Educators Cathy Mere & Mandy Robek have been running the #pb10for10 event for years now. Basically, pick 10 picture books you simply can’t live without and share today, August 10th, with the hashtag #pb10for10 (see the official rules here).
It’s hard to pick just 10, so to help narrow my field I’m going to stick to my favorite rhyming picture books.
Iggy Peck, Architect
written by Andrea Beaty & illustrated by David Roberts
written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Kristyna Litten
Woodstock for the sleepy. And starring a sloth.
If I Built a House
written & illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
I could have gone with Circus Ship or any one of Van Dusen’s other rhymers, but I just love the wackiness of this one.
written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & illustrated by Aaron Zenz
Sudsy is one of the best rhymers out there, and all her books are great, but this one continues to entertain me and the kids every time we read it.
written by Sarah Stewart & illustrated by David Small
This and The Gardener (which doesn’t rhyme) are two of my favorites ever.
Three Ninja Pigs
written by Corey Rosen-Schwartz & illustrated by Dan Santat
Be on the lookout for a third in this series coming in 2016!
1 Zany Zoo
written by Lori Degman & illustrated by Colin Jack
The award winning debut from a stellar rhymer!
written & illustrated by Aaron Zenz
He illustrated Orangutangled (above), but he is also an expert at dishing out rhyming text. This series (including Hug a Bull & I Love Ewe) are AWESOME gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or to a newborn baby!
Monster Needs Your Vote
written by Paul Czajak & illustrated by Wendy Grieb
I know it’s not out until August 25th (in 15 days!!!), but I’m a big fan of the Monster & Me series, and this is the first one being published that I helped critique.
written by Mac Barnett & illustrated by Adam Rex
Technically, this isn’t quite rhyming, but if you’ve read it, you’ll get it.
And those are my ten for #pb10for10!
My publicist would behead me if I didn’t mention that my debut picture book Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (illustrated by Brendan Kearney, out on September 1st) also rhymes.