#pb10for10 – fresh classics

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I just had to jump in, so forgive me, please, if I am not following guidelines. In the vein of ‘make new friends’, but keep the old’, here are 10 picture book gems I wouldn’t want to live without, and I hope one or two may be new to you. Of course, I’m using the label old rather loosely – a book I may have read to my now adult kids. In no particular order:

Miss Twiggley’s Tree


Brave Irene

Brave Irene

One Morning in Maine


Tikki Tikki Tembo



Willy and Hughwilly-hugh

Dinner at Alberta’s



My Little Henmylittlehen1

The Three Robbers


The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit*maulwurf

We read this title in German, but I prefer the direct translation: From the Little Mole Who Wanted to Know Who Pooped on His Head

Miss Rumphius


Cathy Mere at Reflect & Refine and Mandy Robek at Enjoy and Embrace Learning organize this event. Look for the hashtag #pb10for10.




PPBF: The Three Robbers and November Challenges

Author/Illustrator: Tomi Ungerer
Publisher: Diogenes, 1963 (Die Drei Raeuber); Phaidon, 2008
Age: 4-8
Themes: robbers, orphans, girls
Opening: Once upon a time there were three fierce robbers. They went about hidden under large black capes and tall black hats.
Summary: (from Publisher’s Weekly) One bitter, black night, three ferocious highwaymen meet their match in a spunky orphan named Tiffany; Ungerer’s bold, fanciful artwork, rendered primarily in black and deep blue tones, enliven this cautionary tale of foul deeds transmogrified. (Don’t you just love it? Transmogrified!)

Why I like it: Tomi Ungerer is many an graphic designer/illustrator’s idol. Okay, one! It’s not just the clear simplicity (but that plays a BIG role!), it’s the fearlessness of his storytelling. Should three weaponed robbers evoke compassion? Nah! Do they? You betcha!

Resources/Activities: read more Ungerer!; ask children to illustrate a scene using a limited palette; check out the activities for this book from Scholastic – HERE

And it’s NOVEMBER: cold, dark, dreary.

Well, there’s Thanksgiving.

AND these challenges I signed up for – again!!!

PiBoIdMo with Tara Lazar (The Monstore, illustrated by James Burks) offers picture book writers the needed push to come up with ideas …and Sketch A Day Month with Linda Silvestri (click on images for more info)

All so we can enjoy the Holidays filled to the brim with satisfaction, and the materials to tackle the next challenge…

in 2014 with Julie Hedlund