10 Picture Books to Build Classroom Community (2016 #pb10for10)

I am a huge proponent of picture books in every grade, and used a picture book read aloud every day of the school year with my 7th & 8th graders when I was teaching, which led to #classroombookaday. When I heard about #pb10for10, Cathy Mere & Mandy Robek’s initiative to have teachers share a collection of ten picture books great for the classroom every year on August 10th, I knew I wanted to participate. I’ve participated every year since 2013 (2014 & 2015 lists), and although traveling and presenting PD this week made me a couple days late, I didn’t want to miss the chance to share some great picture book read aloud options.

I have many favorite picture books to share with students, but these are ten that were published this year or last that would be great choices to help build classroom community at the start of the school year.


If you are looking for more great picture books for your classroom, check out #pb10for10 or #clasroombookaday on twitter. And if you’re in the Minnesota, Illinois, or Wisconsin, look for the renewed and updated trade book collection coming to your local Custom Ed showroom in September! These books and many more will be in our exciting new trade book section designed and curated to help you find just the right trade books for your classroom needs.

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