Friday, February 6, 2009

What's Your Favorite Picture Book?

  • With end-of-the-year state testing quickly approaching, many upper grade teachers are using picture books to review Communication Arts skills, and they have requested names of books to use.

  • We'd love to hear from you! You do not need a blogger account to post to this blog; you can post anonymously and simply sign your name and location within your post (if you choose).
Some of my favorite books are:

Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey

  • Beginning, middle, end

  • Alliteration (in newspaper pictures)

  • Foreshadowing (notice signs of burglars throughout)

  • Plot

If You Hopped Like a Frog by David Schwartz


Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance by Robert Munsch

Infer/Draw conclusions (What happened to Grandpa?)

Questioning: I wonder ... (I wonder why she put a flower in her hair.)

Warning: The Lighthouse book is sad and may make you cry.

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider


Powerpoint lesson posted @:

Duke Ellington by Andrea David Pinkney

  • A plethora of figurative language included
  • Nonfiction
  • Beginning, middle, end

Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

  • Beginning, middle, end (plot)
  • Strong verbs (author mainly put said to bed)

Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada

  • Friendly letter format
  • Excellent word choice

The Weighty Word Book by Paul M. Levitt, Douglas A. Burger and Elissa S. Guralnick

  • Vocabulary in story format

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince

  • Onomatopoeia

Please consider posting your favorite picture books for other teachers to use or e-mail me at, and I'll post them for you. Most of the above mentioned books are recommendations given to me by other teachers.


Debby said...

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
~Excellent for inferring

Anonymous said...

The Picnic We Had this Sunday Past.. Jacqueline Woodson
- great for modeling description and mental images

Anonymous said...

The Lorax by Dr. Suess is great for inferring and predicting