#pb10for10- Building Community

It is hard to believe it is that time of year again! This year I am not brand new at my school and school started last week, so in planning I knew long ago that my theme for #pb10for10 would be this- building community. Yes, there will be overlap from lists I have made in the past, but that is the thing about favorites- they do many jobs!

In no particular order:

Ralph Tells a Story– It is so obvious that Abby Hanlon gets kids! This want to be writer who thinks he has no stories to tell reminds many students of themselves! It is a funny story that shows the struggles of writing workshop.

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 765654Ish– Doing the best we can each day! It is a good reminder that we are all trying to do our best.

18383325The Most Magnificent Thing– Trying again and again and learning from our first attempts. I especially liked that the one doing all of the tinkering was a girl. The ending surprises my students.

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  1. Counting on Frank– The importance of asking questions and following our passions is reiterated in this book. Frank also quite likes math!

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  1. This Is Sadie- I love this story of a little girl who is the characters in the books she reads. She is great about using her imagination and entertaining herself.
  1. How to Read a Story- As we build our reading community this is a good reminder that stories are often even better when shared. This is a message I think parents need to remember too.

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12448586 Boy + Bot– Friends do not have to be just like you and you have to support your friend in their best way, not yours.

18349884    My Teacher Is a Monster– I love this story of a developing relationship between a teacher and one of her students. The students notice so many details here.

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Each Kindness- This is a rare children’s book that does not end “happily ever after.” The message of considering your actions (living ethically in our school’s SLRs) is powerful!

The Story of Fish and Snail-Being brave and compromising with friends is so important. This is a book I like to read on the first day of school! I loved the discussions we had with this book.

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Eeek- there are so many others that I could have included (Enemy Pie, Chrysanthemum, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, etc, but 10 it is*!

I would love to read what your favorite community building books are!

*Bonus-The Dot- Making our mark! I will not share this book until International Dot Day, but I could not leave it off. It is one of the ways we expand our community too. I hope you will join in the fun!

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4 thoughts on “#pb10for10- Building Community

  1. Michelle @litlearningzone

    Erika,
    What a great list of books to build community. It’s amazing how many picture books can help us. I could have easily included “Ish” in my list as well (but I did include at least one Reynolds’ book title!). I have not read “Counting on Frank” so I’ll be checking that one out!
    Michelle

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  2. Melanie Roy

    Erika, what a thoughtful list! I cannot wait to order Ralph Tells a Story which is a new one for me. Thank you, and have a great start to the school year!

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