Friday, August 10, 2018

#pb10for10 - Encouraging the Skill of Observation

I've spent the last two weeks cleaning my office and weeding my bookshelves. That means I've put my hands on every book and have had some time to think about my offering for the Picture Book 10for10 event.

In February for the Nonfiction 10for10 event, I shared a list of books to inspire future scientists. I'm still thinking about science as I prepare for the upcoming semester and am already selecting the books I will use in those early weeks. This time around I'm focusing on the books I share to teach and encourage the skill of observation.
written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

written and illustrated by Ed Young

written by Maranke Rinck and illustrated by Martijn Van Der Linden

written and illustrated by Olivier Tallec
(Definitely check out the companions to this title: Who What Where? and Who Was That?)

written and illustrated by Britta Tekentrup
(Tekentrup has SO MANY amazing books in this same format. Don't miss The Odd One Out, One Is Not a PairWhere Did They Go?, and Where's the Baby?)

written by Bob Raczka

written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

written and illustrated by Henry Cole
(Also check out I Took a Walk.)

written and photographed by Walter Wick
(Wick photographed the I Spy books and eventually developed this series of his own, which contains numerous titles.)

with riddles by Jean Marzollo and photographs by Walter Wick
(As you know, there are also many books in this series.)

written and photographed by Frank Serafini
(This is part of a series that also includes books for pond, shore, rainforest, forest, and desert.)

I know this is 11 books, and I suppose I cheated a bit by mentioning other related books, but it's so hard to stop at just 10! You can read the lists others have put together at Picture Book 10 for 10.


  1. Great to see these, will add some to my list. I shared about observation one year, too & today chose one book from each previous year. From that year, I shared Philip Stead's Ideas Are All Around, a favorite of mine. Hope your beginning to school is good!

  2. Awesome list! I loved Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and They All Saw a Cat. It'll be fun to check out some of the others on your list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I LOVE They All Saw a Cat. Such a great way to start a conversation about perspective.

  4. I love this theme, Tricia! Unlikely Pairs is such a clever book. Thank you for including it here.

  5. I snuck 11 onto my list too. Great theme. Great list. Thanks!

  6. I've include so many great titles! Thanks for the list Where's the Pair and On the Way to the Beach are new to me. They all Saw the Cat is one I use often in workshops with student-teachers. Thanks again.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  7. So many great titles. Thank you for joining the conversation!