Bedhead by Margie Palatini – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

I am sharing a book a day for the next 30+ days. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Here is #6

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What do you do when you wake up with the worst hair day and to make it worse, it’s picture day at school.  Oliver tries everything to fix his bedhead and the humor continues when his family tries to help also. The tale ends at school with picture day.


Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Bedhead?

Word Choice

How does the author’s word choice effect the story?

What words are used that may not sound real?

Author’s Style

Why does the author write in a short, choppy style?

Rewrite some of his simple sentences into compound sentences. How does this change the flow of the story?

Organizational Pattern – Problem/Solution

How many ways does the family try to solve Oliver’s problem?

Create a chart showing the problems and the solutions each time the family tries to help with Oliver’s bedhead.

Figurative Language

What figurative language is used to compare a part of Oliver’s hair to a “cat’s coughed-up fur ball?”


What will happen when they try to brush Oliver’s hair?

Will the lucky blue hat be the answer to all Oliver’s problems?


What can you infer about Oiler’s family when they work so hard to help him with his bedhead?

What can you infer about the character Mary Margaret?

Bedhead by Margie Palatini can be found on Amazon click HERE

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