I’ve begun building a library for grandchildren. What a joy it is to peruse the shelves of books aimed at babies and toddlers! It’s been a long time since I spent time in that part of the bookstore and there are so many new treasures there. But, I am drawn to titles that my #nf10for10 community members have curated over the past five years. Their expertise is not to be ignored! So, without further ado, here is my 2018 list–a mix of all-star non-fiction titles and a few new ones to round the list out.
FROM THE #NF10FOR10 COMMUNITY ARCHIVES:
Award-winning artist Sylvia Long has teamed with up-and-coming author Dianna Aston to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to eggs. From tiny hummingbird eggs to giant ostrich eggs, oval ladybug eggs to tubular dogfish eggs, gooey frog eggs to fossilized dinosaur eggs, it magnificently captures the incredible variety of eggs and celebrates their beauty and wonder.The evocative text is sure to inspire lively questions and observations. Yet while poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to more than 60 types of eggs and an interesting array of egg facts. Even the endpapers brim with information. A tender and fascinating guide that is equally at home being read to a child on a parent’s lap as in a classroom reading circle.
The biggest snake, the anaconda, can swallow a deer or goat whole. The smallest mammal, the Etruscan shrew, could easily sleep in a teaspoon. In a striking full-color collage, each spread of Biggest, Strongest, Fastest portrays an animal that stands out in the animal world as the largest, slowest, longest lived. Readers can see the animal’s size in relation to something familiar, and a chart on the last page indicates the size, weight, and diet of each animal, as well as where it can be found in the wild. Biggest, Strongest, Fastest is an entertaining, informative introduction to the world records” held by fourteen members of the animal kingdom. “
We can be sure of this: It’s a circle without end. It’s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins to pumpkin seeds again! This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall. Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle — a bug’s eye and a bird’s high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing . . .and then going back to earth.
The clouds drift across the bright blue sky–all except one. Little Cloud trails behind. He is busy changing shapes to become a fluffy sheep, a zooming airplane, and even a clown with a funny hat. Eric Carle’s trademark collages will make every reader want to run outside and discover their very own little cloud.
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.
But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm.
OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW takes readers on a cross country ski trip through the winter woods to discover the secret world of animals living under the snow.
How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered inside this exploration of the science of snow, featuring photos of real snow crystals in all their beautiful diversity. Perfect for reading on winter days, this book by a nature photographer and a snow scientist will inspire wonder and curiosity about the marvels of snow. Snowflake-catching instructions are also included for aspiring young snow scientists!
Wonderful Worms encourages an appreciation for the small creatures of the earth by explaining the vital role that earthworms play in the planet’s ecosystem. The book also contains informative charts and cross-section illustrations of the worm’s underground environment.
ADD TO THE LIST SOME NEW TITLES:
Now babies can learn all about the things that go in a book that’s indestructible. With call-out identifications on each spread, Things That Go! is a vibrant introduction to those irresistible vehicles that fly, drive, sail, dig, lift, dump, and more.
Apparently, this book is 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof, which sounds amazing. Indestrucibles are not new, new, but they are certainly new for me!
Look for Momo hiding on a farm, in a bookstore, at a construction site, and in other unlikely locations (the photos are also loaded with other hidden objects for kids and parents to find together). Perfect for bedtime reading, car trips, playtime, or anytime, Let’s Find Momo is part art book, part puzzle book, and all fun!
BORDER COLLIES! Whether the dog’s name is Momo or Satchmo, we love border collies. Here is our Satchmo looking as intense as only a border collie can.
Love is an abstract idea and artists of all ilks attempt to capture its essence. I needed to include this book because love is not fiction, is it?
Here Matt de La Pena and Loren Long illustrate love for us in ways that are deeply satisfying and terrifying. They recognize the complexity of love and its ability to sustain us in spite of its intangibility and its guises.
This book will always come at the right time for us as we work to understand ourselves and others in our lives.
In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that’s soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.
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by Cathy Mere
Here’s how you can participate:
- Grab a Badge (just copy the URL address of the one above or take a screenshot)
- Join the #pb10for10 Google Community
- Choose Your Favorites: All you need to do is choose ten picture books you cannot live without for whatever reason. In the first days of this event, everyone shared their ten very favorite titles. This still works. You will notice, however, that many past participants choose some type of theme to determine their selections. We’ll leave this up to you.
- Narrow Your List to Ten: It isn’t easy, is it? We’ve seen some crafty ways to get around that number.
- Write Your August 10th Post: Write a post about the ten books you cannot live without. Share your post on August 10th and link it to the Picture Book 10 for 10 Community.
- No Blog? No Problem: If you don’t have a blog, this might be the perfect time to start one — or there are a million digital ways to join (see post below). Of course, now with the Google Community it is quite easy to just post your favorites directly into the community without a blog. We will also be tweeting from the #pb10for10 hashtag.
- Comment: On August 10th (and maybe for a week — there are a lot of posts) take some time to read posts from other participants. Please comment on at least three.
Pull out your library cards, load up your Amazon accounts, or better yet – plan a trip to your local bookstore on August 11th because you’re going to be unable to resist checking out (or purchasing) a few new picture books. We hope to see you on the 10th!
A Few Historical and Informational Posts:
- The story of how Picture Book 10 for 10 got started
- Choosing Picture Books
- So You Don’t Have a Blog: 10 Ways to Still Join #pb10for10 Event (now add direct posting to Google Community…let me +1 that…ha ha)
- Nerdy Book Club: Picture Book Addict? Join Us
- What happened to the old archives? (or Jog the Web shut down)
- Can You Help? Rebuilding Our Picture Book 10 for 10 Archives A must read for past participants
- Find out about our Nonfiction Picture Book Event (each February)