Every school year, I try to expose my students to as many stories as I can. I often find myself hoping that my students love our story sharing times as much as I do. Our classroom is teeming with books of every size, genre, style and reading level. I especially love when students read a book on their own, and love it so much that they are asking me to share it during our read aloud time! Those moments make my teacher-heart soar! Until they start making requests though, I have an arsenal of stories ready for those magical moments when we all gather together and explore a new story, and all the stories that one will ignite in our own memories and imaginations! Picture books are a great way to share stories with your students! Here is my #10for10 list in no particular order! (Each title links to the Amazon purchase page for the book, but if you have a local bookstore you love-I'm all about #shoplocal first!)
YOU AND ME by Susan Verde (Illustrated by Peter H Reynolds)
FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland
UNICORN THINKS HE'S PRETTY GREAT by Bob Shea
STAR STUFF by Stepanie Roth Sisson
DEAR MR. BLUEBERRY by Simon James
EACH KINDNESS by Jacqeline Woodson
SIDEWALK FLOWERS by Jon Arno Lawson & Sydney Smith
JOURNEY (& QUEST) by Aaron Becker
Aaron Becker with reigniting my passion for wordless picture books. His books are so visually stunning, imaginative and intricate. I had students who would pour over the pages for hours, looking for hidden images that we missed on the first read, and inferring the reasons for different objects in each one. My class had the amazing opportunity to Skype with the author of these books last year and we were all thrilled to learn that Mr. Becker weaves stories within the story just like we did. He had back stories and side stories to accompany many of the details of his picture books, and once my students learned this, they were insatiable in finding and inventing even more!
SPOON (& all the rest) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Drew Daywalt
Final Note: After an awesome experience sharing "Poem in Pocket Day" with my students last year, I've been collecting more POETRY picture books for my library this year as well! Blog to come on how we will work with poetry more this year in 2nd grade!