Wednesday, August 9, 2017

#pb10for10 ~ My Favorite Read Alouds of 2017

I love reading the lists from the #pb10for10 community!  As an literacy coach, one of my goals is to get outstanding picture books in the hands of teachers for read aloud.  Here are my Top 10 Read Aloud Recommendations for 2017!

I read this book aloud at our last staff meeting.  It has such a powerful message to teachers about our impact and the lifelong messages that stay with our students.

 I am planning to read aloud Jabari Jumps at our first staff meeting at the end of this month.  This is a great read aloud to encourage perseverance and a growth mindset.  Our discussion questions for teachers are "What are you going to jump into this year?" and "What is holding you back?"  This book has a great message that will connect with readers of all ages!

 I am excited to share this book with teachers as our next mentor text for encouraging students to maintain a growth mindset.  Lou can't climb a tree YET, but there's no doubt that she will keep working to meet her goal!

As the mom of a happy dreamer, I would love to see this book read aloud in all classrooms.  My daughter and I love to look at the last few pages and think about Peter Reynolds question, "What kind of dreamer are you?"

Life is an absolutely stunning book with a beautiful message.  In the fall, I visit twenty-six classrooms as a guest reader to kick off the new school year.  I may read aloud this book and talk to students about what they love and appreciate about life.

Little Fox in the Forest may be my all time favorite wordless picture book.  I would love to sit with a group of students and discuss this adorable story!

I shared this book with a few teachers last year, but I would love to get it in the hands of all teachers. Sergio faces a difficult decision, which would lead to a powerful discussion with students about how doing the right thing isn't always easy.

Although this book was published a few years ago, I just bought my first copy this summer.  I am planning to encourage teachers to read this book at the start of the year to remind students of the importance of inclusion and acceptance.

Students will love pouring over the images in this brilliant book!

The illustrations in this book are amazing!  The Book of Mistakes will be an excellent read aloud to encourage a growth mindset as students will see that inspiration can come from our mistakes.

These are just a few of the books that I'm excited to share with teachers this fall. I'm sure that after reading the other #pb10for10 posts, I will be adding more picture books to my collection!