10 for 10 Picture Books Event

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Thanks so much to Cathy Mere of Refine and Reflect and Mandy Robeck of Enjoying and Embracing Learning for leading this blogging event. (Click on the picture above for more info.) The question was basically….What 10 picture books could you not live without?

My very first 10 for 10 picture books come with a twist – they are all books that my seventh and eighth graders explored during our Wordless Picture Book Study last spring. The idea for the study came from browsing Twitter one afternoon and turned into one of the coolest things I have done in my Focus Reading classes so far. Day 1 involved exploring the books and browsing at our own pace, on days 2-4 we spent time studying different elements of the book and noting authors’ choices, on days 5-6 we wrote dialogue and narration for our favorite titles, and days 7-10 were spent making mini Smore Page book report ads (www.smore.com) for a book of our choice. It was such a great experience and I can’t wait to expand it to even more titles next spring. Without further ado, here are the 10 books we used last spring:

Click on each book to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR pile!


I introduced the unit with Bob Staake’s Bluebird, which had just recently been released. Students were hooked on the idea from day 1.


Shadow by Suzy Lee – Beautiful pictures

robot dreams

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon – More of a wordless graphic novel. Students enjoyed this one.


Chalk by Bill Thompson – Students really liked this one. Very popular!

the lion and the mouse

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – AMAZING pictures and a beautiful story!


Zoom by Istvan Banyai – Can be “read” backwards for a completely different perspective. Students were impressed with this one.

the adventures of polo

The Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller – Another favorite of students. There are more Polo titles out there that I will use next spring.


Window by Jeannie Baker – My personal favorite of the bunch! The collage pictures are stunning!

the arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan – Very complex and thoughtful. Students liked the futuristic themes.

the red book

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman – A book about a magical book! Students liked this one a lot.

I’ve already started a new wish list for books that I’d like to add to our collection. There’s always a chance of having students two years in a row, so I am invariably trying to keep things fresh. I hope you enjoyed this list and are thinking about a wordless picture book study for your class. I’d love to hear about your favorite wordless picture books and add them to our collection!

Happy Reading!

Lesley ♥

Literacy Loot: Back to School Teacher Treasures!

literacy loot memeLiteracy Loot is a weekly post that features cool and unique literacy items found online and in stores for the classroom, home and even to wear! Join me in sharing your find of the week!

Hello, literacy lovers! During the month of August, I will feature treasure for all you savvy teachers with classrooms to fill with cool literacy loot. This week’s items are sure to make your classroom more functional and fun!

book stamp

Listed at $32, this cute personalized, self inking stamp is the perfect addition to any teacher’s classroom library. In total, there are 17 teacher stamp options from this Etsy store. I am also a big fan of the stamps that say “From the Library of” for lending personal books to friends, colleagues and relatives. This is one worth checking out!

notebook ipad case

In the market for a really cool iPad cover? This composition notebook cover from cartelco on Etsy.com should do the trick. It is listed for $60, and from the description sounds pretty durable and functional. Click on the picture for more info!


I am obsessed with this $22.99 t-shirt from Skreened.com and cannot wait to wear it during the first week of school. Thanks to my #nerdybookclub pal @rantryan for sharing it on Twitter. I love it!

Stay tuned for next week when I scour the internet for more fun and functional teacher treasures for back to school month! In the meantime, if you’d like to see some older Literacy Loot posts from this summer, please check out these links:

Introducing…. Literacy Loot! Week 1

Literacy Loot (2) Reading signs for the home

Literacy Loot (3) Buttons and T-shirts

As always, please let me know if you see literacy loot out there that you think is deserving of being featured on the blog. Until then, happy reading and shopping!

Lesley ♥