Saturday, 10 August 2013

Picture Books 10 for 10: Classroom Edition

Today I participated in #PB10for10 (my 10 favourite Picture Books on August 10th) created by @cathymere and @mandyrobek and now I've been inspired to create some sort of PB10for10 for our students using our class blogs. Reading through dozens of blogs about favourite picture books has been inspiring. There are so many GREAT books out there - one I have read and ones I haven’t read... yet (my amazon account has been busy!).


Our STUDENTS need a voice in this. What are their favourite books? Think of the discussions you could have with your students about this. What makes it their favourite? Would you create criteria for what makes a good book or just pick random favourites? If you can create a top 10 list of books with your class, we can share those lists with each other on our class blogs or twitter accounts (like we did today - check it out here!).


February is the month of love, so this may be the perfect time to share our love for BOOKS. This would also give us lots of time to be reading to our students and allowing them to make decisions about what books they like.


We can talk specifics later on in the year and link up our class blogs. We could create an Edmondo teacher group and share ideas/books, buddy up with another class and further the conversations using individual blogs, or just keep it simple and read a few lists from other classes. I want it to be useful for YOU and your class. However that may look. Right now, this is just the beginning stage.

** If you are interested in participating in something like this, add your name HERE so I can make sure we connect later on in the school year.


Suggestions are appreciated, so please let me know if you think of anything else. Leave a comment or connect with me on twitter @jennivanrees.

12 comments:

  1. I love this idea, especially after reading two student written posts today. My students are going to have blogs this year and this would be a great event for them to participate in. I hope you're thinking any grade level. I'm 5th grade.

    Let me know how I can help..and thanks for sharing your idea with all of us!

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  2. Thanks Susan! I was definitely thinking this could be for ALL grades. Please sign up your Grade 5's! I love the idea of having older students writing their own lists and post it on their own blog. This could lead to some great discussions and connections!

    Thanks for your comment, Susan.

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  3. What a great idea. Count my fourth graders in.

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  4. I would love to participate as well! Setting up a class blog for student writers to guest post on and a class twitter account. My Gr 3/4 class would be all over this! Am looping my class from Gr 2/3 They love picture books in a very big way!

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  5. Jenni,
    Thanks for creating this! Book Love Festival in February sounds perfectly adorable!

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  6. Juie - looking forward to collaborating together and reading your student book lists!

    Carrie - I love the idea of having individual students "guest post" on your class blog. Can't wait to read their writing and see their favourite books!

    Amy - Thanks! Love the way you said that "book love festival in February" . You always have a great way with words! :)

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  7. I was thinking of doing this with my kids as well, so to do it with other classes as well is even better! Thanks for organizing this!

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  8. Fantastic! Thanks for joining in! :)

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  9. I would love to include my 4, 5, and 6 graders

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  10. I'm in! Right now I'm thinking we'll create a class list, but I may have individuals who would like to make his/her own list as well. Great idea, Jenni.

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  11. What a great idea. I teach Ks. No class blog but would like to keep in touch about this. Hope by February my class Twitter and Skype accounts will be up and running.

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  12. Excellent. Count my 5/6 graders in. they'll dig it. @justinstygles
    Thanks for dreaming this up!

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