Why Picture Books?
- Picture books are wonderful tools for teaching story structure, key ideas, and details because of their simple linear plot lines and setting, with a few highly developed characters.
- Picture books prompt a variety of creative writing assignments.
- Picture books lend themselves nicely to technical writing assignments, including but not limited to letters to authors or illustrators, book reviews, research papers based on a theme found within the story.
- Picture books are specifically and technically crafted. Due to the concise and simple nature of the genre, word choice and structure is extremely important.
- Picture books are meant to be read-aloud, which automatically makes them a social experience.
- The very nature of reading a picture book invites conversation and questions that support students developing understandings of language and their world.
- Picture books contain many literary conventions including but not limited to, rhyme, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole.
- Visuals in the illustrations build skills for determining meaning through context.
NEW Books for November 2013