We live a rich life of picture books. Surrounded by stacks of amazing text that makes us wonder, that makes us laugh, and that makes us ponder our even stories; Picture books are one of the most important components of our reading lives both at home and at school. And while I have read countless picture books since my last favorite post, there are some in particular that just keep circulating in my head. Here they are to inspire reading and sharing for you.
The true story of a cat lost and then reunited tells the larger story of a family who had to flee the dangers of Iraq becoming one of the many thousands of refugee families traveling toward safety around the world.
How to turn mistakes into masterpieces is the message of this picture book and what a wonderful message it is.
This picture book version of the book Wonder is on heavy rotation in our classroom, And how can it not be? The message of kindness, empathy and seeing others for everything they are is one we all need to be reminded of now and again.
I am a major fan of all of Josh Funk’s picture books but I think he may have outdone himself in this book. While it is only available for pre-order right now, I have read an F&G aloud to my 7th graders and every single time they laugh. I love how I can use this picture book as a way to discuss narrative technique as well.
I just discovered this book although it came out in 2008 and I am obsessed with having others include it in their library. How do you describe the color of the rainbow to someone who cannot see it? This picture book all in black and silver with raised images, text and Braille does just that.
A remarkable picture book that tells the tale of Isatou Ceesay and how she envisioned a creative solution to the plastic that was burying her village.
Susan Hood continues to amaze me. Again, a great picture book to discuss perspective and how everything is relative to each other. So if you think you know opposites, think again.