My Favorite 16 Books of 2016

At the end of the year, I find it helpful to reflect back on my reading for the past year. Along with looking at the total number of books I read, and it’s never as many as I hope because there are SO many good books I want to read and never enough time, I also think back on the ones I consider the best I’ve read that year. These favorites are typically the books I recommend the most to others throughout the year, and the ones that stick with me in some way.

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.