Saturday, August 10, 2013

10 Edgy Picture Books: Picture Book 10 for 10

What are your favorite picture books? What if you had to pick your ten favorites? 

If you love picture books, today will be a happy day for you. Today is Picture Book 10 for 10! 

Mandy of Enjoy and Embrace Learning and Cathy of Reflect and Refine host this annual event. Parents, media specialists, authors, educators and people who love good picture books 
post the ten picture books they can't live without. Mandy and Cathy will create a magazine-like collection of everyone's lists to share.  

Here are older Picture Book 10 for 10s: 
2010    2011    2012    2013 (Nonfiction)

NEW!  Here's a link to this year's Picture Book 10 for 10s:

If you'd like to have your blog linked to the conversation
just comment with the link (cut and paste your post address in the comments) 
for your picture book list here OR here

How could I resist joining in?
Picture books are my life.
I'm a primary school librarian.
My favorites are always books with bite.
Here are my current ten favorites,
books I just can't resist reading, year after year:

A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.
Ooooh. Look at that big toy dinosaur. A little bit scary, right?
And what's that he has in his mouth? A gift bag? What's inside?
Well, let's just find out.

WOLVES by Emily Gravett.
This cute and cuddly rabbit checks out a book about wolves from the library.
He's so absorbed in the book that he's oblivious to the 
appearance of the very creature he's reading about...until it's too late.

William Steig - The original Rotten Island - The Bad Island from 1969
Rotten Island is paradise for all the horrible, terrible monsters
that slither and spit and kick and bite there.

One of the great books! Such a funny approach to a kind of story that has been done and redone and overdone. Thanks, Jeanne Willis! I use it as a read-aloud with the teachers in my masters classes.
I've always wondered what would happen if junior high teachers read this to their students
on Valentine's Day. The real, cold truth about ooey-gooey romantic love.

I love all the Stupids books. The Stupids are just so...well, stupid.

Why does the Viper keep calling and calling Peggy Pig?

Just showing the cover, with a little boy of seven or eight holding a big rifle,
gets the ooos and aaaas going.

He wants his hat back.
And he's going to get it.

I warn children about The Green Ribbon.
And, of course, it's the first story they turn to.
One tiny step down from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Not for everyone. 
Beware of Beware of the Frog.

What are your favorite edgy children's picture books? What have I missed? 


  1. Thanks for your list! I love Chalk and I Want My Hat Back, but I'm not famiiar with the rest -- on my list they go! Thank you!

  2. Great books for this theme. I'll definitely look for Beare of The Frog. I'd forgotten about The Biggest Bear-such fun. I don't know of others except Halloween books which now a granddaughter loves, like Scary, scary Halloween by Eve Bunting. Thanks for all-my list is growing!

  3. It always makes me happy to share new-to-you books.

  4. I live in a rural area and our children are always begging for books about hunting. They love it when I bring The Biggest Bear out.

  5. I am very intrigued by Beware of the Frog. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love Emily Gravett, but have not read Wolves. I think you have intrigued many with Beware of the Bear. I know I want to read this.

  7. These are great. Some I've never heard of - so I can't wait to check them out. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Fun list! There are several here that I need to read. Thanks for posting!

  9. Deb, Super theme. I would like to try my hand at it with teens in mind. Actually, it might be interesting for my students to assemble a list of 10 titles around a theme of their choice. Hey, I like that idea.


  10. Great theme! I love Chalk. And you have given me a few new ones to check out! My second graders love to be scared just a little bit.

  11. I haven't read any of Emily Gravett's books--haven't even heard of her! Seen her on a few lists this morning--off to order. My goodness, this event is TERRIBLE for my credit card! I'm going to need a second job to pay for all the books I'm buying. Oh well. It's a good addiction to have! Love the theme of edgy books. It's fun to read this kind of book to my kids: my younger son loves edgy books, while my older gets very offended!

  12. What a great list! I remember reading The Stupids when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing and thanks for commenting on my blog :)

  13. The kids at my primary school love to be scared a little bit, too, Debra.

  14. Loved the way you put this together! The Biggest Bear...that is buried somewhere in my bookcase, now I need to find it!

  15. Edgy! I love it! That's a hilarious idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

    My list is here:

  16. The Biggest Bear has great illustrations but it is also a compelling story.

  17. Great list! I have (and love) many of these on your list. You might like The Bear on the Bed by Ruth Miller.

  18. I am off to look that one up right now! Thanks, Lori.

  19. I can't stand it! These are awesome choices. I opened up Amazon in another window so I could add them. Thanks so much!

    First in Maine

  20. I'm so glad you liked my list, Kimberly.

  21. Love your list! Steig is one of my all time favorites, glad to see him there. :)

  22. Love your theme. Beware of the Frog is an all time favourite in my room Kids delight in reading it aloud! And Wolves by Gravett is a a perfect addition to this list! You must like Bear Despair - the wordless title. It would fit with this theme!

  23. No Bear Despair at my public library. Had to add it to my Amazon list! Thanks for the suggestion.

  24. Steig is one of my favorites, too. He seems respectful of children; he doesn't talk down to them.

  25. I am so out of it as far as picture books go...I haven't read any of your top ten. Sigh. In my next life?

  26. I had never heard of most of these, but towards the end was a book I will never forget. I haven't read it in years, but The Green Ribbon still gives me nightmares!

  27. Thanks for sharing a great list. I'm interested in checking out Tadpole's Promise. Barbara

  28. Wow! You have a lot of "new to me" books on this list. Can't wait to check them out.


  29. Nothing makes me happier than sharing books with others, Cathy!


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