The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Here is #25 in the picture books that I am sharing for the next 30+ days. These picture books 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.

The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

The important thing about The Important Book — is that you let your child tell you what is important about the sun and the moon and the wind and the rain and a bug and a bee and a chair and a table and a pencil and a bear and a rainbow and a cat (if he wants to). For the important thing about The Important Book is that the book goes on long after it is closed.What is most important about many familiar things — like rain and wind, apples and daisies — is suggested in rhythmic words and vivid pictures. ‘A perfect book . . . the text establishes a word game which tiny children will accept with glee.’ — K.

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book The Important Book?

Compare and Contrast
– Create a chart to categorize each item and explain what makes them important.

Fact and Opinion
– Which statements are facts about each item?
– Which statements are opinions about each item?

Discussion Questions
– Are simple items important?
– What makes them important?
– Are there other reasons besides the ones given?
– Of the items mentioned in this book, which one is the most important to you?

Writing Activity
– The book says that the most important thing about you is that you are you.

1) Tell us one very important thing about you.
2) Could you still be you and not possess that very important thing?
3) What makes you, you?

– Using the pattern of the text below write your own important thing verse.

The important thing about _________ is that it is _________. It ______________, and it _________________, and ___________, and it ____________________, and _____________________.But the important thing about _____________ is that it is ________.


The Important Book can be found on Amazon click HERE

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