Tuesday, December 21, 2010

10 Favorite Children's Books for 2010

It's difficult to pick the 10 books from 2010 that I liked the most. I could do this again tomorrow and pick an entirely new list. I have included a short blurb from each book's review. If you have happen to stop by my way, feel free to leave a comment and let me know which books were your favorites. So, without further ado, here are ten favorites of mine for 2010:

Chalk; written and illustrated by Bill Thomson
"Bill Thomson's wordless Chalk is a visual delight.  Thomson used acrylic paint and colored pencils to create the very real looking playground scenes. He also knows kids. We have several who live in our neighborhood and use sidewalk chalk to draw pictures. They draw figures similar to what the fictional kids draw. My favorite part of the book is the dinosaur and the solution one of the quick thinking friends devises to save the group." - May 17th

Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot"; written by Michael O. Tunnell
"Candy Bomber is my favorite nonfiction book of 2010. Gail Halvorsen is a real deal hero from the greatest generation. Michael O. Tunnell has crafted an unforgettable tale about how an act of kindness led to a heroic effort by American and British soldiers. The individual accounts of German children and their reactions to the candy drops are incredibly touching." - September 26th

Nest, Nook and Cranny; poems by Susan Blackaby and illustrations by Jamie Hogan
"Nest, Nook & Cranny is a collection of poems that is a teacher's dream.  Susan Blackaby combines several different poetic forms (sonnet, cinquain, triolet, villanelle) with animal habitats (desert, grassland, shoreline, wetland, woodland) as the subject of the poems. The reader gets a combination of poetry, figurative language, and science that is entertaining and informative." - July 12th

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog; written by Adrienne Sylver and illustrated by Elwood H. Smith
"Hot Diggity Dog combines two of my favorite things, history and food, to make a flavorful concoction that is sure to please." - November 14th

A Place Where Hurricanes Happen; written by Renee Watson and illustrated by Shadra Strickland
"This is one of the most moving books I have read in a long time. Renee Watson and Shadra Strickland give us an intimate portrait, from a child's point of view, of how families in New Orleans were affected by Hurricane Katrina. This book would be an excellent companion to nonfiction books about weather. We often study about the technical aspects of storms (how it forms, wind speed, etc.), but it is rarely combined with how it changes the lives of the people in the path of the storm." - August 11th

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade; written by Stephanie Greene and illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
"Author Stephanie Greene has spent a lot of time hanging around kindergarten and first grade students. I don't know her personally, but her writing rings true to this age level so I figure she's knows these kids and what makes them tick. Posey is a delightful character who reminds me of students that I work with each day and one in particular that lives in my house. Like Posey, they're sweet kids who have some fears and need some help in navigating this thing we call school." - October 9th

I Know Here; written by Laurel Croza and illustrated by Matt James
"One of the reasons why we teach children to write is so they can share a piece of themselves with others. I Know Here would be a superb read aloud to demonstrate this. It really reminds me of What You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan where both female protagonists are reminiscing about a beloved place and what makes it special. These are not complicated books, but no less profound in their detailed descriptions of a love of place and how it can shape our lives." - November 2nd

The Quiet Book; written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska
"My six year old daughter saw my library copy of The Quiet Book and remarked, "The Quiet Book! I love The Quiet Book." Do you need to know any more before you find a copy of this wonderful book? Deborah Underwood's concept may strike you as a simple idea, but as a kindergarten teacher I can tell you that it is sheer genius." - October 12th

Country Road ABC; written and illustrated by Arthur Geisert
"Arthur Geisert has created a series of 26 illustrations that show daily life on the Iowa farmland where he lives. The detailed illustrations are humorous and informative. My favorite illustration is for the letter I which is represented by the word inoculate. In the illustration, there are pigs that have red spray paint marks on their backsides. Geisert explains in the accompanying glossary that "the red spray paint is to keep track of who has been given a shot already!" - October 4th

Ants: National Geographic Reader; written by Melissa Stewart
"There are more than 10 quadrillion ants in the world.  The queen African driver ant alone lays fifty million eggs a year. I say we stop teaching these cute penguin units and start focusing on the ants.
Melissa Stewart is certainly doing her part by writing Ants.  She has penned a ripping good piece of nonfiction that happens to masquerade as a Level 1 Reader.  Ants is packed with amazing facts (Did you know that there were ants that could live underwater? Me neither.), several nonfiction text features, and terrific National Geographic photographs. What more could you ask for?" - March 12th

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