up in so much cleverness and humor! Wish I had written it!”
Shelter: “Beautiful allegory about sharing and welcoming.”
Write to Me: “Powerful story sure to inspire discussions about tolerance, prejudice, and the wonder of great librarians!”
Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished: “Fun story, PLUS a layer of scientific method! Very clever.”
How to Code a Sandcastle: “Fun, inspiring, and unintimidating! Great introduction to coding!”
Shark Lady: “What a wonderful picture book biography, sure to inspire budding scientists and all young girls! I love the language here as Eugenie dives deep and fishes for information. I also love that I learned a few new things myself, even though I’m a Shark Week fan.”
Dreaming of You: “I adore Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s new book, DREAMING OF YOU. This rhyming bedtime story imagines what all the animals are dreaming about. Wonderful details and fun language make it fresh and beautiful. Here’s one of my favorite stanzas:
Chipmunks are dreaming of digging deep burrows.
Chipmunks are dreaming of fat, seedy cheeks.
Chipmunks are dreaming of racing and chasing you,
cheerfully playing at hide-and-go-seek.
And what fun for kids to chant along with the phrase, “____s are dreaming,” which is repeated three times in each spread.”
Twinderella: ” Such a clever “fractioned” fairy tale. Great rhymes, pretty much impeccable meter, plus math fun! What could be better?”
For all the Poetry Friday fun, check out the Poetry Friday Roundup with Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone.