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?

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Reading – My First Love

Enid Blytons

Enid Blytons (Photo credit: Idlepines)

I began my love of reading in my very first year of schooling.  I remember being able to read simple books with words such as ‘jump’, ‘skip’, ‘hop’ and was able to progress through reading levels quickly.

I enjoyed picture books but it was the novels that took my reading to the next level.  I remember sitting on the heating ducts during the winter school holidays with a stack of novels by my side.  I would stay there in my cozy warmth reading all day.  Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis in particular were my favourite holiday companions.

I still keep the tradition of gathering a pile of books that I would like to read for the year ahead.  I only wish I had as much free time as I did as a kid.

I can’t explain why I love reading so much.  I tried to for the purpose of this blog but all I could come up with was that reading is something that I have always done.   It’s a part of me.

If anyone else could explain why they love reading so much maybe it will help me clarify my answer a little better.