Picture book 10 for 10 is here! Not many days can rival the picture book love shared on this day!
This celebration of picture books is hosted by Cathy from Reflect and Refine: Building a Learning Community and Mandy from Enjoy and Embrace Learning. Thanks to both of them for the work they do to promote this wonderful day of picture book sharing!
This is my fifth year participating in this event. In 2012, I shared ten beloved titles. In 2013, I went with a theme: Connections across the generations. In 2014, I shared ten “go to” titles on various themes like generosity, courage and forgiveness. Last year I highlighted favourite historical fiction titles.
This year I chose books that may inspire philosophical discussion. BIG questions with no absolute answer. Questions about meaning. And truth. Knowledge and reality. Ethics and morals. Books that will allow readers to think critically. To reason. To argue. To listen. To take risks in understanding and meaning making. To stretch one question into deeper and more complex questions.
For each title I have listed the initial questions I had after reading. Of course, in a room full of readers and thinkers, these questions would only grow!
Little Bird written by Germano Zullo and illustrated by Albertine
Is a small thing insignificant? What state of being do we need to be in to notice small details? How does this noticing change our reality?
You Call That Brave by Lorenz Pauli and Kathrin Schärer
What is courage? Is it an action or a decision? How do we determine what is bravery? Can a brave act for one be common place for another?
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
What is ownership? Do we have the right to “own” something live? If yes, what responsibilities go along with this? Or is it even possible to own a living thing?
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
What is nothing? Is it something? Does it have value? Significance? How do we measure the power or weight of nothing?
There by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Is there a place that brings bigger happiness? What are we searching for? Is it someplace we have been? Or someplace we only imagine? Can we truly be in the moment or are we always thinking ahead or looking back?
Wild by Emily Hughes
Can our true self be changed? What do we mean by the influence of nature or nurture? What is freedom? Can our spirit be contained? How much of our inner life is our own?
The Dog that Nino Didn’t Have written by Edward van de Vendel and illustrated by Anton Van Hertbruggen
Where is the place between imagination and reality? Can what we imagine make us truly happy? Which is superior – imagination or reality? In which circumstances?
Something Extraordinary by Ben Clanton,
What is real? What is fuelled by imagination? How does that influence our reality? Is there beauty in simplicity? In the everyday? Does it count if we don’t notice it?
My Teacher is a Monster by Peter Brown
What defines us? Who we are or how we are perceived? How does emotion affect perception? How does our reality change over time? How does experience alter reality?
Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies
Is there life after death? What would it be like? Do those we love remain with us? How? Where?
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Happy picture book reading!