Picture Book 10X10


It was difficult to come up with a list of only 10—but here it is.  These 10  picture books have stood the test of time for me (well mostly, some are new to me but I’m anticipating that they will stand the test of time).  I chose these books because:

  • I love to use them with students,
  • I turn to them when I need writing inspiration, and
  • they have each deeply touch me in some way.


Oliver CoverOliver by Birgitta Sir is a new favorite —beautifully and simply written about being true to yourself and finding a friend.


All the Places to Love CoverAll the Places to Love, by Patricia MacLachlan is an old favorite.  Thoughtful and descriptive text that touches the heart.  The illustrations are as magical as the text.


My Momma Had a Dancing HeartMy Momma had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray. The playful language creates a playful mood while also addressing an unbreakable and special bond between a mother and daughter.


My Father's HandsFather’s Hands, by Joanne Ryder is a descriptive piece that captures the bond between father and child.


Water DanceWater Dance by Thomas Locker illustrates the water cycle magically and lyrically.


Midnight in the mountainsMidnight in the Mountains by Julie Lawson is a story about a young girls first trip to the mountains. The quiet calm of the book reminds me of when I used to go upstate with my family.


Kitchen DanceKitchen Dance by Maurice J. Manning is full of fun from the opening page. With onomatopoeia to amazing dialogue it is truly a joyful ride.


Being FrankBeing Frank by Donna Earnhardt is another new favorite of mine.  It’s funny and poignant and can be enjoyed on so many levels.


Amos and BorisAmos & Boris by William Steig is an old time favorite. The language, the characters, the friendship.  I just love everything about this book.


Horton Hears a WhoAnd what picture book list would be complete without one from Dr. Suess.  My all time favorite Dr. Suess book is Horton Hears a Who!.  Some might think it’s been over done, but I disagree.  I will never tire of  the rhythm, the friendships, and of course Horton who sticks to what he believes.

I’m Getting Back In


So it’s been almost three months since I’ve posted anything. And my last post was a re-blog so I’m not even sure it counts.  But I’m committed. I’m committed to at least try to write more frequently.

To kick off my renewed commitment, I’ll be participating in Picture Book August 10 x 10.  Which means, on August 10th I’ll post a list of 10 picture books that are in some way my favorite.  It may be a top 10 list of my favorite characters, favorite beginnings, favorite structure—doesn’t matter—could even be  a random collection of 10 picture books that have stayed with me because they are just so darn good.

I won’t be doing this alone.  On August 10th teachers and writers from various communities will participate including #nerdybookclub members and Kidlit bloggers.

So stay tuned and maybe even join in the fun.  Participating is easy.  Just follow the information from this Nerdy Book Club post.  It’s that easy.

See you on the 10th and more after that.  I’m working on a series of posts that will highlight student work from my school visits and from Writers Experience, as well as trying to schedule some amazing guest posts as well.

Relax and Let Yourself Be Inspired

Ullswater, The Lake District from Freefoto.com

My friend Laura tweeted a post from Out on a Limb: Shy Writer Goes Social  about enjoying silence – especially during this time of added stress and lengthening to do lists. When I read the post I couldn’t help but sigh. It was a great reminder for me to just take a step back and breathe. I find, but often forget, that it’s the in-between moments of life that generate energy, inspiration, and a sense of grounding and connection.

So turn off your phones, tvs, and radios and when you notice a moment of silence, take a breath, close your eyes, and be.

When was the last time you celebrated silence? Give it a try and let us know how it went.