#Geniushour Chat Archive, Using Picture Books, 7 February 2019

Our Twitter chat tonight was about the soft skills that students develop pursuing their goals in Genius Hour. Skills like persistence, creativity, reflection, collaboration, communication, and empathy can be inspired through shared reading of picture books and other resources.

The participants in today’s chat came up with many suggestions:

Picture Books

    • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
    • Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
    • On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne
    • Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds
    • Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
    • What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
    • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
    • Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
    • Wolf! by Becky Bloom
    • Journey by Aaron Becker
    • Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai


  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Grenade by Alan Gratz
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


    • Caine’s Arcade
    • Why by Simon Sinek


Gallit and I have recently shared a list of “10 Genius Picture Books for Genius Hour Kids” at MiddleWeb. We are inviting other Genius Hour teachers to collaborate with us for a future update of The Genius Hour Guidebook. Would you like to write a 50-word review of one of these or another favorite book for Genius Hour?

Please leave a comment here or contact us on Twitter if you are interested in sharing about a book you love for Genius Hour. Thank you!

The archive follows…

Our TweetDeck Collection archive
for the February 2019 #geniushour chat:
#Geniushour Chat Feb’19 – Curated tweets by mrsdkrebs

Denise Krebs

Denise Krebs (@mrsdkrebs) is a connected educator, leader, and learner with 25 years’ experience in private and public schools and recreation centers in California, Iowa, Michigan, Arizona, and Bahrain. Denise was teaching junior high when she dove into Genius Hour. Her smart and intrepid junior high students and the #geniushour community helped her find her way. Currently, Denise teaches grade 5 English language learners in Bahrain. She also serves as elementary English subjects coordinator. She has had the joy of seeing genius hour work with students in kindergarten through grade 8.