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Picture Books for Possible Use for Genius Hour
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TitleAuthorGradesFic/NFWhat's the message?Activity / Website resource
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Iggy Peck, ArchitectBeaty, AndreaAllFictionThe book tells the story of how a second grader came to teach his class architecture every week. Passion with a purpose.
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Rosie Revere, EngineerBeaty, Andrea All Fiction
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Anything is PossibleBelloni, GiuliaAllFiction easy read A sheep dreams of flying: to see a different view of the world and is joined by the skeptical wolf. After two prototypes they achiever their goals because anything is possible. Nice intro to concepts of perseverance and looking at the world in a different view.
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On a Beam of LIght: A Story of Albert EinsteinBerne, JenniferAllLE 530.92 BERShows Einstein's Habitudes. Beautiful picture book that tells the story of Albert Einstein's life. Shows how different he was as a child, how his genius wasn't always cool, and how he persevered to change the world.
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Reach for the StarsBloch, SergeAll
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You're Too LittleBorthwick, Caroline and Judi Barrett-LennardK-2FictionA boy is "too little" to help his ship-building family members. However, he is ingenious and asks for supplies from each one. At the end of the story, he's put all the supplies together to make his own small boat. He was not too little after all. A great #makered story.
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Olivia's birds : saving the GulfBouler, OliviaAll598 BOUBook written and illustrated by 11 year old who had a passion for art and birds
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FirefliesBrinckloe, JulieWonderhttp://howellshoot.blogspot.com/2015/08/pb10for10.html
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Mr. Tiger Goes WildBrown, PeterAll E BROwill remind us that it's okay to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/08/picture-books-10-for-10-genius-hour.html
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But I Read It On the InternetBuzzeo, ToniAllMrs. Skorupski, a librarian in Liberty School, shows students how to decide
when the Internet is reliable. With the help of the Website Evaluation Gizmo,
Hunter discovers that the Internet can provide true facts, Carmen learns that not
everything there is true, and together they solve the question of George
Washington's teeth.  This book also talks about using books as resources and
the importance of citing resources.
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How Roland RollsCarrey, JimFictionrecognize their true identities, and how they can be individuals while being part of something larger at the same time.
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Peanut Butter and Homework SandwichesCook, Lisa BroadieK-3FictionMartin MacGregor is having one rotten week! First, his substitute teacher, Mrs. Payne, gives out mountains of homework. And when Martin's dog literally eats his homework, little does he know it's only the beginning of his troubles. Martin's homework ends up in the washing machine, goes to kindergarten with his little sister, and blows onto the roof of the school. Martin just can't catch a break!
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Hoop GeniusCoy, JohnAllNF
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Bella and BeanDotlich, Rebecca KaiBut with some creativity and a positive attitude, Martin finds his own way to turn homework into fun-and turn it in on time!http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/08/picture-books-10-for-10-genius-hour.html
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Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!Suess, Dr.k-2
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Rupert Can DanceFeiffer, JulesRupert keeps his love of dancing a secret for a while. We'll use this to talk about those things you always wanted to learn about or try.http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/08/picture-books-10-for-10-genius-hour.html
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The WonderHansen, FayeWonderhttp://howellshoot.blogspot.com/2015/08/pb10for10.html
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Fraidy ZooHeder, ThyraAllFictionA non traditional ABC book about a girl who might be afraid to go to the zoo. Her family uses household items/objects to try and guess what animal she is afraid of. Thyra Heder shows so much creativity in her story and illustrations. There is so much depth to this book, you can find something new each time you read it!
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The Boy Who Loved MathHeiligman, DeborahAllLE 510.92 HEIYou may not fit in - but follow your passions and you can make a difference in the world - math lovers will enjoy the last two pages the best - like an I Spy book with all the hidden math!
