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Happy Picture Book Month!

November is such a busy month with parent teacher conferences, holidays and short weeks at school, but it's also the perfect month to celebrate picture books with your students! In this newsletter, I'm sharing a collection of resources for picture book month, as well as some of my favorite picture books from 2017! I hope you will all find a way to share a love of picture books with your students this month!

Happy Reading!


Resources for Picture Book Month!

Teacher's Guide for Picture Book Month

Show this incredible video of What Is a Picture Book to your class! Children's book authors and illustrators answer the question: What is a picture book? I think it would be a great idea for your class to come up with your definition of a picture book! Older students could even create their own definitions. It could make for a great hallway display!

Visit the Picture Book Month Website for blog posts and activity ideas!

Here is a link to the Picture Book Month Calendar! Each day, an author/illustrator, is listed. On that day, he/she has an essay posted on the Picture Book Month website about the importance of picture books.

2017 Favorite Picture Books (So Far!)

Book Recommendations

If you love picture books (which I think we all do!), this is the link for you! I would encourage everyone to check out these incredible picture book lists from Pernille RIpp. She has created picture book collections for everything... including books for empathy, books to teach theme, books for all of the signposts of Notice and Note and even the best books of 2017.

Mock Caldecott

Last year Valerie organized a Mock Caldecott project with her class. It was a HUGE hit! Here is the release of Mr. Schu's top picks for the Caldecott Award which will be announced in January! I have a number of the books on this list if you want to check them out!

Blog Posts on Instruction and Reading Workshop

How Seeing and Using Gestures Make Ideas More Memorable

"Research suggests that when we see and use gestures, we recruit more parts of the brain that when we use language alone, and we may activate more memory systems - such as procedural memory (the type that stores automatic processes such as how to type or ride a bike) in addition to our memory for events and experiences."

Guide Readers By Interest, Not Level

Great article/interview by Fountas and Pinnell about the importance of connecting levels to books, not readers.

How To Combat Fake Reading

If you have students that you worry may be "fake reading" during independent reading time, you should check out these four tips!

Shelly Moody

Literacy Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School