Lost in a World of Picture Books

I still love picture books, don’t you? This is the title of my next PD which I am currently working on and I have found Pernille Ripp an inspiration of all things picture book. My goal is to show middle school teachers the value in using picture books to teach those skills that are so difficult for students to grasp.  I love the way you can infer from the text and the pictures. Figuring out the theme from the help of a monster or talking pig.  How could these books not pull students in at any age.

Back to work…planning my PD, finding books to broaden my library, and learning so much while I do it.

If you have any picture books you would like to recommend for teaching a middle school ELA skill….Please comment and share.

I’ll post an update after the PD is given. I can’t wait 🙂


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6 thoughts on “Lost in a World of Picture Books

  1. Pernille does have a great list of books. If you are working with content area teachers too, you should explore all the interesting formats that you can find in nonfiction. They are no longer boring report writing. Check out any book by Steve Jenkins. or Nicola Davies. I just got Davies book I Don’t Like Snakes. What a way to teach about a topic. Let me just mention Hippos Are Huge by Jonathon London and It’s All About Me-ow by Hudson Talbott. Oh yeah, I just thought there are some great biographies in picture books too.


  2. I just learned of the cutest book about not pushing buttons and what happens when you do. “Don’t Push the Button”. Of course it is best read with sounds for pushing buttons! I loaned it to my sister so I don’t have the name of the author now.

    I also love ” I’m Bored!” By Michael Black, “One Big Pair of Underware” by Laura Geld (friendships), “Peep and Egg” by L. Geld,…
    I’d love to hear more about the lessons.


  3. I love this idea and have been meaning to come up with a similar list myself! After 10yrs in the elementary library I moved to the middle school last year. I was sad to see that NO picture books were ordered for the opening of our new library. BUT WHY NOT?! Pictures books are still so good for all ages and for all lessons!


  4. I love that you’re encouraging middle school teachers to use picture books and Pernille Ripp is such a great inspiration! I love Kate Messner’s How to Read a Story, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell, and My Teacher is A Monster (No I am Not) by Peter Brown. I also like Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini (my 5th graders really enjoyed this one).


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