The Power of the Picture Book

Cover of "The Doorbell Rang"

Cover of The Doorbell Rang

I have been teaching upper primary school students for 6 years. Nothing grabs their attention as quickly or holds it for as long as a good picture book.

It is a powerful teaching tool and is often forgotten when students get older.  When we have our library lessons my student’s make me read until my voice hurts.  Picture books allow visual learners a chance to understand the story, creates a platform for interesting discussions and models writing.

Recommended Picture Books:

* Willy the Champ series by Anthony Browne

* Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

* This is not my hat by Jon Klassen

* Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems

* Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl

* Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers

* John Brown, Rose and the midnight cat by Jenny Wagner

* The doorbell rang by Pat Hutchins

* Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss

I read the above list to my classes each year and they get the best responses from my students.

Can any one add to my list?

Cover of "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other...

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Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire by Rafe Esquith – A Discussion

photoReturning to teaching after a relaxing seven weeks is going to be tough.  I wanted a bit of inspiration to get me through the end of holiday blues and this book did not disappoint.  It reminded me why I became a teacher and gave me some valuable advice.

Discussion notes;

*  Reminded me that in a classroom trust is the most important thing, everything else can be fixed (missing homework etc) but once trust is broken with students it is difficult if not impossible to regain.

* Rafe’s passion for reading and wanting his student’s to develop that same passion is inspiring – ‘reading is not a subject.  Reading is a foundation of life…’

* The book contains useful websites & book recommendations

* Helpful lesson ideas covering most subjects; Literacy, Numeracy, History, Science, Art

* Provides tips for helping students with studying for tests

A worthwhile read for all teacher’s, especially those returning to work after a long break.