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Hello to all, my name is Reta Rickmers. I’m in my 27th year teaching high school art. My path to becoming an art teacher did not run straight. I tried many jobs from waitressing, working on the highway as a flag girl, to the U.S. Forestry Service in timber management, to installing street signs for the City of Austin, Texas. Art, however, is the thread that has always run through my life. In 1985 as a single mother of two young boys, I enrolled in California State University, Chico to obtain my BA in Art and a teaching credential. I began teaching in 1990. I teach at Pleasant Valley High School (PVHS) in Chico, California and also serve as the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair. PVHS is a school of about 1,800 in town of about 100,000 when the college students are here. I am eternally grateful that I found my niche in life as a high school art teacher. I love working with teens. I learn from them constantly and they help keep me young. I am also a working artist focusing on acrylic paintings. Click "Go" to read full bio.

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February 20, 2009

Three Top Ten Lists - Part 3

For this week’s blog posts, I decided to do three Top Ten Lists.  The first one was my Favorite Art Material to use with my students, the second was my Favorite Elementary Art Teacher Books and the today’s is My Favorite Picture Books to read with my students.  Of course, there are many other wonderful materials, reference books and picture books so I encourage you to add YOUR FAVORITES in the comment section after each post.

So read on, stay tuned and enjoy!

Favorite Picture Books for Students in the Art Room ~ this list is in no particular order.  These are books that are absolute favorites with all of my elementary students.  You know, ones they want to hear again and again!!!  Enjoy…

1. Art’s Supplies, Chris Tougas
2. Badly Drawn Dog, Emma Dobson
3. Steal Back the Mona Lisa, Meghan McCarthy
4. Art Dog, Thacher Hurd
5. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, Karen Beaumont
6. Dog’s Night, Meredith Hooper
7. Elemenopeo, Harriet Ziefert
8. Suzette and the Puppy, Joan Sweeney
9. Anna’s Art Adventure, Bjorn Sortland
10. Seen Art? Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Plus, two bonus ~ that I could not leave out…

11. Hands, Lois Ehlert
12. Cave Painter of Lascaux, Roberta Angeletti

I know that YOU have some favorite books that you read to your students, what are they?  Please share them in the comment section below!  Thanks!

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Theresa McGee

Great list! My latest favorite is "Lester Fizz, Bubble Gum Artist", Ruth Spiro
Review here: http://tinyurl.com/5rwnr9

Jennifer Paisley

Great list- some of them are new to me but my ALL TIME favorite with children in art class is "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds. This is a fun one to do an activity with afterwards.

Hannah K. Greve

"Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds is also great!

Paige

Great list... you've provided me with some new books to explore. I also like Regina's Big Mistake by Marissa Moss.
http://www.amazon.com/Reginas-Big-Mistake-Sandpiper-paperbacks/dp/0395700930

In addition to The Dot and Ish, I also read The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola to preservice teachers each semester to bring up all kinds of topics from creativity to classroom management.

Brandy French

This book is wonderful for Knd students when teaching about primary colors mixing to make secondary colors. Every time the rabbit jumped into a bucket of paint and made a new color, they would all cheer. The kids absolutely loved it!

Nikki F. Kalcevic

If... by Sarah Perry

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