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#pb10for10 – Never Give Up

#pb10for10 – Never Give Up

I’m so excited for this year’s #pb10for10, sponsored again by Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek. I chose a “Never Give Up” / growth mindset theme for my picture books. I think it’s a perfect theme for starting a new school year. Last year my class had a “Never Give Up” book basket that we would add to as we found the theme in many books we read. I found that it really gave us a positive focus, and a way to identify those “Never Give Up” moments in our own learning and lives. I finally got to read Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset, this summer, and I’m even more excited about sharing the growth mindset with my students this year.

Here are 10 books that I think do a great job of showcasing a never give up attitude and perseverance.

if i never forever endeavor

If I Never Forever Endeavor,  Holly Meade

My friend Lori shared this book with me last spring. I read it at least 3 times, and had a hard time giving it back! I obviously had to have my own. When I read it to my students they loved it, and immediately began sharing about things they were nervous to try.

the dot

The Dot, Peter H. Reynolds

A “Never Give Up” list wouldn’t be complete with out it! You must have this, and be sure to participate in Dot Day this year. I love the creativity that’s inspired by this story.

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing, Ashley Spires

I especially love how the main character’s frustration and anger are shown. It’s an excellent example for students that struggle with failure and frustration.

good news bad news

Good News Bad News, Jeff Mack

Poor Rat. Nothing seems to be going his way, and he sure does let it get to him. However, Rabbit sees things in a different light. Eventually Rat catches on!

Go! Go! Go! Stop!

Go! Go! Go! Stop!, Charise Mericle Harper

This is such an excellent book about learning to work as a team. Go! and Stop! have to work together, and with the help of one more friend, they’ll get it just right.

it's tough to lose your balloon

It’s Tough To Lose Your Balloon, Jarrett J. Krosoczka

I so excited for this new book, which will be out September 8th. You must watch the book trailer (on the ThingLink above). Krosoczka seems to have really captured some of life’s little struggles, and put a brighter side spin on them.

a perfectly messed-up story

A Perfectly Messed Up Story, Patrick McDonnell

Peanut butter, jelly, finger prints and more threaten to ruin Louie’s story, and he’s ready to give up. You’ll laugh out loud as you watch Louie learn to persevere.

Everyone Can Learn To Ride A Bicycle

Everyone Can Learn to Ride A Bicycle, Chris Raschka

This in an excellent book for students to make personal connections with. Use it as a read aloud and let the student stories begin!

ok book

The OK Book, Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Such a perfect book to model goal setting and growth! It’s a perfect book for first week of school activities. We’re OK at all kinds of things. What will you be great at eventually?

It's Okay To Make Mistakes

It’s Okay To Make Mistakes, Todd Parr

Well this one’s pretty obvious! My favorite pages say “It’s okay to not know the answer. Asking questions helps you learn.” & “It’s okay to change your mind. Everyone is ready at a different time.” Bright, funny pictures and simple words send a very clear message! Be sure to download the coloring pages from the ThingLink!

So …

Never Give Up Picture Books

Smile, and make some lemonade!

MZ Sig

Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Breaking down and understanding informational text features is crucial to a reader’s and writer’s understanding. So, this past year as we dug deeper and deeper into informational texts, we used Explain Everything to help us remember what each feature was, why it might be included in a book, and how it could help us as readers… Continue Reading




Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

I love informational texts, and so do my students. But, we also love informational videos. We can gather information on just about any subject from both types of resources. Think about the way you learn – besides a person standing in front of you. I’m guessing you mainly use two forms of media, text (of all… Continue Reading




Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Paint, Paper & iPads: Informational Text

Have you ever read an interesting informational text with a group of first graders, had amazing discussion, then asked them to share something new they learned? If you have, you’ve likely heard this from at least one student: “I already knew all that!” 1st graders can be a tough crowd occasionally. Fortunately, we utilize the thinking… Continue Reading




The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

If you teach in the primary grades, you either know all about The Pigeon, or you must learn about Mo Willems, and all his hilarious characters, immediately! With that said … We use Lucy Calkins writing curriculum as our primary resource for writing in the early grades. Her unit on “Authors As Mentors” has always been one… Continue Reading




Interactive Diagrams with Thinglink and AudioBoom

Interactive Diagrams with Thinglink and AudioBoom

  This may be one of my new favorite app smashes! We used ThingLink and AudioBoom to create an interactive diagram of a pumpkin patch. I love that we could add interesting facts, and thinking! It’s on display outside our room, with a QR code to the ThingLink image.   We’d read several informational texts,… Continue Reading