Thank you Cathy Mere (http://reflectandrefine.blogspot.com/) and Mandy Robek ( http://enjoy-embracelearning.blogspot.com/ ) for hosting the tenth annual #pb10for10. My shopping cart fills instantly after reading all the wonderful posts filled with recommendations of picture books that every classroom needs. This year I am finally giving back with my list of ten books that celebrate lovely language.
Ojiichan’s Gift by Chieri Uegaki. Heart-felt story about the special garden created by a girl and her grandfather, Ojiichan. Loved the use of two languages throughout the book, as well as the special moments shared between the two characters.
Rah! Rah! Radishes! by April Pulley Sayre. Bouncy text filled with alliteration and vivid photographs. Great choice for shared reading.
under GROUND by Denise Fleming. Rhyming text filled with illustrations of life under the ground all the while showing the life of a boy and his dog playing above. Another text that would be wonderful for shared reading.
Allie All Along by Sarah Lynne Reul. Being angry isn’t always pretty as shown in this book. Wonderful book to study how an author uses colored text and other craft moves to show feelings.
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox. Having two monkeys named Cheeky and Chee as the main characters in this story already have little ones wanting to chime in. Great fun with language in this book for sure!
Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina. Sweet story about overcoming language barriers.
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff. Soothing text describing the natural colors that surround baby bear. Great book to explore describing words.
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle. If you are looking for a book to teach onomatopoeia, this is the one. Lovely story about community found in a subway station during a thunderstorm.
Yaks Yak by Linda Sue Park. Creative book exploring word pairs. Loved the definitions included on each page.
Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller. Cute story about friendship embedded with great language and craft moves too!