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What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?Jenkins, SteveWonderhttp://howellshoot.blogspot.com/2015/08/pb10for10.html
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Luna and MeKostecki-Shaw, Jenny SueAbout Julia Butterfly Hill
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Wilma RudolphKrull, KathleenAllNFPerseverance
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SwimmyLionni, LeoAllE LIOCollaboration
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You Are Special Lucado, MaxAllFictionYou have it in you...you are unique..doesn't matter what anyone says!
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Time of WonderMcCloskey, RobertAllE MCCconnect with nature
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11 Experiments That FailedOffill, Jenny & Nancy CarpenterE OFF
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It's Okay to Make MistakesParr, ToddAllSometimes things don't go quite the way we thought they would.http://www.gallitzvi.com/home/top-7-picture-books-to-help-introduce-genius-hour
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Q Is for QuestionPoirier, TiffanyAllNFAn ABC book to help us think about questioninghttp://www.gallitzvi.com/home/top-7-picture-books-to-help-introduce-genius-hour
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The Junkyard WondersPolacco, Patriciahttp://howellshoot.blogspot.com/2015/08/pb10for10.html
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Not a BoxPortis, AntoinetteAllE PORUse your imagination and a box can turn into almost anything!http://braybrooksbunch.blogspot.ca/2014/01/not-box-genius-hour-week-1.html
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Best Kid in the WorldReynolds, PeterAllFictionIt's important that you TRY.
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The DotReynolds, PeterAllE ReyMake your mark!
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Going PlacesReynolds, PeterAllE REYA contest to build a go-cart inspires two kids to build things that are new and different.
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I Believe in YouRichmond, MarianneAllFictionYou matter.
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The OK BookRosenthal, Amy KrouseAllA simple book that reminds us that it is okay to not be great at everything--to try things and to just have fun with giving things a try, learning, and having fun.http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/08/picture-books-10-for-10-genius-hour.html
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Every Second Something HappensSan Jose, ChristinePoems for the mind and senses - wonder.http://howellshoot.blogspot.com/2015/08/pb10for10.html
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Beautiful OopsSaltzberg, BarneyAllA fun colorful picture book that reminds us that some of our best ideas come from mistakes!http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/08/picture-books-10-for-10-genius-hour.html
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I Want to Go to the MoonSaunders, TomAllNFHow Neil Armstrong basically initiates his own Genius Hour work...all the way to getting himself to the moonhttp://www.gallitzvi.com/home/top-7-picture-books-to-help-introduce-genius-hour
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Lego Man in Space a True Story Shaughnessy, MaraAllNF/Fictionthe story of how two boys launched a Lego man 80,000 feet into space using a weather balloon, a homemade parachute, and a video camera is truly an inspirational story for all ages.
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It Looked Like Spilt MilkShaw, CharlesAllE SHAImagination - practice it! ;-)
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Big PlansShea,  BobAllE SHEAbout a child who imagines his possibilities. Dreaming big... inspiring goal-setting
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SomedaySpinelli, EileenAllInvites conversation around working toward goals, trying new things, etc.http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/08/picture-books-10-for-10-genius-hour.html
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The Most Magnificent ThingSpires, AshleyAllperseverance; a little girl wants to make a magnificent thing, but gives up until she takes a break and comes back to it.
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Feathers: Not Just for FlyingStewart, MelissaAllLE 598.147 STEFascinating. Highlights an astonishing variety of ways birds use their feathers to survive. Gorgeous art.
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No Monkeys, No ChocolateStewart, MelissaAllLE 633.7 STERain Forest, last page what you can do sources, ways to decrease impact on the natural world, interdependence of living things
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Imagine DayThomson, Sarah L.will invite conversations about imagining a perfect day at school. What would that mean for you? I want them to know they have ownership of their learning time.http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/08/picture-books-10-for-10-genius-hour.html
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If I Built a Carvan Dusen, ChrisAllA young boy's dreams about how he would 'pimp up' his own car - so it could do practically ANYTHING.
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What Do You Do With an Idea?Yamada, KobiAllE SPIA book that will show how an idea grows.https://youtu.be/mSfNv0-SgJM
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