- The Night the Bells Rang, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (This was chosen because of the connections to the author and the additional lessons the book taught.)
- Once Upon an Alphabet, by Oliver Jeffers (Delightful, playful, creative setting of the alphabet.)
- Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan (My mom’s story.)
- If Wishes Were Horses, by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (I laughed, I cried, I could relate to the girls and know my students will love the story.)
- When Marian Sang, by Pam Munoz Ryan (Important lesson in the history of music.)
- Norah’s Ark, by Patsey Gray (A long lost friend who I was so happily reunited with.)
- Savvy, by Ingrid Law (A delightful assignment from a student.)
- Piano Lessons Can Be Murder, by R. L. Stein (I love the enthusiasm of my fourth grade boys.)
- The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate (An important story behind the story.)
- Dave, the Potter, by Laban Carrick Hill (Beautiful story and beautiful art, a true story.)
My choices of my top ten list were varied, but most of the choices had a personal message, or a strong link to other activities at school, which allowed the books to translate more than just a story.
One of the best things about this list is that I have more choices that I would still like to add to it.