Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.
Today’s Topic: Top Ten Topics We’d Like to See More in Picture Books
Sorry—we went rogue on today’s top ten topic. We would love to read more about these topics, particularly as moms.
I believe children should learn to appreciate different races and ethnicities at an early age. #weneeddiversebooks
I don’t think we can have enough books about bullying. I would particularly like to read more books that discuss the bystanders of bullying.
There are some phenomenal books about grief, but I know parents and teachers would appreciate more books to guide children through difficult times.
4. Varied Types of Families
Too many picture books portray traditional families. I am always excited to read books like And Tango Makes Three that show the various, loving families that exist.
5. Books that Promote Reading
I tend to fall in love with any book that shows how cool and fun reading can be.
Ah! Ricki stole all mine! That’s what I get for writing the post after her…
1. Penguins living in the South Pole not with polar bears or Santa AND apes being called apes, not monkeys
These are two pet peeves, and I would love if they would stop happening.
2. A variety of animals, not just the same ones over and over
Some of my favorite animal picture books I’ve read are favorites because they discuss a variety of animals, not just the same ones as Old McDonald has on his farm over and over.
3. School and learning
I would love to see school be portrayed as a positive place and learning as a the amazing thing it is.
I love books like The Most Magnificent Thing and The Dot because of how much they promote imagination. Too often kids are losing that imagination time because of technology, so I would love to see more books talk about the importance of imagination.
I know that this is very similar to Ricki’s bullying, but it is wider and deeper than just bullying. I want to discuss with kids how to be empathetic, how to not judge, how to want to help, how to be a good person, etc.
Which topics would you like to read more about in picture books?