What are you doing to celebrate Picture Book Month?

Posted by Big Universe on Nov 6, 2011 1:03:06 PM

According to the School Library Journal, a group of authors and illustrators have banded together to declare November 2011 as Picture Book Month:

Picture Book Month is an international initiative to encourage and celebrate literacy with picture books, says founder Dianne de Las Casas, an author and storyteller, who along with authors/illustrators Katie Davis, Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Wendy Martin, and author Tara Lazar have joined forces to spread the word that picture books are alive and well, especially in this digital age where an unprecedented amount of picture books have been made into ebooks and are on ereading devices such as the iPad, the Nook, and the Kindle.

Here are some great quotes about picture books that I found in Strategies That Work: Teaching comprehension for understanding and engagement by S. Harvey and A. Goudis:

  • "There is a picture book for every reader and a reader for every reader."
  • "The wide range of themes, issues, words, and ideas reach out into classrooms like tentacles drawing in each member, regardless of the different learning styles, ages, reading levels, or prior experiences."
  • "We need to think about all the students who can benefit from these books."
  • "Picture books offer certain unique advantages when we deliver instruction."
  • "Readers are more likely to comprehend material that interests them and that is written in a compelling way."
  • According to C.S. Lewis, "No book is worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty."

There are many possibilities for picture books:

  • Picture Books with Older Kids
  • Picture Books with Young Children
  • Picture Books with Reluctant Readers
  • Picture Books with English Language Learners
  • Picture Books to Build Background Knowledge
  • Picture Books to Teach Content
  • Picture Books that Challenge Kids to Think

On Big Universe Learning, there is a whole category just especially for Picture Books the includes about 290 publisher books and 110 member-created books!

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Literacy

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