Tuesday, August 9, 2016

PB10for10 - 10 Titles I Need to Add to My New Library STAT!




The last week of June. Chasing down the remaining few borrowed books, cleaning up inventory, Grade 8 Graduation, Talent Show, Awards Assemblies, Staff Party. If it wasn't chaotic enough, I decided to go for the challenge and accept a new posting for September. Needless to say, that decision added a whole lot more to my to-do list that week. As excited as I was, the week became an emotional and draining experience for me.

In addition to loving just about everything about my school, I had developed a pretty amazing Picture Book collection for a small rural school. It didn't occur to me that a larger school, with a larger budget, would be lacking most of my absolute must-haves. In the past few weeks I have been scouring my new catalogue, and it has left me almost in tears. My whole program - what. am. I. going. to. do???

So, I've been prioritizing. And I figure that my list would make a great theme for pb10for10: 10 titles I need to add to my new library collection STAT! I'm sorry to say, but I'm going to need more than 10. But 10 is a start, and 10 it will be.

How does an elementary school library not have Peter Reynold's The Dot in its collection? I always use this one in September for International Dot Day. This will be my first purchase.


The book love that we shared for this Caldecott masterpiece is still so fresh in my mind that I get goosebumps thinking a bout it. Finding Winnie was one of many, many nonfiction picture books that we adored.


I turn to this one again and again - each time I need to make a link to curious inquisitiveness.


The discussions, applications, and extension activities provided by this nonfiction picture book will blow you away.


More nonfiction picture book brilliance. And Julie Morstad's illustrations? To die for.


A beautiful story with important values and life lessons, Grandfather Gandhi also provides an excellent biography option for students studying this genre.


Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast? Because it is SO much FUN! We had a blast with this one.And we reinforced tallying with one of our extension activities.


So much to talk about with Red. Diversity, labels, being true to oneself. This book has applications for many different age groups.


Despite its American bias, this nonfiction picture book is well received when the Toronto Blue Jays make a playoff appearance. Informative and fun - especially once you add some seventh inning stretching to the readaloud.


I guess soon after purchasing Julie Kraulis' first Arlo story, I will need to get her new one, An Armadillo in New York. Excellent additions to the nonfiction picture book genre.

There you have it, my 2016 pb10for10 list. I want to thank Cathy from Reflect and Refine for first inviting me to participate in pb10for10 back in 2013. She, along with Mandy from Enjoy and Embrace Learning co-founded this fun and enlightening meme. I encourage you to take some time and see what other bloggers have included in their pb10for10. Follow #pb10for10 on Twitter. My previous posts may be found here: 2013, 2014 (I was on a screenfree vacation in 2015 and did not participate).

12 comments:

  1. So hard to leave all of those books you love and begin again! I wish you purchasing joy and lots of $$$ to build this new collection! Good luck in your new position!

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. I know you "get it". Best wishes to you too.

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  2. Wonderful collection - and congrats on your new posting! I am switching grade levels from 3rd to 7th, and it's so interesting thinking about PBs that work well for older students too. Red is definitely a good one, thanks!

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    1. Lots of changes happening this year! Thanks for stopping by, Katie, and commenting.

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  3. I know some of these and I agree they are must haves. An Armadillo in Paris sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, Lisa, Armadillo is very intriguing. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I wish you lived closer. I'm working at a used bookstore now & we have lots of great titles. I love each one of these books except the armadillo one is new to me. I can see why you need them for so many good reasons. Best wishes in your quest to find more to start the year. I'll find Armadillo!

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    1. Thanks for your best wishes, Linda, and thanks for stopping by. Definitely check out Julie Kraulis' work.

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  5. Those are all awesome books! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jana. I love the titles on your list, as well. And so it grows.....

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  6. You have some work to do! But it'll be fun doing it :)

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    1. No doubt, Kellee. It's a fun kind of work that I don't mind doing!

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