What are the ‘must have’ picture books in your classroom and library? 10 favourite picture books shared on blogs via Twitter on August 10 was instigated by @mandyrobek and @CathyMere – check #PB10for10. Here is my list of ten special picture books that I must have in my Year One classroom and library.
1. Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox is a beginning year favourite. Lyrical and rhythmical language swings right along and whimsical, colourful illustrations add to its appeal. It’s a great book that helps ‘learning to read’ children.
2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archimbault is a rollicking good read with alphabet letters never being so much fun. Colourful illustrations add to the light and bright feel of the book as children easily sing along – again and again.
3. No David by David Shannon is a special favourite with my classes because it’s funny. Young children identify with David’s antics and his mother’s reactions. Every year I have at least one child learn to read from this book.
4. Just for You by Mercer Mayer is a gem. Contrasts between the character’s intentions and the end results are funny and ‘sketchy’ illustrations add to the hilarity. Children love looking for the spider and the cricket, too.
5. Titch by Pat Hutchins is a delightful story of a youngest child who never quite catches up to his sister and brother – until the end. The direct language, simple storyline and clear illustrations make it another good choice for ‘starting the year’.
6. The Potato People by Pamela Allen is a moving story for some children with Jack and his mum leaving for a time, putting an end to Jack and Grandma’s fun-filled Fridays. The potato people know sorrow too… Seize the moment and have children make their own potato people.
7. Grug by Ted Prior is a delightful character who grows from a tree and makes a home in a deserted burrow on a grassy hillside. Children laugh out loud at his wayward adventures that are often accompanied by hilarious illustrations.
8. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, is a wonderful story that provokes and inspires. The lyrical, rythmical language and colourful, expressive illustrations add to its charm.
9. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr Suess is still a favourite with the rhythmical language and endless appeal of Suess illustrations. Despite the length for young children, we always go home happy, 100%.
10. Go, Dog, Go by P. D. Eastman is a classic that still has children laughing and talking about the dogs in fast cars and the hilarious dog party.
Listing ten favourite books is easy… stopping at ten is the hard part!
Several of my favourite authors are listed here and I like many of their books. Mem Fox is a favourite and choosing between Where is the Green Sheep? Koala Lou, Hello Baby, Boo to a Goose and Possum Magic is difficult. Pamela Allen, Pat Hutchins, Mercer Mayer, Dr Suess… how does a person choose ‘just one’ of their books?
Maybe we need a list of favourite authors with lists of all their books you love!
What are your 10 favourite picture books for young children?