I didn't stick with a theme this year, I just included books I love. Paring the list down to ten was difficult, but I managed, so without further ado, here is my 10 for 10. Click on a pic if you want to see it on Amazon.
1. What's Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle
15 beloved children's book illustrators use beautiful language to tell us about their favorite colors.
Sweet, lovely, lilting, and thoughtful. A gem of a book.
3. Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty, Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Wow. What a beautiful book. Several of our students have absent or incarcerated parents or grandparents, so the relevancy of this book gave me goosebumps. Loved the author note and the purpose to offer hope that "every fatherless child can still create the most beautiful life possible."
4. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
I love the Elephant and Piggie series so much. I felt a twinge of grief when I discovered Mo Willems was writing the final book in the series. I have to say, he could not have written it better. Knowing many of these Elephant and Piggie adventures by heart, this book felt like the perfect way to say "thank you" and "goodbye."
What a great picture book. One word per page, but multiple opportunities for inferring, making connections, and having conversations. The artwork is thought provoking and wonderful.
Loved this! Loved how gentle Jabari's father was. Loved that Jabari showed courage. Loved the step-by-step telling of a small moment. Loved the various perspectives in the great illustrations.
7. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
I need to admit that when I read this book silently to myself the first time, I thought it was kind of silly. When I read it to kids, I discovered it is one of those magical, outrageously funny books that must be read aloud, and once read aloud, is begged for over and over.
8. Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook (Learn from the best!) by Anne Vittur Kennedy
I am prone to love books that make me laugh out loud. This tongue-in-cheek narrative did just that.
9. Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Fun, funny, and a bit meaningful in that I couldn't help but think of some of the really hard kids I have had who I began to win over with great read alouds.
A relevant topic. Everyone should have access to clean water. The art by Peter H. Reynolds is stunning.