Has it really been a year? Last year I was encouraged by Cathy Mere and wrote about my favourite Canadian picture books for this annual blogging event.
To choose 10 picture books is really an unfair challenge. Don't believe me? Just try it. Anyways, here are the ones I read over and over and over again this year. You may notice there are quite a few Canadian titles among this list. Yeah for awesome Canadian talent!
10 Picture Books I Have Been Loving Over the Past Year
Button, Lana. Willow Finds A Way. Illustrated by Tania Howells. Kids Can Press, 2013.
After finding her voice in Willow's Whispers, Willow acts as a leader when a classmate is getting a little too bossy. 2014 OLA Forest of Reading nominee.
A very cool biographical picture book. I loved learning about Annette's struggle to overcome her challenges in this vividly illustrated book. And Girl Power will always score some points with me!
Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel, 2013.
Duncan just wants to colour, but his crayons have had enough. The true personality of each colour comes through in the hilarious letters that the crayons write. This book was always on my Holds Shelf last year.
Klassen, Jon. This is Not My Hat. Candlewick, 2012.
To know this Caldecott (2013) winning picture book is to love it. We had so many wonderful discussions about what really happened in the ending. Love, love love this one. 2014 OLA Forest of Reading nominee.
MacKay, Elly. If You Hold a Seed. Running Press Kids, 2013.
No words from me - just go ahead and experience this beauty. And when you're done, make sure to check out the youtube video of how Elly MacKay creates her stunning artwork. 2014 OLA Forest of Reading nominee.
Mann, Jennifer K. Two Speckled Eggs. Candlewick, 2014.
There will always be that student who is a little different. This is a beautiful story about finding friendship where it wasn't expected.
Reynolds, Peter H. Sky Color. Candlewick Press, 2012.
What colour would you paint the sky without any blue paint? Marisol learns a lesson in creativity in this simple book that inspired a few additions to my wall of student art. 2014 OLA Forest of Reading nominee.
Spires, Ashley. The Most Magnificent Thing. Kids Can Press, 2014.
Perseverance and creativity will get you a long way, as demonstrated by this fun story. I love the fact that it is a girl who is engineering this most magnificent thing. This is a great tie-in to the makerspace movement.
Stinson, Kathy. The Man With the Violin. Illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Annick Press, 2013.
I could say so much about this book. A true story, creative use of illustrations, and such a poignant message. A must-read.
Tullet, Herve. Press Here. Chronicle Books, 2011.
We had so much fun with this one! Students of all ages love this interactive picture book. Another constant inhabitant of my Holds Shelf.
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