Monday, January 21, 2019

Week 18 PBID Question

Last week's question was one where even if you knew the character and the book, you still probably had to do some research to find the answer to the question. This week should be the same. You might recognize the image. Maybe you remember the author and illustrator. But do you know the answer to the question without looking? Let's see...


What are the names of the two waving dolls (the bunny and the kitten)?

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Week 17 PBID Answer

Monday, January 14, 2019

Week 17 PBID Question

I'm guessing many of you recognized the character in last week's image, and a lot of people remembered what he had left at the end of the book. The answer is repeated several times in the text. But this week's question is a little different.

Even if you recognize this character, and even if you recognize the book or series the picture is from, I still think this question could be a stumper. Let's see if you're up to the challenge.


What is the title of the movie this character is watching?

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Week 16 PBID Answer

Monday, January 7, 2019

Week 16 PBID Question

Welcome back to school, and welcome to 2019! I hope you had a good winter break, but like me, I hope you are excited to be back at school as well. We haven't had a new question since December 17. That's three full weeks! It must be time for a new question. Who's ready?

Ready or not, here comes the PBID question for Week 16!


At the end of this book, this boy has a dopey deck of cards, a one-eyed bear, a melted candle ... and what else? 

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Week 15 PBID Question

Week 15 is a week of firsts for the Picture Book Identification Tournament. This is the first week...

  1. to ask a question without showing an image from a picture book.
  2. to show images based on a picture book, but not actually from the book.
  3. the question tells you the title of the book.
  4. that gives you directions as to how to answer the question. 

Seems strange, but I have faith in you. You can do it! So let's get started. You will recognize the following images right away.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 1966

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - 2000

The Grinch - 2018

To answer this week's question, first give your answer without checking the book. Then, when you check the book, give your final answer. (You can do both in one comment.) Ready? Here it comes: 

The book How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss was first published in 1957. The original illustrations were done completely in black and white and only one other color. What was the only color used in the illustrations?

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Week 13 and 14 PBID Answers

Monday, December 10, 2018

Week 14 PBID Question

Two weeks ago was a pretty tough question, but last week a bunch of kids told me the question was way too easy. Maybe this one is in-the-middle. As you can see, this picture features six characters wearing sweaters, and with the way the temperature has been around here, a nice, warm sweater is a great thing to have. So, speaking of sweaters ... 


Who made these sweaters?

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Week 13 PBID Question

We've had a little snow here and there this fall, but it has all melted. Until this past weekend, that is. Now it looks like everything will be snow-covered until spring. We've entered the season of hats and mittens, boots and snow pants, and hopefully some hot chocolate every once in a while. Which leads us to this week's question. This young man woke up to a winter wonderland and got all dressed up in his warm clothes, just like all of us in Wisconsin this morning.


What is this character's name?

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Week 12 PBID Answer

Monday, November 26, 2018

Week 12 PBID Question

I promised a first grade class a tough question, and maybe this one qualifies. (I'll check with them this week to see if it's a hard question or not.) But who knows? Maybe they will think it's easy! (And maybe you will too!)

This is the first week with more than one image. While all five images are from different books, all of them are related. How? Well, that's up to you. On to the question!






These pictures are all from books in the same series.
What is the name of that series of picture books?

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Week 11 PBID Answer


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Monday, November 19, 2018

Week 11 PBID Question

It's Thanksgiving week which means there are fewer school days to look for books and try to find answers, so I decided to keep it straight forward for week 11. If you recognize this little bird, you'll probably know the answer to the question. Good luck!


What is the little bird asking the dog?

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Week 10 PBID Answer

Monday, November 12, 2018

Week 10 PBID Question

Last week many of you recognized the style of the illustration before you knew the answer. That's awesome! Maybe you thought, "That sort of looks like Buzz from Fly Guy, but Mr. W. said it wasn't Buzz. Who wrote the Fly Guy books? What other books has he written?" And that sent you on a search for other books by Tedd Arnold so you could find the answer.

Maybe you will do the same for this week's image. This illustrator's work is very distinctive. Matter of fact, there are several of this person's illustrations hanging in my office right now!

On to the question!

This girl is a big fan of her brother's work. What is her brother's name?

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Week 9 PBID Answer

Monday, November 5, 2018

Week 9 PBID Question

Okay, okay, I think this question might be a tough one. (I think it might be hard, but you guys surprise me every week!) Just in case, I'm going to give everyone a clue right away. Ready? Here is your clue:

This picture is not Buzz. 

Does that help or only make it more confusing? Good luck!


Why did this boy use all that tape on himself?

Week 8 PBID Answer

Monday, October 29, 2018

Week 8 PBID Question

Several students have shared how helpful the second graders were in answering questions these past two weeks. I'm sure there will be some first and second graders who know this one right away, but I'm wondering if there are some older students who remember reading about this guy. We'll see!


Who are the two characters that live next door to this dog?
BONUS: What is the dog's name?

Week 7 PBID Answer

Monday, October 22, 2018

Week 7 PBID Question

The second graders proved to be a valuable resource for last week's question. A number of first graders caught me in the hall to say that the second graders helped them find the answer. Nice cooperation! Let's see how helpful those second graders can be again this week!


What is this man's name? 
BONUS QUESTION: What is he yelling?

Week 6 PBID Answer

Monday, October 15, 2018

Week 6 PBID Question

It has been cold here in Wisconsin this past week. It has also been raining a lot and last night it even snowed! In the middle of October! (Which is early even for us here in Wisconsin.) Everything is soaked. Which leads us to our question for week 6 of the Picture Book Identification Tournament.


This girl didn't just come in from the rain or snow, and she didn't fall in a lake or a puddle. Why does she look all drippy?

(If this is a tough one, you might want to check with some second graders.)